They claimed to be unfazed by the news, but JVC’s Everios will be privately reeling about the emergence of these three new hard-drive camcorders from Sony.
Looking to muscle in on the G series’ patch are two 30GB models, the DCR–SR30E and DCR-SR50E, and their leader, the 60GB DCR-SR70.
The two smaller capacity models are identical apart from the SR50E’s slightly better 1MP CCD (compared to 800K), which also brings its battery down by 60 minutes to six hours.
They can store almost 21 hours of video on the highest quality setting, but the 60GB naturally claims the recording top prize – it can manage almost 42 hours in Long Play and up to 15 hours at the 9Mbps top quality.
The image quality won’t be up to the level of the hi-def models launched yesterday (see link below) and may even struggle to compete with the 1.3MP vids captured by JVC’s LG50, but there are other weapons in their armoury. The ‘one-touch DVD burn’ button will let you instantly archive to DVD, while the Smart Protection system will realise when your camcorder is plummeting towards the earth and inform the important bits to brace themselves for impact.
Sony DCR-SR30E, DCR-SR50E, DCR-SR70
On sale: TBA