With features that put the average video recorder to shame, JVC 's Japanese prosumer deck handles DVD, HDD and MiniDV.

Japan can't get enough of hard-core A/V products like this HDD/DVD/MiniDV video-recording deck that JVC has just released. For JPY200,000 (£830) owners of the SR-DVM700 get to take home hardware that will set them up as serious videographers - or at least as YouTube superstars.

The onboard hard drive is a replaceable 250GB, the DVD burner supports DVD-R/RW/RAM and the MiniDV deck allows, of course, for importing that precious high-definition video from cameras such as Sony's HDR-HC3 .

The myriad input and output options include S-Video, composite, various analogue and digital ports and RS-233-C. On-deck controls are limited to comparatively simple dubbing back and forth between media but connect the machine to a PC and a whole world of non-linear editing is at your fingertips. J. Mark Lytle