2 New Sony DV Camcorders Feature CMOS and 3 Megapixel CCD Sensors

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Sony DCR-HC90E 3 Megapixel CCD DV camcorder launches March 2005. High picture quality Sony DCR-PC1000E DV Camcorder launches April 2005. Features include Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lenses, 5.1-channel Surround Sound capability, Widescreen LCD, True Widescreen, and still image capture on Memory stick DUO.

Sony DCR-HC90E (DCRHC90E) 3 Megapixel CCD DV camcorder launches March 2005. High picture quality Sony DCR-PC1000E (DCRPC1000E) DV Camcorder launches April 2005. Features include Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lenses, 5.1-channel Surround Sound capability, Widescreen LCD, True Widescreen, and still image capture on Memory stick DUO. Full story at http://products.sony.co.uk/new_dv_camcorders.asp

Sony DCR-PC1000E

Sony introduces the new DCR-PC1000E DV camcorder, equipped with three CMOS sensors and Enhanced Imaging Processor, enabling it to capture a wide dynamic range for precise image detail. The Sony DCR-PC1000E is intended for the experienced camcorder user, eager to shoot the best video picture quality, so it offers additional manual controls for professional use that can be accessed by an assignable dial.

Sony DCR-HC90E

Sony introduces the new DCR-HC90E DV camcorder, featuring a 3 Megapixel CCD with Primary colour filter and the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens system to realise maximum light and colour sensitivity as well as precise capture of moving images. Thanks to the CCD technology, the Sony DCR-HC90E is capable of shooting not only video but also still images with 3 Megapixel quality. The Sony DCR-HC90E Handycam is always ready to record in true 16:9 widescreen.

Main characteristics of the Sony DCR-PC1000E camcorder:

High Picture Quality

The Sony DCR-PC1000E camcorder, is equipped with three 1/6-inch 790k CMOS Sensors and enhanced imaging processor, together the combination provides a wide dynamic range insuring the precise capture of detail for a natural looking picture, with detail preserved in highlights and shadows.

Manual Functions

The Sony DCR-PC1000E offers a variety of manual functions. Focus, Exposure, AE Shift, White Balance Shift and Playback volume can all be controlled manually through the use of the assignable Dial. This consists of a dial for selecting the function and a button to switch the setting between manual and auto. The dial can then adjust the chosen setting, while the other manual functions are locked at their current values. Focus is assigned as the default setting, and so can be accessed and adjusted with ease.

Other advanced features include a Cinematic mode to look like film, an AE Shift Function to adjust the intensity of the Auto Exposure. Also included is a Histogram function to display luminosity values. Skin tones can be smoothed and a guide frame can be used to ensure a balanced composition for your video.

Main characteristics of the Sony DCR-HC90E camcorder:

3 Megapixel CCD

The unique Sony Primary Colour Filter on the 3 Megapixel CCD is comprised of RGB filters for more accurate colour reproduction.

The Sony DCR-HC90E provides true 16:9 widescreen recording, taking advantage of the full width of the 3 Megapixel CCD, results in a wider angle of view. This is ideal for playback on today’s widescreen TVs. For widescreen playback on the camera itself the Sony DCR-HC90E camcorder also includes a 2.7 inch widescreen Hybrid LCD monitor

Sound and Vision

Both of these new high quality Sony camcorders are equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, equipped with 10X Optical Zoom. The Sony DCR-HC90E and DCR-PC1000E are also ready to record in 5.1 Channel Surround Sound, when a Sony microphone is attached to the Active Interface Shoe. Both camcorders can also serve as digital still cameras when a Sony Memory Stick Duo is used, providing clear, richly coloured pictures. With a built-in flash on the body, you’ll now only need your camcorder for shooting still or moving pictures under and conditions.

Features common to both camcorders:

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens

The advanced multi-layer T* coating within the Carl Zeiss lenses minimises reflections, reduces flare and increased contrast. This results in brilliantly vivid images, natural colour saturation and precise rendition of subtle tones. A 10X Optical Zoom lens ensures high quality during zooming and close focussing.

2.7-inch Wide 16:9 Hybrid LCD Monitor

Both new Sony camcorders feature a 2.7-inch Wide Hybrid LCD monitor to display true 16:9 images. A wide select button is situated on the monitor frame, ensuring that the camcorder is always ready to change video mode from 4:3 and back to 16:9 again. Start and stop record and a secondary zoom control are conveniently placed on the LCD frame. An Active Menu featured on the touch screen LCD display provides a logically structured, graphical interpretation of the most common camcorder functions. The full menu is also available in multiple languages. Additionally the LCD display is of Hybrid construction ensuring that a bright, clear picture can be viewed anywhere, even in bright locations.

5.1-channel Surround Sound Ready

Both models have capabilities for 5.1 channel surround sound, making them even more ideal for owners of home theatre systems. Video can be recorded with surround sound when the Active Interface Shoe is fitted with the optional Sony ECM-HQP1 microphone. The resulting audio is automatically converted to 5.1 channel surround sound when the footage is authored to DVD using Click to DVD software with a Sony VAIO computer, and a compatible home cinema system.

Software and Supplied Accessories

Movies can be enhanced using the supplied Picture Package software. This can apply soundtracks and video effects to your captured footage and create a result in three easy steps.

The DCR-PC1000E features the Sony Handycam Station for greater connectivity and ease of use, integrating the camcorder with a Home Cinema Setup or PC for video and image transfer, while recharging the infoLITHIUM battery at the same time.

Optional accessories

Sony provides a wide variety of accessories to maximise the shooting experience with Handycam. Our wide assortment of accessories will respond to the diverse needs of our customers.

Battery - NP-FA70

High Capacity infoLITHIUM A-series rechargeable battery that allows extended recording times.

Microphone - ECM-HQP1

High quality surround sound microphone, which can realise 5.1 channel surround sound when used with compatible software

High grade wide conversion lens - VCL-HG0730X

0.7X high-grade wide-angle converter lens providing twice the detail at the edge of an image compared to a standard conversion lens.

*Times based on continuous recording at 25C with viewfinder and without LCD, zoom or auto-focus

**Picture Package

***With optional Sony High quality surround microphone

Media Contact:

Jonathan Danbury

Sony PR Department

phone: 01 9328 16458

fax: 01 9328 17029


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