Sony Announces New HDR-CX12 HD Camcorder

In August, Sony will debut the HDR-CX12 camcorder. It’s a Handycam format camcorder, that records to Sony’s memory stick technology in 1920×1080 HD video, and also takes a pretty astounding 10 megapixel still photo.

It features a new technology called “Smile Shutter” that can analyze when a person in the frame smiles, and snaps a photo automatically at the same time you’re recording video.

From A Sony Press Release:

SONY INTRODUCES THE WORLDS FIRST CAMCORDER
WITH SMILE SHUTTER TECHNOLOGY

SAN DIEGO, June 18, 2008 Sony is taking the lead in the camcorder industry by introducing 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 Sonys unique 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 even detect and capture a smile while in standby mode just aim the camcorder and youll capture smiling moments.

Advanced technologies such as smile shutter make memory capture automatic so you can relax and enjoy the moment at hand, said Kelly Davis, director of camcorder marketing at Sony Electronics. Leveraging these key technologies across multiple product lines is another example of Sonys commitment to anticipate consumer needs by making video capture more seamless, easy and fun.

Advanced Features and Performance
In addition to face detection technology, the camcorder is packed with powerful features such as ClearVid CMOS sensor with Exmor-derived technology for stunning 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 for smooth video and clear photos.

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 to record clear dialogue. 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 so that you are ready to start recording almost straight out of the box. 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 easily view, organize and store video and photos on a compatible PC.

Price and Availability
The HDR-CX12 camcorder will be in stores early August for about $900. It will be available at Sony Style retail stores, online through sonystyle.com and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-order sales will begin online on June 20th and at sonystyle.com on June 22nd.

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