Home movies in high-def

Admit it, you've marveled at the clarity of those high-definition TVs playing in all their power-sucking glory at Sears. Prices have fallen. Still, a few thousand dollars for a television?

Enter a peripheral device that might help justify the purchase for consumers whose favorite movies are the ones in which their own families star: Sony's HDR-HC1 camcorder, unveiled in the spring and now hitting stores, brings high-definition recording capability a little closer to the mainstream.

Sony's first model for the consumer market, the HDR-FX1, came out last year, but at $3,700 and in a bulky size. The HDR-HC1 weighs 1-1/2 lbs., can be cradled in one hand - and costs about $1,800.

Among other features, it has a 2.7-in. wide "touch panel" LCD screen for accessing options. You don't need hamster-like hands to use it; we easily worked through menus with a thumb. Most fun - and ironic - feature: "Cinematic" mode, in which crisp video takes on a retro, film-like appearance.

Cautionary note: The new Sony lets users burn standard DVDs, but experts point to some loss of resolution. Option: Transfer video to a high-capacity hard drive (HD-DVR). Most hold about 60 hours in high-definition, says an analyst at the Consumer Electronics Association. Or keep buying mini DVI tapes and playing them from the camera. High-definition DVD formats remain a year or so away.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK