CES 2011: Eye-catching HD and 3D camcordersThe camcorders that got themselves noticed
14 January 2011
As ever, the Consumer Electronics Show this year was awash with new technology. We've rounded up the camcorder rabble to highlight a few of the smaller models that caught our attention.
One to please Barack Obama – a camcorder for left-handers as well as right. The Samsung HMX-Q10 camcorder has a similar build to the Samsung HMX-M20 and looks much like any other small camcorder. However, no matter which way you hold it up, the image displayed on the screen will always be the right way up.
Functions are accessed using the touch screen. There are additional controls on the back of the camcorder so you can use the camera relatively easily in any hand and at any angle.
It shoots HD footage 1080i resolution at 60 frames per second, 4.9Mp stills and includes Samsung’s Record Pause technology. For more details see our Samsung Q10 review from CES 2011.
Sony Bloggie 3D
The Compact 3D Bloggie, you won’t be surprised to learn, can shoot in 3D. This isn’t the first Bloggie we’ve seen – we’ve lab tested the Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K with its 360 degree lens feature – but it’s the first with 3D.
The 3D Bloggie can shoot 2D or 3D using two lenses. Footage can be instantly viewed in 3D on the parallax barrier screen, so you don’t need glasses.
It has an HDMI port, so you can play video back on a 3D TV that uses either type of 3D glasses – active shutter or passive - or you can save it in a format to view with the retro blue and red glasses from way back when.
Find out more in our Bloggie 3D review, or if you're in the market for something a little bigger take a look at the Sony HDR-TD10 3D Handycam - the first consumer double full HD 3D camcorder - also unveiled at CES.
Casio Exilim Tryx
The Tryx pocket camcorder twists and turns, so you can too, at all sorts of angles and comes with its own tripod substitute.
The hooped handle that fits neatly around the Tryx’s touchscreen can be rotated 360 degrees around the screen and can be used to stand the camera up, or hang it from a hook to shoot video or stills. The screen can also be rotated to the best angle for the shot you’re taking.
Like the Kodak Zi8 it can record in full 1080p resolution. It has a fairly wide 21mm lens to help you fit as many people into shot as possible and a gesture sensor – so you can wave your hand in front of the sensor to take the shot. See how flexible the Casio Tryx really is in our video review..
There were plenty more camcorders on show at CES 2011. If you’re looking for something a little more substantial than a pocket model, take a look at our first look review of the Panasonic HDC-HS900. Or if you’re after a camcorder right now, check out our HD camcorder and pocket camcorder reviews.
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