Japan's answer to CES features a Blu-ray camcorder from Hitachi, Panasonic's future high-definition video camera, and more.
Design prototypes for future Hitachi camcorders are on display this week at the Ceatec trade fair in Makuhari, near Tokyo. The device on the right will have a Blu-ray disc in it. The one that looks like a shaver, on the left, is designed to have flash memory. Several manufacturers want to bring cheaper models (priced at US$1,000 or less) to the market next year.
Panasonic's Blu-ray recorders. They cost more than US$2,000 each and, for the time being, will be sold only in Japan. Demand for these devices in the U.S. is perceived to be relatively weak. By contrast, disk recording in Japan, if DVD recorder sales are any evidence, is big.
Panasonic's future high-definition video camera. In January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Panasonic showed off a wood block carved to look like a high-definition camera. Now the company has working prototypes.