Sony launches its DCR-PC1000 3-CMOS, which offers users better color images while actually consuming less energy. The PC1000 makes use of 3 CMOS chips as opposed to the standard 1 CCD, enabling the new camcorder to capture a true 16:9 image and use less power.
The Sony PC1000 also sports ‘something old’. The unit has returned to a rear-loading tape. As such, the battery now fits inside the camcorder. The upside is that the camcorder is better balanced. The downside? If you have previous Sony camcorder batteries, they are no longer compatible so you cannot use them.
Other changes noted is that the USB and Firewire sockets have shifted onto its docking station; the headphone and microphone in sockets have been completely taken out; and it features an integrated lens cover that although slides open and shut as and when you want it too, it’s not exactly ‘quiet’ to use.
You can grab the Sony PC1000 at Sony’s online store for US $1,299.99.
Here’s a full list of the PC1000’s features.
• Imaging Device: 3 – 1/6″ 790K Gross Pixel CCD
• Video Actual: 670K x 3 (4:3)
• Still Actual: 690K x 3 (4:3) (Utilizing Pixel Offset Technology)
• F: 1.8 – 2.4
• Focal Distance: 2.77 – 27.7mm 500mm (Telemacro)
• 35mm Conversion: 41 – 480mm (4:3 Camera Mode), 44 – 520mm (16:9 Camera Mode), 43.5 – 435mm (4:3 Memory Mode), 40 – 400mm (16:9 Memory Mode)
• Filter Diameter: 30mm
• Optical Zoom: 10X
• Digital Zoom: 120X
• Carl Zeiss Lens: Yes, Vario-Sonnar T
• Focusing: Full Range Auto Focus (Touch Panel, Dial)
• Image Stabilization: Yes, Super SteadyShot
• Minimum Illumination: 7 Lux
• Low Light Capability: Color Slow Shutter
• Shutter Speed: Auto, 1/60–1/500 (AE mode, Slow Shutter)
• Viewfinder: Yes, Color (123K)
• LCD: 2.7″ wide 16:9 Color1 (123K)
• Accessory Shoe: Yes, Active Interface
• Video Input/Output: Yes/Yes (Special)
• Audio Input/Output: Yes/Yes (Stereo, Special)
• Interface Connector for Handycam Station: Yes
• USB: Yes 2.02, Video Class (On Handycam Station)
• USB Streaming: Yes
• LANC (Accessory) Terminal: Yes (mini)
• Memory Stick Compatibility: Tested to support up to 512MB media capacity3; does not support high speed transfer function; does not support Access Control security function.
• Headphone Jack: N/A
• Microphone Input: N/A
• White Balance: Auto / Outdoor / Indoor / One-push (Touch Panel, Dial)
• Exposure: Yes, Touch Panel, Dial (24 steps)
• Power Consumption (VF / LCD / VF+LCD): 3.0W / 3.4W / 3.5W
• Dimensions (W x H x D): 2 1/7″ x 4 8/13″ x 4″ (54.5 x 117.1 x 102.1mm)
• Weight: 1 lb. 1oz. (470g)
• Supplied Accessories: AC-L200 Power Adapter/ In-Camera Charger, NP-FA50 new InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery, DRCA-C140 Handycam Station, MSH-M16 Memory Stick Duo Media, RMT-831 Remote Commander Remote Control, Stereo AV Cable, USB Cable, Lens Cap, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM with USB Driver (PicturePackage Software Ver. 1.5 for Sony)