Thursday, July 19, 2007

$200 Sony camcorder is aimed at web use

Courting the growing number of YouTubers and other video Website fans, Sony will soon debut its GC1 "Net-Sharing Cam," a flash-based video recorder with built-in software for uploading to video sites and blogs. The pocket-size camcorder measures 1.2 by 4.1 by 2.3 inches and weighs about 5 ounces. It should be available in September at about $200.

The GC1 won’t carry Sony’s traditional Handycam brand to differentiate it from the traditional camcorder category. The Memory Stick-based device records MPEG-4 video at VGA resolution at 30 fps and also takes 5-megapixel still images. A dedicated “sharemark” button lets users tag video for uploading after they’ve been transferred to a computer.

The camcorder is loaded with PMP Portable software, which runs when the GC1 is connected to a computer. Tagged videos are then automatically uploaded to the Web and users can program the software to upload videos to multiple video sites or personal blogs.

The camera will also ship with Picture Motion Browser desktop software for video editing and additional software for turning the Net-sharing Cam into a Web camera. It has a 2.4-inch color LCD, built-in flash, fixed focal length lens with a 4x digital zoom and a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery for about 90 minutes of recording. (info from TWICE) (This is a preview, not a review)

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