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Earlier this year Sony and Panasonic took the wraps off a new HD video format for camcorders. Two Sony models swiftly turned up and now Panasonic's re

Earlier this year Sony and Panasonic took the wraps off a new HD video format for camcorders. Two Sony models swiftly turned up and now Panasonic's revealed its offerings.The 1080i capable 'corders employ the AVCHD format (that's Advanced Video Codec High Definition) which enables HD recording to standard media. The first model, the HDC-DX1 saves its footage to now conventional mini-DVD discs. The other is the HDC-SD1 and, yes, the ‘SD’ bit does mean SD card. Remarkably, it manages to file up to 90 minutes of crystal-clear footage to the bundled 4GB card.You'll need AVCHD compatible hardware to watch your video creations. The PS3 will be so equipped, so too many DVD players and, with the right software, so will PCs.No word yet on a UK release, but you can always turn to the Sony's for your hi-def cheap thrills for now.

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Panasonic HDC-DX1, HDC-SD1 Price: £TBA On sale: TBA (1st December in Japan) Contact: Panasonic Related stories: Sony hi-def camcorders: the next generation