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Sony Presents 11 Camcorders, Drops SD

LAS VEGAS – Sony will officially close the book this week on standard- definition camcorders and models that record to anything but flash memory, as it rolls out its initial 11 models for the 2013 line at International CES.

Prices for the offerings range from an entry $249 suggested retail to a fully loaded model with built-in pico projector at $1,599.

Many models this year will include a new multi-interface shoe that accommodates multiple hot-shoe types including LANC, AVR, Alpha Remote and multi-use terminal.

Also this year, most models will have selectable AVCHD or MP4 recording formats to offer a wider range of compatibility with handheld devices and online sites.

Sony will maintain a five-model assortment of combination camcorders and pico projectors, highlighted by the PJ790V. All but one of the projector/cams feature a built-in mini HDMI-D port and adapter for mini HDMI-A devices to share content from external mobile phones, tablets, cameras, laptops and other devices.

The PJ790V ($1,599 suggested retail) boosts brightness to 35 lumens on the projector side, includes 96GB or flash memory and features 50 percent improvement in both mechanical-noise and wind-noise reduction. It also includes most of the advanced features of the step-down PJ650W ($1,099) projector/camcorder.

That model includes Balanced Optical Steady- Shot (BOSS), electronic viewfinder, manual dial, 20-lumen projector brightness, GPS mapping, 3-inch 921,000-dot LCD, a new advanced sound system, audio record leveling, a new multi-interface shoe that will accept an optional Wi-Fi adapter and a 20.4-megapixel/5MP Exmor R sensor.

Other projector-cams include the PJ430V ($849), PJ380 ($599) and PJ230 ($399).

The company will also continue to offer an answer to 3D videography with a well-featured unit that rings in at less than $1,000.

The TD30V, which will be priced at $999, and packs a 20.4-/5-megapixel Exmor R image sensor, a 12x extended zoom in 3D, 17x digital/10x optical zoom in 2D, and a 3.5-inch wide glasses-free 3D LCD screen.

The five remaining stand-alone camcorders start with the opening price point CX220 ($249), 8.9/2.2MP video/still image Exmore R sensor, 32x digital/27x optical zoom, digital SteadyShot, 2.7- inch LCD, 60p recording and selectable AVCHD/ MP4 recording formats.