Anybody can have a camcorder. But you have to be a broadcast professional (or be able to fake it) to even be allowed to spend $60,000 on a Panasonic DVCPRO-HD camcorder. That's because this is a camcorder that produces high-definition (HD) television images. It can capture up to 46 minutes' worth of HD signal on a special tape cassette. And even though it is supposed to be sold only to professionals, it has some consumer-like attributes, like being compact and weighing only 15 pounds. This ...

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