The big boom in camcorder sales has come from a number of different technological advances that make the entire home video experience easier. Making the biggest advance by making something sizeably smaller has been with the storage, transfer and viewing media getting easier to handle, smaller, cheaper and more versatile. Sitting around watching a movie on a hand held device all stem from the development of fast miniature hard drives, then industry standard transfer cables (USB), and now down to thumbnail sized SD cards.
The video cassette tape media of past generations of camcorder are the SD chips of today and were responsible for a third of the size, weight, and mechanical breakdown of their era. Panasonic camcorders are now at the upper cutting edge of video camcorder technology. Current models come with SD only memory, a built in plus plug in SD card using the plug in for automatic backup version, and hefty hard drives coupled with SD.
Panasonic camcorders go the SD technology one better with their SD/SDHC Memory Card option. Using SD configured specifically for video applications, Panasonic camcorders recording directly onto an SD/SDHC Memory Card, can simply insert their SD card into the card slot of a Panasonic VIERA TV, or a Blu Ray Disc recorder or player, and you’ll enjoy spectacular large-screen view without any other hardware or conversion. And burn a DVD while you’re watching it.