Sony introduces two new HD camcorders

Sony has introduced two new high-definition camcorders for the consumer market. Both the HDR-UX1 and HDR-SR1 Handycam camcorders can record in 1080i and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. Content recorded on the two camcorders can be played back on Sony's oft-delayed BDP-S1 Blu-ray player and the upcoming PlayStation 3 console. The main difference between the two is the choice of recording medium.

The HDR-UX1 is able to record to 3" DVD discs while the HDR-SR1 records to a built-in 30GB hard drive. Both feature a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and a 3.5" swiveling LCD touch screens, HDMI and can be equipped with an optional ECM-HW1 Bluetooth wireless microphone. Sony’s new camcorder use the Advanced Video Coding High Definition (AVCHD) recording format that the camcorders use to record high-definition content. The codec, which was announced by Sony in early May, is based on MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and is capable of encoding at 480i, 720p, and 1080i/p.

Sony's HDR-UX1 will retail for $1,400 when it is released in September. The HDR-SR1 launches in October with a suggested price of $1,500. Consumers can begin pre-ordering both camcorders today if they chose from

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