Sony unveils smallest, lightest 4K camcorder

At CES in Las Vegas this week Sony unveiled its AX100E, which the company claims is the world’s smallest and lightest 4K camcorder. The AX100E is 75% smaller than previous models and 66% lighter.
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At CES in Las Vegas this week Sony unveiled its AX100E, which the company claims is the world’s smallest and lightest 4K camcorder. The AX100E is 75% smaller than previous models and 66% lighter. It is also the first 4K Handycam to feature a back-illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, capturing 4K Ultra HD images.

The 4K sensor is paired with Sony’s BIONZ X processor that employs area-specific noise reduction and detail reproduction technology. Together with the camcorder’s Cinematone Gamma/Colour function, progressive 25p recording gives a warm look to footage. The Handycam uses a newly-developed ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens with 12x optical zoom. The 11 group/17 element lens incorporates AA (advanced aspherical) and ED lens elements.

In another 4K Handycam first, Dual Video Recording lets the user simultaneously record movie clips and ready-to-share MP4 files. Movies can be captured in XAVC S (at up to 4K/60Mbps or HD/50Mbps) or AVCHD formats. At the same time, a more compact lower-resolution copy of the footage is recorded in MP4 format. Users can tap their NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet to wirelessly transfer web-friendly MP4 clips from the AX100E for quick online sharing.

The AX100E features a choice of Clear, 1/4 filter, 1/16 filter or 1/64 ND (Neutral Density) filters to adjust light levels entering the lens. This gives the user the freedom to precisely control shutter speed and aperture. The handycam also features a bright, high-contrast OLED Tru-Finder offering a wide angle of view. Another new addition is My Voice Cancelling, which automatically reduces vocal frequencies from immediately behind the camera, while the subject’s voice remains unaffected.

The new FDR-AX100E 4K camcorder by Sony is on sale in Europe from May 2014.

www.sony.eu

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