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Pocketable flash-based SD camcorders from Sony

Sony announced Wednesday at CES 2009 the creation of SX line of standard-definition flash-based camcorders in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB sizes, all fitted with a 60x zoom lens.


With specs similar to the hard-drive-based SR-series Handycams, the decision to go with Sony's new SX-series standard-definition camcorders comes down to whether you want a slightly more compact body and potentially better battery life and reliability or more storage for your money.

The top-of-the-line DCR-SX60 has 16GB of internal flash memory and will sell for about $400 come March when they hit. The spec-comparable DCR-SR67 arrives in February and has an 80GB hard drive for $450. Both have 2.7-inch touch-screen LCDs, 60x optical zooms with Steady Shot image stabilization, and storage can be expanded with Memory Sticks. And they're both available in red, blue, and silver, so color's not even an issue.

There will be two smaller-capacity SX-series models available as well--the 4GB SX40 and 8GB SX41. They'll be priced at $270 and $300, respectively.

So where do you fall? Are you all about the capacity or strictly flash? Either way, Sony's at least giving you some good options this year.