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Sony HDR-HC3 HDV High-Definition Camcorder

Sony HDR-HC3 HDV High-Definition Camcorder

If you're looking for a compact and easy-to-use high-definition camcorder, you should take note of Sony's new HDR-HC3 HDV Handycam ($1700; April). It's the world's smallest and lightest 1080i camcorder, yet is packed with features like HDMI output, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens, a 2.7-inch touch-panel LCD, Super SteadyShot image stabilization, and Sony's new ClearVid CMOS Sensor technology. The HDR-HC3 HDV also shoots four-megapixel still images, which can be stored on a Memory Stick PRO Duo media card.

  • Olympus Evolt E-330

    The only reason this editor picked the Sony DSC-H1 over a nice digital SLR camera was simple — I hate using viewfinders and constantly squinting. Apparently hearing similar complaints, Olympus has announced a new camera that will finally let me join the SLR ranks without eye fatigue. The Evolt E-330 ($1000; March) is the world's first digital SLR to offer "live" viewing through its LCD screen. The camera also features a dust reduction system for spot-free photos, TruePic Turbo image processor, and digital-specific Zuiko lens. What's more, its 2.5-inch articulated LCD also features HyperCrystal technology and offers
    advanced swivel capability so you can
    capture shots from any angle.

  • Sony DCR-SR100 30GB Handycam Camcorder

    Sony's first hard disk drive camcorder, the DCR-SR100, lets you record pristine digital video without the need for DV tapes or those tiny DVDs. And if you're like us, you edit everything you record anyway to get rid of all the boring crap and then burn your own DVD. The DCR-SR100 ($1100; May) has 30GB of storage, built-in Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround sound and an optional Bluetooth microphone for enhanced center channel sound. It also sports a 3-megapixel Advanced HAD CCD, built-in flash, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens, 2.7-inch touch panel SwivelScreen LCD, and 3-megapixel digital still capture.