Yet more camcorders from Sony. This time it’s DVD Handycams, with the company launching the DCR-DVD106E, DCR-DVD109E, DCR-DVD306E, DCR-DVD406E and DCR-DVD506E models, with the promise of dual-layer recording and longer battery life.
All the models feature what Sony describe as “shoot-eject-play” convenience – in other words, record on your disc and playback instantly on your DVD player. All now feature DVD+R DL (Dual-Layer) recording, which means up to 110 minutes recording – almost doubling the 60 minutes maximum record time of previous-generation DVD Handycams. The new models also feature the new InfoLITHIUM battery, which increases continuous recording time to 9 hours from a single charge.
The new models also feature Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound recording (except DVD106E), Carl Zeiss optics and for the DVD406E and DVD506E models, ClearVid CMOS Sensor technology for sharper images. You can also capture up to 6.1MP still images, with the DVD506E featuring Super SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilisation. The DVD106E and DVD109E also feature 40x Optical Zoom.
All models feature support for Memory Stick DUO removable media for still image recording, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity to a PC for editing, and compatibility with DVD-R / -RW / +RW / +R DL media. All models are available from February 2007. Prices still to be confirmed,