1080p camcorders on the way from Hitachi

The digital Rubicon has been crossed. Hitachi is prepping the world's first HD camcorders that carry the ultimate 1080p mark.Carrying on the trend of

The digital Rubicon has been crossed. Hitachi is prepping the world's first HD camcorders that carry the ultimate 1080p mark.Carrying on the trend of Hitachi firsts for DVD-based cams and DVD/HDD hybrid movie makers like the DZ-HS303E (pictured), the new model is the first camcorder to employ Blu-ray discs. It uses AVCHD to pack in the 1080p in the same way mini-DVD based cams use the format to cram on 1080i.All we've seen so far is a prototype which shows it to be a Panasonic SD1-style barrel cam but with the addition of a mini Blu-ray burner adding a distinctive rotund bulge to the back.The dinky 3in BD-R/RE discs it swallows will handle a mighty 7GB of hi-def video, far more than mere DVDs can manage. The cost of blank media will still have to tumble before we chuck in our old cam though.Hitachi's promising a launch 'this year', so we'll keep our eyes peeled for the final specs.Essentials Hitachi Blu-ray camcorder Price: £TBA On sale: 2007 Contact: Hitachi Related stories: REVIEWED: Panasonic HDC-SD1 REVIEWED: Sony HDR-UX7 Gadget of the Day – Hitachi hybrid camcorders