The HVR-V1U is a new 3-1/4″ CMOS HDV camcorder from Sony. It sports a pair of XLR inputs and other prosumer features. There’s also a new HVR-DR60 60GB hard disk recording unit designed to be a companion for this camcorder. The camera can record 1080/24P, 1080/60i, and 480/60i. Yes, you read right, real 24P, no more CineFrame crap masquerading as 24P. The fact that Sony chose to finally adopt true 24P after years of resistance is a breath of fresh air and a really progressive move on their part. The HVR-V1U is expected to start shipping in December, just in time for Santa to throw one on his sleigh for you. I’m looking forward to seeing how the image stacks up against the larger 3-1/3″ chip camcorders, the price will be under that of the Z1U, so Canon, Panasonic, and JVC are in for some stiff competition this winter in the 24P camera race.