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 SR220 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. The Sony DCR-SR220 model features 15x Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* optics, 4 Megapixel digital still capture, and a 2.3 Megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor. This model includes imaging technologies shared with the company’s digital camera business to improve picture quality and performance.
Sony SR220 camcorder - Face detection
The high-end Sony SR220 model integrates face detection technology for both video and photos. It can identify up to eight faces in the camcorder’s LCD frame, and automatically adjust focus, exposure and color control for natural-looking skin tones. Photos get an added boost with the application of flash control. Its ClearVid CMOS sensor with Exmor technology features dual noise reduction to keep picture noise at a minimum. This optimized sensor, combined with the Bionz signal processing engine, produces vivid, natural-looking video and photos.
Sony DCR-SR220 video camera - Memory Stick PRO Duo
Dynamic range optimization is also included to counter the unfavorable effects of high-contrast shooting such as loss of picture detail in harsh lights and deep shadows. Hybrid movie recording on an optional Memory Stick PRO Duo media card as well as hard drive is available on the Sony DCR-SR220 to extend its recording options. Almost 11 hours of video (LP mode) can be stored on Sony’s new 16GB media card. Both movies and photos can be transferred from the hard drive to the media card in the camcorder without having to use a PC.
Sony DCR-SR220 Hard Drive camcorder - Audio Performance
The new Sony DCR-SR220 incorporates a new built-in zoom microphone that zooms in on subjects for clearer sound recordings. The Sony SR220 model records audio in Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound. The Sony DCR SR220 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 Hard Drive SR220 camera - Picture Motion Browser
For greater ease of use, the Sony SR220 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 SR220 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-SR220 model also works with the Sony’s VRD-MC5 DVDirect recorder, which now supports video transfer from Memory Stick media cards. The Sony SR220 camcorder will ship in March for about $850.