Sony's big spring launch of digital video and still cameras has focussed on the many unusual add-ons and supplemental features these units now come with. The new range consists of six digital camcorders and five digital cameras.
The most notable of the camcoders are the DCR-TRV20 and the DCR-TRV820. The former offers a built-in edit computer – on top of its 3.5" full swivel LCD screen, Carl Zeiss lens with 40x digital zoom, 690,000 pixel CCD, anti-shake system and one megapixel still camera facility (which records onto Sony's MemorySticks). The edit computer allows up to 20 cuts to be pre-programmed, and the new nature documentary-style Night Shot function allows the camera to record in total darkness.
The DCR-TRV820 includes a very small photo printer, which products 6.4 x 4.8 cm images at around 40dpi. The 640 x 480 pixel images are then stored on a Memory Stick. The camera also offers a 800,000 pixel CCD, a 100x digital zoom, a 4.0" LCD screen, playback zoom and the Night Shot function. As the top of the range model, it also offers digital (FireWire) and analogue in/out, with a digital/analogue converter built-in.
Other camcorders in this line include the DCR-TRV320 and 620, which both come with memory stick interfaces for storing captured 640 x 480 images. The 320 has a black-and-white viewfinder and a 2.5" LCD screen, while the 620 has a colour viewfinder and a 3.5" screen – and also includes DV and analogue inputs and a digital/analogue converter. Both cameras offer the Night Shot function and an anti-shake system.
At the lower-end of the market, Sony is offering the DCR-TR8000 and DCR-TRV120. Both offer an 800,000 pixel CCD, 100x digital zoom, the Night Shot function and an anti-shake system. The 8000 has no LCD screen, while the 120 has a 2.5" screen.
On the still picture front, Sony has announced the Cyber-shot DSC-S70 and DSC-S50 – as well as three new Mavica floppy-disk cameras (see the current issue of Digit for more details). Both offer a 3x optical zoom and 6x digital and the ability to shoot short MPEG movies. The S50 offers three resolutions, SXGA (1024x768), VGA (640x480) and email (320x240) – and the S70 adds UXGA (1600x1200)
A new line of accessories have also been added – including Memory-stick readers, floppy-disk converters, batteries, flashes, lights and a voice recorder. Prices are unknown until the units ship in April.