The new camera achieves its balance of compact size, light weight and superb image quality through a design and recording format similar to Sony’s consumer camcorders. The HXR-MC1 records up to six hours of content onto a 16GB Memory Stick PRO media using AVCHD compression, which is an MPEG long GOP codec already used in consumer video products.
The HXR-MC1’s SD mode also uses MPEG long GOP compression, enabling customers to enjoy longer recording time per GB, as well as a lower cost of media per minute. This approach is consistent with Sony’s current line-up of MPEG professional camcorders, including the HDV™, XDCAM® HD optical and XDCAM EX™ series.
Sony will also continue to support and reinforce the well-established HDV infrastructure by adding newer models including the HVR-Z5U hybrid camcorder and HVR-MRC1K Compact Flash media adaptor.
The HXR-MC1 camcorder has full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, and features Sony’s ClearVid CMOS Sensor system enhanced by Exmor technology, also used in Sony professional camcorders and digital SLR cameras. With a 45-degree rotated pixel layout, this type of imager offers sufficient pixel surface area while maintaining high resolution. The Exmor technology features a unique column-parallel analogue-to-digital conversion technique and dual noise cancelling, resulting in high-quality digital signals with extremely low noise.
Source: Sony of Canada [November 7, 2008]
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