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Capture exquisite 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p videos or snap 8.9MP pictures to preserve memorable moments that will last a lifetime. Get closer to the action with 27x optical zoom plus 32x Extended digital zoom for incredible close-ups. Take advantage of the back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor for amazingly clear results with reduced grain—even in difficult low-light conditions like while shooting indoors or at sunset. Your photos and footage will be super smooth thanks to Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which compensates for camera shake to cut down on blur. Plus, the embedded 8GB flash memory can record and store up to 3 hours and 10 minutes of high definition video footage (HD LP mode), so you'll have plenty of memory to capture your experiences.
1920x1080 Full HD 24p/60p w/8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Create cinematic video in high definition 1920 x 1080 24p/60p and high quality 8.9MP still images. Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.
32x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 27x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.
Shoot high quality AVCHD or web optimized MP4 video
Select between HD video in the AVCHD or MP4 format for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing.AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud.
Up to 3hr 10min recording with 8GB1 embedded Flash Memory
The built-in 8GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 3 hours 10 minutes of high definition video footage (HD LP mode).
2.7 in. wide Clear Photo LCD (230k)
The 2.7 in. (16:9) Clear Photo LCD (230K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene.
Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you
Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel.
Intelligent Auto (60 different scene combinations possible)
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. There are 60 different combinations possible: Portrait, Baby, Tripod , Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, Low light.
SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode
SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture
29.8mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
The professional-quality 29.8mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.
Direct Copy to external HDD without PC13
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.
Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it’s out of the way until you need it. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time.