Remember when Uncle Mike would come over with his video camera and you thought that Channel 5 just showed up to get your opinion of the new Wal-Mart going in up the street? Then there is Cousin Jim who has the video camera so small he keeps it in his front jean pockets. The latest addition to this video camera evolution is High Definition. Sony is still at the top in one last technology and they have recently come out with their newest HD camcorder. There are very few HD camcorders out there right now and almost all are over $2000. Sony has already come up with the professional version for $4000 and a consumer version for about $1800. The new HDR-HC3 will sell for 160,000 yen, or $1,400, less than the $1,800 price tag on Sony’s HD-HC1, its current HD camcorder for consumers. The Sony HDR-HC3 weighs 500 grams (a little over a pound), making it 26 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than the HDR-HC1. The new camera will also support HMDI output, which means it can be connected directly to an HDTV, something the current camera doesn’t do. There is a new company Ambarella, that has developed a chipset that will let manufacturers develop HD camcorders for around $800. This will put an HD camcorder in a large amount of new customers hands in 2007. I will be buying one this year and I will be able to share the great even of Hood to Coast in HD like it’s never been seen before.