Incredible images with super-sensitive new Exmor R CMOS sensor

This season’s new Sony Handycam range is bursting with smart technology for incredible Full HD picture quality plus fun new shooting and playback features. Superbly styled and easy to use, it’s your passport to breathtaking images in any situation – from fun-filled holidays, parties and days out to precious family moments.

 

 

High Definition Sony Handycam

  • Digital camcorder with Exmor R CMOS sensor gives 2x increase in sensitivity*1 for brilliant low-noise images, even in low light
  • Premium Sony G Lens for class-leading optical performance
  • Longest ever Full HD shooting time (up to 101 hrs) on 240GB HDD (XR520VE)
  • Sony camcorder containing Optical SteadyShot with new ‘Active’ mode gives up to ten times improved anti-shake performance
  • GPS enhances your memories with geotagging and map display

 

Standard Definition Sony Handycam

  • Light, easy to carry new Memory Stick models in eye-catching colours
  • Highest-ever 60x optical zoom
  • Fastest ever Quick start for near-instant shooting from standby

 

New High Definition Sony Handycam range; longest ever record time, best-ever pictures

The Spring ’09 Sony camcorder line-up is headed up by seven compact new High Definition models. Boasting best-ever picture quality and intelligent shooting features, the digital camcorder hard disk drive (HDD) models are joined by colourful new Memory Stick models that offer amazing value.

The new Sony Handycam models set a new standard for extra-long record times, letting you capture more of your favourite memories. The flagship HDR-XR520VE digital camcorder can store 101 hours of sparkling HD video on its massive 240GB hard disk drive. That’s an incredible two hours of recording time every weekend for a whole year without hitting ‘delete’.

The range-topping AVCHD HDD digital camcorder models (XR520VE/500VE) now feature a super-sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor. This groundbreaking imager increases sensitivity by approximately 2x compared with conventional models. Significantly reducing image noise, the new sensor ensures brilliant picture quality, even when you’re shooting in low light. Also making its debut on top models is Sony’s new high-quality G Lens that’s perfectly tailored to complement the resolving power of the Exmor R sensor.

New ‘Active Mode’ on Optical SteadyShot for top-end ACVHD HDD models dramatically reduces camera shake for more stable images, even when you’re walking along as you shoot. Anti-shake performance is improved by up to ten times at wide-angle settings compared with previous-generation Sony Handycam models.

Fun, easy-to-use shooting features

If you’re looking for a real sense of place, automatic geotagging by GPS makes its Sony Handycam debut. Selected HD models (XR520VE/500VE/200VE) include a sensitive GPS receiver inside the camcorder that tracks your position anywhere on earth where there’s satellite coverage. Videos and still images are automatically matched with location data as you travel. After shooting, Map Index shows where each clip was shot as ‘map pins’ on the LCD screen*2. Just touch an on-screen thumbnail image to select a clip from the map and enjoy a world of memories. Online map views can also be enjoyed on your PC using the supplied Picture Motion Browser software.

With the new Sony Handycam you’re even less likely to miss those amazing moments when they happen. All models now feature Quick Start-up; flipping open the LCD takes you from standby mode to ready-to-shoot in less than a second – three times faster that previous models and very low power consumption during standby mode.

Ever wished you had a camera handy while you’re shooting video? After making its debut on Cyber-shot, Smile Shutter now comes to all HD Sony Handycam models for the first time.  Working with Face Detection, Smile Shutter automatically grabs beautifully-exposed, smiling still portraits of friends and family while you’re recording video. It’s a great way to capture happy faces without disturbing your concentration.

All HD models now also feature Auto Backlight Correction for evenly-exposed high and low-lights. Exposure and D-Range Optimiser settings are adjusted automatically for great results, even with challenging scenes like faces in the foreground backed by strong sunlight.

After shooting, Sony Handycam gives you even more ways to enjoy your memories. Don’t fancy editing all that footage? This new Sony camcorder does the hard work for you. Highlight Playback automatically picks stand-out shots from a chosen range of dates, favouring ‘Dual REC’ stills captured during video shooting and images with smiling faces. The Sony Handycam automatically splices together selected footage and stills. It also adds pre-set scene transitions plus background music, either from a pre-installed tune or your own choice of imported track. It’s a fun, easy way to show off your favourite moments – with no need for a PC or video editing skills.

