Mark Peters : July 9th 2009 - 11:11 CET
|Sony HD Handycams
Sony Full HD Handycams : Sony intros two full HD Handycams. It’s the very last word in HD picture quality, smart shooting features and stunning design. The new flagship of Sony’s HD camcorder line-up, the Sony Handycam HDR-CX520VE and Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE is packed with new innovations to help you capture better looking video and photos, whatever you’re doing. Inside the compact body of the Sony CX520VE Handycam is a large 64GB internal memory with space for 25 hours of detail-packed Full HD and 5.1 channel surround sound. Want to keep shooting for even longer on that holiday or weekend away? Just slip in an optional Sony 32GB Memory Stick and capture more memories, with no need to worry about packing extra discs or tapes.|
Sony HD Handycams
The Sony Handycam CX520VE and CX505VE is a showcase for the latest in Sony sensor, lens and processing technology. The roles of these three critical components are perfectly balanced for best-ever imaging performance under any shooting conditions. Key to incredible picture quality is an ultra-high resolution Exmor R CMOS Sensor. This Sony-developed sensor features a highly efficient ClearVid array with back-illuminated technology that captures more light than conventional sensor designs. The result: crystal clear, detail-packed Full HD video and still images up to 12 effective megapixel resolution, with superb contrast and vibrant colours.
Sony BIONZ image processor
Thanks to a dramatic 2x increase in sensitivity, you’ll enjoy phenomenal picture quality in low light with dramatically reduced picture noise compared with ordinary CMOS models. You’ll really see the difference in dimly-lit interiors and atmospheric twilight moments. Realising the full potential of the Exmor R sensor is the latest version of Sony’s BIONZ imaging processor. This further reduces picture noise, while ensuring superb image detailing and lifelike colours. A premium-quality G Lens complements the incredible imaging capabilities of the Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ processor. Showcasing Sony’s unique optical design concept, G Lens is precision-engineered to the highest standards.
Sony Handycam Optical SteadyShot Active Mode
The advanced optical design features refinements like aspheric glass elements and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass for crisp, clear images with high contrast and reduced colour fringing. Shared with premium lenses from the Alpha DSLR still camera range is a high-quality 6-blade iris diaphragm, allowing the creation of beautiful circular defocus effects. Cutting the effects of camera shake by up to 10x compared with standard Optical SteadyShot, Active Mode now gives even clearer, wobble-free images even when you’re walking along. In addition, it’s the world’s first camcorder to reduce camera shake in 3 directions during video shooting (as of July 2009). Camera roll is now corrected as well as up/down and left/right tremor, contributing to an overall improvement in picture stability.
Sony GPS Handycams
While you’re travelling, the GPS receiver inside the Sony CX520VE and Sony CX505VE camcorder logs your location with satellite-linked precision. Map View shows your position on the clear, bright 3” wide Clear Photo LCD plus screen. Back home, supplied Picture Motion Browser software makes it easy to view all your ‘geotagged’ video clips and pictures, helping you retrace your travels.
Sony HD Handycam features
A friendly new on-screen interface features ‘My Menu’ for even simpler operation. Up to six commonly-used functions can be assigned to the main display screen for quick, easy access. Secondary Record and zoom buttons are now represented as on-screen icons, only appearing when the screen is touched for a cleaner, neater appearance. Face Detection is enhanced with ‘Face Touch’, giving priority to your chosen subject. Just touch your favourite face on screen: focus, colour balance, exposure and Smile Shutter are automatically optimised for beautiful results. Autofocus precision and speed is also improved by a new Face Detection algorithm.
Sony Handycam software
In a Handycam first, the CX520VE / CX505VE automatically upconverts interlaced video signals for 50p (progressive) playback on a 1920x10980/50p compatible TV via HDMI connection. You’ll see the difference with incredibly smooth, satisfying, cinematic images. Supplied Picture Motion Browser software makes it beautifully simple to browse and manage clips on a PC, or upload them with a few clicks to YouTube and other sharing sites. The Sony CX520VE and CX505VE Handycams are also certified by Apple for the compatibility with iMovie for Mac users.
HD flash memory camcorder
The Sony HDR-CX520VE and Sony HDR-CX505VE camcorders is the first HD flash memory camcorder from Sony that’s compatible with the optional VRD-P1 DVDirect Express. This ultra-compact disc burner connects to Handycam via a single USB cable. Just touch a button and footage is burned at super-speed to DVD for safekeeping and sharing with friends - either as High Definition AVCHD discs or Standard Definition DVD discs. The Sony HDR-CX520VE and Sony HDR-CX505VE Full HD Memory Stick Handycam are available late August 2009.
Sony VRD-MC6 DVD burner
Joining the VRD-P1 is the brand new VRD-MC6 DVDirect. This sleek, compact Sony DVD burner is a great ‘universal archive’ solution that’s perfect for transferring video clips, digital photos and old videotapes to DVD. Just hook up virtually any camcorder (analogue or digital), camera or VCR. Preview images on the LCD screen, then press a button and everything’s burned to disc - with no Personal Computer needed.
32GB Memory Stick
With a Sony Memory Stick at the heart of the Handycam you have every advantage. The advanced Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX is the perfect tool for handling HD digital video, with the ideal combination of massive storage capacity and blisteringly fast operation. Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX 16GB is already available and we are pleased to announce that 32GB Memory Stick is coming up. Using the supplied adaptor, the Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX 32GB will transfer 225 minutes of Full HD video to a Personal Computer in under 26 minutes, which is 3 times faster than Memory Stick PRO Duo.