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The world's smallest and lightest AVCHD high-definition camcorder

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Sony this week announced three new high-definition camcorders capable of recording full 1080 video onto Memory Stick Media or hard disk drives. The new Handycam HDR-CX7 model, which Sony claims is the world's smallest and lightest AVCHD high-definition camcorder, weighs just 15 ounces with the supplied battery and can record nearly three hours of full HD 1080 video on an 8-GB Memory Stick PRO Duo media card  in LP recording mode.

For those willing to give up portability for more storage space, the new HDR-SR7 AVCHD high-definition camcorder can record more than 22 hours of full HD 1080 video on its built-in 60GB hard disk drive, while the HDR-SR5 model's 40GB hard drive can hold more than 15 hours of footage, both in LP modes.

"Camcorder users are quickly embracing non-linear camcorder formats, such as hard disk drive and flash media, because they make it easy for anyone to view and access footage quickly," said Linda Vuolo, director of camcorder marketing at Sony Electronics. "Our models offer the added advantages of superior high-definition picture quality. With the widest range of consumer high-def models, we can satisfy the needs of virtually everyone."

All three camcorders feature 2.7-inch LCD screens and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T optics. The new models  also support the AVCHD camcorder recording format based on the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec for video compression and built-in Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound recording.

The HDR-CX7 and HDR-SR7 models utilize a 3-megapixel sensor for full HD 1080 video and 6-megapixel digital still photos. They are also equipped with Super SteadyShot for optical image stabilization. The more budget-minded HDR-SR5 model integrates a 2-megapixel sensor for 1080 video and produces a 4-megapixel photo.

The HDR-SR5, HDR-CX7 and HDR-SR7 camcorders will ship in June for about $1,100, $1,200 and $1,400, respectively.





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