Sony Raises the Stakes at CES 2014 with its First Compact 4K AX100 Handcam and HDR-AS100V Action Camcorder

Kevin Lee The Phoblgrapher Sony AX100 Product Images 1

Sony is making a serious play 4K camcorder world and now it has announced the AX100 as its very first compact 4K Handcam Camcorder. Compared to the FDR-AX100, Sony’s first 4K video camera aimed at amateurs and professionals introduced in September, the AX100 is 74% smaller and 66% lighter. Although it’s smaller, the camera still records 4K Ultra HD video at a 3840 x 2160 resolution using the 14.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor.

The camera’s capabilities are also boosted with the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens. Made with 17 elements in 11 groups the lens starts off on the 29mm wide-angle end and can zoom up to 12 times optically. Thanks to the BIONZ X processor it can also record 24fps and 30fps movies even at full resolution. The Sonly Handycam AX100 4K camcorder will be available in March for $1999.99.

In another technology push feat, Sony also introduced the HDR-AS100V, a new entry in its wearable action camera line. Packed inside a splash proof underwater housing, the HDR-AS100V features an 18MP Exmor R CMOS sensor coupled with the ultra-wide ZEISS Tessar lens yielding an impressive 170-degree viewing angle. The action cam records 1080p video at 24fps and faster, high-speed shooting modes in 720p at 120fps or 240fps. The Sony HDR-AS100V POV action cam is slated for a March release and a asking price of $299.99.

Beyond Sony’s two headline video cameras, the Japanese electronics giant also announced seven other Handycam additions with a little something for everything.

Heading up the 2014 line is the flagship HDR-CX900 sporting a 14.2MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Optically the camera boasts the 29mm ZEISS Vario Sonnar T lens, which can zoom up to 12 times. What’s more the CX900 can record full 1080p HD video at 50 Mbps using the new XAVC S codec and create artistic, slow motion pans with 120fps shooting. Video savvy shooters will be able to pick up the Sony HDR-CX900 for $1,500 at a yet to be announced release date.

Check past the break for more spec and images on the Sony AX100, HDR-AS100V, HDR-CX900, and even more Handycams.

Kevin Lee The Phoblgrapher Sony AX100 Product Images 2

Sonly Handycam AX100 4K camcorder

  • 1” (13.2mm x 8.8mm) back-illuminated 20MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 20MP still image resolution
  • BIONZ® X image processor
  • 3840×2160 4K video output with 30P/24P framerates
  • 1920×1080 video output with 60P/60i/30P/24P framerates
  • 29mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T with 12x Zoom
  • F2.8-F4.5 minimum aperture
  • Built-In IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Sony HDR-AS100V Product Image 1

Sony HDR-AS100V

  • Splashproof POV Action Cam
  • 1/2.3” back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Sensor
  • 13.5MP still image resolution
  • BIONZ® X image processor
  • Carl Zeiss Tessar f2.8
  • 17.1mm focal length (35mm equivalent)
  • 170° angle of view
  • Memory Stick Micro, Micro SD/SDHC Memory Card compatible

Kevin Lee the Phoblographer Sony HDR-CX900 Product Image 1Sony HDR-CX900

  • 1” Exmor R image back-illuminated 20.9MP CMOS sensor
  • 20MP still image resolution
  • BIONZ X image processor
  • 1920×1080 video output with 60P/60i/30P/24P framerates
  • 29mm wide angle ZEISS Vario Sonnar T Lens
  • 50Mbps high bit rate XAVC S recording
  • 20-megapixel still shots
  • 3.5” type Xtra Fine 921K dot LCD
  • Wi-Fi/NFC
  • $,1500

Kevin Lee the Phoblographer Sony HDR-PJ810 Product Image 1Sony HDR-PJ810

  • 1/3.95’ back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 24.5 still image resolution
  • BIONZ X image processor
  • 26.8-321.6mm Sony G Lens with hood
  • f1.8-3.4 minimum aperture
  • 1920×1080 video output with 60p/60i/24p framerates
  • 3.0” type Xtra Fine 921K dot touchscreen
  • Color Electronic Viewfinder
  • Built-in 50-lumen projector
  • 24.5-megapixel still shot
  • Wifi/NFC
  • $1,100

Kevin Lee the Phoblographer Sony HDR-PJ540 Product Image 1Sony HDR-PJ540

  • 1/5.8’ back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 9.2MP still image resolution
  • 1920×1080 video output with 60p/60i/24p framerates
  • 26.8-804.0mm G lens
  • Built-in 25-lumen projector
  • 32GB flash memory
  • 5.1 channel mic
  • external device input
  • 3.0” type wide Clear Photo 460K dot LCD touchscreen
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Wi-Fi/NFC
  • $700

Kevin Lee the Phoblographer Sony HDR-PJ340 Product Image 1Sony HDR-PJ340

  • 1/5.8’ back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 9.2MP still image resolution
  • 1920×1080 video output with 60p/60i framerates
  • 26.8-804.0mm Sony G Lens
  • f1.8-4.0 minimum aperture
  • Built-in 30-Lumen projector
  • 2.7″ Clear Photo 230K dot LCD display
  • 16GB flash memory
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Intelligent Active mode
  • Wi-Fi/NFC
  • $480

Kevin Lee the Phoblographer Sony HDR-PJ275 Product Image 1Sony HDR-PJ275

  • 1/5.8’ back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 9.2MP still image resolution
  • 1920×1080 video output with 60p/60i framerates
  • 29.8-804.0mm ZEISS Vario-Sonnar Lens
  • f1.8-4.0 minimum aperture
  • 8GB flash memory
  • With built-in 13-lumen projector
  • 2.7″ Clear Photo 230K dot LCD display
  • External device input
  • Wi-Fi/NFC
  • $400

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Sony HDR-CX330 Product Image 1Sony HDR-CX330

  • 1/5.8’ back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 9.2 still image resolution
  • 1920×1080 video output with 60p/60i framerates
  • 26.8-804.0mm Sony G Lens
  • f1.8-4.0 minimum aperture
  • 2.7″ Clear Photo 230K dot LCD display
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Intelligent Active mode
  • Wi-Fi/NFC
  • $330

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Sony HDR-CX240 Product Image 1Sony HDR-CX240

  • 1/5.8’ back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 9.2 still image resolution
  • 1920×1080 video output with 60p/60i framerates
  • 29.8-804.0mm ZEISS Vario-Sonnar Lens
  • f1.8-4.0 minimum aperture
  • SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 2.7″ Clear Photo 230K dot LCD display
  • $230

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