Sony has announced two new flash memory-based high definition camcorders – the HDR-CX520V and the HDR-CX500V.
Both cameras capture full 1920 x 1080 resolution video and up to 12 megapixel photos on internal flash memory.
They offer support for up to 25 hours of HD video on the 64GB model.
Among the features of both cameras are the ability to output 60p video – automatically converting convert to 60 frames per second on compatible HDTV sets.
The camcorder’s Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode now comes with three way Shake Canceling.
This reduces camera/hand shake in three different directions – the vertical and horizontal shake is corrected by optical image stabilization system while the lateral roll shake is now corrected by electronic image stabilization.
There’s also the BIONZ imaging processor which now adds a Face Touch function. With Face Touch, users simply select a person to be prioritized by the camcorder simply by touching a detected face on the screen.
Once a face is selected, the camcorder prioritizes and optimizes focus, skin color, and brightness for that selected individual.
Other features include:
- Back illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor with twice the sensitivity of current front-illuminated CMOS sensor at F2.0
- Built-in GPS antenna and NAVTEQ digital maps can geo-tag your videos and photos
- Supports optional DVDirect Express DVD writer
- Built-in zoom microphone with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround sound
- Instant power-on feature when the LCD is opened
- User interface comes with new operation bar for scroll searching of all menu items and a customizable shortcut menu
- Highlight Scenario which saves up to 8 highlight scenes for viewing again later on
- Record content onto optional Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX media
The HDR-CX500V and HDR-CX520V will be available in September for approximately USD $1100 and $1300 respectively.
The HDR-CX500V comes with 32B of internal flash memory while the HDR-CX520V comes with 64GB of internal flash memory.