Sony expects to shake up the 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.” At the top of the line is the Sony DVD910 camcorder with 15x Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* optics and 2.3 Megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor technology. The new Sony DCR-DVD910 camcorder will be available in March for about $650.
Sony DVD910 camcorder - Hybrid record
It features hybrid movie recording on two recording media, a Memory Stick PRO Duo media card, and a 3-inch DVD disc to provide longer recording times. Almost 11 hours of video can be stored on Sony’s new 16GB media card (sold separately), and close to two hours of recording (LP mode) on an optional 2.66GB, double-layer DVD. Movies can be easily transferred in the camcorder from the media card to the disc. Additionally, the unit can capture 4 Megapixel photos on the media card for simple transfer to printers, PCs and other devices.
Sony DCR-DVD910 video camera - Face detection
The Sony DVD910 model will debut four technologies shared by Sony’s digital camera line that improve video quality as well as make video recording more enjoyable. It features face detection technology for video and photos. The camcorder’s power-efficient sensor allows for the integration of the technology, which can identify up to eight faces in the camcorder’s LCD frame. Focus, exposure and color control for natural-looking skin tones are automatically adjusted. Flash control is applied when photos are taken.
Sony DCR-DVD910 DVD camcorder - CMOS and Dual noise reduction
The new Sony DCR-DVD910 camcorder’s ClearVid CMOS sensor also incorporates Exmor-derived technology for dual noise reduction on the sensor itself. The unit has a Bionz processing engine for fast processing speeds and additional noise reduction, and dynamic range optimization for automatic calculation of optimal exposure, contrast and color tonality for both video and photos. 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.
Sony DVD910 - Dolby Digital and Bluetooth microphone
The DCR-DVD910 model also delivers Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound so your home movies deliver a life-like audio experience. 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-DVD910 DVD video camera - Face and Film roll index
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.