The new DCR-HC1000 model is expected to be available next month for about $1,700.
The camcorder's new grip swivels forward a full 90 degrees and includes a stop/start record button on the LCD frame. For the video hobbyist, there are optional manual controls, such as a 12X optical and 150X digital zoom, zoom ring, zebra pattern, spotlight compensation and spot focus. The new camcorder offers audio recording with PCM Digital Stereo Audio in 12 and 16-bit audio modes. It features Sony's SteadyShot optical image stabilization system to keep the image steady, plus it offers the dual functionality of capturing digital still images of up to 1152X864 resolution. JPEG images are stored directly onto Memory Stick PRO Duomedia cards for transfer to PCs and other devices.
Other features include:
- 2.5" Precision SwivelScreen Hybrid LCD Display
- InfoLithium Battery with AccuPower System
- i.LINK Digital Video Interface