Projector and Enthusiast Camcorders Also Join Industry-Leading Video
TORONTO, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - Sony today unveiled a lineup of feature-packed
Handycam® camcorders that redefine the way consumers capture video and photos,
including its first foray into the consumer world of 3D. Sony is the
only company that can deliver motion pictures and live action sports in
3D - and then provide a similar experience to consumers at home or
Significant technological advancements enhance the new camcorder
portfolio, yielding innovative devices that offer unique digital
imaging solutions. In addition to a Full HD 3D Handycam consumer
camcorder with a glasses-free built-in 3D LCD, a built-in video
projector model and a video enthusiast consumer model highlight Sony's
"This year's lineup really breaks the mold of what conventional
camcorders can do," said Samuel Yip, director of the digital imaging
business at Sony Canada. "Adding to Sony's comprehensive line of 3D
solutions, our Handycam products answer consumer needs as well as
create new demand, setting Sony apart from the competition."
Handycam Headliners: Full HD 3D, Projection, Film-Like Production
Creating a new standard in video creation and playback, three new
additions bring 3D technology, a video projector and enthusiast
solutions to Sony's industry-leading high definition lineup.
Sony's HDR-TD10 is the world's first "Double Full HD" 3D consumer
camcorder. The camcorder employs an integrated dual lens system, which
includes two of each key component - double Sony G Lenses, double
"Exmor R" CMOS image sensors, and double BIONZ® image processors.
The dual recording system allows 3D content to be recorded in 1920x1080
Full HD resolution and viewed with 3D active glasses on 3D-capable
HDTVs or in Full HD 2D on non-3D displays. All 3D footage can also be
played back without glasses on the camcorder's 3.5-inch Xtra Fine LCD™
3D touch screen. In addition to other innovative features, 10x optical
zoom with Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Active Mode and
iAUTO are offered in 3D mode. Providing 64GB of flash memory, the
HDR-TD10 will be available in April for about $1500.
Sony's new Handycam camcorders with a built-in video projector offer the
ultimate playback experience, even on the go. A compact, LED-based
projector is built into the 3-inch flip-out LCD panel, maintaining the
camcorder's compact size, and allows video and images to be projected
at up to 60 inches (diagonally; when projected 18ft. away) onto walls,
ceilings, or other flat surfaces. Stereo speakers with Clear Phase™
and S-Master™ digital amplifiers produce clear, dynamic sound and when
combined with the integrated projector, provide a whole new way to
enjoy video playback without needing to plug into an HDTV. The
HDR-PJ50V with a 220GB Hard Disk Drive will be available in April for
about $1000, while the HDR-PJ10 with 16GB of flash memory will be
available in March for about $750, respectively.
Sony also introduced the video enthusiast-level consumer camcorder,
HDR-CX700V, with hallmark Handycam features - "Exmor R" CMOS image
sensor, Wide Angle Sony G Lens, Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization
with Active Mode, Highlight Share, iAUTO - and new technologies like
60p/24p recording, PMB portable (compatible with Mac in April),
built-in USB cable, Tracking Focus, and Event Browse for automatic
grouping of your content by events for easy playback.
Borrowed from Sony's professional products, the camera boasts film-like
shooting with 24p native recording, along with advanced features such
as CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Color presets, Expanded Focus, Zebra
and Peaking settings for more precise video expressions. Additionally,
a newly developed 16:9 "Exmor R" CMOS sensor realizes a wide angle of
up to 26.3mm (35mm equivalent) and higher megapixels for video and
photos. With 96GB of flash memory, the HDR-CX700V will be available in
March for about $1300.
Advanced Optics & Intelligent Features
With sleek designs and best-in-class features such as its high-speed
BIONZ® imaging processor, Sony's camcorder family offers unparalleled
performance. Across the entire lineup, the following technologies will
iAUTO for automatic selection of optimal camcorder settings in different
environments by detecting the camcorder's surroundings and continually
optimizing settings in real-time for a variety of unique scenes
Extended Zoom for longer zooming capability, in addition to Optical zoom
Direct Copy to create your own video library on external Hard Disk Drive
without a PC
Built-in USB cable and software for easy web upload and quick charge
Large 3-inch LCD display for easy viewing and touch operation (HDR-TD10
has a 3.5 inch LCD)
Auto lens cover & power-on just by opening the LCD
Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Active Mode in HD models
and SteadyShot with Active Mode in SD models, reducing the effects of
hand shake for dramatically smoother video footage even while walking
Sony continues to offer superior engineering in its HD models, even at
entry level. In addition to the above, all new HD Handycam models will
feature the back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for stunning low
light performance, Golf Shot for a rendering of your swing in up to 22
images, Wide Angle Sony G Lens (26.3mm for HDR-CX700V/560V; 29.8mm for
the rest of HD models), and 60p recording, in addition to capturing
content in full 1920 x 1080 high-definition video recording at up to
24Mbps, the highest bit-rate offered by the AVCHD™ format. All HD
Handycam camcorders will also be equipped with new features like Event
Browse for automatic grouping of contents by events, Highlight Playback
& Share for simple highlight reels, and Tracking Focus, which maintains
focus of moving objects. Similar to Face Touch, where you can select a
person in the frame to be prioritized, you can touch a subject in the
shot, such as a dog or vehicle.
