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Mini HD camera on the way...

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#1 Charles Papert

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Posted 13 February 2004 - 10:45 AM

This out of the rumor mill: Sony to introduce at NAB a multipurpose HD POV camera, called the HDC-X300. Costing $15,000, it weighs 2.6 pounds, with three 1/2-inch, 1.5-megapixel power HAD CCDs. The camera does 1080 lines at 59.94i, 50i, 24p, 25p, and 30p and still-picture mode. The camera measures 9.5 x 9.5 x 16 cm.

This is a true HD camera, not an HDV format like that little JVC camcorder. Meaning if cabled out to the appropriate recorder it will deliver HDCAM format images, although it is using a smaller chipset than usual (1/2" over 2/3"). I'm sure Tilman Buttner was wishing that was around for his 90 minute "Russian Ark" shot a couple years back!! First person to shoot for 24 hours continuously with this thing gets the Andy Warhol "Empire" prize--TBD.
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#2 Mitch Gross

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Posted 13 February 2004 - 02:50 PM

Yes, there's going to be a numbr of very interesting toys at NAB this year, slthough I didn't think the Sony would be ready yet. Of course it probably isn't but a mockup or test bed camera will be there. I'm into all the tapeless hard drive cameras that will be there in both SD and HD. No more putting the rig down for a reload when your camera can record for 12 hours straight.
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