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Get it down on HD with a Sony digital camcorder

Camcorders have come a long way from the days when you plugged a chunky VHS cassette into a hefty piece of ironmongery that you needed a reinforced tripod to support. These days you can slip your Sony digital camcorder into a hip pocket. Well almost.

For the video blogger on the move, the Sony MHS-CM5V Bloggie High Definition Handycam Camcorder is far less unwieldy than its name. It records in a handy high definition 1920x1080 MP4 format. The 5x optical zoom is adequate for most casual shoots, and the swing-out USB arm connects direct to your laptop for fast and easy uploads, letting your video go from frame to Facebook in minutes. Grab one on Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) for the bargain price of £139 (in violet).

The Sony HDRCX130EB Handycam Camcorder is a tad more serious, with a 30x optical zoom to get up close and personal and the all-important Optical Steady Shot Active mode including 3-Way Shake-Cancelling. This helps eliminate the worst element of most home videos, that annoying wobble. You can pick these up for around £310.

Still a few pounds left in that movie budget? Splash out on a Sony HDRCX305EB High Definition Handycam Camcorder. This is the sort of camera to set a cineaste purring at the specifications. Shoot HD at 1080i with a widescreen facility, and with a Steady Shot image stabiliser. The AVCHD (Audio Video Compression for HD) storage format means you can shoot up to 6.5 hours of Full HD video on its 16GB of internal flash memory. This is one really impressive Sony digital camcorder, retailing at £699.

 

 

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