Sony Introduces First Camcorder With Smile Shutter Technology
Sony introduced the first high-definition camcorder with both Smile Shutter and face detection technologies.
The HDR-CX12 Memory Stick Handycam camcorder can record full 1920 x 1080 HD video and 10-megapixel photos on Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo media and any Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2) media cards. Roughly the size of a soda can (2.8-inches wide by 5.3-inches tall by 2.8-inches deep), this ultra-compact model will allow for easy transfer of video and stills from media cards to a compatible PC to share via email, uploading to the Internet or burning to disc.
With Sony's Smile Shutter technology you can capture smiling photos and record video at the same time. When activated the technology will detect and automatically take a photo when your subject smiles - without having to switch to photo mode or press the photo button.
It also features child and adult prioritization so you can capture photos when your intended subject group smiles. This camcorder can also detect and capture a smile while in standby mode – just aim the camcorder and you'll capture smiling moments.
In addition to face detection technology, the camcorder is packed with features such as ClearVid CMOS sensor with Exmor-derived technology for improved video detail and clarity, a BIONZ imaging processor, an advanced Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 12x optical zoom lens and Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization.
The model has a 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen, Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound recording and a built-in zoom microphone. It has an assignable dial that can be customized to manually control focus, brightness and white balance.
The camcorder will ship with a supplied 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2) media card. A supplied Handycam Station cradle makes for easy DVD creation with its One Touch Disc Burn button. Also bundled is Picture Motion Browser software to view, organize and store video and photos on a compatible PC.
The HDR-CX12 camcorder will be in stores early August for about $900. Online pre-orders will begin on June 20th here.
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