Sony Japan announces DCR-PC300 camcorder

According to Sony Japan, the three Megapixel CCD is the highest resolution CCD ever included on a camcorder producing the highest resolution stills of any camcorder on the market. The CCD is also a large 1/3 in. which will likely result in very good low light performance.

The DCR-PC300K includes an impressively large 1/3 in. 3.3 Megapixel CCD. This is the largest resolution and physical size CCD that has been included on a consumer camcorder in a while. It surpasses the Sony DCR-PC105 for single CCD resolution, and the Panasonic PV-DV953 which achieve 3 Megapixel stills by combining three CCDs. Currently, no camcorder under $1,500 includes a CCD larger than 1/3.6 in. The CCD produce 305K effective pixels for stills and 205K effective pixels for video – an incredibly large number. It is likely that the very large CCD, combined with the large number of effective pixels for video will result in super high quality video under normal and low light conditions.

The DCR-PC300K appears to be the replacement for the DCR-PC120BT. It includes a 10x optical zoom, a focus ring, and a new 3D touch screen navigation system. According to the press release, the camcorder includes an RGB color filter which is apparently new to Sony camcorders – what effect the filter has on video quality is unknown.

The 2.5 in. LCD on the DCR-PC300K is hybrid, like that of the DCR-PC105. The hybrid LCD is designed to work well in both sunny and dark light situations. It also appears that Sony has brought back the Bluetooth feature. The DCR-PC300K includes Bluetooth wireless networking capability enabling the camcorder to communicate with a printer wirelessly for printing digital stills.

The 3.3 Megapixel CCD can produce stills up to 2,016 x 1,512 pixels. The camcorder also includes Sony’s ”enhanced” 16:9 aspect ratio recording system which maximizes the resolution recorded to tape in 16:9 aspect ratio mode.

The DCR-PC300K will be available in Japan September 8th for 198,000 yen – or about $1,648.63. When the camcorder will be available in US, what features it will have and what price it will be is unknown. However, Sony is very good about eventually bringing Japanese models over to the US.

Source: Sony Japan and Camcorderinfo.com

Pictures and discussion can be found here:
http://forums.designtechnica.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2781

Photography

Nikon A1000, B600 pack big zooms into compact, budget-friendly cameras

The new Nikon Coolpix A1000 packs in a 35x zoom lens, 4K video, and an optical viewfinder, while Nikon's B600 brings a 60x zoom lens to the table. The cameras are modest updates to Nikon's budget-friendly zoom models.
Photography

Here are 8 GoPro tips to get the most out of your action cam

There's more to your GoPro camera than just mounting it to your skateboard. Whether it's finding the best accessories or understanding the settings more thoroughly, learn to shoot video like a pro with these simple GoPro tips and tricks.
Home Theater

QLED and OLED may have similar names, but they're totally different technologies

The names may look almost identical, but OLED and QLED are two entirely different beasts. In our QLED vs. OLED battle, we dissect the differences between these dueling TV technologies, and help determine which might be best for you.
Photography

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.
Photography

This A.I.-powered camera follows the action to produce epic selfie videos

Want to capture more epic action selfies? The Obsbot Tail is a camera-gimbal combo that uses artificial intelligence to follow the action. Using a handful of different modes, the camera works to keep the action in the frame.
Photography

Sony crams its best camera tech into the new $900 A6400

Love Sony's autofocus, but can't stomach the full-frame price? The Sony A6400 mirrorless camera uses some of the same autofocus technology and the processor of the A9 in a compact, more affordable crop-sensor camera.
Photography

GoPro bumps resolution on Fusion 360 cam to 5.6K with new firmware

Currently available in public beta, Fusion firmware version 2.0 offers a new 5.8K mode that results in 5.6K output when the 360 camera's two hemispheres are stitched together. It also adds support for 24 fps video and RAW time-lapse…
Photography

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses -- something no phone…
Photography

With 5-stop optical stabilization, Fujifilm GF 100-200mm is ready for adventure

Fujifilm revealed a new lens designed to deliver on the GFX system's promise of adventure-ready medium-format photography. The GF 100-200mm F5.6 R is a weather resistant, relatively lightweight, 2x telephoto with impressive stabilization.
Photography

Olympus teaser shares glimpse of OM-D camera that’s good for more than sports

Is Olympus about to release a new mirrorless camera geared toward sports photographers? The latest teaser offers a glimpse of an upcoming OM-D camera set to launch on January 24, and by the looks of the teasers, it's capable for landscapes…
Social Media

Nearly a million Facebook users followed these fake Russian accounts

Facebook purged two separate groups behind more than 500 fake accounts with Russian ties. One group had ties to Russian news agency Sputnik, while the other had behavior similar to the Internet Research Agency's midterm actions.
Photography

From DIY to AAA, here's how to take a passport photo in 6 different ways

If you're applying for a passport or renewing one, you need to submit a photo in your official application. There are strict guidelines, but fortunately, it's something you can do at home. Here's how to take a passport photo.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world will take your breath away

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.
Photography

Photography news: Careful, self-driving cars can ruin your camera sensor

In this week's photography news, learn how self-driving cars destroyed a digital camera via lasers. Find out how many patents Canon filed for in 2018. Read about what Tamron lenses are available for the Nikon Z6.