Sony HDR-CX12 High-Definition Camcorder - Reviews
Sony has introduced is new HDR-CX12 high-definition camcorder that features both face detection technology and a Smile Shutter feature that enables videographers to snap still photos of smiling subjects even while they're shooting video. And users can even prioritize the smiles of adults and children to help make sure they get that perfect shot, and capture smiles even when in standby mode: just aim the camcorder at the subject, and it'll worry about seeing the smiles.
"Advanced technologies such as smile shutter make memory capture automatic so you can relax and enjoy the moment at hand," said Sony Electronics' director of camcorder marketing Kelly Davis, in a statement. "Leveraging these key technologies across multiple product lines is another example of Sony's commitment to anticipate consumer needs."

The CX12 can record video at 1,920 by 1,080 full HD resolution as well as snap 10 megapixel photographs. The camera stores video and images on Sony's Memory Stick Pro Duo media, which helps keep the size of the camcorder down: it's just 2.8 inches wide, 2.8 inches deep, and 5.3 inches long. The camcorder sports a 2.7-inch LCD viewfinder, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 12 optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization, and Sony's BIONZ image processor. The CX12 also sports an integrated zoom microphone and supports Dolby 5.1 channels surround audio.

Expect to see the CX12 in early August for a suggested retail price around $900.