Smaller is definitely better according to Sony, which has launched the HDR-CX6EK – the world’s smallest HD camcorder. It’s also the first Sony camcorder to use the Memory Stick for high definition storage
The CX6EK records HD 1080i video files and 6.1 Megapixel still pictures onto the cards. Depending on your quality mode, it can capture up to 2 hours 55 minutes of continuous shooting, made possible by AVCHD compression technology that allows long recording durations with excellent HD picture quality. And if you have a Bravia TV, you can playback directly using a mini-HDMI cable.
The ClearVid CMOS sensor with Enhanced Imaging Processor offers a strong dynamic range and reduced smear compared with conventional CCD sensors. Other features include a minimum illumination of only 2 lux for shooting in poor light, the ability to capture stills whilst shooting moving images, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with10x optical zoom, Super SteadyShot optical image stabilisation and Face Detection technology, plus and an on-board microphone allowing Dolby Digital 5.1ch surround sound recording.
The Sony Handycam CX6EK will be available throughout Europe from July 2007 – no price confirmed as yet.