Sony announced that it will be introducing 11 hard disk drive and flash memory-based camcorders in Canada beginning in February .

The line-up includes both high definition and standard definition models ranging in price from $350 to $1,500 Canadian.

High Definition

Sony says all of its 2010 HD camcorders will offer its back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor which the company claims offers improved image quality and auto focusing capabilities in low light situation.

Other features include 1920 x 1080 high-definition video recording at up to 24Mbps in the AVCHD format, improved image stabilization, face recognition, 60p output, a new user interface and the ability to down-convert from AVCHD to MPEG2 in order to burn to a DVD.

For wide angle videographers, some of the new camcorders will also include a wide angle G lens that captures approximately 2x larger shooting area than previous models, enabling users to make sure nobody is left out of the picture indoors or to capture more of the scenery outdoors.

Sony will offer entry-level HD camcorder options in both hard drive (HDR-XR150) and flash memory (HDR-CX110) formats. The HDR-XR150 features a 120GB hard drive for up to 50 hours of HD video (LP mode), while the HDR-CX110 allows for customizable capacity with the purchase of a memory card.

These camcorders feature: 25X optical zoom lens, 3.1-megapixel still photos, image stabilization and a 2.7" LCD screen (230K resolution).

The HDR-XR150 and HDR-CX110 will be available in February for about $750, and $600, respectively. The HDR-CX110 will come in black, blue, and red.

Sony will also offer the HDR-XR350V, with a 160GB hard drive; HDR-CX350V, with 32GB of flash memory; and HDR-CX300, with 16GB of flash memory.

These HD camcorders have the following step-up features: Wide angle G lens (29.8mm for video and 27.4mm for still images); image stabilization with Active Mode from Wide to Telephoto; 12X optical zoom; 7-megapixel still photos and embedded GPS (except HDR-CX300).

Sony's top-of-the-line camcorders will include the HDR-XR550V, with 240GB hard drive and the HDR-CX550V, with 64 GB of embedded flash memory.

These camcorders add the following features over the base models: Wide angle G lens (29.8mm for video and 26.3mm for still images); 12-megapixel still photos; assignable dial for manual control (Iris/Shutter/Exposure/WB/Focus); colour Electronic View Finder; 3.5" LCD display (921K resolution); and dedicated microphone/headphone inputs.

The HDR-XR550V, HDR-CX550V, HDR-XR350V, HDR-CX350V and HDR-CX300 will be available in March for about $1500, $1300, $1100, $900, and $800, respectively.

Standard Definition Camorders

Sony is adding four models to its standard-definition lineup including two hard disk drive models (120GB DCR-SR88 and 80GB DCR-SR68) and two flash memory models (16GB DCR-SX63 and DCR-SX43).

The DCR-SR88, DCR-SR68, DCR-SX63 and DCR-SX43 camcorders will be available in late February and cost about $530, $480, $350, $380 and $350, respectively. The DCR-SR68 and DCR-SX44 models will be offered in blue, red, and silver.

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