Camera: PC8 Digital video compact
Like most digital camcorders, the DCR-PC8 is equipped with an IEEE 1394 connection (also known as i.Link and Fire Wire) for digital image transfer, allowing video editing on a properly equipped home computer. In addition, all analogue ports on the DCR-PC8 have analogue to digital converters built in. With this feature, anyone upgrading from older analogue equipment can transfer their old memory to new digital tapes.
If you own a TV equipped with Sony's Super LaserLink feature (or purchase an optional Super LaserLink attachment for your TV), playback is especially easy. You can just aim the DCR-PC8 at the TV from up to 26 feet away, press "play," and enjoy your videos without having to connect any wires.
The DCR-PC8 also doubles as a digital still camera, recording photos onto an included 4 MB Memory Stick at a resolution of up to 640 x 480 pixels. You can also record up to 60 seconds of video directly to the memory stick with the MPEG movie mode. Digital program editing allows for easy dubbing of 20 selected scenes from one digital camcorder to another, or to an analogue VCR. Three different white-balance settings help optimize colour. The DCR-PC8 includes a microphone input, as well as an accessory shoe for extra lights or microphones. Also included are an AC power adapter, lithium-ion battery, remote, stereo AV cable, lens cap, and lens hood.
Sony DCR-PC8. Total megapixels: 0.8 MP, Sensor type: CCD, Optical sensor size: 1/4". Optical zoom: 10x, Digital zoom: 120x. Display diagonal: 2.5", Display: LCD. Width: 2.28" (58 mm), Depth: 4.09" (104 mm), Height: 3.82" (97 mm). Flash memory: 4 MB