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Sony Ships Three-CCD Mini-DV Camcorder

Prosumer model captures 1 million pixels per CCD By Dave Nagel
Sony today announced its DCR-TRV950 Mini DV Handycam camcorder. The new model is a three-CCD camcorder that can can capture 1 million pixels per CCD imager. The three CCDs are each dedicated to a primary color and separate light that passes through the lens into individual color components.

The DCR-TRV950 includes several optional manual controls, including a manual focus ring, 12x optical and 150x digital zoom, zebra pattern, color bars, spotlight compensation and spot focus. The camcorder also features Sony's Optical Super SteadyShot picture stabilization system.

The camera also has the ability to stream live and recorded video via a USB connection and can also provide access to a network through wireless Bluetooth technology. (The camcorder can also be used for Web browsing by using the LCD display. Web pages can be downloaded to the supplied 8 MB Memory Stick media card.) Other features include:

  • 14-Bit DXP (Digital Extended Processor);
  • Hologram AF, a new Sony laser focusing system for dark conditions;
  • Touch Panel LCD with stylus, which can also be used to specify a subject for focus or and area for metering;
  • FireWire interface;
  • MPEG-1 Movie EX Mode (records to Memory Stick);
  • 3.5" Precision SwivelScreen LCD and 180,000 pixel color viewfinder.

The two-pound camcorder will be available in June for $2,500. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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