With the stability of its shoulder mount design, light weight, and long list of innovative and convenience features, it is no wonder the Sony DSR-250 Camcorder has become the prototypical event-video production camera for shooters big and small. The DSR-250 can record in the professional DVCAM format or the consumer DV format, and it accepts both large and small cassettes for a maximum recording time greater than 3 hours.
Sony's equipped the DSR-250 with three 1/3" 380,000-pixel CCD sensors, which give it great bright and low light quality. They're also somewhat adjustable by the user for camera-to-camera repeatability and better control. The DSR-250's 12x zoom lens has Sony's Super SteadyShot that accepts 58mm filters, and there's many adapters on the market to mount directly to it for wider angle or telephoto work.
The DSR-250 accepts analog composite (RCA) and S-Video for input and output, allowing operators to use standard home-type VCRs for source material, but also uses the digital Firewire (IEEE-1394, I-Link) for the modern age. The professional-quality DXF-801 viewfinder has 600 lines of horizontal resolution, and a 200,000-pixel LCD monitor to allows you to compose shots without your eye upon the viewfinder.
Other great functions of the DSR-250 include time/date stamp, built-in transition modes, still image capture, 2 channels of built-in balanced audio, and a PowerTap DC output for on-camera lighting.