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Sony Handycam camcorders
Ilse Jurriën : January 8th 2009 - 11:10 CET
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SonySony Handycam camcorder line-up : This season’s new Handycam range is bursting with smart Sony technology for incredible Full HD picture quality plus fun new shooting and playback features. Superbly styled and easy to use, it’s your passport to breathtaking images in any situation - from fun-filled holidays, parties and days out to precious family moments. Heading up the Spring ’09 Handycam line-up are seven compact new High Definition models. Boasting best-ever picture quality and intelligent shooting features, hard disk drive (HDD) models are joined by colourful new Memory Stick models that offer amazing value. New Sony Handycam sets new standards for extra-long record times, letting you capture more of your favourite memories.
Sony Handycam camcorders

Sony High Definition Handycam
• Exmor R CMOS sensor gives 2x increase in sensitivity for brilliant low-noise images
• Premium Sony G Lens for class-leading optical performance
• Longest ever Full HD shooting time (up to 101 hrs) on 240GB HDD (XR520VE)
• Optical SteadyShot with new ‘Active’ mode gives up to 10x improved anti-shake performance
• GPS enhances your memories with geotagging and map display

Sony Standard Definition Handycam
• Light, easy to carry new Memory Stick models in eye-catching colours
• Highest-ever 60x optical zoom
• Fastest ever Quick start for near-instant shooting from standby

Sony Handycam HDR-XR520VE
The flagship HDR-XR520VE can store 101 hours of sparkling HD video on its massive 240GB hard disk drive. That’s an incredible two hours of recording time every weekend for a whole year without hitting ‘delete’. Range-topping AVCHD HDD models (XR520VE/500VE) now feature a super-sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor. This groundbreaking imager increases sensitivity by approximately 2x compared with conventional models. Significantly reducing image noise, the new sensor ensures brilliant picture quality, even when you’re shooting in low light. Also making its debut on top models is Sony’s new high-quality G Lens that’s perfectly tailored to complement the resolving power of the Exmor R sensor. New ‘Active Mode’ on Optical SteadyShot for top-end ACVHD HDD models dramatically reduces camera shake for more stable images, even when you’re walking along as you shoot. Anti-shake performance is improved by up to ten times at wide-angle settings compared with previous-generation Handycam models.

Sony HDR XR520VE

Sony Handycam HD camcorders
If you’re looking for a real sense of place, automatic geotagging by GPS makes its Handycam debut. Selected HD models (XR520VE/500VE/200VE) include a sensitive GPS receiver inside the camcorder that tracks your position anywhere on earth where there’s satellite coverage. Videos and still images are automatically matched with location data as you travel. After shooting, Map Index shows where each clip was shot as ‘map pins’ on the LCD screen*2. Just touch an on-screen thumbnail image to select a clip from the map and enjoy a world of memories. Online map views can also be enjoyed on your PC using the supplied Picture Motion Browser software.

Sony Handycam video camera features
With the new Handycam you’re even less likely to miss those amazing moments when they happen. All models now feature Quick Start-up; flipping open the LCD takes you from standby mode to ready-to-shoot in less than a second - three times faster that previous models and very low power consumption during standby mode. Ever wished you had a camera handy while you’re shooting video? After making its debut on Cyber-shot, Smile Shutter now comes to all HD Handycam models for the first time. Working with Face Detection, Smile Shutter automatically grabs beautifully-exposed, smiling still portraits of friends and family while you’re recording video. It’s a great way to capture happy faces without disturbing your concentration.

Capture HD videos and photos
All HD models now also feature Auto Backlight Correction for evenly-exposed high and low-lights. Exposure and D-Range Optimiser settings are adjusted automatically for great results, even with challenging scenes like faces in the foreground backed by strong sunlight. After shooting, Handycam gives you even more ways to enjoy your memories. Don’t fancy editing all that footage? Now Handycam does the hard work for you. Highlight Playback automatically picks stand-out shots from a chosen range of dates, favouring ‘Dual REC’ stills captured during video shooting and images with smiling faces. Handycam automatically splices together selected footage and stills. It also adds pre-set scene transitions plus background music, either from a pre-installed tune or your own choice of imported track. It’s a fun, easy way to show off your favourite moments - with no need for a PC or video editing skills.

Sony Handycam camcorder

Sony Standard Definition Handycam range
Complementary the HD range is a line-up of nine brilliantly affordable Standard Definition models in a choice of Memory Stick, hard disk or DVD formats. Shooting onto convenient internal flash memory or removable Memory Stick media, all-new SX Series models (DCR-SX30/50) stand out from the crowd with a choice of bold colour finishes. In a Handycam first, entry-level SD models in all formats now feature a highest-ever 60x optical zoom range to pull distant objects closer still. Other highlights include quick start-up and SteadyShot image stabilisation for clearer video and stills.

Sony Handycam accessories
There’s a full range of Handycam accessories by Sony that give you even more - from stylish, colour co-ordinated carry cases to spare batteries that boost shooting time when you’re out and about. A perfect match for the convenience of Handycam is the compact new VRD-P1 DVDirect Express. Connecting via USB to ‘09 Standard Definition HDD and Memory Stick Handycam models, DVDirect Express can fill a blank DVD with camcorder footage in as little as 20 minutes. (NB: depends on record mode and number of scenes). It also remembers the last time you’ve burned onto DVD, creating discs only with new footage that hasn’t previously been archived.

Sony Handycam line-up availability
The new Handycam range of High Definition and Standard Definition camcorders will be available from February 2009.
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