The Sony Ericsson Kurara has finally been announced but it’s got a new name, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz. The Vivaz can record HD video (720p) with continuous autofocus when shooting, meaning your YouTube masterpieces hopefully won’t suffer from a blurred effect if you pan too fast.
Sony Ericsson is keen to emphasis the ease in which videos can be uploaded to the web through a three step ‘capture, view and share’ process. The Vivaz features a dedicated video key so you can shoot instantly, then review footage in a standby panel before uploading it to YouTube or Picasa via Wi-Fi. The 8.1-megapixel camera features autofocus, a 4 x digital zoom and face and smile detection for easy point and shoot action. The Vivaz also features an LED which doubles as both a video light and a camera flash.
Facebook and Twitter apps come pre-installed, so you can directly share videos and pictures with your friends and followers. Other Vivaz features include a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD slot. An 8GB card comes included, but you can expand the memory up to 16GB, which you might want to do if you plan on capturing plenty of HD quality footage.
Sony Ericsson say that the Vivaz will be out this spring, but haven’t announced any specific release date yet. Rumours dating back to when the phone was called Kurara hinted at a February release date.