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Sony HDR-HC5 1080i HDV Camcorder, 2.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, 10x Optical/80x Digital Zoom, 2.7" Touch Panel LCD Screen, Carl Zeiss Lens

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Meet Sony's incredibly small high definition camcorder: the HDR-HC5. At just under a pound and a half, it has tons of features. First, it has genuine 1080i resolution, so you shoot in real HDTV. Second, it uses HDV, which brings the resolution of HD to a tape the size of a Mini DV cartridge. Menu options are easy to choose, thanks to the 2.7" widescreen LCD SwivelScreen monitor.
This 2.1 megapixel CMOS processes faster than a CCD for richer color and better detail. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens also adds color and detail, plus reduces glare with its special T coating.

As impressive as the HDR-HC5 is as a camcorder, it gets even better as a 4 megapixel digital still camera. Store images on Memory Stick DUO Pro media and use the slot on the camera to view them. You can even shoot HD video and take a 2.3 megapixel still at the same time. Connect to a PC through USB or i.LINK to edit or share video.

HDV Format with Real-Time HD Codec Engine
HDV puts widescreen high definition on a compact digital videocassette for the ultimate mix of quality and convenience. The Real-Time HD Codec Engine provides efficient MPEG2 compression, at the same bit rate of the DV format, so that High Definition video can be recorded on to MiniDV cassettes.
1080i Resolution
Shoot in genuine 1080i high definition - this camera's native format.
x.v. Color
x.v. Color can capture or display nearly twice as many colors than formerly possible.
1/3" CMOS Sensor
The ClearVid CMOS sensor has 2.1 megapixels. It delivers faster image processing than a CCD, meaning richer color, greater detail, and less glare from objects.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens
The lens is specially coated to reduce glare and improve detail.
2.7" Touch Panel SwivelScreen
This widescreen color LCD monitor adjusts to almost any angle. It gives you an accurate interpretation of what your video will look like on a larger screen, whether in 4:3 or 16:9. Menu options are just a touch of the screen away.
Cinematic Mode
Make your movies look even more like movies. Cinematic Mode duplicates the look and feel of film on videotape, using 24 fps.
Manual Controls
Put yourself in control with manual settings of shutter speed and white balance. A zoom ring, zebra pattern, Iris and spot focus give you even more control.
Super Steadyshot
Super Steadyshot electronically reduces or eliminates camera shake for smooth shots under almost any condition.
Super NightShot Plus
Get the most detail out of dark scenes with Super NightShot. This infrared system lets you shoot in almost total darkness.
4 Megapixel Still Camera
This camcorder doubles as a high-end digital camera. In fact, the camcorder and still camera work together - you can shoot high definition video and take a 2.3-megapixel still photo at the same time.
Intelligent Pop-Up Flash
The flash pops up from inside the camera body automatically at just the right time, then disappears.
PictBridge Compatibility
Print photos and still frames from video directly to a PictBridge-equipped printer with just one button. No computer required!
Memory Stick PRO Duo Slot
Memory Stick PRO Duo slot stores still images up to 2304 x 1729 for uploading to your PC for emaling or printing or for use with other memory stick compatible devices.
i.LINK Interface
An IEEE 1394 connection lets you digitally connect to other camcorders, computers, or professional video systems for fast, flawless editing and file transfer.
USB Port
Link this camcorder up to a computer or printer for fast file transfer and communication between machines.
Sensor 1/3" CMOS Sensor, 2.1 Megapixels
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T, F 1.8-2.9, 5.1-51mm, Telemacro - 370mm
Zoom 10x Optical, 80x Digital
Filter Size 37mm
Image Stabilization Electronic Image Stabilizer
Lux 2 Lux, (0 Lux with Super NightShot Infrared System)
System NTSC
Format HDV, Mini-DV
Audio Not Specified by Manufacturer
Time Code Yes
Date & Time Yes
A/V Dubbing Yes
Viewfinder Color, 123,000 Pixels
LCD Monitor 2.7" LCD, Widescreen 16:9 Hybrid Touch Panel SwivelScreen
Manual Controls Zoom, White Balance, Shutter Speed, Iris, Focus
Built-in Light Yes
Built-in Mic Yes - Stereo
Built-in Speaker Yes
Accessory Shoe Active Interface Shoe
Titler Not Specified by Manufacturer
Digital Effects Cinematic Effect, Flash Motion, Old Movie, Still, Trail
Fade Resistance Black, Monotone, Mosaic, White
Tape Loading Top
Digital Still Mode
Resolution 4 Megapixels
Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo
Built-in Flash Yes
Input/Output Connectors
Line In Recording No
Inputs I-Link: - x1
Outputs I-Link: - x1
Multi A/V: - x1
USB: - x1
Component: - x1
S-Video: - x1
HDMI: - x1
Edit Protocol Lanc (Mini)
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
Power Requirements Not Specified by Manufacturer
Power Consumption HD: 3.9W with viewfinder, 4.2W with LCD
SD: 3.6W with viewfinder, 3.9W with LCD
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.3" x 3.3" x 5.4" (82 x 82 x 134mm)
Weight 1.3 lb (600 g) (with tape & battery)
Sony HDR-HC5 1080i HDV Camcorder, 2.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, 10x Optical/80x Digital Zoom, 2.7" Touch Panel LCD Screen, Carl Zeiss Lens
  • Power Adaptor/ In Camera Charger (AC-L200)
  • InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery (NP-FH60)
  • Wireless Remote Control (RMT-831)
  • A/V Cable
  • Component Video Cable
  • USB Cable
  • i.LINK Cable (VMC-IL4415)
  • Enjoy Handycam DVD
  • 1 Year Parts, 90 Days Labor Warranty
  • Sony -  DVM-63HD HDV Cassette (63 Minutes)
    • You Pay: $6.49

    Batteries & Power

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    Don't get caught without power, always have a spare battery.

    Sony -  NP-FH50 H-Series Info-Lithium Battery Pack
    • You Pay: $36.90

    Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect by adding a filter.

    Tiffen -  37mm UV Protector Filter
    • You Pay: $6.39

    Lenses & Adaptors

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    Capture the right view with a conversion lens.

    Impact -  DVP-SWA38-37 Wide-Converter Lens
    • You Pay: $49.95

    External Microphones

    Enhance the quality of your audio recording with an external microphone.

    Sony -  ECM-HGZ1 Shotgun Zoom Mic
    • You Pay: $34.95
    Used Dept.

    On-Camera Lights

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    Adjust the lighting for virtually any indoor and many outdoor applications.

    Sony -  HVL-HL1 Video Light
    • You Pay: $16.95
    Used Dept.

    Tripods & Support

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    Stabilize your video with the support you need.

    Anton Bauer -  EgripZ Handheld Camcorder Support
    • You Pay: $54.95

    Care & Cleaning

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    Ensure trouble-free performance through proper camcorder maintenance.

    Sony -  DVM-12CLD Cleaning Cassette
    • You Pay: $9.99

    Cables & Adaptors

    Connect the proper cable to enjoy the full quality of your footage.

    Sony -  VMC-15FS Handycam Audio Video Cable
    • You Pay: $16.60

    Underwater Housings

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    Capture great-looking footage underwater.

    Ewa-Marine -  VC-1M Rain Cape
    • You Pay: $120.00
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