At CES 2010 saw new entry-level HD camcorders announced by Sony: the HDR-XR150. These new Handycam models will replace last year’s XR100 camcorders, providing HD video with a compact form factor and small price.
These entry-level models do not have the six-blade G lens that was entered to Sony’s mid-range and high-end models late last year. The sensor is very similar-a 1/4-inch CMOS with an effective pixel count of 1,350,000-but features Sony’s new Exmor R back illumination technology, designed to improve low light performance.
Intelligent Auto mode Sony HDR XR150 goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from eleven distinct scene modes: Portrait Mode, Smile Shutter, Backlight Control, Scenery, Night Scenery Mode, High Sensitivity Mode, Macro Mode, Baby Mode, Tripod, and Low Light Mode.
Sony Picture Motion Browser software provides a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still pictures on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output choices let you burn your memories to DVD, AVCHD, and Blu-ray Disc media (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of favourite video and picture sharing sites (compatible PC and internet connection required).
A built-in 120GB hard disk drive can record and store up to 50 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode), or up to 30 hours of general definition footage (SD HQ mode). In addition, “HDD Smart Protection” gives you peace of mind by helping to prevent any recorded video and images from being lost if the camcorder is accidentally dropped.
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved picture clarity and drastically reduced grain with the newly developed, back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor. Designed specifically for compact cameras and camcorders, the “Exmor R” CMOS sensor is planned to let you shoot video in lower lighting conditions with better results.
Now there’s an easy way to transfer and store videos directly from your camcorder to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), without a computer. You can even apply handy playback features of this camcorder to access the videos stored on your external drive and share your memories on a compatible HDTV or monitor.
Smile Shutter™ technology and Face Detection technology Sony HDR-XR150 makes shooting glad faces a cinch. Face Detection with Face Priority lets you specify priority to a face and then automatically optimizes focus, color, exposure and Smile Shutter technology. Smile Shutter captures a smile the moment it happens and makes still photos, even when shooting video.
Choosing the right setting can be a true task, but Intelligent Auto mode analyzes your shot and automatically selects the appropriate settings from 9 distinct scene modes (60 various combinations possible): Portrait, Smile Shutter, Backlight Control, Scenery, Night Scenery, High Sensitivity, Macro, Baby, Tripod and Low Light. Don’t spend time more than you have to! We already done the research for you. Please read where to buy HDR-XR150