Sunday, February 28, 2016

Press Release : Preserve Life’s Most Precious Moments in 4K[1] with Sony’s New Handycam® Line Up

Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s greatest memories with
new Handycam® range featuring new 4K and new HD model

·       FDR-AXP55 4K Handycam® with new Exmor R CMOS sensor with approx. 1.6x  bigger pixel size[2] for unrivalled sensitivity, particularly in low light conditions

·       New ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens for astounding resolution up to a wide angle of 26.8mm[3] and 20x optical zoom and 30x Clear Image Zoom[4]

·       Featuring 5-axis image stabilisation enabled by Sony’s Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ enhanced with NEW Intelligent Active mode,[5] compensating for camera shake even whilst running

·       New microphone structure which collects sound from five directions for advanced sound quality

·       Full HD 100fps high speed recording for post-production editing of incredible slow-mo movies7

·       Built-in projector (50lm) with external input

·       Pro-style features including manual ring, EVF, Time Code recording and User Bit for increased shooting flexibility

·       HDR-PJ675 HD camcorder with enhanced camera functions including 5-axis image stabilisation, Fast Intelligent AF, and Time-lapse Capture

(SINGAPORE, 22 February 2016) – Life’s defining moments can happen so fast, we often fail to fully appreciate the essence of the experience. Whether it’s a child’s first steps, a school play, graduation or a wedding day – having a video to re-live your happiest times with friends and family can become one of your greatest treasures. Sony’s newest Handycam® camcorders allow you to perpetuate those moments in vibrant 4K detail.

FDR-AXP55 4K Handycam®

FDR-AXP55: Breath-taking picture quality with 4K Handycam®
The patriarch of this year’s camcorder family takes form in Sony’s newest 4K Handycam®, the FDR-AXP55, combining enhanced image quality and incredible sound performance.

The FDR-AXP55 features a new Exmor R™ CMOS sensor, providing exceptionally detailed 4K movies. Due to the new sensor’s approximately 1.6x larger pixel size2, the FDR-AXP55 enjoys a much greater sensitivity level than its predecessor and allows for fantastically clear content with outstanding resolution even when shooting in low light conditions.

The FDR-AXP55 features a newly developed ZEISS® lens that extends to a wide angle of 26.8mm3, accurately capturing the scene from wide angle through to telephoto. The lens empowers the camcorder with a remarkable range of 20x optical and 30x (4K)/ 40x (FHD) Clear Image Zoom, for beautiful close-up footage you don’t want to miss.

Due to its Advanced Aspherical (AA) and Extra-low Dispersion(ED) lens elements, colour fringing is highly reduced allowing the lens to produce incredibly accurate colours for beautifully precise footage. The multi-layer film ZEISS® T* coating reduces unwanted reflections like ghosting and flare which delivers a crisper, clearer image even when shooting on bright days outside.

The FDR-AXP55 is the first Handycam® with an enhanced version of Sony’s own Balance Optical SteadyShot™; a 5-axis image stabilisation system that brings you blur-free footage when shooting handheld and thanks to its new Intelligent Active mode5, also ensures crisp footage whilst running. This incredibly powerful image stabilisation system allows for exceptionally smooth and clear video footage from all angles, even when on the move or whilst using the telephoto end of the 20x optical zoom when aiming for close-ups shots. The new Intelligent Active mode takes it a step further and even allows for incredibly clear HD footage when running.

The FDR-AXP55 records at an incredible high bit-rate of 4K 100Mbps, using the high-performing XAVC S™ recording format[6], allowing each frame to be filled with astonishing 4K detail so you can relive everything from splashing waves to colourful confetti. 

The camcorder comes with a newly adapted AF algorithm, Fast Intelligent AF, also featured in Sony’s α7S II, which optimises communication between the lens and processor to achieve speeds up to approximately 40% faster2 than previous models and more precise subject capture.

