By Lisa Johnston
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New York – Sony formally unveiled Wednesday three camcorders and a pair of new additions to the Cyber-shot family, called “lens-style cameras,” that combine the functionality of an advanced Cyber-shot point-and-shoot camera with a smartphone.
Sony’s new camcorder models include the FDR-AX1 4K Handycam, the HDR-AS30V Action Cam and the HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder.
The lens-style cameras include the models QX10 ($249 suggested retail) and QX100 ($499 suggested retail). Both are designed to attach to a Smartphone camera to capture high-quality images that can be saved automatically in both the smartphone and memory in the lens-style camera.
The QX cameras have internal lens stabilization and are compatible with both Android and iOS devices via a special smartphone bracket adapter and Playmemories app using a connection to Wi-Fi or nearfield communications (NFC).
The QX10 and QX100 will enable video capture in MP4 FullHD 1080/30p format, and are said to enable capturing low noise images even in areas with reduced lighting.
Zoom, exposure, white balance and focus settings can all be adjusted on mobile devices.
The cameras offer sensors of 20.2 megapixels and 18.2 megapixels for the QX100 and QX10, respectively.
|FDR-AX1 4K Handycam|
The QX100 has an ISO range of 160 to 6,400 (iAuto), 160 to 25,600 (Superior Auto), 160 to 3,200 (Program Auto), and 160 to 3,200 (Aperture Priority), while the QX10 features ISO 100 to 3,200 (iAuto), 100 to 12,800 (Superior Auto), and 100 to 1,600 (Program Auto).
The QX-100 also features a Carl Zeiss
In camcorders, the Sony HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder, which will ship in December at a $299 suggested retail, is said to have been designed for capturing high-quality video and audio. It can record FullHD 1080/30p video at 30 fps and LPCM or AAC stereo audio.
For video, it's equipped with a 16-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor and a wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with a 120-degree angle of view.
The camcorder features a 2.7-inch LCD monitor as well.
For recording audio, the HDR-MV1 features a 120-degree stereo X/Y microphone and an external microphone input.
Audio can be recorded in 44.1kHz/16-bit LPCM format or 48kHz/128kbps AAC format. Audio Lip Sync is supported and manual or auto audio-level control.
A 2.7-inch LCD screen is included and features onscreen meters to monitor the audio input levels.
The FDR-AX1 Digital 4K video camera, which will ship in October at a $4,499 suggested retail, is billed as the first less-than-$5,000 4K consumer/prosumer camcorder on the market. It supports 3,840 by 2,160 4K Ultra High-Definition resolution, and is able to send 4K/60p video signals over a just-finalized HDMI 2.0 connector to one of Sony’s firmware updated Bravia 4K Ultra HD TVs using ordinary HDMI 1.4a cable.
The camcorder packs a variety of professional controls, including independent zoom, focus and iris rings.
It includes a high-performance image processor and a back illuminated 8.3-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor to capture 4K video images at 60 fps.
Audio is recorded in two-channel Linear PCM (LPCM) with a built-in high-performance stereo microphone. Dual integrated XLR audio inputs are included for external microphones.
The camera will allow mixing audio tracks from the internal microphone with the audio recorded from external mics.
The AX1 also features a new USB 2.0 port, headphone jack, HDMI output (supporting up to 4K/60p on Bravia 4K Ultra HDTVs), an analog A/V output, and an accessory shoe. 4K Bravia LED TV.
The HDR-AS30V action video camera, which will be available later this month at a $299 suggested retail, features rugged all-weather capability for outdoor action photography/videography. It is lightweight and wearable and will connect wirelessly via Wi-Fi/NFC to an optional wristwatch-style Live View Remote control and monitor, which will be available later in the year.
The action camcorder supports up to Full HD 1080/60p video recording and includes a 2x Slow Motion Mode at 720/60p HD resolution plus a 4x Slow Motion Mode that supports 720p HD video capture at 120 fps.
Footage recorded at 120 fps can be played back at 30 fps for super-slow-motion shots.
Sony will offer with the HDR-AS30V a waterproof housing that is waterproof to a depth of 197 feet.
The camera is equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, which supports a wide 170-degree viewing angle and SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode. It has a back illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor offering strong low-light image quality.
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