updated 09:35 am EST, Thu April 4, 2002
Sony has introduced its smallest Mini DV Handycam camcorder, the DCR-PC101, offering a 10X optical/120X digital zoom, one-megapixel CCD, 520 lines of horizontal video, capture of digital still images (1152 X 864 file size), a touch panel 2.5" SwivelScreen LCD display, and support for streaming live or recorded video via a USB connection. Other features include a FireWire interface, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens, and Super SteadyShot Picture Stabilization. The 17-ounce device is expected to ship in June for about $1,300. Sony also introduced its "prosumer" DCR-TRV950, which uses a three-CCD system for professional-quality video. It also includes a 12X optical and 150X digital zoom, USB Streaming, support for still capture (1152 X 864), a touch panel 3.5" LCD, a FireWire interface, and a 14-Bit DXP. It is expected in June for $2,500.