June 13
Sony To Ship Smallest Mini DV Camcorder
DCR-PC5 Handycam includes FireWire

by David Nagel
Executive Producer

Sony says it will start shipping the smallest Mini DV camcorder this month. The new DCR-PC5 Handycam camcorder is 2 1/8" x 4" x 3 7/8" and weighs 15 ounces. This new camcorder offers digital still image capability (using Sony's Memory Stick digital media) and includes Carl Zeiss optics and a 2.5" SwivelScreen LCD Monitor with touchscreen controls. The touchscreen allows the LCD screen to be used as a control pad. Users touch the appropriate button on the LCD screen to search, edit or operate special effects while recording or playing back video on the same screen.

The camera features a 10x optical/120x digital zoom and a with a 0.25", 680,000 pixel CCD imager. Other features include:

The DCR-PC5 camcorder includes a 4 MB Memory Stick, which can store up to 60 JPEG compressed digital still images. The DCR-PC5 will be available this month for about $1,499. For more information, visit http://www.sony.com.

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