Sony unleashes Full HD camcorder range

With the launch of its Handycam HDR-TG1, Japanese electronics giant, Sony, claims to have launched the world's smallest Full High Definition (HD) camcorder.

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  May 19, 2008

With the launch of its Handycam HDR-TG1, Japanese electronics giant, Sony, claims to have launched the world's smallest Full High Definition (HD) camcorder.

"This new model is a great example of our expertise in miniturisation, as well as advanced imaging technologies with features like face detection," said Osamu Miura the managing director of Sony Gulf FZE.

The new Handycam sports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, supports 5.1 channel surround sound recording and offers a 2.7-inch touch screen LCD.

The camcorder is compatible with only Sony's Memory Stuck Pro Duo memory cards and staff on hand said that an optional 16Gbyte memory card would be able to record up to five hours and 55 minutes of Full HD video in LP mode.

Sony claims the HDR-TG1 is also the first in the world to feature a pure titanium body, which Sony says is 40% lighter than steel and twice as strong as aluminium. The body is also covered by what Sony refers to as a ‘Premium Hard Coating' and claims this makes the camera scratch resistant.

Alongside the HDR-TG1, Sony has also launched a line of hard disk based Full HD camcorders. The line includes the HDR-SR12, HDR-SR11 and HDR-SR10. These three models sport the same maximum video resolution as the smaller HDR-TG1 though these are equipped with 120Gbyte, 60Gbyte and 40Gbyte hard drives respectively.

All four camcorders are already available for purchase with the HDR-TG1 retailing for US $979, the SR12 going for $1362, the SR11 for $1198 and the SR10 for $926.

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