Sony Unveiling Latest HD Cam for Consumers this Spring
February 22, 2006
Sony said this week it will soon begin to stock store shelves with its first HD camcorder designed for the non-professional consumer market, the HDR-HC3 HDV 1080i Handycam. Sony said in a statement its newest HD unit is 26 percent more compact than its earlier HD camcorders.
The camcorder comes with a HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) output for connecting to an HD monitor to create a plug-and-play scenario. The HDR-HC3 features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and Sony's so-called ClearVid CMOS Sensor technology. The camcorder also shoots 4-megapixel still images, stored on an optional Memory Stick media card for transfer between other compatible (that is to say, mostly Sony) devices.
The consumer product includes a dual-record function that allows 16:9 video and simultaneous 2.3-megapixel stills in HD, and 1.7-megapixel stills in 4:3 SD mode. Slow motion is also included in HDR-HC3's features. (It will play back video at a speed four times slower than normal.)
The HD camcorder has a 2.7-inch touch panel swivel-screen, image stabilizer, built-in mic, and lithium battery designed for up to 90 minutes of continuous recording. Sony said the HD cam will come to the U.S. market in April.