Sony has unveiled the HDR-HC1 Handycam camcorder
, which it claims is the world's smallest and lightest high definition consumer camcorder. The device weighs about 1-1/2 pounds, and is designed to fit in the hand comfortably. Features include full HD resolution based on HDV 1080i, the ability to capture 2.8-megapixel digital still images, transfer to Memory Stick PRO Duo media or to PC, and a 2.7-inch wide hybrid, touch-panel LCD screen to access menu options. The usual controls are present, such as 0X optical and 120X digital zoom, zoom ring, zebra pattern, and spot focus. The Lithium-Ion batteries utilised are designed to minimise the life shortening "memory effect", and there is a full line of accessories, including custom cases, lights, lenses, microphones, Stamina batteries, chargers and cables. The camcorder will go on sale in July.