Sony to launch a range of GPS-enabled camcorder


Today at the CES trade show in Las Vegas, Sony unveiled a range of new camcorders (Sony HDR-XR520V, HDR-XR500V, HDR-XR200V) featuring a built-in GPS and map data from NAVTEQ.
All three devices offer full HD video recording as well as 12-megapixel still image capture and 240 GB hard drive for the HDR-XR520V priced at $1,500; 120 GB and 12-megapixel for the HDR-XR500V ($1300); 120GB and 4- megapixel for the HDR-XR200V ($1,000).

Sony HDR-XR series with Built in GPS Maps

Photos and videos are geo-tagged with the GPS and the NAVTEQ Map data is used to display the locations of the shoots on a map. Additionally, the map can be browsed to find and open pictures and videos. The NAVTEQ map data comprises North America, Western and Central Europe and several Asian countries. These camcorders will be available in the United States in March 2009.

While GPS has been already available in several cameras, this is the very first time a manufacturer incorporate map data into such a device to locate pictures.