CES 2009: Sony reveals latest HD/SD Handycams with ridiculous optical zooms

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I’m sure there’s a competition among camcorder manufacturers this year to see what the biggest optical zoom they can put on their latest models is. Sony’s latest standard definition camcorders boast a 60x optical zoom.

Sony’s has launched nine new models in its SX range, with features including a choice of recording formats (DVD, hard disc or Memory Stick) depending on model, one second quick start-up, SteadyShot image stabilisation and Carl Zeiss lens.

Sony’s latest HD Handycam range (HDR-XR520VE, HDR-XR500VE, HDR-XR200VE, HDR-XR105E, and HDR-CX105E) shoot full high definition video, with features including the super-sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor for low-noise images even in low light, a premium Sony G lens for advanced optical performance and greater light level capture, active optical SteadyShot mode for ten times improved anti-shake performance over previous Handycams, up to 15x optical zoom, plus a GPS module so you can geo-tag your video.

There’s also a whopping 240GB hard drive on the HDR-XR520VE, which translates into over 100 hours of full HD storage.

Both high definition and standard definition ranges will be available in the UK from February, prices to be confirmed.

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Andy Merrett