San Diego, CA—Sony’s 2013 Handycam camcorders have something for the casual shooter and advanced videographer, with upgrades including increased picture quality and smoother movies via Sony’s “Balanced Optical SteadyShot” in more models, brighter built-in projectors and Wi-Fi.
Handycams employ a compact, LED-based video projector built into a flip-out touch-panel LCD to project video/images up to 100 inches (diagonal) onto flat surfaces with upgraded resolution. Select models add an external HDMI input that lets users project content from smartphones, tablets and PCs, and some offer a high-sensitivity mic and advanced sound processors.
Making its Handycam debut, all new models offer the option of recording in top-quality AVCHD or web-friendly MP4 video formats. Another Handycam first, an optional Wi-Fi adaptor simplifies cable-free transfers of clips and photos. Consumers can even step away from behind the camcorder and control it remotely with a smartphone.
All Handycam camcorders integrate: Full HD video recording at 24Mbps; back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensors; dual record for simultaneous capture of video and photos; iAuto for automatic selection of optimal settings in different environments; tracking focus; Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with active mode that compensates for greater degrees of shake; wide-angle lenses; closer voice utilizing face detection to suppress unwanted noise and capture voices with maximum clarity; auto wind noise reduction; an improved Bionz processor for 20% more powerful digital zooming; a built-in USB cable; and GPS with enhanced NAVTEQ maps for geotagging.
Featured in the line is the HDR-TD30V 3D high-definition flash memory Handycam. The double Full HD 3D camcorder offers: 3D viewing on its 3.5-inch (1,229k) LCD without using 3D glasses; Full HD (1,920×1,080) 2D playback from 3D recordings; Full HD 24p/60p using a 20.4MP sensor; dual wide-angle G lenses; 10x optical/17x extended zoom; and face detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction. $999. sony.com