LAS VEGAS -- Here's a look at a few of the more intriguing items from the Photo Marketing Association show.
HD-DVC 8000 Camcorder
This, tiny HD-DV camcorder was a great find, but unless you get it from the company's Web site, you won't find this at a store near you until later this year.
It's a great little 2-for-1 camcorder because you can shoot both HD video and stills with it. The display is almost as big as the camcorder, which is roughly four inches long and three inches wide.
Easy to hold and shoot, the camcorder has plastic parts and some of the buttons are a little sticky, but once you have used it a few times the stickiness seems to go away.
Most mobile executives -- wary of anything that might weight them down -- might consider toting along this lightweight camcorder.Specs on this are:
Shoots 720P (1280 x 720 pixels) HD Video
Digital Still Camera 8MP (3200 x 2400 pixels)
3.0 TFT display rotation
Internal memory 6MB
Night mode to shoot in low light
Power charge from AC or PC notebook via USB.
Verbatim 8GB SDHC
Most digital cameras and camcorders don't include much internal memory. As a result, you'll have to buy memory in the form of an SD card or compact-flash card in order to store photos.
This is especially important with videos, since they can take up much more room than a .gif or a .jpg.
Most common are the SDHC cards, so if your digital camera takes this card then try to get the largest capacity card available. An 8GB card is a good way to avoid, swapping out or losing multiple cards.
The same is true if your camera uses compact flash cards.
You'll want to get the largest-capacity card to enable you to store more digital content. Compact flash cards are thicker than Smart Media. Both of them work by erasing, writing and reading in small blocks so they can deliver fast, reliable performance.
Speed is also important and the Verbatim Premium Compact Flash card features a minimum Read Speed of 66x (10 MB/second) read and a minimum Write Speed of 60x (9 MB/second).
Note: Compact flash cards above 2GB use the FAT32 file system and your camera must be able to read that format, otherwise it won't recognize the card. If your card is correct for your device and after using it for a while you find that you can't access the images try reformatting the conpact-flash card.
Keep in mind that reformatting will erase everything on the card but it will enable you to continue to use it.
If reformatting doesn't work you may have to buy another card.
Site to See
Compact Flash Organization
Here is the source for everything and anything you would ever want to know about compact flash memory. Find out what is the difference between CompactFlash®, CF Type I, CF Type II and CF I/O and what type of media is best for your digital device.
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