Sony has announced a new version of its DVDirect DVD recorder that has a larger LCD and a smaller and more compact body. The VRD-MC6 has a 2.7-inch LCD screen that allows the previewing of video or up to six digital photos at one time and is almost 60% smaller than its predecessor is.
The recorder can transfer AVCHD quality videos to DVD discs in native 1080i resolution when connected to a Sony hard drive or flash media camcorder. The DVDs made by the recorder can be played on compatible Blu-ray players including the PS3.
The device can transfer video from camcorders to a disc without the need for a computer and it can record digital photos to a DVD for a slideshow. A memory card reader for MemoryStick, SD/SDHC and xD cards is built-in. The VRD-MC6 will launch in September for $229.