With its Blu-ray player set for fall shipment and its eagerly anticipated Blu-ray-technology-endowed PS3 on the horizon, Sony will address yet another dimension of the high-definition hardware corner of the market. It plans to roll out, beginning in late summer and into fall, a DVD camcorder and a hard-disc-drive-based camcorder which support the AVCHD high-def digital video camera compression technology it developed, and will now co-license, with Panasonic.
AVCHD, based on the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec, facilitates high-definition recording on compact consumer camcorders, and is Blu-ray-player-compatible. AVHCD supporters among hardware companies include Canon, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp.
All told, there will be five new Sony Handycams out for the holidays, including three hard-disc models ranging from 30GB to 60GB and from $600 to $800, and two hi-def 1080i models -- one with a 30GB hard drive and one that records hi-def video on conventional DVDs.