Well, this ought to be good.
Last week, Sony released its HDR-TG1, which it calls the world’s smallest full high-definition camcorder. Which is a little odd, because Panasonic just released its HDC-SD9, which it claims is the world’s smallest full hi-def camcorder.
And that must come as something of a shock to Sanyo, which calls its Xacti 1000 the world’s smallest full hi-def camcorder.
It’s not really any surprise that these electronics companies are fighting for the “world’s smallest” title. Camcorder sales have been steadily declining, and the focus groups keep giving the same reason: camcorders are too big, bulky and complex to carry around. Besides, the movie mode on today’s shirt-pocket still cameras does just fine for quick clips.