Sony launches its first DVD Handycam camcorders
AUCKLAND, 10 September, 2003 – Sony's has launched a new DVD Handycam® camcorder that advances the simplicity of making
and sharing videos. The new camcorder produces DVD recordings that play back in most current home and PC DVD players, as
well as many later model PlayStation®2 game consoles.
As the DVD home player market continues to boom, Sony's new DVD camcorder DCR-DVD200E will be launched in New Zealand in
November 2003, adding another dimension to the compatible DVD format.
The new camcorder also captures JPEG still images for viewing on either your PC or TV. The DCR-DVD200E incorporates a
one-megapixel imager to produce high quality video and still image resolution (1152 x 864) and is capable of taking
thousands of still shots at the highest still resolution on a single 8cm disc.
The disc-based recording system allows for quick access to favourite scenes and pictures without the fuss of rewinding
and fast-forwarding. Thumbnail images of video are created from the start of every recorded scene.
Users never have to worry about recording over their irreplaceable memories as the camcorder intuitively only records on
empty areas of the disc.
To further enhance the user experience, discs can be titled with customised descriptions, so "Holiday Party" footage is
easily distinguishable from "Camping at the Beach."
When recording on a DVD-RW disc, users have the flexibility to do some simple in-camera editing. For example, if the
last recorded scene didn't turn out perfectly, just erase the last video excerpt and shoot the desired scene in its
place. In addition, when in VR (video recording) mode, users can design a playlist of their video clips, and rearrange
the order of the scenes and images for a more customised finished product without modifying the video.
Each camcorder has multiple quality recordings options that can extend a disc's capacity to hold up to 60 minutes of
Worry-Free Recording™ and Connectivity Features
- Super SteadyShot® Picture Stabilisation - Using motion sensors to compensate for camera shake, this Worry Free
Recording feature enhances video and eliminates high frequency vibration without compromising picture quality, meaning
virtually no blurred images during shaky camera situations.
- InfoLithium® Battery System - All Sony Handycam camcorders conveniently indicate the remaining minutes of battery life
on the LCD or viewfinder display, allowing users to keep an accurate and constant reading of remaining battery power.
- USB 2.0 Interface - For users without a DVD drive in their PC, Sony's DVD camcorders have a USB 2.0 interface for
uncomplicated video and still data transfer to a compatible PC (Windows® ME/2000 and later operating system) with the
supplied USB cable and driver CD-ROM. And as USB 2.0 on the camcorder is backward compatible, it will work seamlessly
with the popular USB 1.1 interface as well.
- Super NightShot®O Lux/Colour Slow Shutter Recording System - This system captures video in total darkness up to 10
feet away by using an advanced infrared system. Super NightShot recording employs an automatic slow-shutter control to
deliver brighter, sharper images with more detail when shooting in the dark. Or use the new colour mode for recording
full-colour video in dim light. Colour mode helps capture true-to-life colour video of sleeping babies, birthday candles
and early evening events.
The DVD200E features a Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® lens producing more true-to-life colour clarity in videos and still
images and 10X optical/120X precision digital zoom that brings the action up close. The DCR-DVD200E is expected to be
available in November for approximately $2,299.
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