Sony is introducing a new full high-definition compact point-of-view (POV) camera and solid-state recorder combination – Digital HD Video Camera Recorder HXRMC1P. Its unique design separates the camera head from the control unit/recorder, giving professional users more flexibility to capture shots in video applications such as extreme sports, reality TV, documentaries, nature, wildlife and any situation where increased mobility and interesting angles are required beyond the capability of hand-held or shoulder-mount camcorders.
The new camera achieves its balance of compact size, light weight and superb image quality through the use of solid-state recording onto Memory Stick PRO Duo media using AVCHD compression. The HXRMC1P can record up to six hours of high-definition content onto a 16GB Memory Stick media.
The HXR-MC1P’s video compression enables users to enjoy longer recording time per gigabyte, as well as a low cost of media per minute. This approach is consistent with Sony’s current line-up of MPEG professional camcorders, including the HDV, XDCAM HD optical and XDCAM EX series.
Sony will also continue to support and reinforce the well-established HDV infrastructure by adding newer models including the HVR-Z5N/HVR-Z5P hybrid camcorder and HVRMRC1K Compact Flash Recording Unit.
The HXR-MC1P camera has full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, and features Sony’s Exmor CMOS sensorä with ClearVid pixel array, also used in Sony professional camcorders and consumer digital SLR cameras.
Even with a 10x optical zoom and a built-in microphone, the camera measures only 1 1/2 x 1 11/16 x 3 1/2 inches, allowing it to be attached to various devices such as helmets or cars. Screw holes on the bottom of the unit make mounting easier. It is also splash-resistant for use in the rain.
Recording and playback are performed within the HXRMC1P’s control unit, eliminating the need for external recording devices or facilities. The combination of Exmor and CMOS sensor technologies result in low power consumption and maximum battery operation of up to 405 minutes.
The control unit has a 2.7-inch (viewable area, measured diagonally) 210,000-pixel 16:9 LCD panel that uses ClearPhoto LCD plus technology. All menu settings can be configured using the touch-screen LCD panel. For example, set-up during shooting or video operation can be carried out simply by touching the LCD panel. Users can shoot, play back video, change settings, and edit pictures by selecting a category from the HOME MENU.
The control unit is also equipped with a recording button, zoom lever, and manual control dial, so users can control the camera remotely while watching the images. External monitors or remote control devices are not needed.
Sony’s Memory Stick PRO Duo media is the optimum recording media for the compact HXR-MC1P control unit. In HD recording mode, video is recorded in AVCHD, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression, the same method used in Blu-ray Disc technology. If SD recording mode is selected, video is recorded in MPEG-2.
Price and availability
The HXRMC1P compact POV camera is available in late February 2009, at an RRP of $4,950.