Hitachi doubles up on Blu-ray camcorders

After giving the nod that Blu-ray camcorders were on the way, Hitachi's now given full details on its debut cams and revealed that there'll not just b

After giving the nod that Blu-ray camcorders were on the way, Hitachi's now given full details on its debut cams and revealed that there'll not just be one, but two models to choose from.Landing in October, the 10x zooming DZ-BD70A will record up to an hour of 'Full HD' (that's 1920x1080 resolution) though sadly not at 1080p on this first crop. For extra recording it'll also do two hours at the lower 1440x1080 resolution captured by most 1080i 'corders.An SD card slot takes care of saving photos at up to 4.3MP. Cunningly it'll be also be able to take stills from its recorded hi-def footage and save them as 2.1MP shots – nice. If you run out of mini BD discs in Outer Mongolia, just slip in a standard mini DVD and it'll carry on recording – in lowly standard def, of course.Also arriving will be the top-of-the-range DZ-BD7HA (pictured), which tags on a 30GB hard drive for up to four hours of the same full HD video. On-camera editing allows the footage to be dumped to BD disc or DVD, primed and ready for playback.Perhaps it's time your Hi8 cam had that upgrade you were thinking of.EssentialsHitachi DZ-BD70A, DZ-BD7HAPrice: £TBAOn sale: October Contact: HitachiRelated stories:1080p camcorders on the way from HitachiGadget of the Day – Hitachi hybrid camcorders