Sony is debuting a new hard drive Handycam camcorder with a sleek body and robust capacity to capture life’s longer moments. The 60GB Sony SR85 camcorder delivers continuous recording times (LP mode) of up to 41 hours. “Our new hard drive models incorporate intelligent and fun-to-use functions that will make people feel more confident in their moviemaking abilities” said Kelly Davis, director of camcorder marketing at Sony Electronics. Hybrid movie recording on an optional Memory Stick PRO Duo media card as well as hard drive is available on the Sony DCR-SR85 to extend its recording options. Almost 11 hours of video (LP mode) can be stored on Sony’s new 16GB media card.
Sony SR85 camcorder - Smart Protection
Both movies and photos can be transferred from the hard drive to the media card in the camcorder without having to use a PC. The Sony DCR-SR85 incorporates a new built-in zoom microphone that zooms in on subjects for clearer sound recordings. The Sony SR85 model records audio in Dolby Digital 2-channel audio sound. The Sony SR85 integrates Sony’s HDD Smart Protection system, which combines physical shock absorbers, G-sensor shock protection and video stream buffering to safeguard against data loss.
Sony DCR-SR85 Hard Drive camera - CCD images and Software
The Sony SR85 model has 1 Megapixel CCD imager for first-rate video and 1 Megapixel photos, along with 25x Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom lenses for image clarity and optimal color resolution. For greater ease of use, the Sony SR85 incorporates a new quick-on feature that takes the camcorder out of standby mode in about one second; 2.7-inch, (16:9) wide LCD touch panel screens for easy framing and viewing of footage; film roll index to view several seconds of video within a thumbnail file; face index to quickly search for scenes by face; and search by voice, color and face using the bundled Picture Motion Browser software.
Sony DCR-SR85 camcorder - Archive and Share
DVD creation is simple with Sony’s one touch DVD burn feature with smart controls. When the camcorder is connected to compatible PCs or Handycam stations (supplied on select models) via USB, they will automatically synchronize newest content and burn that footage to DVD with the supplied Picture Motion Browser software. The Sony DCR-SR85 model also works with the Sony’s VRD-MC5 DVDirect recorder, which now supports video transfer from Memory Stick media cards. The Sony SR85 camcorder will ship in February for about $700.