Looks like there will finally be another option for tapeless HD camcorders. The Canon Vixia HF10 offers full HD recording (1920×1080 resolution) to 16Gb of internal flash memory and SDHC cards. Quoted battery life of 3 hours standard is pretty good too. Due in April in the US for $1,099 this could be what I’ve been waiting for. My current Sanyo Xacti HD2 is fine outdoors in bright light, but poor in lower light conditions. Sony have some nice HD/Hdd models available that are reported to be a bit better, but don’t bother with JVC’s Everio range. Will the Vixia finally offer good low light performance? More details and video here.
Not that the average consumer cares, but it looks like the Blue-ray vs HD dvd war may be entering its final phase. Warner has decided to go Blue-ray only, and as the largest movie distributor it looks like HD DVD is the loser. Whichever format wins will do nothing to make the case for HD any more compelling. Do we really need HD, or is it just another excuse to get us to spend again? After the cost of the equipment we’re expected to buy all the films on a new format again.
Here’s my suggestion. Instead of buying a disc, we buy a license to watch the content, in any format. When a new format comes along, we get the media at close to cost, and digital downloads for a small fee. This might persuade the suits to think before entering another format war that WE pay for.