Hitachi announced the third version of its Blu-ray camcorder that is able to record and store video directly on a disc so it can be later viewed on any PC or TV with a Blu-ray drive -- but not a PS3. The new DZ-BD10H Blu-ray camcorder, has a 30GB hard drive and CMOS image sensor along with an optional 32GB SDHC memory card that is able to store up to five hours of video in 1920x1080 AVCHD resolution.
The camera is 20 percent smaller than the previous Hitachi design, and still has 10x zoom and can records at a 15Mbps bitrate while in full mode. It measures 3.1-in. x 5.5-in. x 3.4-in. and weighs just 1.27 pounds.
There is one problem with the selection of a Blu-ray disc for storage, however; the BD10H utilizes smaller 8cm Blu-ray discs, which will not work in the most popular Blu-ray player -- Sony's PlayStation 3 -- because it has a slot-loading mechanism. The 8cm discs store one-third of the standard 12cm Blu-ray disc, or about 16GB of video.