JVC 4K Camcorder

You hip to 4K? No, it’s not the distance of that race to cure athlete’s foot that you bailed out on; it’s the next level in video quality, and JVC is about to bring it to the masses. The GY-HMQ10 is the world’s first handheld 4K camcorder, capturing video images at four times the resolution of high definition television. With JVC’s Falconbrid large-scale integration (LSI) chip for high-speed signal processing and a 1/2-inch CMOS imager with 8.3 million active pixels, you get real-time 3840×2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or 60p. When it comes to playback, the GY-HMQ10 is able to output 4K images to a monitor or projection system in real-time with virtually no latency, so yeah, you’re one step closer to creating that long-awaited Norbit sequel that Hollywood is dragging its feet on.

Sanyo’s Xacti Camcorders From Panasonic

Panasonic, having bought Sanyo’s line of Xacti Camcorders, rebrands them and has released three models to entice the young Spielbergs out there. The three models, HX-WA10, HX-DC15, HX-DC1, differ mainly on onboard memory and waterproofing. HX-WA10 is waterproof. HX-DC15 has 16GB onboard memory. All others have 80MB (couldn’t even film the ‘Happy’in Happy Birthday) and can’t be taken underwater. While smartphones have all-in-one features, a jack of all trades is a master of none. Retails from $400 to $600.