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Toshiba Gigashot HD camcorders

Ralf Jurrien
CES report
Sunday 6th, January 2008
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

Toshiba announced a new Gigashot HD camcorder range. The new Gigashot camcorder range featuring two of the world’s smallest and lightest high definition, hard-disc based video cameras - the Gigashot A series and Gigashot K series. The pioneering new Gigashot range complements the existing Camileo range. It also enhances Toshiba’s comprehensive set of lifestyle technology products, which provide ideal movie making solutions for people to capture, edit and burn HD movies on the go. The stylish and compact Gigashot series boosts Toshiba’s existing camcorder line-up with HD capability as well as supporting seamless integration with users’ notebooks and other peripheral devices.

Toshiba Gigashot HD camcorder

Toshiba Gigashot camcorders - 100GB HDD
The Gigashot range delivers a comprehensive set of features and offers both HD video and still imaging capabilities. With up to 100GB of inbuilt hard drive capacity and true 1080i high definition recording capabilities, the Gigashot range provides the perfect, affordable next generation video recording solution. “Toshiba is making an aggressive move into the HD camcorder market, with the aim of being the number two player worldwide by 2009,” said Marco Perino, General Manager EMEA, PC Options Peripherals and Services. Toshiba Europe. “With the Gigashot series, we are confident of a strong start to 2008.”

Gigashot A & K series camcorders
Both series of cameras include a 3-inch widescreen TFT colour LCD display for crystal clear instant playback, electronic image stabilisation, and a range of automatic and manual white balance settings to suit even the most demanding professional requirements. Both the Toshiba Gigashot A and K series camcorders also include an SD/SDHC card slot capable of supporting up to 8GB for ultra high quality stills image recording.

Toshiba Gigashot HD camcorder

Toshiba camcorders - Software
Both Toshiba Gigashot series offer a range of connectivity options, including component video and an A/V out to enable users to display their images directly on a television, and a HDMI port for connection to a high definition TV. A USB mini jack enables the transfer of still images direct to a PC. The A and K series also offer a generous set of additional accessories, including Pixela’s “ImageMixer3” and “Nero Vision 5” software suites, which make transferring, creating and editing videos a quick, easy and enjoyable process.

Toshiba Gigashot A series camcorders
While very small at just 78.1mm x 135.4mm x 79mm and 495 grams in weight, the Toshiba Gigashot A series captures interlaced MPEG-4/H.264 video at full 1080i High Definition resolution (1920 x 1080/1400 x 1080 pixels). Central to capturing such high quality video is the combination of a high quality Fujinon 10x optical/80x digital zoom lens (focal length: 4.5 to 45mm) with a single 1/3 inch CMOS image sensor.

Toshiba Gigashot HD camcorder

Toshiba Gigashot A40F & Gigashot A100F
The video quality of the Toshiba Gigashot A series cameras is matched by the amount of onboard hard-disc based storage. There are two model variants, the Gigashot A40F, which uses a 40GB hard disc, and the Gigashot A100F with its category-leading 100GB of onboard storage. The Gigashot A100F’s built in Hard Disk Drive (HDD) can store over 12 hours of full high definition footage or up to 23 hours of standard definition footage.

Toshiba Gigashot K80H & Gigashot K40H
For the more budget conscious film maker, the Toshiba Gigashot K series also delivers MPEG-4/H.264 interlaced high definition video at a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. The K series offers a quality 10x optical/30x digital zoom lens with a focal length of 6.0 to 60mm and it too has a 1/3 inch CMOS image sensor. The range comes in two variants: an 80GB model (Gigashot K80H) and a 40GB (Gigashot K40H).

Toshiba Gigashot HD camcorder

Gigashot HD camcorders - Accessories
In addition to video, both the Toshiba Gigashot A series and K series camcorders offer the consumer still image capture at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 pixels, respectively. The Toshiba Gigashot series of camcorders come complete with a range of accessories, including:
• Dedicated Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery, AC adaptor, AC codes,
• Remote, Battery for remote, USB cable, AV cable, Component cable, Software CD,
• Owner's manual CD-ROM, Quick Help Guide, Quick Start Guide, Lens cover.

Toshiba Gigashot HD camcorders - Price & Availability
The Toshiba Gigashot A40F and Gigashot A100F are available from January 2008, priced at €1,199 and €1,399 respectively. The Toshiba Gigashot K40H and Gigashot K80H are available from January 2008, priced at €699 and €799 respectively.

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