While the new, toney, souped-up Sony Vaio TZ, which debuted last night and will ship next month, is awfully cute and compact, it’s not quite diminutive enough to hang over a holly-festooned mantle.
So the company’s latest Vaio Intel Core 2 Duo-processing PCs ($2,200 through $2,999) are being joined at retail in the ensuing months before Christmas by a bevy of clever stocking stuffers that include Sony’s first camcorder device specifically designed for Internet video sharing hobbyists, a recorder that transfers videos and photos to DVD without a PC, and a new Sony Ericsson 5MP camera phone, among other items.
The Sony Net Sharing CAM (Sept., $200) is being aimed squarely at YouTuber-types -- not at the garden-variety camcorder user “who traditionally targets big-life events and needs high-resolution results – the customers our Handycams are aimed at,” says Sony’s Yolanda Hunt-Boes of the company’s cameras/camcorders division. The device records Web-ready MPEG4 video and five-megapixel photos on Sony’s Memory Stick PRO Duo cards, and offers easy ways for videographers to tag their creations and then selectively download the clips, pre-formatted for web-sharing ease, to a PC via a USB connection. The CAM, around the size of a cigarette pack with its 2.4-inch LCD screen folded in, also has a 4X digital zoom.