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Sony's Latest Salvo - Inspiring Innovation

Sony's Latest Salvo - Inspiring Innovation



Sony's New Clan Of Handycams & Bloggie Cameras

Sony's New Clan Of Handycams & Bloggie Cameras

At the event, Sony introduced a whole slew of Handycam camcorders that offer some quite unique digital imaging solutions, including a flagship Full HD 3D Handycam camcorder, and a built-in projector series (HDR-PJ50, HDR-PJ30, HDR-PJ10). Of course, there are also models for consumers of all tiers, ranging from the HD/SD models for the average video enthusiasts to the pocket-friendly Bloggie HD cameras.

Sony 3D Handycam HDR-TD10 Camcorder

The new Sony’s 3D Handycam camcorder, the HDR-TD10, not only brings 3D content creation to consumers, but also boasts of an integrated dual lens system (Double Sony G Lens,"Exmor R" CMOS sensors, "BIONZ" image processors) which allows users to capture full 1080p resolution from both lenses to provide the highest quality 3D playback possible. It will also playback 3D content in 2D automatically on non-3D displays. In line with Sony's expanding 3D ecosystem, users can also view 3D footage without glasses on the camcorder’s screen as well as with glasses on any 3D capable HDTV.

 

Key highlights of the Sony Handycam HDR-TD10

  • Integral Dual Lens System 
  • 10x optical zoom in 3D (12 x 2D), 17x Extended Zoom
  • 3.5-inch touch screen LCD
  • Built-in mic w/ 5.1-channel surround system
  • Clear Phase stereo speakers with S-Master technology
  • Mic/Headphones jack
  • Audio level meter
  • 64GB of internal flash memory
  • Color Available - Silver
  • Availability in May
  • Suggested retail pricing: TBC
     

 

Sony Built-in Project Handycam Camcorder Series

Next up, a unique built-in projector series of camcorders take center stage. These allow for a convenient playback experience without the excessive bulk as the projector itself is compactly built into the 3-inch LCD panel and allows for a projection size of up to 60-inches (provided that the room is sufficiently dark). The Sony representative mentioned that on a full battery charge, the camcorders can last for at least an hour and a half of continuous projection. Three models are available - the HDR-PJ50 with a 220GB HDD and 7.1-megapixel still image capture, HDR-PJ30 with 32GB of flash memory and 7.1-megapixel still image capture, and HDR-PJ10 with 16GB of flash memory and 3-megapixel still image capture. All models come with SD card slots, so there's the option for memory expansion.

 

Key highlights of the HDR-PJ50 (top model)

  • 7.1-megapixel still image capture
  • Full 1920x1080 pixels HD video recording at up to 24Mbps
  • 220GB hard disk drive
  • "Exmor-R” CMOS sensor
  • Wide Angle G Lens w/ 12x optical and 17x Extended Zoom
  • Event Browse for automatic grouping of content by events
  • Highlight Playback & Share
  • Built-in USB cable and software
  • Availability in May
  • Suggested retail pricing: TBC
     

 

Sony Handycam HDR-XR160 & CR Series

The video enthusiasts will have a varied selection from Sony's new lineup of entry-level HD camcorder models, from the hard drive (HDR-XR160) or flash memory (HDR-CX130/CX700) formats. Depending on your preference, the CX series will allow for customizable memory capacity with a memory card (note: the CX series do not come with the 5.1-channel microphone and stereo speakers). If you find a fixed 160GB capacity sufficient, the XR160 will be the one to look out for.

 

Key highlights of the Sony Handycam HDR-XR160

  • Full 1920x1080 pixels HD video recording at up to 24Mbps
  • 3-megapixel still image capture
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 1080/60p playback and recording with Optical SteadyShot w/ Active Mode
  • “Exmor-R” CMOS sensor
  • Wide Angle G Lens w/ 30x optical and 42x Extended Zoom 
  • 3.0-inch touch panel LCD screen 
  • Event Browse and Highlight Playback & Share 
  • Built-in USB cable and software 
  • Built-in mic w/ 5.1-channel surround system
  • Clear Phase stereo speakers with S-Master technology
  • Mic/Headphones jack
  • Availability in May
  • Suggested retail pricing: TBC

     

 

Sony Bloggie HD Cameras

For consumers looking for an affordable and portable alternative, the Sony Bloggie HD cameras might catch their fancy. The two new portable devices introduced to the Bloggie line-up include the Bloggie Duo and 3D. The Duo offers a quick solution to those who like to snap self-portraits as it comes with two LCD screens - a rear 2.7-inch screen and a 2-inch screen on the front. On the other hand, the 3D offers new ways to create content - the slim device features a dual lens system accompanied with two image sensors for easy 3D capture. Like the newly announced HDR-TD10, you can view 3D content on the camera's screen or with glasses on any 3D capable HDTV.

 

Key highlights of the Sony Bloggie MHS-FS3 3D

  • 1920×1080 high-definition 3D or 2D MP4 videos
  • 5-megapixel still photos
  • 2.4-inch LCD screen
  • Exmor CMOS Sensor and LED light
  • Digital 4x zoom lens
  • Auto Focus/Auto Macro (4-inch) 
  • SteadyShot image stabilization,
  • Face Detection
  • 8GB internal memory 
  • Built-in USB arm
  • Rechargeable battery 
  • HDMI output to playback HD content on compatible HDTV
  • Availability & Suggested retail pricing: TBC