America Consumer Products, L.L.C., ("Toshiba") announced today the
introduction of the gigashot digital camcorders. Part of the company's
gigastyle family of products. gigashot camcorders, like the gigabeat
digital audio players, are hard drive based models that use some of the
most innovative storage devices in the marketplace.
"When it comes to devices like digital camcorders, the consumer
demands simplicity. With large capacity, compact hard drives built in,
the consumer never needs to worry about the right disc or tape to buy.
This, tied with the inherent simplicity of gigashot's interface, means
that we can offer a product that is technologically advanced yet simple
for the consumer to operate," said Yoshi Uchiyama, Group Vice
President, Toshiba America Consumer Products Digital A/V Group.
"Clearly there is a huge opportunity for Toshiba to leverage its rich
history in TV and Digital Audio Video as well as digital storage
technology, to offer consumers complimentary products like gigashot
that help maximize the entertainment experience."
gigashot camcorders combine a high quality video camera with a still
camera, all in one easy to use package. With the capability of snapping
digital photos while continuing to shoot video, gigashot makes it
exceedingly simple to catch those special moments in either still
images or video. Designed with convenience and ease-of-use in mind, and
leveraging Toshiba's industry renowned 1.8" hard drive, both gigashot
camcorders are compact and easy to carry while providing the user with
high quality video.
Both gigashot models use MPEG-2 video
encoding for all video recordings. What this means to the consumer is
extremely high quality video recording every time and the ability to
burn to DVD quickly and easily without any reduction in resolution
caused by the conversion of video formats. Consumers can select from
different bit rates (or quality settings) to suit their needs. Up to 13
hours of high quality 9.6 Mbps recording is possible for example using
the 60GB* GSC-R60 at its highest quality setting. If the consumer needs
more recording time at a still high quality video level (6 Mbps) for
example, up to 20 hours is possible (10 hours with the 30GB* GSC-R30).
With as much as up to 55 hours of recording time, there is never any
need to buy additional media.
The new Toshiba GSC-R30 (30 GB*) and GSC-R60 (60 GB*) models feature
built in 1.8" hard disk drives, a 2.5" diagonally measured LCD screen
(210k pixels), and a 2 Mega Pixel color CCD Sensor. Both models also
come with an SD memory card slot. In addition, both models offer an
electronic image stabilizer to correct hand movement while filming and
a gravity sensor for protection in case the camcorder unexpectedly
falls to the ground. The GSC-R60 comes with a docking cradle that
includes a USB port, Ethernet connectivity, an AC adaptor and an A/V
Simplicity and ease-of-use
gigashot hard disk drive
camcorders offer ease-of-use. Because of hard disk drive random access,
fear of overwriting existing video is gone, there are no tape formats
to worry about and file management is simple. gigashot offers an
intuitive menu system and the jog control on the camera corresponds
with on-screen menus.
Gigashot enhances transfer of content by including USB 2.0 and
Ethernet /S-Video/AV interfaces. Users can transfer content to their PC
and selected Toshiba DVD recorders for playback and editing purposes,
and in turn can save the content onto a hard disk drive or burn it on a
Toshiba's gigashot includes AC/DSEE and PowerProducer software so
there is no need to buy additional software. The bundled software
allows instant recognition of the camera, still image editing, video
editing, DVD authoring and burning. It even offers a 3 button "burn to
DVD" option for the ultimate is simplicity.
Pricing and Expected Availability
GSC-R30 ($799, February 2006); GSC-R60 ($999, February 2006)
Source: Toshiba Press Release