New Standard Definition Sony Handycam range; now with highest-ever 60x zoom

Complementary the HD range is a line-up of nine brilliantly affordable Standard Definition models in a choice of Memory Stick, hard disk or DVD formats. Shooting onto convenient internal flash memory or removable Memory Stick media, all-new SX Series models (DCR-SX30/50) stand out from the crowd with a choice of bold colour finishes. In a Sony Handycam first, entry-level SD models in all formats now feature a highest-ever 60x optical zoom range to pull distant objects closer still. Other highlights include quick start-up and SteadyShot image stabilisation for clearer video and stills.

Get more with accessories for Sony Handycam

There’s a full range of Sony Handycam accessories by Sony that give you even more – from stylish, colour co-ordinated carry cases to spare batteries that boost shooting time when you’re out and about.

A perfect match for the convenience of Sony Handycam is the compact new VRD-P1 DVDirect Express. Connecting via USB to ‘09 Standard Definition HDD and Memory Stick Sony Handycam models, DVDirect Express can fill a blank DVD with camcorder footage in as little as 20 minutes. (NB: depends on record mode and number of scenes). It also remembers the last time you’ve burned onto DVD, creating discs only with new footage that hasn’t previously been archived.

The new Sony Handycam range of High Definition and Standard Definition camcorders will be available from February 2009.

*1 Approx. increase when the model with Exmor R CMOS sensor is compared to our conventional model

*2 Map coverage does not cover all world regions (Russia and Turkey are not covered)

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HDR-XR520VE

HDR-XR200VE

HDR-XR105E

HDR-CX105E

DCR-

SR37E

DCR-

SX30E

DCR-DVD150E

Movie format

High Definition, AVCHD / Standard Definition, MPEG2

High Definition, AVCHD / Standard Definition, MPEG2

High Definition, AVCHD / Standard Definition, MPEG2

High Definition, AVCHD / Standard Definition, MPEG2

Standard Definition, MPEG2

Standard Definition, MPEG2

Standard Definition, DVD-video / DVD-VR / DVD+RW Video / MPEG2

Recording media

240GB HDD Memory Stick

80GB HDD Memory Stick

80GB HDD Memory Stick

8GB Internal memory, Memory Stick

60GB HDD Memory Stick

4GB Internal Memory, Memory Stick

8cm DVD-R/-RW/+RW/+RDL, Memory Stick

Image Device

1/2.9″

Exmor R CMOS Sensor

1/5.0″

Exmor CMOS Sensor

1/5.0″

Exmor CMOS Sensor

1/5.0″

Exmor CMOS Sensor

1/8.0″

CCD

1/8.0″

CCD

1/8.0″

CCD

Number of MegaPixels

Gross: 6631

Gross: 2360

Gross: 2360

Gross: 2360

Gross: 800

Gross: 800

Gross: 800

Processor

BIONZ

BIONZ

BIONZ

BIONZ

Lens

Sony

G Lens

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Zoom

12x Optical

15x Optical

10x Optical

10x Optical

60x Optical

60x Optical

60x Optical

SteadyShot

Optical,

Active Mode

Optical,

Active Mode

Electronic

Electronic

Electronic

Electronic

Electronic

Audio System

Dolby Digital 5.1ch

Dolby Digital 5.1ch

Dolby Digital 5.1ch

Dolby Digital 5.1ch

Dolby Digital 2ch

Dolby Digital 2ch

Dolby Digital 2ch

Automatic Geotagging by GPS

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Face Detection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Smile Shutter

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

LCD Type

3.2″Xtra Fine LCD plus

2.7″Clear Photo LCD plus

2.7″Clear Photo LCD plus

2.7″ Clear Photo LCD plus

2.7″ LCD Screen

2.7″ LCD Screen

2.7″ LCD Screen

BodyWeight*without Battery

500g

330g

330g

280g

300g

240g

390g

Colours

Black

Black

Black

Black/Silver/

Red

Silver

Silver/Blue/

Red

Silver