January 6, 2015
CES 2015

Sony Announces $1K 4K Handycam & Their First 4K Action Cam

Sony FDR-X1000V 4K Action Cam
Sony's always got a few new products at CES, and this year was no different.

At their keynote, the company showed off a number of new cameras, including a 4K Handycam retailing for $1,000 (which is half the price of last year's CES announced cam), and their first 4K Action Cam, which is aimed squarely at the market who might buy a GoPro HERO4.

The new 4K Action Cam will cost $500 (or $600 with a live view remote) and shoot UHD up to 30fps, 1080p up to 120fps, and 720p up to 240fps. It also can playback 4K through its HDMI port on any 4K display, and features built-in image stabilization (something GoPro lacks). They've got a slightly less expensive version, the AS200V, which will retail for $300 but can only do 1080p 60fps and 720p 120fps. 

Also at the keynote, Sony introduced some HD handycams with built-in projectors, the Sony HDR-PJ670 for $700 and the Sony HDR-PJ440 for $400. In addition, they showed off two standard HD handycams, the $300 HDR-CX440 and the $230 HDR-CX405. All of them shoot 1080p 60fps, but the HDR-PJ670 looks like it has the most frame rate options, including 24p. 

Here is a first look from Sony at the FDR-X1000V 4K Action Cam:

And some 4K samples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPmvvy3wFDI

A look at the stabilization built in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC3ERYAWE38

Sony FDR-X1000V 4K Action Cam

Sony FDR-X1000V 4K Action Cam

Specs:

  • XAVC S 3840 x 2160p / 30 fps (100 Mbps) / 24 fps (60 Mbps)
  • XAVC S 1920 x 1080p / 120 fps, 1280 x 720p / 240 fps
  • XAVC S 1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (50 Mbps) / 30 fps (50 Mbps) / 24 fps (50 Mbps)
  • H.264 1920 x 1080p / 60 fps / 30 fps, 1280 x 720p / 120 fps / 30 fps, 720 x 480p / 240 fps / 30 fps
  • microSD/HC/XC
  • Play 4K via the HDMI on any 4K display
  • Ultra-Wide 170° FOV Lens
  • Wi-Fi for Remote Monitoring and Control
  • 8.8MP Stills with Burst / Interval Modes
  • Built-In Stereo Audio Recording
  • AE Compensation and Manual White Balance
  • Automatic In-Camera Editing
  • Availability: February 2015
  • Price: $500 ($600 with live view remote bundle)

And a few more video samples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhDlBJ6veTI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM2GzClNcwQ

Here is the RM-LVR2 for Remote Operation/Monitoring:

Sony RM-LVR2 for Remote Operation/Monitoring

Sony FDR-AX33 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

Here's a first look at the FDR-AX33 from Sony:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRVdy1b0qwE

And the specs:

Sony FDR-AX33 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder
  • 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • XAVC S 3840 x 2160p / 30 fps / 24 fps
  • XAVC S 1920 x 1080p / 60 fps / 30fps / 24fps
  • AVCHD 1920 x 1080p / 60 fps / 30fps / 24fps
  • 1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
  • 1440 x 1080i / 60 fps
  • MP4 1280 x 720p / 30 fps
  • Bionz X Image Processor
  • 29.8mm Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* Zoom Lens
  • 10x Optical Zoom & 20x Clear Image Zoom
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot
  • 3.0" LCD Touchscreen / 0.24" Color EVF
  • 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Microphone
  • Wi-Fi / NFC Connectivity
  • Availability: February 2015
  • Price: $1,000

For more info on the cameras announced, check out the links below, or head on over to the Sony CES site here.

Here's everything Sony announced at the show in 7 minutes (thanks to The Verge):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOxYMIw2XtU

If you want to watch the entire 2015 CES keynote, it's embedded here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06kZXq3W5do     

Your Comment

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Did she just say 15 min of battery time?

January 6, 2015 at 6:45AM

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It was hard to hear in the product highlight video for the 4k action cam, but did she say it only has a 50 minute battery life? That's worse than the GoPro 3! That aside, the stabilization alone almost makes me want to switch.

January 6, 2015 at 11:14AM

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Michael Carney
Director of Photography, Commercial Video, Stills
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I really like the image out of the action cam. Slightly better image than the hero 4 with better features.

January 6, 2015 at 1:50PM, Edited January 6, 1:50PM

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Caleb Rasak
Camera Operator / AC
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Props to Sony who is bringing it in just about every video segment right now.. The multi-camera control "watch" (although a touch ugly, effective) and stabilization are great features to set these apart. Adding manual or exposure comp, white balance, etc.. great stuff!

January 6, 2015 at 8:07PM, Edited January 6, 8:07PM

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Tyler McCool
One Man Show
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Props to Sony who is bringing it in just about every video segment right now.. The multi-camera control "watch" (although a touch ugly, effective) and stabilization are great features to set these apart. Adding manual or exposure comp, white balance, etc.. great stuff!

January 6, 2015 at 8:07PM, Edited January 6, 8:07PM

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Tyler McCool
One Man Show
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Sony... please manufacture one without the awful fisheye lens.

January 9, 2015 at 12:40PM

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Tom Holton
UAS Specialist
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Seriously. 170 degrees is ridiculous. Anything more than 10 feet away is a speck.

January 12, 2015 at 2:22PM

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David Gurney
DP
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Dies this thing have an endless-looping mode (which almost every action cam bafflingly lacks)? And again we see a manufacturer reducing the data rate just because the frame rate is reduced. What if we want fewer frames and HIGHER QUALITY?

170 degrees is way too wide. This is the opposite of the idiotic zoom wars that afflicted P&S cameras for years.

January 12, 2015 at 2:27PM, Edited January 12, 2:27PM

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David Gurney
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That $2K Sony 4K camcorder was announced 2 years ago, not 1, and it has a 1" sensor, not a tiny 1/2.3" spec of CMOS. It was then developed into an entry level pro-grade PMW-X70. So the price difference still makes sense.

I had the first gen Sony action camera, and it was soooo bad-- it'd be hard to buy another action cam made by Sony. Hopefully they used a decent sized sensor in this model (instead of the bad cell phone camera sensor they used before). Haha

January 14, 2016 at 11:37PM, Edited January 14, 11:37PM

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