is introducing two new high-performance MiniDV Digital Handycam camcorders — the DCR-TRV17 and the DCR-TRV30 at this week’s Photo Marketing Association 2001 (PMA 2001) Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, FL. The DCR-TRV30 is being touted as the industry’s first 1.5 mega-pixel CCD camcorder with an intelligent popup flash and a precision color viewfinder.
The DCR-TRV30 delivers up to 530 lines of horizontal resolution and 1360 X 1020 digital still images. To enhance the 1.5 mega-pixel imager, Sony says it has incorporated an intelligent popup flash to help capture crisp still images in difficult lighting situations. In Digital Still Memory Mode, the intelligent popup flash system communicates with the camera for the optimum exposure, which should theoretically eliminate overexposed or underexposed digital still images. The intelligent flash has four modes to accommodate different shooting environments: automatic, automatic with red-eye reduction, forced flash or no flash.
Buy a DCR-TRV30 and you’ll have a choice when shooting to use either the precision color viewfinder or the 3.5″ precision SwivelScreen LCD monitor each providing more detail and clarity of subjects.
The DCR-TRV17 and the DCR-TRV30, both pack some pretty impressive high-end digital imaging specs. MPEG Movie mode allows the capture of up to 60 seconds of video and audio in the Video E-mail mode (160 x 112 resolution), or up to 15 seconds in the Presentation mode (320 x 240 resolution).
Both cameras offer three ways to record MPEG video. An MPEG conversion feature lets users select up to 60 seconds of recorded videotape and convert it to an MPEG movie. Or you can shoot an MPEG movie “on location.” Finally, through the DCR-TRV17 and the DCR-TRV30 Audio/Video inputs, video can be imported from an external source, such as a VCR or analog camcorder — and converted to an MPEG movie and saved to the supplied Memory Stick media.
To augment the digital still capability and MPEG Movie Mode, the DCR-TRV17 and the DCR-TRV30 Handycam camcorders incorporate a USB connector. Additionally, Sony supplies
PhotoSuite and MGI VideoWave software, neither of which are, unfortunately, Mac compatible.
The DCR-TRV17 and the DCR-TRV30 also come with Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens, a progressive shutter System, a wireless transmission system, lithium batteries, 10X Optical/120X Precision Digital Zoom, and a Super NightShot Lux Recording system for capturing video in total darkness up to 10 feet away. And they have FireWire connectivity (though Sony calls FireWire iLink).
The DCR-TRV17 and the DCR-TRV30 will be available in April for US $1,100 and $1,700, respectively.