Sony nabs world's smallest 1080i 'corder crown

Sanyo's 720p Xacti HD2 may be the smallest HD camcorder by a country mile, but that still leaves the 1080i title up for grabs.So far Panasonic's led t

Sanyo's 720p Xacti HD2 may be the smallest HD camcorder by a country mile, but that still leaves the 1080i title up for grabs.So far Panasonic's led the way with its petite HDC-SD3 but now Sony's launched a trio of tiny models to push the envelope just that little bit further.Smallest of the bunch, and new owner of the crown, is the HDR-CX6EK (pictured), which records to Memory Stick Pro cards and manages to snap 6MP images. The slightly plumper, hard disk equipped HDR-SR7E and HDR-SR5E models get 60GB and 40GB capacities and can take 6MP and 4MP photos respectively.Top of the pile is the HDR-SR8E with a whopping 100GB hard disk, good for up to 38 hours of HD footage, or a few thousand 6MP photos.All four have 2.7in LCDs, 10x zoom Carl Zeiss lenses and use the same AVCHD video-squeezing technology as the Panasonic. That means the ensuing movie masterpieces can be edited on PC and burnt to bog standard DVDs for playback on the PS3, or compatible Blu-ray spinners in luscious HD.Although Sony hasn't released the full data, it appears these also record in 'true', non-stretchified, 1920x1080i – or 'Full HD' as Sony calls it. It raves about the feature in its US press releases but there's strangely no mention of it on the European ones – from what we can tell, though, they're near identical, so here's hoping.

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Sony HDR-CX6EK, HDR-SR5E, HDR-SR7E, HDR-SR8EPrice: £TBA ($1100, $1200, $1400, $n/a in US) On sale: JulyContact: SonyRelated stories:Panny joins the ‘true HD’ camcorder club