Super 8 Camcorder In Digital Format. Chinon Bellami HD – 1 Shoots like iPhone 5 But With F1.2 Kit Lens Optics and 4mm Focal Length; Shoots 1080p / 720p MOV video at 30 / 15 / 10 fps
The Chinon Bellami HD-1 is not the digital camcorder for everyone.?For one, it is a bit expensive at approximately US$820 Dollars considering the sensor specs it has. The camera sensor is quite low for a digital camcorder at 1080p and a 1/3 inch type.
But this is also where the beauty of the HD-1 comes in.
The Chinon Bellami HD-1 is going for the Super 8 look. Not only does it have that Super-8 pistol grip form with interchangeable lenses, the sensor size actually mimics the approximate frame of a Super-8mm film. This gives the HD-1 an authentic film quality texture for the Super-8 fan.
Before you become dismayed at the ?smallness? of the sensor, do realize that the HD-1 has the same sensor size found in an iPhone 5s and you don’t see users of the 5s complaining when they take videos and upload it to their YouTube accounts. In short, the HD-1 shoots videos of fair quality standards.
What makes the HD-1 better, however, than the ordinary smartphone video, is its F1.2 kit lens optics with a 4mm focal length.
What’s more, HD-1 users can use any D-mount lens that they already have, and Chinon has adapters for C and CS-mount lenses, as well as M42-mount lenses. The cost for the adapters, however, will cost you around US$20 to US$50 Dollars per adapter. A set of all three adapters is available for US$68 Dollars.
The Chinon Bellami HD-1 camcorder is capable of shooting MOV video formats at 1080p or 720p. The video is captured at 30fps, 15fps or 10fps.
The MOV files can be stored on SD, SDXC, and SDHC memory cards that you need to supply yourself.
For controls, it looks pretty much like your smartphone video controls with modes for aperture settings (lens opening) as well as ISO settings (light sensitivity) that can be set up to 12,800.
The HD-1 also has a 3.55 mm headphone (out) and mic (in) jacks.
And guess what, it runs on AA batteries (2 pcs.). This is a good option for those who want to use re-chargeable batteries or disposable ones.
There is some ?bad? news though. It is just available in Japan.
Let’s hope Chinon finds it in their heart to make it available to the rest of us.
Photo Source: http://chinon.co.jp/