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New 2008 Camcorders Feature Face Detection

Jan 22, 2008
A recent trip to the consumer electronics show left this author eagerly anticipating the arrival of certain new camcorder models. Several camcorder manufacturers will be rolling out face detection and face recognition technology, with Sony and Panasonic models already available.

What Does Face Recognition Technology Mean?

Face recognition and face detection technology offers a big plus for still photographers. In essence, it allows the photographer to have an auto correct feature for common facial image photography problems. Introduced a few years ago, face recognition technology is now quite common in digital cameras.

Camcorder owners can expect to see common problems become non issues. For starters, face detection technology will offer auto focus correction. Also, you can expect your images to have balanced color and greater clarity than ever before.

Two Companies Introduce First New Models

Two companies are leading the way in camcorder face detection technology. Both Sony and Panasonic introduced new camcorder models at the consumer electronics show. Panasonic, who were one of the last companies to offer face detection technology in their still cameras, have rolled out the HDC-SD9 model. Meanwhile, Sony's high end model HDR-SR10 is a brand new entrant to the camcorder marketplace offering face recognition capabilities.

What This Means To You

Expect to see significant improvement in facial images with these new models. Although the technology appears to be a tick below that of still cameras, many of the common facial image photography problems will be eliminated. These include lack of sharpness and facial clarity, excess light exposure, and color balance. Initial reviews and reactions have stated both the Sony and Panasonic models in this category are leaps and bounds better than anything else previously available.

You will see several other companies jump aboard the face recognition technology camcorder market later in 2008 and into 2009. Among those companies with models supposedly in the works or ready for release are Sanyon, Canon, and Olympus. In terms of price, the Panasonic HDC-SD9 retails at $799, but it remains to be seen if price levels will fluctuate as more models are introduced.
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