If you’re looking to add a low-priced video camera to your arsenal, you’ll want to wait until after this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Several manufacturers will be unveiling their new lines, and some have started already.
Kodak is releasing several new models in its EasyShare digital camera line. While these are primarily still cameras, they’ll give you a convenient way to shoot video for the Web. The EasyShare Touch offers a dedicated video record button that lets you shoot 720p video without fumbling through the on-screen controls. It has a 14 megapixel sensor, a 5x wide-angle optical zoom lens, and will list for $149.95 in the spring.
If you want to shoot footage in the pool or an area where you might get wet, look to the Kodak EasyShare Sport camera, a waterproof 12 megapixel still camera that also records video. It will list for $79.95 this spring.
Speaking of sports video, GoPro, which makes wearable and gear-mountable HD cameras, will be showing several new accessories at CES. The GoPro 3D Hero System will let owners connect two HD Hero cameras in one housing with a synchronization cable, allowing them to shoot full 1080p 3D video.
GoPro will also debut the LCD BacPac, a removable LCD screen that attaches to all 1080p HD Hero cameras, and Battery BacPac, which increases the running time of any HD Hero. Pricing and availability haven’t yet been announced.
If you’re in the market for a new professional video cameras, you might have to wait until the National Association of Broadcasters conference in April.