It's days like these when we love technology. No, we're not just pleased that our smartphone synchronised this morning without errors (we're not that geeky. Yet).
No, Sony's announced the HDR-HC1E, a hi-def camcorder that's going to sell for a risibly cheap £1400.
Price insanity aside, the shooter’s tiny – similar to a big 3CCD model – plus it uses standard MiniDV tapes and records glorious HDV1080i video (that’s 1440 x 1080 MPEG-2, res fans). Under the hood, there's a 2.97MP CMOS sensor, Carl Zeiss lens and a 10x optical zoom.
Best of all, it gives you a good excuse to go buy a new plasma.
There's no product page on Sony's website yet, but you should be able to snag yourself a HDR-HC1E at a quality photograhpic retailer this July.