Toshiba Computer Systems has announced that it will be launching its Gigashot range of high definition camcorders to the South African market to compliment its existing Camileo range of camcorders.

Toshiba’s Gigashot collection of camcorders includes the Gigashot A series and K series, two of the world’s lightest high definition, hard disc-based video cameras.
“Easily integrated with notebooks and other peripheral devices, the Gigashot range of camcorders is the ideal range of lifestyle products that allow people to record, edit and burn home movies in HD quality,” comments Reon Coetzee, Toshiba’s marketing manager for South Africa and Africa.
“With the ever-increasing proliferation of high definition TVs in South Africa, consumers and professionals, alike, have the need to use their investments to their full potential while they wait for TV broadcasters to become HD-ready,” he says.
Featuring both 1080i full-HD motion capture and high-quality still image capture, Toshiba’s Gigashot camcorders include up to 100GB of inbuilt hard disc capacity for hours of video.
Both A and K series include SD/SDHC card expansion slots – allowing up to 8GB of additional storage space for still images.
The Gigashot A series weighs in at just 495g, capturing interlaced Mpeg video at true 1080i high definition resolution (1920 x 1080/1400 x 1080 pixels).
It includes a Fujitron with 10x optical and 80x digital zoom capability (focal length: 4.5 to 45mm) using a single 1/3-inch CMOS image sensor.
The two variants of the A series – the A40F and A100F – include 40GB and 100GB of storage space respectively, being able to store up to 12 hours of high definition and 23 hours of standard definition video.
The Gigashot K series is aimed at the more budget-conscious filmmaker, delivering interlaced Mpeg video at 1280 x 720 pixel high definition resolution.
With a 10x optical and 30x digital zoom lens (focal length: 6.0 to 60mm), it too features a 1/3-inch CMOS image sensor.
The range includes an 80GB model (K80H) and 40GB model (K40H).
Both A and K series include a 3-inch widescreen TFT colour LCD display, electronic image stabilisation and various white-balancing technologies to suit even the most demanding home and professional users who expect crystal-clear images every time.
Connectivity options across the range include component video and an AV-out for displaying images on a TV.  An HDMI port connects the camcorders to a high definition TV and a mini-USB port makes PC-connectivity easy.
“Being able to record precious memories or make high-quality film productions is one way that Toshiba aims to help drive the adoption of a digital lifestyle – helping people make the most of their technology investments,” Coetzee adds.
“Toshiba is making an aggressive push into the HD camcorder market and aims to be number two worldwide by 2009.  The Gigashot range of camcorders will give Toshiba a very good kick-start from 2008,” he concludes.
The Gigashot range is now distributed by TD Technology.