Sony Unveils HVR-DR60 Portable Hard Disk Recording Unit

September 19, 2006

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Sony of Canada Ltd., Canada’s leading electronic and computer products solutions provider for consumers and business, today announced the launch of its new lightweight and portable hard disk (HDD) recording unit, the HVR-DR60, which is the ideal accompaniment to camcorders such as the new HVR-V1.

The HVR-DR60 is easily connected with a camcorder via i.LINK, and offers users the ability to record on to both tape and hard disk simultaneously -- ideal to create a hybrid recording solution for customers. The compact footprint design also provides four and a half hours of continuous HDV/DVCAM/DV stream recording.

The 60 GB (gigabyte), 1.8-inch hard disk of the HVR-DR60 combines high capacity with compactness. It weighs only 227g (excluding battery). It adopts common FAT32 file system and adopts two recording formats: .m2t file format for HDV recording and .AVI (Type 1) file format for DVCAM/DV recording.

The HVR-DR60 provides the choice of video mode and computer mode. The video mode (AV/C) enables users to record footage in response to Rec. Start and Stop operation from a camcorder which has External Rec. Control function and play back footage on a camcorder via i.LINK connection. The computer mode (SBP2) allows high-speed transfer of either .m2t or AVI Type 1 direct to a PC.

The HVR-DR60 is designed with ‘on-the-go’ professionals in mind. The “HDD Smart Protection” composed of 3G sensors, shock absorber and buffer memory protects the data when the unit is inadvertently dropped from heights of up to 100cm. 3G sensors detect if the unit is being dropped and automatically retracts the HDD head and switches the unit off. Shock absorbers are also used to protect the hardware from damage through knocks and dropping. In addition, a buffer memory of up to 14 seconds ensures smooth continuous recording in the event of dropping or power interruption.

Using Sony L-series batteries (as used in both HVR-V1U and HVR-Z1 camcorders), it delivers a battery life of up to 4.5 hours when using the NP-F570 and up to 13.5 hours when using the NP-F970 battery.

The right partner for the HVR-V1

“The HVR-DR60 is ideal to create a hybrid recording solution for customers – offering both tape and hard disk based recording.” said Brian Young, Strategic Marketing Manager, Content Creation Marketing, Broadcast Communication Solutions Group, Sony of Canada Ltd. “It delivers a flexible solution that is suitable for back-up, file-based workflow and longer recording times – and is an ideal compliment to our professional HDV camcorders, such as the new HVR-V1U.”

The unique features that the HVR-DR60 offers for the HVR-V1U users includes a special status check option, which delivers current status, remaining battery time and remaining hard disk recording capacity. It can also support tapeless recording by combination with the HVR-V1U. Finally, it attaches easily via a supplied shoe adaptor and short i.LINK cable.

The first shipments are expected in November 2006.

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