New Sony camcorder deluge ahead

Thirteen new camcorders have joined Sony's Handycam range, headlined by two HDV and two DVD high-def models.

Thirteen new camcorders have joined Sony's Handycam range, headlined by two HDV and two DVD high-def models.

Not to be outdone by the recent Panasonic and Canon camcorder launches, Sony has unleashed (or is about to) a torrent of new Handycam cameras. CNET.com.au have sighted and, briefly, sampled some of the latest additions. There are four new high definition cameras, two each of the HDV and DVD variety, as well as nine standard-def models, five of which record to hard-drive with the balance being DVD units.

High definition
Complementing the hard-disk HDR-SR1 are two new DVD and HDV models. Each feature an updated design, longer-life batteries and smooth slow-mo. The HDR-HC7 and the HDR-UX7 up the ante with greater megapixel counts, optical image stabilisation, headphone and microphone jacks. The DVD models alone have 5.1 channel surround sound recording.

HDV/miniDV HDR-HC7
  • Price: AU$2,299
  • Available: Now
  • Recording medium: miniDV/HDV
  • 10x Carl Zeiss T* zoom lens
  • Sensor: CMOS (6.1-megapixel still)
  • 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD
  • Dual recording (4.6-megapixel still)
  • Smooth slow-mo (up to 3 seconds)
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • Headphone and microphone jacks
Read our reviewHDR-HC5
  • Price: AU$1,999
  • Available: Now
  • Recording medium: miniDV/HDV
  • 10x Carl Zeiss T* zoom lens
  • Sensor: CMOS (4-megapixel still)
  • 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD
  • Dual recording (2.3-megapixel still)
  • Smooth slow-mo (up to 3 seconds)
Read our hands-on first-take DVD HDR-UX7
  • Price: AU$2,099
  • Available: Late March
  • Recording medium: DVD-R/RW (including dual layer)
  • 10x Carl Zeiss T* zoom lens
  • Sensor: CMOS (6.1-megapixel still)
  • 3.5-inch touch-screen LCD
  • 5.1 channel surround sound recording
  • Dual recording (4.6-megapixel still)
  • Smooth slow-mo (up to 3 seconds)
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • Headphone and microphone jacks
Read our hands-on first-takeHDR-UX5
  • Price: AU$1,799
  • Available: Late March
  • Recording medium: DVD-R/RW (including dual layer)
  • 10x Carl Zeiss T* zoom lens
  • Sensor: CMOS (4-megapixel still)
  • 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD
  • 5.1 channel surround sound recording
  • Dual recording (2.3-megapixel still)
  • Smooth slow-mo (up to 3 seconds)
Read our hands-on first-take

Standard definition
The standard-def Handycam range gets refreshed with new hard-disk and DVD models ranging from the 6-megapixel feature-laden models, like the DCR-SR300 and DCR-DVD908, to the high-zoom entry level models. Pricing is not yet available for the DVD range and release dates throughout the standard definition range are staggered.

Hard-disk DCR-SR300

  • Price: TBA
  • Available: March
  • Recording medium: 40GB hard-disk
  • 10x Carl Zeiss T* zoom lens
  • Sensor: CMOS (6-megapixel still)
  • 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD
  • 5.1 channel surround sound recording
  • Dual recording (4.6-megapixel still)
  • Smooth slow-mo (up to 3 seconds)
  • Optical image stabilisation
DCR-SR200

  • Price: TBA
  • Available: March
  • Recording medium: 40GB hard-disk
  • 10x Carl Zeiss T* zoom lens
  • Sensor: CMOS (4-megapixel still)
  • 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD
  • 5.1 channel surround sound recording
  • Dual recording (2.3-megapixel still)
  • Smooth slow-mo (up to 3 seconds)
DCR-SR82

  • Price: TBA
  • Available: April
  • Recording medium: 60GB hard-disk
  • 25x Carl Zeiss zoom lens
  • Sensor: CCD (1-megapixel still)
  • 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD
DCR-SR62

  • Price: March
  • Available: Now
  • Recording medium: 30GB hard-disk
  • 25x Carl Zeiss zoom lens
  • Sensor: CCD (1-megapixel still)
  • 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD
DCR-SR42

  • Price: TBA
  • Available: March
  • Recording medium: 30GB hard-disk
  • 40x Carl Zeiss zoom lens
  • Sensor: CCD (800,000 pixel still)
  • 2.5-inch touch-screen LCD
DVD DCR-DVD908

  • Price: AU$1,499
  • Available: April
  • Recording medium: DVD-R/RW (including dual layer)
  • 10x Carl Zeiss T* zoom lens
  • Sensor: CMOS (6.1-megapixel still)
  • 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD
  • 5.1 channel surround sound recording
  • Dual recording (4.6-megapixel still)
  • Smooth slow-mo (up to 3 seconds)
  • Optical image stabilisation
DCR-DVD808

  • Price: AU$1,299
  • Available: March
  • Recording medium: DVD-R/RW (including dual layer)
  • 10x Carl Zeiss T* zoom lens
  • Sensor: CMOS (4-megapixel still)
  • 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD
  • 5.1 channel surround sound recording
  • Dual recording (2.3-megapixel still)
  • Smooth slow-mo (up to 3 seconds)
DCR-DVD708

  • Price: AU$899
  • Available: Now
  • Recording medium: DVD-R/RW (including dual layer)
  • 25x Carl Zeiss zoom lens
  • Sensor: CCD (1-megapixel still)
  • 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD
  • 5.1 channel surround sound recording
DCR-DVD608

  • Price: AU$799
  • Available: Now
  • Recording medium: DVD-R/RW (including dual layer)
  • 40x Carl Zeiss zoom lens
  • Sensor: CCD (800,000 pixel still)
  • 2.5-inch touch-screen LCD

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