updated 12:15 pm EST, Mon February 12, 2001
Sony today introduced new Mini DV Digital Handycam camcorders, the DCR-TRV17 and the DCR-TRV30, both of which offer USB connectivity, MPEG movie conversion mode for capturing short videos, and new imaging software, including MGI PhotoSuite and MGI VideoWave software to facilitate media transfers to a PC. Both offer a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens, 10X Optical/120X Precision Digital Zoom, a FireWire interface, and "NightShot" technology for capturing imags in the dark. The DCR-TRV30 also has a 1.5 mega-pixel CCD featuring up to 530 lines of horizontal resolution and the ability to capture 1360x1020 digital still images. They are will be available in April for $1,100 and $1,700, respectively.