The Sony HDR-SR1E AVC HD 30GB Hard-Disc Handycam Camcorder is the industry's first direct to Hard Disc Drive, AVCHD camcorder. The HDR-SR1E shoots in genuine 1080i resolution, for real unparalleled HDTV clarity. Its professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens captures brilliant images with life like color and tones, while the 2.1-megapixel CMOS processes faster than a CCD for richer color and better detail. The Progressive Shutter System supplies digital still images with excellent definition and sharpness. This camcorder comes with a variety of features, including 80x digital zoom, 16:9 widescreen mode, a hot shoe, a USB 2.0 interface, and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. In addition, this camcorder features a 30 gig hard drive, so you can download directly to your favorite video software, without bothering with tapes.