Panny camcorder eats extra fat SD cards

Panasonic has unveiled its latest SD camcorder, which sports an intriguing new feature – support for the forthcoming next-gen SD card.The S150 is othe

Panasonic has unveiled its latest SD camcorder, which sports an intriguing new feature – support for the forthcoming next-gen SD card.

The S150 is otherwise a minor update on the S100, offering the same 3CCD sensor, optical image stabilisation and video recording in compressed MPEG2.

There’s also a reasonable 10x optical zoom, 700x digital zoom and a speedy start-up time of 1.5 seconds.

Its support for SD High Capacity (SDHC) is an intriguing future-proofing addition, though. The new format will initially be available from August in 4GB form, which is good for over 3 hours of video in the lower quality LP mode, or 50 minutes in high quality XP mode.

Panasonic has also said that capacities could soon rise to a high-def friendly 32GB, which would make SD camcorders a more rugged alternative to hard-drive models such as JVC’s tasty Everios [see our camcorder Top 10].

Although SDHC cards won’t work in standard SD camcorders, the S150 will also take today’s cards if you don’t fancy splashing out on the next-gen versions.

Like the new cards, the S150 will be available from August – we’re just checking pricing info and will update this story when we get it.