Sony expects to shake up the camcorder industry with the introduction of its 2008 line of DVD Handycam camcorders featuring hybrid and hybrid-plus movie recording. “People have been drawn to the DVD category because they are so easy to use,” said Kelly Davis, director of camcorder marketing at Sony Electronics. “Our 2008 line offers greater convenience through multiple recording options so you don’t have to worry about running out of media or missing a moment.” All 2008 DVD models include a new built-in zoom microphone. When you zoom in on a subject, the audio also zooms in for clearer sound recordings. The DCR-DVD810 model also delivers Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound that delivers a life-like experience.
Sony DVD810 - Dolby Digital and Bluetooth microphone
The camcorder will be compatible with Sony’s ECM-HW1 Bluetooth microphone, which amplifies the center channel and records voices and sounds wirelessly at distances up to 100 feet. A new quick on feature has been added to all DVD models so they can come out of standby-by mode in less than a second. With quick on, you simply push the button to put the camcorder in standby-mode so special moments are not missed.
Sony DCR-DVD810 video camera - Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom lens
The Sony DCR-DVD810 unit with a 1 Megapixel CCD imager and a high quality 25x Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom lens. The DVD810 camcorder stands out in the line with its hybrid-plus movie recording, which conveniently allows for recording onto any of three separate media, including 8GB of internal memory. Users can enjoy more than five hours of continuous recording time (LP mode) on the model’s internal memory, which is equivalent to more than five single-layer DVD discs. Without having to use a PC, video footage can be transferred from the internal memory to DVD as well as photos from the internal memory to the media card.
Sony DCR-DVD810 camera - Dubbing and Footage
The DVD810 model also incorporates a new dubbing button so you can quickly access the menu to copy movies to the DVD or media card. Movies can be dubbed by scene or by date. Footage from separate movie files can also be dubbed together incrementally. The Sony DCR-DVD810 will ship in February for about $480.
Sony DVD810 DVD video camera - Index and LCD touch panel
Face index and film roll index functionality will also be available on the line. Face index allows you to quickly search for specific scenes by face while the film roll index takes the guesswork out of finding footage by displaying multiple scenes as thumbnails within a single movie file. This enhanced playback functionality will be easily viewed on the camcorders’ 2.7-inch, (16:9) wide LCD touch panel screens.