Shooting video in high-def was once but a pipe dream to the weak of shoulder thanks to the chunky kit – Sony’s new camcording waif, though, won't bother you with anything so much as a hand cramp.
The HDR-HC3E picks up where the hi-def HDR-HC1 left off, targeting the privileged HD telly generation, but also bringing higher sensitivity and better image quality together with its tiny dimensions.
Sony claims that the camcorder before you is the lightest and smallest HD shooter in the world – Sanyo’s new 145g HD1 will cough loudly at such suggestions, but at 500g it’s still an impressive feat of miniaturisation.
That’s just three quarters of the mass of the HC1, which it matches on the spec front too with a 2.7in screen, 10x Optical Zoom and a filter diameter of 30mm.
It’s also copies a page from the Xacti handbook by letting you take high-res 2.3MP stills while shooting movie footage, and offers a handy slow motion mode for those artistic endings.
If you like to accessorise, Sony has a few other odds and ends you might like to try on for size; there’s a wireless microphone which you can clip to your subject, a sports pack to lug the wee beggar about, and a 10w light to brighten things up a bit.
The HC3 will be available in April for the princely sum of £1,200 – for more info and stockist details check out Sony’s website or call the Sony Cusatomer Information Centre on 08705 111 999.