The Sony HDR-TG3E is a tiny HD camcorder that comes with a stack of extras. It's the shape of the Sony that drives everything. You ﬂip and twist the LCD screen, which automatically turns on the power and then you hold the camcorder vertically like a six shooter.
Considering the small size and light weight of the HDC-SD9, you have to give Panasonic credit for including so many features. This triple CCD camcorder uses AVCHD MPEG-4 to record full HD 1080p and offers four quality settings with 17Mbps HA1920, 13Mbps HG1920, 9Mbps HX1920 and 6Mbps HE1440.
Canon has gone for the cheap and cheerful approach with its FS100, which is the only standard-deﬁnition camcorder in this round-up. It's also the cheapest in the range and lacks internal memory, forcing you to shoot straight to SD card. The look and feel is solid yet lightweight, although the silver paint looks poor.
If Sony is looking for a heavyweight contender in the battle for semi-pro camcorder supremacy then the EX1 might well be it. Well, it would be if the battle could be won at the weigh-in. You see the first thing we noticed when removing this new cam from the box was its weight. At 2.8kg it is a bit of a back-breaker but further investigation revealed some nifty innovations that go some way to compensate.
Comfortably the smallest and lightest model in this roundup, the CX6 records all footage on to removable Memory Sticks.
Here’s a £700 HD cam that manages to cram two formats into its modest frame: SD and HDD. Perfect for the high-def connoisseur who can’t make their mind up
Panasonic is, arguably, the king of DVD/HDD recording. Many of its machines have passed through HCC's Tech Labs and they've all impressed without exception.Essentially, the brand's success is down to getting the basics right
Adobe wasn't the first software company to strip down its pro-level video editing program for a mainstream market. Sonic Foundry (now owned by Sony) did just that some years ago with Vegas Movie Studio.
DVD Maker is included with Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, or any higher version. Does this mean the other makers of DVD authoring software have something to worry about? Well, not really