Okay, Sony has four new cameras. Here they are, from small to big:
Action Cam HDR-AS30V
According to DPReview:
With its back-illuminated 16MP EXMOR R sensor, the Action Cam HDR-AS30V can capture an 11.9-megapixel still images well as Full HD footage. Its lens captures a 170-degree view, and can now capture video and stills upside-down. Video capture can also be sped up for slow-motion playback, capturing at 60p or 120p.
The AS30V’s new waterproof housing is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and also a little less rugged. Built-in Wi-Fi offers easy connectivity to a smartphone, as well as the new Live View Remote wristwatch. The AS30V will be available in late September for around $300.
This is an unusual camera, looks like the Action cam, but has a stereo-pair microphone at the front to record live bands or whatever. According to DPReview:
Capable of recording Full HD 30p video while also recording Linear PCM audio. A 2.7-inch LCD is embedded into the side of the camcorder, and thanks to NFC-capable Wi-Fi, it’s easy to use a smartphone or tablet as a monitor. Pricing is set at $299.
has had the opportunity to play with the camera:
I’ve been playing with one and it’s great. For example, when shooting some steam trains I was able to just place the MV1 on a bridge parapet or beside the track to capture wonderful stereo sound of the trains puffing past. OK, I’ll have to sync the sound up with the main video in post, but as the camera shoots pictures too that’s pretty straight forward. To have done this conventionally would have required a good stereo mic, a stand, cables or radio links etc. Costing less than most decent stereo microphones it’s so simple and convenient that I’ll be looking to get one as soon as they are released. Click here to download a sample audio clip from the MV1. mv1-audio-sample
This is the consumer-grade 4K camera, toned down for whatever reason.
…compact handheld camcorder that has a Sony G series 20x zoom lens with a single 8.3 Megapixel back illuminated EXMOR-R 1/1.23? sensor (that’s just a little smaller than 1/2?). The sensor allows for 4K shooting at up to 60fps. Interestingly for a consumer camera this one uses a variation of Sony’s new XAVC codec from the pro line of cameras to record the 4K footage. XAVC-S records 4K at 150Mb/s and HD at around 50Mb/s (compared to 220+ and 100+ Mb/s at 25fps for regular XAVC). This is a Long GoP version of the XAVC codec and is limited QFHD or (UHDTV) at 3840 x 2160 along with 8 bit 4:2:0 encoding .
Price is expected to be about $4,500. Ouch, for a small sensor 8-bit 4:2:0 camera.
This is the bigger brother camera with more professional features and a better codec.
the recording codec on the Z100 is the same XAVC I frame codec as used on Sony’s F5 and F55 cameras. This allows the Z100 to record the full 4K 17:9 4096 x 2160 sensor output at 10 bit 4:2:2. The down side to this is the data rates are now much higher at 232Mb/s for HD and up to 600Mb/s for 4K (at 60fps).
Price? Expect about $6,500. Obviously, ‘street’ prices will tend to be lower but it’s still a lot to pay. The FS700+4K recorder isn’t that far off budget-wise.
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