Sony has launched the world’s first HD Video WALKMAN – the portable solution for viewing HDV and DV tapes while you’re on the move.

The GV-HD700E plays back HDV as well as SP and LP miniDV tapes. Its ability to record HDV1080i/DV signals from an external source also makes it suitable as a back-up deck for professional videographers covering events.

The 7-inch 16:9 widescreen LCD offers a resolution of 1,152K (800x480x3) dots for monitoring video and still images.

An All-scan function ensures that 100% of the recorded frame area is displayed on the LCD monitor for accurate reviewing of shots.

Up to six LCD panel setups can be stored and loaded at any time. The on-screen position of displayed timecode can be moved to any of six positions according to user preference. The screen folds down when the GV-HD700E is not in use for portability.

The HD Video WALKMAN is equipped with interfaces for recording and playing HDV1080i and Standard Definition DV video from a range of sources. An HDMI output allows HD viewing on any connected HD-ready TV or monitor.

For convenient operation, any of fourteen commonly-used functions (including search, index mark and playback zoom) can be assigned to three function buttons. There’s also a Status Check mode that gives a handy on-screen confirmation of key Audio, Output, Assign and LCD settings.

The GV-HD700E HD Video WALKMAN will be available throughout Europe from September 2007.