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This season there's a choice of ten light, compact Handycam models that shoot on memory card and internal flash memory for fuss-free sharing of your favorite memories. They're joined by five feature-packed HDD models, offering extra-long recording times to store even more special moments.
When you're shooting handheld, mid-range to flagship HD Handycam models are now more effective than ever at cutting the effects of camera shake. New Optical SteadyShot Active Mode teams optical and electronic stabilization systems, delivering best-ever '3-way' anti-shake performance from wide to telephoto end. Images are now up to 10x steadier at wide end of zoom settings. At telephoto zoom settings, you'll still enjoy up to 2x improved anti-shake performance for clearer, more stable results.
Thanks to an improved electrical image stabilization system, entry HD models also benefit from SteadyShot Active Mode for up to 10x shake reduction (at wide end of zoom setting) compared with standard SteadyShot.
The resulting increase in sensitivity assures beautifully detailed, natural looking results with dramatically reduced picture noise. You'll really see the difference, especially if you're shooting in low-light where other camcorders struggle to capture clear, noise-free images.
Autofocus operation with Quick AF is now more accurate and twice as fast compared to previous Handycam camcorders. Thanks to faster focusing speeds, you'll enjoy consistently crisp and clear video clips - even when you're shooting in low light where many camcorders struggle to keep focus.
All HD models now support recording at up to 24Mbps, the highest bitrate offered by the AVCHD format: this allows you to capture every scene in the best quality available. It's a valuable addition for video enthusiasts needing to realize the full potential offered by the unique combination of G Lens, Exmor R CMOS Sensor, and powerful BIONZ image processing technologies developed by Sony.
Already featured in Sony Cyber-shot cameras, Intelligent AUTO (iAUTO) takes away the guesswork from picking the optimum camcorder settings. Making its Handycam debut this year, iAUTO combines recognition of Face Detection, your shooting situation (handheld or tripod), and ten different scene types. Based on this information, Handycam automatically optimizes shooting parameters to give clear, satisfying results based on up to 90 different scene combinations.
New Golf Shot makes it easier than ever to check your swing, frame by frame. In Golf Shot mode, Handycam starts capturing a continuous stream of high-speed images while you're still waiting for the action to start. At the end of the swing, press the Record button - and the entire sequence is grabbed at an incredible 200 frames per second for silky-smooth slow motion replay. Then see the results both as a slow motion video, and a composite image with every frame of movement shown by a series of thumbnail-sized images in a single still picture.
Entry-level SD models (Flash Memory and HDD) now sport an on-board video light to brighten up parties, interiors and other dimly-lit scenes.
Supplied with all Handycam models, latest PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software offers a new-look interface for easier management and enjoyment of your video and photo collection. PMB lets you browse through all your clips and still images with a unique Calendar view that automatically groups them by date. With PMB you can also burn your favorites to disc, email them to friends and family, or upload to sharing sites like YouTube with a few mouse clicks.
Safeguard your investment with the stylish LCM-HAC carry case with extra shock-absorbent protection for the camcorder's lens. Available in four colors, the LCS-BBE is a soft pouch that protects your Flash Memory Handycam from scratches when it's carried in a handbag or carry case.
The Handycam models are compatible with the VRD-MC6 DVD burner and VRD-P1 DVDirect Express. Just touch a button and burn your Standard Definition or High Definition memories onto affordable DVD media for archiving, sharing or enjoying with friends on your Blu-ray Disc or DVD player. With VRD-MC6, you can transfer your old footage from tape straight to DVD in a touch of a button.