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Sony's DCR-TRV260 Digital8 Handycam camcorder gives you digital recording at an analog price. It features a huge 20X optical zoom lens, a big2.5" SwivelScreen LCD display and the NightShot Plus zero-light recording system, all in a stylish, ultra-compact design. It even includes USB streaming capabilities, which transforms your camcorder into a webcam. Best of all, it records digitally oninexpensive 8mm and Hi8 video tapes, making it the perfect camcorder for anyone stepping up from analog. Features Digital 8 recording format delivers 3x the color bandwidth of VHS with significantly less video noise Digital8 records digital Audio and video comparable to MiniDV on affordable Hi8 tapes 1/6" CCD imager with 290K (effective) pixels provides great detail and clarity, with exceptional analog video performance. 20X Optical/990X Digital Zoom Theoptical zoom helps to bring the action up close from far away. i.Link DV Interface (IEEE1394) A high speed bi-directional digital video/audio communication between 2 compatible devices equipped with an IEEE194 interface, including Camcorders,Digital VTRs, capture cards and PCs. 2.5" SwivelScreen LCD Display (123K Pixels) Provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. Using Sony's unique Adaptive Frame Interpolation for better image quality, you can storehundreds of individual still images with 7 seconds of audio on the videotape. Steadyshot Picture Stabilization System that uses motion sensory to detect and compensate for camera shake USB Streaming lets you stay connected with family &friends by broadcasting live video with audio via the internet with the USB interface You can even playback your favorite recorded scene stored on tape. Its like having your own Wenb Camera or Video Conference System Charge the battery atany time because unlike NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries Sony's rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries are not subjected to a life shorteningmemory effect Using the optional NP-QM91D InfoLithiumr battery, the DCR-TRV260 can continuously record up to 12hours on one complete charge, providing extra long battery life. Program AE modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Portrait, Beach & Ski, Sports Lesson, Landscape, Spotlight, Sunset & Moon modes. Get creative when recording or playing back videos with Sony's Picture Effect modes. Effects available in Camera mode: Negative Art, Sepia, Monotone, Solarize, Slim,Stretch, Pastel and Mosaic. Effects available in Playback mode: Negative Art,Sepia, Black & White and Solarize. End Search: Advances the video tape to the last 5 seconds of the recorded scene Enhance your personal videos by adding professional looking fader effects. Choose from Black, Mosaic, White, and Monotone Add professional looking titles to your videos, select from 8 preset or 2 customized titles with up to 22 characters. Built-In White LED Light Brightens your videos when shooting in low light with low power consumption. Manual Focusallows the user to determine the focus of their choosing by adjusting the cameras focus ring allowing more creativity and/or effects. Steadyshot Picture Stabilization System that uses motion sensory to detect and compensate for camera shake Picture Package Software allows you to easily create fun music videos with the supplied software Easy Handcam Button lets only the essentials operate, locking out the advanced features, for non intimidating use for beginners