Sony has announced it is following in the footsteps of JVC with the announcement of the launch of a hard disk drive based camcorder.

The new drive will come with a 30GB capacity drive and provide up to 21 hours recording time.

The new model, called the DCR-SR90E, offers a picture quality of an MPEG2 held in the 3 megapixel CCD with primary colour filter is an excellent equivalent quality to DVD Handycam.

The DCR-SR90E has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens featuring a 10x optical zoom and 120x digital zoom capability and a filter diameter of 30mm. The advanced multi-layer T* coating within the Carl Zeiss lenses minimizes reflections, reduces flare and increases contrast. This results in brilliantly vivid images, natural colour saturation and precise renditions of subtle tones.

The DCR-SR90E also features a built-in microphone that records in 5.1-channel surround sound and comes equipped with physical shock absorbers to cushion the HDD from an impact and internal 3G sensors that detect gravitational force in 3D automatically protect the hard disc when a fall is detected by disconnecting the HDD write head from the hard disc.

Sony are suggested that with the supplied battery, the camcorder can record for up to 110 minutes and with an optional battery, it can achieve up to 275 minutes on a single charge.

The Sony DCR-SR90E will be available throughout Europe from April 2006, however the company has yet to set a price.

We will keep you posted.