A vital part of good video is optimal sound, and with deep roots in
audio innovation, Sony brings exceptional sound to more of its
camcorder models. Now many Handycam camcorders will be equipped with a
high quality built-in microphone with 5.1ch surround system, stereo
speakers with Clear Phase and S-Master technology, wind noise
reduction, and a mic/headphone jack.
Sony will offer attractive entry-level HD camcorder options in both hard
drive (HDR-XR160) and flash memory (HDR-CX130) formats. The HDR-XR160
features a 160GB hard drive for up to 66 hours of HD video (LP mode),
while the HDR-CX130 allows for customizable capacity with the purchase
of a memory card. These camcorders are packed with features including:
¼-inch "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor with "ClearVid" array
30X optical zoom lens and 42X extended zoom
3.3-megapixel still photos
29.8mm Wide Angle G Lens (35mm equivalent, video mode)
Wind Noise Reduction
Mic jack (except HDR-CX130)
5.1ch microphone and stereo speaker (HDR-XR160 only)
The HDR-XR160 will be available in April for about $650, while the
HDR-CX130 will be available in March for about $500.
Representing Sony's high end camcorder, Sony will offer the HDR-CX560V,
with 64 GB of embedded flash memory for up to 26 hours of HD video (LP
mode). This camcorder adds the following features:
1/2.88-inch "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor with "ClearVid" array (16:9 ratio)
12.3-megapixel still photos
CinemaTone Gamma, CinemaTone Color presets
Assignable dial for manual control (Iris/Shutter/Exposure/WB/Focus)
The HDR-CX560V will be available in March for about $1100. These
camcorders and their accessories will be available at Sony Style® retail stores, online through www.sonystyle.ca and at authorized dealers nationwide.
STANDARD DEFINITION MODELS
Sony refreshed its standard-definition lineup with three new flash
memory-based models offering up to 16GB of capacity, including the 16GB
DCR-SX85 and the DCR-SX45 which allows for customizable capacity with
the purchase of a memory card. These high-performance models have
features found across the line, including a built-in USB cable and PMB
portable software, 3-inch LCD touch panel wide screen (230K
resolution), SteadyShot® image stabilization with Active Mode, Direct Copy, Carl Zeiss® lens,
auto lens cover, iAUTO, and Extended Zoom. They also employ 60x optical
zoom, Face Detection, and an on-board video light.
The DCR-SX85 and DCR-SX45 camcorders will be available in February and
cost about $330 and $280respectively. The DCR-SX45 models will be
offered in blue, red, black, and silver. The top-selling 80GB DCR-SR68
hard disk drive model will continue from last year. These camcorders
and their accessories will be available at Sony Style® retail stores, online through www.sonystyle.ca and at authorized dealers nationwide.
BETTER STORAGE AND POST-SHOOTING OPTIONS
In addition to the hard disk drive or built-in flash memory, all of
Sony's new camcorders can record video and still images directly to
Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media, Secure Digital (SD), or SDHC media card
(all sold separately).
Also featured on all HD and SD models, the Direct Copy feature lets you
copy footage directly from Handycam camcorders to any brand of external
hard disk drive (USB2.0; under2TB) via a USB cable (VMC-UAM1; sold
separately), when connected to AC power, for PC-free back-up and
archiving. Video stored on the external HDD can be played back through
the camcorder for viewing on a compatible TV. The Handycam camcorders
are also compatible with Sony's VRD-MC10 and VRD-MC6 Multi-Function DVD
Recorder, as well as the VRD-P1 DVDirect® Express DVD writer, offering quick and easy ways to transfer home videos directly to DVD
without a computer.
Plus, with the addition of the new BD-Cube DVDirect VBD-MA1 Blu-ray
Disc™ burner, AVCHD content from your Handycam camcorder can now be
transferred to Blu-ray Disc for playback on a Blu-ray Disc player and
for easy archiving.
Handycam camcorders are compatible with both PC and Mac® computers. Mac users can transfer AVCHD content and edit video clips in
HD quality using iMovie® software (sold separately). For PC users, the bundled Picture Motion
Browser ("PMB") software allows viewing, editing, organizing and
uploading images to many major video and photo sharing Web sites.
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