Sony unveils Handycam lineup, new solid state camcorders

Paul Fang - Jan 6, 2010
Sony unveils Handycam lineup, new solid state camcorders

Sony is introducing 13 hard disk and flash memory-based camcorders with innovations in both high definition and standard definition options.  The new models offer breakthrough optics and intelligent post-shooting solutions.

Advanced technologies introduced by Sony include expanding its back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor to all HD models,  improving Optical Steady Shot™ image stabilization with Active Mode, leveraging its high-speed BIONZ® imaging processor to create new features like Golf Shot and Intelligent Auto (iAuto), and many more.  The HDR-XR150, HDR-CX150, and HDR-CX110 will be available in late January for about $700, $550, and $500, respectively.  The HDR-XR550V, HDR-CX550V, HDR-XR350V, HDR-CX350V and HDR-CX300 will be available in late February for about $1400, $1300, $1000, $900, and $800, respectively.

Sony is also expanding its line of solid state camcorders with two new models, introducing its first professional camcorder that implements the AVCHD format, the HXR-NX5U, as well as a consumer AVCHD model, HDR-AX2000.  The new HXR-NX5U will be available this month, at a suggested list price of $4,950, which is the same as Sony’s highly successful HVR-Z5U.  The HDR-AX2000 camcorder is scheduled to be available in March for about $3,500 at authorized dealers nationwide, Sony Style® retail stores and online through

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