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Press Release - April 4, 2002
Sony Develops First Megapixel 3-CCD MiniDV Camcorder
SAN DIEGO, April 4, 2002 - In a move bound to make demanding video buffs take a second look, Sony today announced the DCR-TRV950 Mini DV Handycam® camcorder, the industry's first three-CCD (charge-coupled device) camcorder to include one million pixels per CCD imager for high quality video recordings.
Designed for the "prosumer," the DCR-TRV950 uses Sony's Advanced HAD three-CCD system to create professional-quality video with unbeatable color clarity, detail and performance. Compared to a single CCD imager found on most consumer camcorder models, a three-CCD system, like the one with the DCR-TRV950 captures much more precise results. Each of the megapixel CCD imagers are dedicated to a primary color and separate the light that passes through the lens into individual color components for noticeably sharper images and colors.
For more true-to-life results in darker settings, the three-CCD imagers of the DCR-TRV950 use Advanced HAD technology, which allows more light to reach the imager in order to reduce common video noise that would otherwise affect video quality.
"In the TRV950, we've made a camcorder for the person who knows their way around consumer video, but who craves a professional level of quality," said Steve Haber, senior vice president of the Digital Imaging Products Division at Sony Electronics. "While not a professional camcorder, it produces results that are of a quality to be used by consumers who want take their video footage to the next level."
Manual Controls Give A Creative Edge
Complimenting the quality of the DCR-TRV950 is a bevy of optional manual controls for greater creative control. Users can choose to override the camcorder's automatic features with options such options as a manual focus ring, 12X optical and 150X digital zoom, zebra pattern, color bars, spotlight compensation and spot focus. The camcorder also features Sony's Optical Super SteadyShot picture stabilization system, which uses motion sensors to compensate for camera shake.
Network Capabilities and USB Streaming
The DCR-TRV950 has the ability to stream live and recorded video via a USB connection and the use of video conferencing software such as the Microsoft® Windows® NetMeeting® application. It can also provide access to the Internet without a PC through wireless Bluetooth technology.
Using a compatible Internet Service Provider, the new camcorder can send and receive e-mail messages with MPEG1 movie and JPEG images attached. The camcorder can also be used for Web browsing by using the LCD display. Web pages can be downloaded to the supplied 8MB Memory Stick® media card for quick, easy access when off-line.
Memory Mode with Memory Stick Media
The DCR-TRV950 not only records video, but also offers the dual functionality of capturing stunning digital still images of up to 1152 X 864 resolution using its megapixel CCD imager. JPEG images are stored directly onto Memory Stick media cards for transfer to PCs and other devices. These can be used in e-mail, on Web sites, or for printing photos for framing or archiving. The camcorder also includes an intelligent pop-up flash with red-eye reduction, which provides the appropriate amount of flash for optimum brightness and color accuracy in virtually any lighting condition.
Additional Features For Quality Video and Still Pictures
The 2-pound, 2-ounce three-CCD camcorder will be available in June for about ,500.
All Decked Out: Sony's Smallest MiniDV Handycam Camcorder Has Latest Digital Features
SAN DIEGO, April 4, 2002 - Travelers who want to pack light capturing the sights and sounds of their destinations will soon have a great traveling companion in Sony's newest Mini DV Handycam® camcorder, the DCR-PC101, which puts a high resolution camera into a top quality camcorder, and shrinks it to the size of a paperback book.
With a one-megapixel CCD (charge-coupled device), the bantam-sized camcorder delivers 520 lines of horizontal video with crisp definition of the subtlest colors for both video and digital still images (1152 X 864 file size). As the smallest of all Sony Mini DV camcorder models, the DCR-PC101 weighs just 17 ounces.
Let Your Fingers Do the Walking
For convenient access to the camcorder's numerous modes and features, it offers a touch panel 2.5" SwivelScreen? LCD display with access to its entire menu. The touch panel compliments a new spot focus mode that accurately focuses the most challenging shots with a touch of the LCD screen.
Connect to the World with USB Streaming
Streaming live or recorded video is easily accomplished connecting the camcorder to a PC using its USB Streaming feature. This feature turns the camcorder into a webcam by using a USB connection and video conferencing software like the Microsoft Windows NetMeeting application.
Movie Magic on the Web - MPEG Movie EX
The DCR-PC101 also comes equipped with MPEG MovieEX, which allows it to capture video clips with audio onto Memory Stick media up to the length of the media's capacity. Video clips can either be captured directly onto Memory Stick media or shot on tape and converted in-camera to MPEG1 format at a later time. These clips can be transferred to a PC and sent as e-mail attachments or included on Web sites and office presentations.
Dual-Options for Video Recording in Dark and Low-Light Settings
The new camcorder has two recording modes to help improve video quality in low-light situations. Users can take advantage of Sony's Super Nightshot® mode for shooting monochrome video in total darkness or can select the new color mode for recording full-color video in dim light. Color mode helps capture true-to-life color video of sleeping babies, birthday candles and early evening events.
The DCR-PC101 model will be available in June for about ,300.
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