If you shuddered at the sight of Sony's GPS-packin' HDR camcorders, the outfit has a much milder, calmer set headed your way. The all new Flash Handycam line strips away most of the dazzling features on the aforementioned family, though one of the four still keeps the most important bit: high-def recording. The flagship HDR-CX100 logs clips at 1,920 x 1,080 and captures 4 megapixel stills, but the privilege will cost you $600. For that, you'll also get Face Detection, Smile Shutter, 8GB of embedded flash memory, a Memory Stick PRO Duo card slot, 10x optical zoom, 2.7-inch LCD monitor and a choice of black, silver or red. If that's still too far out of your league, it's also introducing a trio of flash-based SD models: the 16GB DCR-SX60, 8GB DCR-SX41 and 4GB DCR-SX40, which will cost about $370, $300 and $270, respectively.
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Sony offers up HDR-CX100 HD Handycam alongside three lowly SD models