from a SONY press release

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 20, 2006 Changing the notion that high-definition video recording is for "advanced videographers only" Sony today announced the HDR-HC3 HDV 1080i Handycam camcorder.

Compared to its predecessor, this new, high-def camcorder is 25 percent more compact, packed with easy-to-use features, and more affordable.
"People are more savvy about high-definition television, have experienced its visual impact, and now they want the same wow factor for their own home movies," said Linda Vuolo, director for camcorder products at Sony Electronics. "Sony has made great strides in creating the consumer HDV market over the past two years and now we are expanding it even further."

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Perfect Integration Into Your Living Room
The camcorder will snuggle up comfortably next to your high-def TV with its HDMI output. Now the de facto standard in the consumer electronics industry for transferring high-def content, HDMI offers simple, one-cord connection to display devices so you can just plug and play instead of struggling with multiple cables.

Your own home movies recorded with the HDR-HC3 will stand up proudly next to your pre-recorded high-definition video. The new camcorder delivers superb high-definition picture quality and lighting detail on both video and digital still images.

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