Looking for an easy to use video camera that offers excellent picture quality at an affordable price? Two new Handycams from Sony could be exactly what you are looking for.
Sony have won plenty of accolades for their cameras and camcorders in the past and the company prides itself on making cameras for every budget. Read More: Sony Cameras Win Prestigious Awards. This looks set to continue with the launch of the new Handycam range.
‘Light, compact and easy to use,’ is how Sony describe the new DCR-SX21E and DCR-SR21E Handycam cameras, promising that they shoot ‘crisp, clear video and stereo sound’.
Like most Handycam models before it the DCR-SR21E does offer great record times without the need for extra discs, something that is particularly good if you are looking for a camera to take away with you on your travels: the DCR-SR21E offers up to 61 hours of Standard Definition video on its 80GB built-in hard disk drive.
A nice introductory feature at this price range included on these Handycam’s is Intelligent AUTO mode, which recognizes up to 18 different scene combinations – from portraits and landscapes to night views. Focus, exposure, colour and other settings are adjusted automatically for best results.
But one of the great features on the camera though is the Extended Zoom feature, which boosts maximum magnification to an incredible 67x above the standard high powered 57x Optical Zoom lens.
SteadyShot image stabilisation should also mean that no matter how good (or should that be inept?) the camera operator is the video taken remains crisp and clear, reducing the effects of camera shake when you’re shooting handheld. As you’d expect from Sony the camera also comes with Face Detection for fine tuning and natural exposure.
And of course, what every video camera needs these days is the ability to upload online easily. Both models have built-in PMB Portable software to simplify uploads to popular sites like YouTube from any Internet-ready PC.
The new Handycams will be available from September 2011. Exact pricing to follow.
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