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Sony offers three AVCHD camcorders

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 27 Apr 2007 20:12 User comments (9)

Sony offers three AVCHD camcorders Sony Electronics has added three AVCHD high-definition camcorders to its line-up, including the world's smallest and lightest AVCHD high-definition camcorder, the Handycam HDR-CX7. It can record nearly three hours of full HD 1080 video on an 8GB Memory Stick PRO Duo media card (LP mode). Weighing just 15 ounces with the supplied battery, it provides ultra-portability as well as a virtually crash-proof recording system, instant archiving to Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold separately), and effortless connection to a PC via USB for editing and back-up.

The new HDR-SR7 AVCHD high-definition camcorder can record more than 22 hours of full HD 1080 video on its built-in 60GB hard disk drive (LP mode). In addition to long recording times, this model offers compactness and Sony's HDD Smart Protection system to safeguard against data loss as well as easy connection to PCs via USB.
The new HDR-SR5 AVCHD high-definition camcorder can record more than 15 hours of full HD 1080 video on its built-in 40GB hard disk drive (LP mode). In addition to long recording times, this model offers compactness and Sony's HDD Smart Protection system to safeguard against data loss as well as easy connection to PCs via USB.
"Camcorder users are quickly embracing non-linear camcorder formats, such as hard disk drive and flash media, because they make it easy for anyone to view and access footage quickly," said Linda Vuolo, director of camcorder marketing at Sony Electronics. "Our models offer the added advantages of superior high-definition picture quality. With the widest range of consumer high-def models, we can satisfy the needs of virtually everyone."
The new camcorders debut enhanced functions for easy browsing and searching on their high-resolution, 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screens. You can swiftly find scenes via the new film roll button to view footage as a film roll index, which displays multiple scenes as thumbnails within a single movie file. Sony also integrated new face index technology so you can also access specific scenes by familiar faces.

The new models incorporate Sony's ClearVid CMOS sensor technology for stunning detail and clarity. Combined with the Enhanced Imaging Processor technology, these models deliver the advantages of high resolution, high sensitivity with low noise, and virtually smear-free pictures.

The HDR-CX7 and HDR-SR7 models utilize Sony's 3-megapixel sensor for full HD 1080 video and 6-megapixel digital still photos. They are also equipped with Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization to produce smooth video results, as well as virtually blur-free photos. The HDR-SR5 model integrates a 2-megapixel sensor for full HD 1080 video and produces a 4-megapixel photo.

With Sony's x.v.Color technology, based on the new international xvYCC color standard, the new camcorders reproduce a much wider data range of colors than the conventional sRGB standard. When connected to a compatible HDTV via the camcorders' HDMI outputs, home videos sparkle with vivid, natural-looking results.

The new models support the AVCHD camcorder recording format based on the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec for video compression and Dolby Digital audio. In addition to high-quality video, they provide an exceptional audio experience with built-in Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound recording.

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9 user comments

127.4.2007 23:58
fgamer
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I can imagine this thing is gonna be a heck of alot expensive.

228.4.2007 6:58

does the lp mode just turn down the bitrate?

328.4.2007 7:53

No frickin' way! They MUST be doing something with VBR to get that much video onto a stick! Even those hard drive times are awesome.

428.4.2007 8:51
DOUGHBOY6
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yeah, they are kinda expensive, but they look very kick ass

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528.4.2007 10:41
ZippyG
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I have the older Sony HD camcorder that records on miniDV tape. They probably record in HDV format, which uses the same bitrate as regular DV Format. Even with the higher compression and all, the videos I shoot are really detailed and clear with little to no visible artifacts. They did a good job.

628.4.2007 10:43

Hmmm...for that kind of jack, though, I expect to be able to edit the video without loss. I don't think these will do that for me. Maybe I'll have to go to Pro level gear for work and use these for B roll or home movies. Still, sweet!

728.4.2007 20:51
ZippyG
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They quality is pretty high, more than enough for low budget stuff like porn. If you want to work with raw and uncompressed HD for "movie quality" video, the cost shoots up sharply...just add a few digits to that price

828.4.2007 23:31

Originally posted by fgamer:
I can imagine this thing is gonna be a heck of alot expensive.
My sentiments exactly. I love the features these camcorders have but by the time i can afford one of these cams is when they all become out of date.

94.5.2007 15:42

What kind of customer support will I get if I buy one and it breaks or malfunctions? This is a SONY product after all.

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