Sony sets the hi-def pace

The week's hi-def mania continues with the arrival of the HDR-HC1E - Sony's second HD camcorder to land in the UK. Mmmm, family weddings in glorious 1080i

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.