Sony’s latest DVD Handycams, which are due for release shortly, feature wanted functions like 16:9 widescreen recording and Dolby Digital 5.
April 11, 2006: Sony’s latest DVD Handycams, which are due for release shortly, feature wanted functions like 16:9 widescreen recording and Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel Surround Sound.
Topping the line-up is the DVD905 model (RRP $1899), which has a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 10x optical zoom lens plus 120x digital zoom capability and Super SteadyShot stabilisation. Scheduled for release in May this model boasts a proprietary ClearVid CMOS sensor that can record 4-megapixel still images plus an Enhanced Imaging Processor. The sensor has larger than average photosites that are positioned at a 45 degree angle, which doubles their effective surface area (in a similar way to Fujifilm’s Super CCD sensors). Users benefit from a wider dynamic range plus richer colours and greater image clarity. A novel Dual Record mode allows the DVD905 to capture 3-megapixel still images while recording video and the camera also sports a new Smooth Slow Recording function that converts three seconds of standard footage into 12 seconds and allows viewers to see motion that is normally too fast to detect.
The DVD805 (RRP $1499) sports a 3.3-megapixel 4.8 x 3.6mm Advanced HAD CCD imager and the same lens as the DVD905.
Due for release this month, it has a 2.7-inch wide touch panel, SwivelScreen LCD. Also releasing in April is the DCR-DVD755 (RRP $1299), which it targeted at mid-range users and has a 1/5.5-inch Advanced HAD CCD sensor. 12x optical zoom lens and 2.7-inch Hybrid SwivelScreen LCD. Both models offer Program AE exposure modes and include a built-in microphone for Dolby Digital 5.1ch surround sound recording.
The DVD705 (RRP $1099) and DVD605 (RRP $$949) models are designed for novice users who want to capture high-quality footage with minimal hassles.
Due for release this month, the DVD 705 has a 1.1-megapixel CCD sensor and Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 12x optical zoom and SteadyShot picture stabilisation. This model sports a 2.7-inch widescreen LCD which swivels and adjusts to optimize the viewing angle for easy recording. The DVD605 has a 1/6-inch CCD sensor and Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 20x optical zoom plus a 2.5-inch LCD monitor. Both models include Super NightShot Plus infrared recording for low light conditions.
For more information, phone 1300 720 071 or visit www.sony.com.au.