Sony HDR-HC9 Mini DV Camcorder Specifications

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High Definition HDV Handycam® Camcorder


Weight: 1 lb 3 oz (550g) without Tape and Battery, 1 lb 6 oz (650g) with Tape and Battery
Dimensions: 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch (82 x 82 x138mm)
The HDR-HC9 delivers high definition quality and versatility with a professional grade Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* lens, and a 3.2 megapixel ClearVid™ CMOS sensor for stunning video and 6.1 megapixel still images. Super SteadyShot® optical image stabilization delivers crisp images, even when using the 10x optical/20x digital zoom.

Key Features
1/2.9” ClearVid™ CMOS Sensor 3.2 Megapixel (Gross) :  
    Sony’s original ClearVid CMOS Sensor provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video performance (up to 1080 lines of horizontal resolution in HD format, or 530 lines of horizontal resolution in SD format). Additionally, the megapixel technology enhances your digital still photography experience with the ability to shoot high-resolution (6.1 Megapixel) still images. Unlike traditional CCD Imagers, CMOS Sensors require less power, providing improved battery performance. 
10X Optical / 20X Digital Zoom :  
    The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom. 
2.7" Wide1 (16:9) Touch Panel Clear Photo LCD Plus™ Display (211K Pixels) :  
    The 2.7" Wide1 (16:9) LCD screen provides exceptional viewing clarity with improved resolution (211K pixels). The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode and composing shots even easier. 
Dual Record :  
    While recording video in High Definition you have the ability to capture still images directly to Memory Stick Duo™ media (sold separately). 
Switchable HDV/DV Format Recording :  
    Record and play back both High Definition and Standard Definition video recorded on standard MiniDV cassettes (sold separately). 
Professional Quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T Lens :  
    Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T lenses use highly advanced optics to deliver vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation, and perfect renditions of subtle tones. The additional T coating further reduces unwanted glare and flare for increased contrast and color. 
Active Interface Shoe :  
    Sony’s proprietary hot shoe makes it easy to use Intelligent Accessories, such as external lights and microphones, by providing power and on/off capability directly from the camcorder. 
HDMI™ Connection :  
    HDMI™ connectivity provides a simple, high-quality video and audio connection, with the ability to transmit HD video from the camcorder to compatible HDTVs via a single cable. 
i.LINK® Interface (IEEE1394) 5 :  
    Quickly transfer images from the camcorder to compatible devices equipped with an IEEE1394 interface5, including camcorders, digital VCRs, and PCs, using this high speed, bi-directional digital video/audio connection. 
USB 2.0 Interface6 :  
    The USB 2.0 interface6 provides an easy way to connect your camcorder to a PC for fast transfer of video and still images for editing. 
InfoLITHIUM® Battery with AccuPower™ Meter System :  
    Unlike NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, Sony's rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries are not subjected to a life shortening "Memory Effect," so you’re free to charge the battery at any time. Additionally, Sony's exclusive AccuPower™ meter displays the battery time remaining in minutes, in either the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. 
Stamina® Battery Power Management System :  
    When using the Sony InfoLITHIUM® Battery, the Stamina® Battery Power Management System helps the camcorder prolong battery life for extra long continuous recording times from a single charge.7 
Assignable Buttons :  
    For ease of recording, three buttons on the exterior of the camcorder are user-assignable so that they can be set to the options most commonly utilized. 
Battery Information :  
    At the touch of a button, battery information is displayed on the LCD screen when charging and when the camcorder is turned off. When using the LCD screen or viewfinder, the display will show how much the battery is charged -- in 10% increments -- and the recordable time left. 
Built-in Intelligent Flash :  
    For added clarity and detail when taking pictures in low-light situations, the built-in flash improves pictures and reduces shadows. 
Cinematic Mode :  
    Perfect for creating your own movie masterpieces, Cinematic mode lends a 24 frame film-like effect to your recordings. 
Easy Handycam Button :  
    Using a camcorder can be intimidating for some people. With a press of the Easy Handycam Button, most of the advanced features of the camcorder are "locked out," letting you focus only the buttons essential for recording. 
Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media Slot :  
    Capture still images directly onto Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media (sold separately) for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing, or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick® devices (sold separately). 
Multi-Language Menu :  
    Change the menu display from English to English (Simplified), Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese 
On Screen Zoom and Record Buttons :  
    For additional control of the camcorder, Zoom and Record buttons are features on the frame of the LCD screen. This allows for more flexibility when holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low angle shots. 
Picture Effects :  
    Get creative when recording or playing back your videos with Sony's Picture Effect Modes. Effects available in Camera mode: Monotone, Pastel and Sepia. Effects available in Playback mode: Monotone, Pastel and Sepia. 
PhotoTV HD Viewing with HDMI™ Output8 :  
    With direct HDMI™ output to your BRAVIA® HDTV and other compatible HDTV screens, so you can view and share photos in breathtaking clarity and detail. You can choose between standard 4:3 and widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio -- and with select BRAVIA® HDTV models, your photos are automatically optimized in sharpness, gradation, and color reproduction8. 
Progressive Shutter System :  
    A mechanical shutter system that provides progressive scan performance while utilizing an interlaced scanning system. Digital still images will be sharp and clear with excellent definition. 
Scene Selection Modes :  
    Scene Selection modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sports Lesson, Spotlight, and Sunrise & Sunset. 
Smooth Slow Record :  
    By increasing the record rate from 60 frames per second (fps) to 240 fps, you can capture 3 seconds of fast motion and play the video back in 12 seconds. The Smooth Slow Record mode is a great tool for analyzing a golf swing or a viewing a bird in flight. In addition, you record an audio track to narrate the video footage. 
Super NightShot® Infrared System :  
    With the Super NightShot Infrared System, you can capture video in total darkness (0 lux) up to 10 feet away. 
Super SteadyShot® Optical Image Stabilization System :  
    The Super SteadyShot® Optical Image Stabilization System from Sony reduces blur caused by camera shake and vibration, so your images stay crisp and clear. This optical stabilization system achieves an even higher level of smoothness without the image degradation that can occur with some digital stabilization systems. 

