It's Camcorder Palooza at CES 2009

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Camcorders will flood the halls of CES 2008, based what we are seeing so far. Just before the show officially opened, Sony introduced 15 new camcorder models. Some of Sony's offerings include flash-based and high-definition models and others offer mega-zoom features with one sporting 60X-optical lenses priced below $500. Sony even has a model with built-in GPS and others that fit in your pocket - a la Flip Mino style.

If you prefer Panasonic you won't be disappointed. The consumer electronics giant added six new HD camcorders to its lineup this week along with adding new pocket-camcorders to its mix. Panasonic also shows off a some its optical prowess with models that deliver 70x-optical-zoom functionality.

Kodak is also stepping up its camcorder offerings with a new Z-series HD pocket camcorder called the Zi1 with an affordable price tag of $150.

Not to be outdone camcorder stalwart Canon has upgraded its line of camcorders as well. Earlier this week here in Vegas it introduced new addition to its HDV camcorder range: the Legria HV40. Recording HDV1080i images to tape, the Legria HV40 is the successor to the HV30.

Samsung Electronics is going to bring up the rear of this roundup. It announced a new camcorder that relies on Solid-state disks for storage--no cumbersome and expensive tapes to deal with.

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