I tried out the Sony XR100 back in April and now we got an upgraded model in the series, the Sony HDR XR-200. This little handycam can record 120GB of Full HD 1080i videos in one go.
The XR-200 sports a hybrid storage option — via Memory Stick or the built-in 120GB hard disk drive. The 0.2-inch “Exmor” CMOS Sensor can also take a maximum of 4MP still images. The lens is a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T with a filter diameter of 37mm.
If the older 80GB XR-100 can record up to 33 hours of video at 5Mbps, the 120GB XR-200 adds 50% more capacity (up to 50 hours).
Supported video codec is MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 and has a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080i. The 15x optical zoom and 180x digital zoom is demonstrated in this video clip I took using the camera:
See more sample footages here. Note though that YouTube HD doesn’t fully support 1080p playback (I read somewhere it’s still in beta and experimental).
Sony HDR-XR200 Handycam has a suggested retail price of Php64,999.