Sony casts 3D magic spell through new Handycam camcorder line

Sony Handycam CX560VE

Apart from witnessing the unveiling of 3D-enabled HDTVs, Blu-ray 3D players and digital cameras, we seem to have been finally graced with the entrance of 3D capability-equipped camcorders as well. Sony has recently unwrapped its new lineup of Handycam camcorders which empowers users to immerse into the stunning world of 3D. The company’s latest bouquet of camcorders includes a full HD 3D Handycam model, a built-in projector variant and a video enthusiast offering.

Firming its feet on the three dimensional ground, Sony’s HDR-TD10E is said to be the world’s first ‘double full HD’ 3D consumer camcorder. Equipped with an integrated dual lens system, it is enhanced with two of each components including Sony G Lenses, Exmor R CMOS sensors, and double Bionz image processors. When connected to non-3D displays, the product automatically plays content in full HD 2D. Its crisp Xtra Fine 3.5-inch 3D LCD touchscreen delivers true-to-life three dimension content without a pair of 3D glasses. Plus, 10x optical zoom with Optical SteadyShot in active mode, iAuto in 3D mode, and 64GB flash memory are also planked in.

Users can now instantly share slideshows of their captured moments through the new camcorders with an on-board projector. Housed into the 3” LCD panel, the projector can display videos and images at up to 60” diagonally when projected from 6m away onto walls, ceilings or other flat surfaces. Clear acoustics are produced by stereo speakers with Clear Phase and S-Master digital amplifier. The HDR-PJ50VE, HDR-PJ30VE and HDR-PJ10E camcorders lend a new way to enjoy video playback without plugging into an HDTV.

The enthusiasts-level HDR-CX700VE comes with hallmark Handycam features like Exmor R CMOS sensor, Optical SteadyShot with active mode, face detection and more. Some fresh technologies like 50p/25p recording, PMB portable, built-in USB cable, tracking focus, and event browse are also bundled in. Along with 25p recording and CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Color presets, the device also comes with Expanded Focus, Zebra and Peaking settings. The newly developed 16:9 Exmor R CMOS sensor enables a wide angle of up to 26.3mm.

All the models across the newest HD Handycam camcorder models will boast of Golf Shot for a rendering of users’ swing in up to 22 images, up to 50p recording, Wide Angle G Lens, AVCHD format support, and a full 1920 x 1080 high-definition resolution. Many variants will be designed with a high quality built-in microphone having 5.1-channel surround system, stereo speakers with Clear Phase and S-Master technology, wind noise reduction, and a mic/HP jack. Sony’s HDR-XR160E, HDR-CX160E and HDR-CX130 entry-level HD camcorders come with 29.8mm Wide Angle G Lens, wind noise reduction, mic jack, 1/4” Exmor R CMOS Sensor with ClearVid array, 30x optical zoom lens and 42x extended zoom, and effectively click 3.3 megapixel still photos.

A few other models like the HDR-CX360VE with 32GB of flash memory as well as the HDR-CX560VE with 64GB of embedded flash memory will also be offered by Sony. The HDR-TD10E, HDR-PJ50VE with a 220GB hard disk drive and HDR-XR160E are anticipated to be available in April. On the other hand, the HDR-PJ30VE with 32GB of flash memory, HDR-PJ10E with 16GB of flash memory, HDR-CX700VE, HDR-CX160E, HDR-CX130E, HDR-CX560VE and HDR-CX360VE will hit shelves in March.