There aren’t a huge number of high def camcorders about and Sony seems to be selling most of them; last year’s HDR-HC1 went down a storm with a lot of reviewers, although most ordinary people would have been put off by its £1,500 price tag (though most places now sell it for around £1,100). So now Sony has unveiled the HC3 which is not only cheaper, it is 26% more compact too. Like its elder sibling, the HC3 uses mini-DV tapes to store HD footage but you can also slot in a Memory Stick Pro Duo card and use the camcorder to take 4 megapixel digital stills. You can even do this whilst shooting and take 2.3 megapixel stills (16:9) in high definition mode or 1.7-megapixel stills (4:3) in standard definition mode using the dual record function. Other features include image stabilising, HDMI connectivity and Carl Zeiss Vario- Sonnar T lens. These should be launching Stateside in a couple of months for $1,700 (around £980) and we expect to see a UK debut later in the year.
via HD Beat