On Wednesday, Panasonic announced 19 new camcorders, from as low as $299.95 for a standard-definition camcorder and up to $1,399.95 for the most expensive high-definition model. The most interesting new camcorders included a waterproof standard-definition camcorder, a high-definition model with a "twin memory" feature and the introduction of the world's first standard definition camcorder with a 70X optical zoom.

The SDR-SW21 is Panasonic's new waterproof/shockproof standard-definition camcorder. The body of the unit is rugged enough to withstand a four-foot drop, and it can be submerged in 6.5 feet of water. The camcorder will record video to a removable SD memory card. Color choices will include silver, lime green and orange. The SDR-SW21 will retail for $399.95 in April.

Panasonic will also offer three standard-definition camcorders with 70x optical zoom: the SDR-H80, SDR-H90 and SDR-S26. The lens will be supported by optical image stabilization that can detect and combat shakes through a built-in gyro-sensor. The camcorders will offer a quick-start mode that allows them to turn on and begin recording in .08 seconds. They will also include Panasonic software called "VideoCam Suite" that will assist and expedite the process of uploading videos to YouTube. The camcorders will be available in April; pricing was not announced. (full Story)

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