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Sony Launches First Compact 4K Handycam Camcorder and Seven Handycam Camcorders

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Sony-AX100-camcorder-reviewSony Electronic’s newest 4K Handycam FDR-AX100 camcorder delivers a compact solution for capturing moments in the highest possible image quality – four times the resolution, clarity and detail of high definition.

 

The AX100 is 74% smaller and 66% lighter than the recently announced Sony FDR-AX1 model, but despite its small size, the new 4K camcorder houses the very best digital imaging technology. Sony’s AX100 model is the first 4K Handycam to feature a large, 14.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor. Far larger than the sensor in conventional consumer camcorders, it captures flawless 4K Ultra HD images (3840 x 2160 pixels) while also allowing beautiful bokeh background defocusing effects, even in low light conditions.

 

The AX100 has on-board Wi-Fi for easy connection with any iOS or Android device coupled with Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile app, and features Near Field Communication (NFC) one-touch for simple connection to NFC-enabled Android devices. Wi-Fi also allows wireless playback of content stored in the Handycam on a networked TV. Additionally, a connected smartphone can be used as a remote to control the camcorder.

 

The Sony Handycam AX100 4K camcorder and its compatible accessories will be available in March for about $1999.99.

New splash-proof wearable HDR-AS100V action camera records high-quality Full HD video with enhanced image stabilization and range of sharing options.

 

Sony’s new high-end, wearable HDR-AS100V Action Cam adds full HD image capture to its range of point-Sony-AS100V-camcorderof-view video capabilities. The HDR-AS100V also adds 24p, high-speed shooting modes, and a high-quality still camera – all combined in a splash-proof body without an underwater housing. This POV camera is perfect for capturing life’s adventures for playback on a big screen or the web.

 

The new Action Cam offers Sony’s unique advanced SteadyShot Image Stabilization which more than doubles the camera’s stability versus its predecessor. The new and improved stabilization automatically adjusts for different frequencies of vibration, from mild oscillations while walking to rapid vibrations when riding a motorcycle. A premium ultra-wide ZEISS Tessar lens yields an impressive 170-degree viewing angle (120 degrees with SteadyShot on) to capture all the action on dynamic terrain like ski slopes and mountain trails. Perfect for panoramic landscapes, the AS100V model also steps up its Exmor R CMOS sensor from 16- to 18-megapixels for superb images with less noise in low-light and night conditions. The addition of a second tally light on top of the camera provides instant visual assurance of start-stop recording status.

 

The new Sony HDR-AS100V point-of-view video camera will be available in March for about $299.99. The HDR-AS100VR bundle will include the new Action Cam with a Live View Remote for $399.99.

 

Seven new models deliver big sensors, high bit-rate recording, improved SteadyShot and brighter projectors for better, smoother, steadier output

 

Sony Electronics is expanding its Handycam line of camcorders with seven new models that make it even easier to capture and preserve irreplaceable memories in sharp full HD video with detailed still images. The new models range from entry level to high end, with stand-out features, including powerful new processing, Balanced Optical SteadyShot for smoother video, brighter built-in projection, advanced audio, simple wireless sharing and remote control via Wi-Fi and NFC.

 

Flagship Full HD Handycam

Heading the 2014 line is Sony’s HDR-CX900 model, one of the first Handycam camcorders equipped with a large image sensor for pro-style performance in a compact body. The new camcorder features a 1.0-type, 14.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor with an impressive wide angle 29mm ZEISS® Vario Sonnar T* Lens to deliver the ultimate combination of performance and versatility for shooting in full HD with high quality still images. Far larger than the sensor in conventional consumer camcorders, the 1.0” type Exmor R CMOS sensor engages Direct Pixel Read Out to produce high quality images even in low-light situations.

 

The new models are the first Handycam camcorders to offer Clear Image Zoom, which uses By Pixel Super Resolution technology to boost detail on video footage captured at up to 60x magnification (HDR-CX330, PJ340, PJ540). It also powers the camcorders’ Balanced Optical SteadyShot feature for up to 13x more shake stability from wide to tele, Optical SteadyShot with Intelligent Active mode for up to 13x more shake stability at wide angle, and dramatically improves zoom ratio. Shooters can record movies in top-quality AVCHD Full HD or MP4 simultaneously for easy smartphone transfers or uploads with the camcorders’ built-in NFC/Wi-Fi function.

 

Entry HD

HDR-CX240: Full HD 60p, 9.2-megapixels, Exmor R® CMOS sensor, SteadyShot™ image stabilization, 29.8mm wide angle ZEISS Vario-Sonnar Lens with 54x Clear Image Zoom, Picture Effects, AVCHD + MP4 recording, and 2.7” type LCD™ display – about $230

 

HDR-CX330: With Wi-Fi/NFC, Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Intelligent Active mode, wide angle 26.8mm Sony G Lens, and 60x Clear Image Zoom– about $330

HDR-PJ275: With built-in projector (13lm) and external device input, 29.8mm wide angle ZEISS Vario-Sonnar Lens, Wi-Fi/NFC and 8GB flash memory – about $400

 

Mid HD

HDR-PJ340: With Wifi/NFC, built-in projector (13lm), external device input, 16GB flash memory, 60x Clear Image Zoom, wide angle 26.8mm Sony G Lens, and Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Intelligent Active mode, Wi-Fi/NFC – about $480

HDR-PJ540: With new sound features, 5.1 channel mic, built-in projector (25lm) and external device input, 32GB flash memory, 3.0” type wide touch screen Clear Photo LCD™ display (460K), Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, Wi-Fi/NFC – about $700

 

High-End HD

HDR-PJ810: With Wifi/NFC, 24.5-megapixel still shot, manual control (iris/shutter/exposure/white balance), wide angle 26.8mm Sony G Lens with hood, advanced controls with expanded focus, zebra, and peaking, touch screen 3.0” type Xtra Fine LCD™ with WhiteMagicTM (921K), color Electronic Viewfinder and built-in projector (50lm) with external device input and Keystone Adjustment – about $1100

 

Prosumer

HDR-CX900: With back-illuminated 1.0 type Exmor R CMOS image sensor, 50Mbps high bit rate XAVC S recording , 29mm wide angle ZEISS Vario Sonnar T* Lens, Wi-Fi/NFC, 20-megapixel still shots, and 3.5” type Xtra Fine LCD™ (921K) – about $1500

 

The new high definition camcorders and accessories will be available in late February, starting around $230.

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