Sony Unveils HDR-HC3, the World’s Smallest and Lightest HDV 1080i Camcorder

Sony HDV 1080i Camcorder Sony has redefined the age old idea that high-definition video recording is for “advanced videographers only”, by introducing its HDR-HC3 HDV 1080i Handycam Camcorder. the HDR-HC3 HDV 1080i Handycam camcorder, is the world’s smallest and lightest HDV camcorder.

The HDR-HC3 model features a professional-quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* lens and Sony’s new ClearVid CMOS Sensor™ technology. This imager is engineered to enhance picture resolution and precision to deliver vivid colors and precise image detail. Combined with Sony’s Enhanced Imaging Processor, it offers new and enjoyable functions.

The camcorder shoots four-megapixel still images, stored on an optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media card, for easy transfer between compatible devices.

It has a dual record function that allows you to shoot video and at the same time capture 2.3 megapixel stills (16:9) in high definition mode and 1.7-megapixel stills (4:3) in standard definition mode. You can also record slow motion video using the model’s smooth slow record function, which plays back three seconds of video in 12 seconds.

“People are more savvy about high-definition television, have experienced its visual impact, and now they want the same `wow factor’ for their own home movies,” said Linda Vuolo, director for camcorder products at Sony Electronics. “Sony has made great strides in creating the consumer HDV market over the past two years and now we are expanding it even further.”

This new model incorporates a number of convenient, easy-to-use features that are ideal for first-time camcorder users and those new to high-def recording.

“Our latest model is a perfect solution for families who are currently using mini-DV camcorders and want to step up to high definition,” said Vuolo.

It has a user-assignable dial that can be set to the most regularly-used options for greater ease of recording. It includes Sony’s distinctive Easy Handycam button that, when pressed, locks out advanced features on the camcorder, leaving only the buttons essential for recording on the menu.

For quick framing and easy image sharing, the camcorder has a 2.7-inch touch panel SwivelScreen™ LCD featuring Sony’s new Clear Photo LCD plus™ technology. The LCD produces bright images with high-contrast that are easy to view in virtually any environment and at any angle.

Other helpful features include Super SteadyShot® image stabilization, a built-in microphone for excellent audio quality, an intelligent built-in flash for well-exposed still images, and a supplied InfoLithium® P battery for up to 90 minutes of continuous recording.

The HDR-HC3 Handycam camcorder will be available in April for about $1700 at at, Sony Style retail stores. Optional accessories will include a full line of accessories, including lights, lenses, microphones, InfoLithium® batteries, chargers and cables.