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$42,000 Ampex VR-3000 Camcorder from 1967

February 23, 2010

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Priced at $42,000 back in 1967, the Ampex VR-3000 camcorder backpack “changed TV forever, moving the entire broadcast television industry from film to video.” The video format—invented by Redwood City-based Ampex in 1965—was called 2-inch Quadruplex, and used four magnetic heads to record both PAL and NTSC standards using different speeds. [Source]

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JVC Everio GZ-HD620 is Smallest, Lightest HDD Camcorder Ever

December 8, 2009

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JVC’s GZ-HD620 now holds the title of world’s smallest and lightest hard drive-based camcorder. Featuring a 3.32-megapixel CMOS sensor, 120GB HDD, microSD/SDHC expansion, 2.7-inch LCD, USB connectivity, and HDMI. Available December 9th in Japan. This new JVC Everio model boasts 1/4.1”, 3.32 megapixel CMOS image sensor and a 30x optic zoom Konica Minolta HD lens [...]

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Coke Zero Spy Cam

November 1, 2009

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It may look like a Coke Zero can, but its shell conceals a functional USB-compatible camera that “can capture VGA (640×480) resolution video images in AVI format” — stored directly on the device’s 4GB of built-in memory. Available now, priced from $53. Just pop off the hidden panel to reveal a USB connector, and jack [...]

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Flip MinoHD Premium Edition

October 15, 2009

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The Flip MinoHD just got upgraded with a larger 2-inch display and 8GB of internal storage. One caveat: it’s priced at $229. However, the updated FlipShare software may justify the increase. This easy-to-use software allows you to edit and trim movies before uploading them to your favorite social site. Video quality test after the jump. [...]

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JVC Picsio GC-FM1 Pocket Camcorder

September 25, 2009

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JVC’s Picsio GC-FM1 just might give the Flip Ultra HD and even the iPod Nano a run for their money. Boasting a 2-inch LCD, 1080p video recording, and HDMI-out. Expect to shell out $220 for the gadget, when it hits stores in Japan later this month. Video after the break. [Source]

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