|Sony Unveils Compact High-Definition Camcorder|
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|Written by AVRev.com|
|Friday, 27 May 2005|
Sony has announced a new lightweight and compact high definition consumer camcorder with full HD resolution based on HDV 1080i. The HDR-HC1 Handycam camcorder is small enough to easily fit in one’s hand, while delivering high-definition video and digital still images.
The camcorder's introduction is in response to the growing demand for HDTV. High definition recording requires fast image processing speeds to ensure a clear, detailed picture, with virtually no loss of picture data. The new HDR-HC1 model features Sony's CMOS imaging sensor technology, designed to deliver faster image processing speeds for richer colors, more vivid detail, and significantly less glare from reflected light.
Weighing only about 1-1/2 pounds, the model has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens, which further enhances image clarity and richness, even when shooting in low light. The combination of the unit's CMOS imaging sensor and Sony's Enhanced Imaging Processor technology enable it to capture moving and still images with smoother movements and clearer pictures.
These combined technologies also play a key role in this camcorder’s compact body design. Because the CMOS sensor consumes less power, the camcorder can be powered with a smaller battery like the model's supplied InfoLithium M battery, which delivers about 90 minutes of continuous recording (depending on recording mode). Sony also designed a circuitry board layout that conforms to the size of the lens and body.
For quick framing and easy image sharing, the camcorder has a 2.7-inch wide hybrid, touch-panel LCD screen to access menu options. The camcorder can switch between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios (in DV mode) to see exactly how content will be viewed on television. Other convenient features include fully automatic controls, a built-in microphone for audio quality, an intelligent pop-up flash, and Super SteadyShot image stabilization.
The camcorder also captures 2.8-megapixel digital still images, which can be stored directly on Memory Stick PRO Duo media for transfer to PCs and other devices. It is one of a few camcorders, and the only HD one, that allows consumers to record high-definition video and take a 1-megapixel digital still image at the same time.
The HDR-HC1 offers a full complement of manual controls, including a 10X optical and 120X digital zoom, zoom ring, zebra pattern, and spot focus. White balance, shutter speed and focus can all be adjusted manually.
The Cinematic mode allows you to record video with a film-like appearance, while the Shot Transition feature allows users to create interesting cinematic effects.
The camcorder can also record high definition video in total darkness with Sony's Super NightShot Plus Infrared System, which adds the greatest amount of range and detail to images in low- to no-light conditions.
The HDR-HC1 Handycam camcorder will be available in July.