"We have received numerous requests for extended record times from Panasonic DVCPRO HD P2 camera/recorder owners," said Matt McEwen, senior product manager for Focus Enhancements. "In response we created the new FS-100 160GB model, which records up to 6.5 hours—a length which was previously not economically viable for those using DVCPRO HD."
The new FS-100 160GB model joins the lower capacity FS-100 100GB model, which will continue to be available. Both models are shipping with the recently released version 4.0 firmware. In addition to P2 and QuickTime DTE recording, version 4.0 offers the following new features for FS-100 users:
- Support for 720p PN record mode, which more than doubles available DVCPRO HD record times
- PN variable frame rate (VFR) recording, which delivers stunning slow motion and fast motion effects
- QuickTime Reference Movie support, which enables long record sequences to appear as a single file.
The FS-100 160GB model is available now through authorized Panasonic resellers for a US MSRP of $2,495. The FS-100 100GB model is available for a US MSRP of $1,995.