Steve's Digicams - Breaking News - Sony Press Releases for Jan 8, 2002
Sony January 8, 2002 Press Releases
Sony's Pocketsize MICROMV Handycam Camcorders Put Digital Video In The Palm Of Your Hand
The DCR-IP5 and the DCR-IP7BT Handycam camcorders, introduced today, are the world's smallest and lightest full-function digital camcorders. The two diminutive models offer 500 lines of horizontal resolution, CD-quality sound and a DVD-like thumbnail picture accessing feature that allows users to select and retrieve information on the tape with the touch of a button.
The MICROMV cassettes are 70 percent smaller than MiniDV tapes and allow for the camcorders' tiny size. Weighing just 12 ounces, and measuring a mere 1 7/8 inches x 4 inches x 3 1/8 inches, both of the new miniature models easily fit in the palm of your hand, a purse, even a shirt pocket.
To further enhance the user experience, thumbnail images can be titled with either pre-set captions or customized descriptions, so "New Years Eve" footage is easily distinguishable from that of "Our Super Bowl Party."
Lastly, each time a MICROMV cassette is inserted into the camcorder, cassette information is automatically displayed on the LCD showing the first date of use, last date of use, how much recording space is available on the tape, and titling capability so you can name your videotape. This feature eliminates the need to search through a box of unlabeled tapes to find specific video footage.
The new camcorders' operation is based on their use of a sophisticated MPEG2 recording system. First-class digital video is recorded in MPEG2 with a data transfer rate of 12Mbps. Since MPEG2 has a bit-rate that is less than half that of the MiniDV or Digital8 format, MICROMV videos take up less hard drive space and are easier to manage. MPEG2's compression system allows for the use of much more compact media. It also sets a new standard in picture and audio quality, and enables quick PC-based non-linear editing using simple drag-and-drop techniques. Editing movies is a breeze with these MICROMV camcorders and the supplied MPEG2-compatible MovieShaker software, version 3.1.
Second, send text e-mail messages of more than 500 characters with attached still images and MPEG video can be sent directly from the camcorder to a friend's inbox. The DCR-IP7BT model can also receive text messages of up to 1,024 characters.
And third, the DCR-IP7BT camcorder allows Web browsing and viewing on the camcorder's LCD display. Web pages can be downloaded to the supplied 8MB Memory Stick media for quick, easy access when off-line.
The new DCR-IP5 and the DCR-IP7BT camcorders will both be available in early February for about ,300 and ,700, respectively.
Sony Digital8 Handycam Camcorders for 2002LAS VEGAS (CES, Booth #N109/N114), Jan. 8, 2002 - Sony Electronics is providing more reasons than ever to acquire a digital camcorder with today's introduction of its 2002 line of Digital8� Handycam� camcorders, focusing on picture quality, a full set of features and value. Read the entire press release here.
Sony's 2002 Line Of Hi8 Handycam CamcordersLAS VEGAS (CES, Booth #N109/N114), Jan. 7, 2002 - Analog video recording has been updated for a new generation with today's introduction of Sony's 2002 line of redesigned Hi8� Handycam� camcorders. All three of the new models are teeming with features that allow users to do more than ever before with analog camcorders. Read the entire press release here.