Advanced sound quality
The FDR-AXP55’s new microphone structure collects sound from five directions, thereby capturing real-life sounds and delivering a more realistic sense of ambience. Due to the enhanced microphone structure, noise levels have been reduced by approximately 40%2, and stereo performance is approximately twice as high as previous models2, allowing for clear recordings in a greater range of environments. Its 5.1ch microphone records high stereo sound in 2ch in XAVC S 4K/HD and high surround sound in 5.1ch in AVCHD. In addition, the My Voice Canceling function reduces the user’s own voice whilst recording.

Full HD 100fps recording for slow-mo movies[7]
As a first for the Handycam® series, the FDR-AXP55 can record at 100fps in Full HD meaning that footage can be edited into breath-taking slow motion footage with the free PC software, PlayMemories Home™, to add a whole new dimension to home movies.

It boasts many pro-style refinements for greater shooting flexibility, including a manual ring and button that can be allocated to functions like zoom, focus and exposure and electronic viewfinder (EVF), allowing the user to easily compose scenes even when recording on sun-filled holidays. For greater control of the edit, advanced users can benefit from Time Code and User Bit options.

Post shooting, instant on-the-spot video playback is made possible with the Handycam’s built-in projector (50 lm). To enjoy recorded footage at home, 4K content can be played back on a compatible 4K TV through a supplied HDMI cable or by automatic down conversion of 4K frames in Full HD playback on an HD TV. For beautiful framing, this Handycam® also allows you to playback trimmed 4K images from selected video frames, enlarging or cropping[8] selected parts of the frame in Full HD quality.

HDR-PJ675 Handycam®

More new ways to capture and share the memories
Sony’s Full HD camcorder range welcomes the HDR-PJ675. As with its elder siblings, it can extend to a generous wide angle of 26.8mm3, meaning beautiful family moments can be captured in any situation. The new model benefits from image stabilisation technologies including advanced Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode on the HDR-PJ675 - ensuring highly detailed, blur-free footage.

The Handycam® camcorder allows for XAVC S 50Mbps high-bitrate recording6 and also features Fast Intelligent AF. With 5.1ch surround microphone performance[9] and My Voice Canceling, superb sound quality is also guaranteed.

Using Sony’s free PlayMemories Home™ PC software, you can organise and edit your footage and also create your personal high-quality time-lapse movies7 with Time-lapse Capture for powerful, impactful scenes in 4K using the FDR-AXP55 and HD with the HDR-PJ675. In addition, the built-in projectors allow for instant playback of saved videos on large surfaces.  

Live broadcasts
To get others involved in the action, all new Handycam® models allow Live Streaming via USTREAM™[10], enabling you to stream HD video footage and sound from Handycam® camcorders through a wireless access point. You can now ensure that no one, no matter how far away, will miss out on those defining moments, no matter where in the world they may be.
Like all of Sony’s Handycam® line up, the new models feature the automatic in-cam movie editing function, Highlight Movie Maker[11], which picks key moments in your footage like laughter or zoomed in moments and assembles them into short-clips without any need for post-production editing. You can customise with transition effects and soundtrack music and once completed, easily share your MP4 movie on social media sites.

The HDR-PJ675 full HD camcorder will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from February 2016 onwards, at a recommended retail price of $1,299.00.

The FDR-AXP55 4K Handycam® will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from March 2016 onwards, at a recommended retail price of $2,299.00.

Full specifications on the new FDR-AXP55 can be seen here and for the HDR-PJ675 here.

[1] 3840 x 2160 pixels.
[2] Compared to FDR-AXP33/FDR-AX33.
[3] 35mm equivalent.
[4] 20x optical, 30x (4K)/ 40x (FHD) Clear Image Zoom.
[5] Available in HD recording only.
[6] Requires SDXC/SDHC memory card UHS-I U3 or Higher for XAVC S 4K 100Mbps recording and SDXC/SDHC memory card  Class 10 or higher for XAVC S 4K 60Mbps  and XAVC S HD 50Mbps recording.
[7] Available with PlayMemories Home. To create time-lapse movie, ver. 5.1(Windows)/3.1(Mac), scheduled for release in January 2016, or later is required.
[8] Minimum trimming size is 1920 x 1080.
[9] Recording in 5.1ch is in AVCHD only.
[10] Requires a Wi-Fi router or smartphone capable of tethering.
[11] Available in AVCHD only.

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