High Definition Has Arrived

A while back, Sony, Sharp, Canon and JVC announced the creation of a new high definition video standard for video cameras – HDV. HDV utilizes MPEG-2 image compression with a definition of 1080 lines and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Shortly after that, Sony opened the door to high definition by creating the first HDV camcorder, …

Canon XLH1

On September 18 of 2005, Canon broke new ground in the digital video camera industry, announcing the XL H1, which was Canon’s first DVC featuring high definition. Originally developed based on the needs of professional and enthusiast videographers, the XL H1 retains the operability of Canon’s very popular XL2 while increasing the professional function and …

Sony New HD Camera

When Sony first unveiled the H3 to the market, it staged none of the over the top glitz or glamour many expected. Held at a tiny theater inside a Sony office in Tokyo, the event barely even resembled a minor product launch. Although many don’t think of Sony as a camera maker, the company is …

Sanyo Small HD Cams

Sanyo has recently brought a new level of credability to dual use, video and still image cameras with the introduction of the new Xacti HD1. With measurements of 3.1X4, 7X1.4 inches and 8.3 ounces, it is easily the smallest camera to record 720p high definition video. It will also capture 5.1 MP still images and …

Major Components

All video cameras contain 3 major components – the lens, imager, and recorder. The lens gathers and focuses the light on the imager, which is normally a charge coupled device (CCD) or CMOS sensor IC. Finally, the recorder will encode the video signal into a form that can be stored. Commonly, the optics and imager …