byDarren Murph||August 22nd 2006 at 7:57amAugust 22nd 2006 7:57 am
It looks like the good 'ole USofA is getting some pocket camcorder loving from Panasonic today, as they announced the forthcoming SDR-S150 SD, which is (as far as we can tell) an Americanized version of its SDR-S200. This device picks up where the SDR-S100 left off, and makes good on the prior limitations while coming in at a (slightly) more manageable price. Sporting that oh-so-spectacular triple CCD, this handy recorder will accept any normal SD card, but ups the ante by playing nice with those capacious SDHC. If you tend to get nervous holding a $1,000 device in the palm of your hand, Panasonic helps steady the situation by including optical image stabilization to accompany the 10x optical zooming Leica Dicomar lens. Utilizing typical MPEG-2 compression, this unit touts its ability to store "up to 3 hours 20 minutes" on a single 4GB SDHC card, but you get stuck with a "measly" 2GB SD card out of the box. So if you're looking for a pocket-sized SD camcorder that won't run out of storage before your battery craps out (and you're willing to fork out for that 4GB card), you can track down the SDR-S150 SD in September for $999.95.