The new camcorder produces DVD recordings that play back in most current home and PC DVD players, as well as many later model PlayStation2 game consoles.
As the DVD home player market continues to boom, Sony’s new DVD camcorder DCR-DVD200E will be launched in New Zealand in November 2003, adding another dimension to the compatible DVD format.
The new camcorder also captures JPEG still images for viewing on either your PC or TV. The DCR-DVD200E incorporates a one-megapixel imager to produce high quality video and still image resolution (1152 x 864) and is capable of taking thousands of still shots at the highest still resolution on a single 8cm disc.
The disc-based recording system allows for quick access to favourite scenes and pictures without the fuss of rewinding and fast-forwarding. Thumbnail images of video are created from the start of every recorded scene.
Users never have to worry about recording over their irreplaceable memories as the camcorder intuitively only records on empty areas of the disc.
To further enhance the user experience, discs can be titled with customised descriptions, so “Holiday Party” footage is easily distinguishable from “Camping at the Beach.”
When recording on a DVD-RW disc, users have the flexibility to do some simple in-camera editing. For example, if the last recorded scene didn’t turn out perfectly, just erase the last video excerpt and shoot the desired scene in its place. In addition, when in VR (video recording) mode, users can design a playlist of their video clips, and rearrange the order of the scenes and images for a more customised finished product without modifying the video.
Each camcorder has multiple quality recordings options that can extend a disc’s capacity to hold up to 60 minutes of video.