Be still my beating heart!!
Today, Sony is announcing a brand new radio flash transmitter and receiver for their flashes just in time for WPPI 2016. Yes, we’ve finally got it after years of asking for it!
The FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver are designed to work with Sony’s new multi-interface shoe and uses a 2.5GHz radio to communicate with one another. It can control 15 flashes in five groups of flashes at a maximum range of 30 meters (or 98 feet). It can also do HSS, manual flash control, TTL, and is otherwise capable of syncing to 1/250th.
Pricing has yet to be determined. But one more cool thing that we heard in our meeting with Sony is that it can also work as a wireless remote control for the camera.
There’s also a new point and shoot which you can read about after the jump; but the real showstopper is the new wireless flash transmitter.
Sony Announces New HX80 Compact Camera with 30x Zoom and Electronic Viewfinder
New Model is World’s Smallest Camera with 30x Optical Zoom Lens1
SAN DIEGO, Mar. 7, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the newest addition to their compact zoom camera lineup, the DSC-HX80 model.
The new camera features a variety of advanced imaging capabilities including 30x optical zoom, a high-resolution 18.2 MP2 Exmor R CMOS Sensor and a retractable OLED Tru-Finder in a class-leading compact body. Along with the DSC-HX90V model, the HX80 camera becomes the only compact high-zoom camera with a retractable electronic viewfinder, making it an extremely appealing and flexible solution for travel and family photography and video shooting. .
The HX80 also features a high-resolution, 921k dot LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees for comfortable arms-length portraits or “selfies” and is Wi-Fi / NFC compatible.
Key features for the new model are included below:
Compact Hi-Zoom HX80 Camera w/ Built-in Retractable EVF
Available in April for about $350
· Premium 30x ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* optical zoom lens with 60x “Clear Image” digital zoom capability
· Built-in pop-up OLED Tru-Finder EVF w/ high contrast and vivid colors
· 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor ensure the finest capture details for still images and Full HD videos in all lighting conditions
· Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis image stabilization minimizes effects of camera shake
· 921k dot, 3.0 type LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees
· Full HD movie shooting capabilities including high-speed XAVC S format at 50 Mbps
· Built-in ‘pop up’ flash for low-light shooting support
· Compatible with Wi-Fi / NFC for seamless wireless transfer of content and with select Sony PlayMemories™ Camera apps
A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with Sony imaging products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, Sony’s growing community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony imaging brand.
Notes to Editors:
Among compact digital cameras with a built-in viewfinder and 30x or greater optical zoom lens, as of April 13, 2015