Sony’s new handycam range has been designed for low light performance
Sony showcased a range of new products this week, and one to catch the eye was its new range of handycams, that come with an Exmor R CMOS sensor that is claimed to enable optimum low light performance technology for sharp movie capture. There are three camcorders I nthe range – the HDRCX110, HDRCX350V and HDRCX550V series.
Both the higher end CX350V and CX550V feature the company’s professional wide angle G Lens, allowing users to effortlessly capture a wider shooting area in their videos without the need for an external lens. Additionally, the wide angle performance of the CX550V is 29.8mm for video and 26.3mm for still images (35mm equivalent).
The Handycam CX series camcorders are lightweight with up to 64GB internal memory and offerFull HD video performance. The new Active Optical SteadyShot mode featured on the CX350V and CX550V models provide 10x more steady footage in wide mode, while Electronic Active SteadyShot provides 2x more steady footage in telephoto mode.
Meanwhile, the entry level CX110 includes an improved electrical image stabilisation system and benefits from Active SteadyShot mode for up to 2x shake reduction.
Incorporated for the first time in a Handycam camcorder, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode takes the guesswork away from selecting the optimum camcorder settings. iAuto combines Face Detection, your shooting situation (handheld or tripod) and ten different scene types. Based on this information, it automatically optimises shooting parameters to give clear, natural looking results based on up to 90 different scene combinations (60 combinations for 3.1m/1.6m HD models).
The CX350V and CX550V models feature a built-in GPS receiver that allows you to use the touch screen to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as “tag” your shooting locations. In addition, the CX550V captures 12 megapixel still images.
Expanding memory card compatibility, the new Handycam camcorders will additionally feature a single slot that works with both SD card and Memory Stick usage.