HDW-650: Sony Japan sells new HD camcorder for professionals

Sony’s HDW-790, a camcorder for professional use (list price: $60,000), gets an update, at least in Japan [JP]. Yesterday, the company started selling the HDW-650 in this country, for a list price of $58,000 and a retail price of $46,000.

The camcorder features three 2/3-inch Power HAD FX CCDs, a 14-bit AD converter, a signal to noise ratio of up to 59dB, F12 sensitivity at 50Hz, a 3.5-inch LCD display (16:9 format), two HD-SDI outputs, a down-conversion output, interval recording, and a slow shutter function. The HDCAM weighs 4.2kg.

There is no word yet on availability and price outside Japan.