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Sony UX20

Mark Peters
CES report
Wednesday 9th, January 2008
Posted by: Mark Peters

As the leader in the high-definition camcorder category, Sony is further expanding the industry with the introduction of a new HD camcorder model. The Sony HDR-UX20 DVD camcorder is based on AVCHD technology and feature full 1920 x 1080 high-definition recording for outstanding clarity and detail. The Sony UX20 camcorder delivers the highest HD resolution available without sacrificing recording times. The Sony HDR-UX20 features a new high-profile encoding system to optimize encoding efficiency. And, because the Sony HDR UX20 is based on the industry-standard MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video codec, the camcorder enters the market compatible with many third-party editing suites.

Sony UX20

Sony UX20 video camera - Sony Style
“With a total line of seven models and four recording media options, no other company offers customers more choice,” said Kelly Davis, director of camcorder marketing at Sony Electronics. “And, our new AVCHD models give consumers the utmost functionality to better enjoy creating and viewing their home movies in HD.” The Sony UX20 high definition model will be available in March for about $1,000. The Sony HDR-UX20 can be purchased with a full array of accessories online at sonystyle.com or at Sony Style retail stores (sonystyle.com/retail).

Sony HDR-UX20 HD camcorder - Face detection technology
Sharing advanced imaging technologies from Sony’s digital camera line, the new Sony UX20 AVCHD camcorder incorporates face detection technology for both video and photos. The technology can identify up to eight faces in the camcorder’s LCD frame, and automatically adjusts focus, exposure, color control for natural-looking skin tones, and when photos are taken, flash control.

Sony HDR-UX20 - Process engine and Dynamic range
Unlike other Handycam models with face detection, the Sony HDR-UX20 camcorder allocates more pixels to the detected face during the AVCHD encoding process for the best possible picture when people are the subjects. Other technologies include ClearVid CMOS sensors with Exmor derived technology. This technology utilizes column analog/digital conversion on the sensor itself to minimize picture noise. Together with the high processing speed and noise reduction capability of the Bionz processing engine and dynamic range optimization, the new Sony UX20 camcorder produces high-resolution video and photos with natural color reproduction and rich details.

Sony HDRUX20 High Definition camcorder - DVD and Media card
Hybrid plus recording on the Sony UX20 camcorder has the added bonus of recording to three separate media, including 8GB of internal memory, which can hold almost an hour of video (1920 HD mode). Movies can be transferred from the internal memory and media card to the disc, while photos can be transferred from internal memory to the media card. Its dubbing button gains quick access to the menu to dub movies by scene or by date as well as dub separate video files incrementally to either DVD or media card.

Sony HDR 20 camcorder - Carl Zeiss Sonnar lens
Designed to deliver first-rate video performance with its Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* optics and Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization for smooth video and clearer photos, the AVCHD UX20 also features enhanced audio capability. The Sony HDR 20 records in Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound and a newly integrate built-in zoom microphone that zooms the audio along with the video for clear recordings of subjects. The UX20 camcorder is also compatible with Sony’s ECM-HW1 Bluetooth microphone for recording sound wirelessly at distances up to 100 feet.

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