Sony Upgrades its HD Camcorders for Summer

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Quiet as you like, Sony have snuck out a couple more HD-compatible camcorders, the SR8 and the SR5C without even a whisper. The SR8 looks like an upgraded version of the SR7 which is barely two months old, and the SR5 is now the SR5C. You want prices, shipping dates, more pics and just what these lovers are saying to each other? Of course you do.

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Say howdy doody to the SR8, with its 3.2 megapixel video sensor and 10 x optical zoom. It'll cost you $1,600 and is available "on or before", says Sony, July 9.

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This, my friends, is the SR5C, which has upgraded storage, and increased capacity from 40GB to 100GB. If you encode your video in H.264, you should be able to get about 36 hours of 1080i-resolution HD video onto the camera. Again, July 9, and expect to pay around $1,300.

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Loverette: "I have acute angina, you know."

Lover: "Yes, it's as soft as a mouse's ear."

UPDATE: Matt from the Digital Camcorder News website has pointed out to us that Sony has updated every single one of its tapeless camcorders, most of which have been doubled in capacity at least. Big up to that man for pointing it out to us.

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I used to think using a HD camcorder was crazy cause you can't simply buy more tapes once you run out of video when on vacation and I can't even get my Sony cam to transfer via firewire to my PC since I reinstalled XP (the Sony driver has dissapeared and no website seems to have info on how to get it back), I have to do it through my laptop now.

But I went on vacation to Florida, staying in Naples for a week, and then drove around like crazy for a nother week seeing every sight I could all the way down to Key West, and up to Orlando, and I still only managed to take ten hours of video, and that included using up one whole tape taking the camera underwater on a scuba dive.

So 36 hours is way more than one is likely to need for a two week vacation.

But it occurs to me there's still one little problem. What do you do with the video once you're done taking it? Transfer it all to your PC? That's not gonna be very portable. And laptops have realtively limited storage. And they're kind of a pain to hook up to grandma's TV.

Removable storage still seems like a better idea to me. What major benefits are there to having the HD? That you can reuse the storage I guess. But other than that...

Also why 1080i? I thought the new models coming out were all gonna start being 1080p. I've seen at least one 1080p model.