October 8, 2007 — InvenSense Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company that makes MEMS-based motion sensing products for mobile applications, has announced that Hitachi Ltd. will use its gyroscopes for image stabilization in two models of its Blu-ray disc camcorders.
Hitachi will use InvenSense’s IDG-1000 series dual-axis gyroscope in its new DZ-BD70A and DZ-BD7HA camcorders — the first camcorders to support Blu-ray disc technology with full high definition (1920×1080) video capture, according to an InvenSense news release.
With the mass adoption of high definition television (HDTV) taking place around the world, camcorders are quickly following suit with support of HD video, which offers five times more image detail compared to legacy standard definition video. With such high resolution, even the smallest amount of natural hand shake will make a major impact on the overall quality and smoothness of the video, and will be amplified further with high zoom rate lenses. Eliminating the effects of hand shake requires electronic image stabilization using a dual-axis gyroscope, the company said.