Sony DCR-SR90E compact HDD camcorder

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There’s certainly been a number of new products in the past week from Sony to compensate for a lack of PS3 activity – the latest of which is the DCR-SR90E compact HDD camcorder with ‘One touch DVD Burn’ for easy conversion to DVD.

The DCR-SR90E packs a Carl ZeissĀ®Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 10x Optical Zoom and 120x Digital Zoom, which minimises reflection and flare. It also features a 30GB hard drive, which offers up to 21 hours recording time with an integrated easy search function, a built-in microphone to record in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound, physical shock absorbers to cushion the HDD from impact and internal sensors which detect gravitational force in a fall – disconnecting the HDD write head from the hard disc. The supplied battery offers 110 minutes from a single charge, with an optional battery boosting this to 275 minutes.

Sony claims the DCR-SR90E is easy to use, with a simplified mode cutting out many of the more advanced settings and controls for beginners. It also seems easy to transfer movies too – you can use the One Touch DVD Burn to automatically create your own DVDs or PC HDD back-up to synchronise recordings with your computer. You can also edit and manually burn your movies to DVD if all that seems a little too easy!.

The Sony DCR-SR90E will be available in the UK from April 2006. As yet, we haven’t had a price confirmed.

More camcorders:
CES 2006: Tosh’s hard disk camcorders
Canon’s Widescreen camcorders

Dave Walker