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Sony upgrades flagship 3-CCD prosumer camcorder
Though not specifically made for broadcasters or professionals, Sony’s high-end prosumer 3-CCD camcorders have long had a home in news bureaus around the world, on broadcast television programs, documentaries and feature films. Now Sony is upgrading its flagship model to the DCR-VX2100, the latest 3-CCD MiniDV Handycam.
This camcorder is equipped with a 58-millimeter aspherical lens and a two-position neutral density filter. It incorporates an improved audio system and can record PCM digital stereo audio in 12 and 16-bit audio modes.
This new camcorder incorporates many of the fundamental features that made its predecessor, the DCR-VX2000, one of the most popular Sony models.
With its Advanced HAD progressive scan CCD technology, the new model improves the minimum illumination, delivering a new benchmark in low-light performance in a MiniDV camcorder without the use of infrared technology. By increasing the CCD’s sensitivity to light, the DCR-VX2100 model produces clearer, brighter video with more lifelike color reproduction, even when it has been recorded in dimly lit environments.
This camcorder is equipped with a 58-millimeter aspherical lens and a two-position neutral density filter. The aspherical glass minimizes the distortions that usually occur around the edges of video shot by a standard spherical lens, while the neutral density filter compensates for varying lighting situations such as studio fixtures or direct sunlight.
The camcorder incorporates an improved audio system, which offers a superior signal-to-noise ratio. It can record PCM digital stereo audio in 12 and 16-bit audio modes.
The DCR-VX2100 also provides the choice of automatic or manual control for all aspects of exposure, shutter and depth of field. Other features include a built-in color bar generator, 16:9 wide screen recording capability, an intelligent accessory shoe, both 12x optical and 48x digital zoom, advanced optical SteadyShot picture stabilization and up to seven hours of operation with the optional NP-F960 InfoLithium battery.
For more information visit www.sony.com.
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