Assignable Dial  :                        Yes 
Light/Flash  :                                 Yes 
Manual / Auto Lens Cover  :       Auto 
Memory Stick slot  :                     Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media 
S/S & Zoom button on LCD  :    Yes 

Lens Type  :                      Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T 
35mm Equivalent  :         49 - 490mm (4:3 Camera Mode), 40 - 400mm (16:9 Camera Mode)  Aperture  :                          F1.8-2.9 
Digital Zoom  :                  20x 
Filter Diameter  :              37mm 
Focal Distance  :              37mm 
Focus  :                              Full range auto / Manual 
Progressive Shutter  :     Yes (Photo only) 
Shutter Speed  :               Auto, 1/2 - 1/500 (Scene Selection Mode) 
Minimum Illumination  :  5 lux (Auto Slow Shutter ON, 1/30 Shutter Speed) 
Optical Zoom  :                 10x 
Exposure  :                         Dial + Touch Panel 

Audio Format  :                  Stereo MPEG1 Audio Layer2 
Microphone  :                     Yes 

Battery Type  :                   InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FH60) 
Power Requirements  :  7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor) 
Power Consumption :    HDV: 4.2W / 4.5W, DV: 4.0W / 4.3W (VF/LCD) 

Format  :                             HDV (MPEG2) / DV (AVI) 
Video Signal  :                   NTSC color, EIA standards 

LCD Screen  :                   2.7" wide1 touch panel LCD Plus™ display (211k pixels)  
Viewfinder  :                      Color Wide 16:9 (123K Pixels) 

Imaging Device  :            1/2.9" ClearVid™ CMOS sensor (with Exmor™ technology) 
Pixel Gross  :                   3200K 
Video Actual  :                  1710K Pixels (4:3),2280K Pixels (16:9) 
Video Resolution  :         Full HD 1440x1080 
Still Actual  :                     3040K Pixels (4:3), 2280K Pixels (16:9) 
Still Picture Resolution  6.1 megapixel 
Recording Media  :         MiniDV Cassette (sold separately) 
Recording and Playback Times  :   SP: 60min/80min., LP (DV only): 90min/120min. 

Supplied Software  :  
    Picture Motion Browser Ver.2.0.17 
Operating System Compatibility  :  
    Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional, XP Home, XP Professional, Windows Vista 

Convenience Features
Low Light Capability  :        S-NS
x.v.Color™  :                         Yes 
Digital Picture Effect(s)  :   Still, Flash Motion, Trail, Old Movie, Cinematic effect 
Fader Effect(s)  :                  Black, White, Mosaic, Monotone 
Picture Effect(s)  :                SkinTone, Mosaic, Solarization, Monotone, Sepia, Neg. Art, Pastel  Slide Show Mode  :             Yes 

Inputs and Outputs
Analog Audio/Video Output(s)  :       Multi AV 
Digital Audio/Video Output(s)  :       Yes (via i.LINK®) 
USB Port(s)  :                                      Yes (ver 1.1) 
Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s)  :   Yes, via Multi AV 
HDMI™ Connection Output(s)  :    Yes 
Headphone Jack  :                           Yes 
Microphone Input  :                           Yes 
i.LINK® Interface  :                           Yes 
LANC Terminal  :                              LANC 
S-Video Output(s)  :                         Available via A/V Remote (cable not included) 
Active Interface Shoe  :                    Yes 

Image Stabilization  :                      Yes (Optical) 

Memory Stick PRO™ Media Compatibility  :   Tested to support up to 8GB media capacity; does not support high speed transfer function; does not support Access Control security function. 
Dual Record  :                                Yes (up to 3 Photos) 
Still Image Mode(s)  :                    JPEG 
Scene Mode(s)  :                            Auto, Twilight, Twilight Portrait (Still only), Candle, Sunrise                                                               Sunset, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Sports  
White Balance  :                               Auto / outdoor / indoor