Sony Debuts Smallest HD Camcorder

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 fromreflected light.

Weighing only about 1-1/2 pounds, the model packs in 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 enables it to capture moving and still images with smoother movements and clearer pictures.

For quick framing and easy image sharing, the camcorder has a 2.7-inch wide hybrid, touch-panel LCD screen to access menu options. You can switch between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios (in DV mode) to see exactly how your 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 few camcorders, in fact, the only HD one, that allows you to record high-definition video and take a 1-megapixel digital still image at the same time.

Additional features include:
     *  InfoLithium Battery with AccuPower System — Lithium-Ion batteries
        minimize the life shortening “memory effect” and can be charged at any
        time.  Sony’s exclusive AccuPower meter conveniently indicates the
        remaining minutes of battery life on the LCD or viewfinder display, so
        you can keep an accurate and constant reading of remaining battery

     *  i.LINK® Digital Video Interface — The i.LINK (IEEE 1394) DV
        interface enables high speed, bi-directional digital video/audio
        communication between two devices equipped with a compatible i.LINK DV
        interface, including camcorders, professional digital video recorders,
        and PCs.

     *  PictBridge Compatibility — Printing one or many images is easy
        with the HDR-HC1 Handycam camcorder, which is PictBridge compatible.
        Connect the camcorder to a PictBridge-enabled printer, such as Sony’s
        new PictureStation DPP-FP50, and printing is as simple as pressing
        the print button.
The HDR-HC1 will have a street price of about $2000 dollars.

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