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 1920×1080 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.