Sony Releases Home Entertainment Bundles

By Branko Miletic

  • Bravia’s access IPTV
  • App acts as remote control
  • Gorilla glass for protection

Sony has released a swathe of products to tempt both our ears and our wallets. Being a global giant means nothing these days without a constant stream of new products and vying for space in the ever-crowded world of consumer electronics means new products being rolled out virtually every month.

The 2011 Bravia LCD TV line-up delivers instant access to online entertainment and other services through Bravia Internet Video, Sony’s IPTV service.

With a broadband internet connection, Australian households can tune into 24 Internet channels – including Billabong, ABC iView and Yahoo!7 and can also access Sony’s new music streaming service, ‘Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity’ straight to the living room.

In addition to social networking and web searching abilities, the 2011 models feature Sony’s Track ID powered by Gracenote, which analyses any selected song playing on the TV – whether it’s during a movie, TV program or advertisement – and identifies it.

The new Bravia line-up can also be controlled via ‘Media Remote App’ – a free download available from the iTunes store and the Android Marketplace. Once downloaded, the application acts as a remote control for the Bravia TVs and also allows viewers to browse Internet video.

The new Monolithic Design models also incorporate Corning Gorilla Glass to protect their TV from every day wear and tear.

Expanding the 3D story, the new Bravia 3D models can also display 3D images taken with digital cameras via USB input, increasing the 3D content users can view.

The 2011 Bravia LCD TV line-up includes 12 Full HD 3D models and 19 Internet connected models.  In all, the range features 22 TVs – from HD models, to entry-level 3D TVs to other models offering a complete entertainment experience.

Sony’s TD10 camera incorporates double Sony G lenses, double “Exmor R” CMOS Sensor and double Bionz image processors.

The dual recording system allows 3D content to be recorded in 1920 x 1080i Full HD resolution and viewed with 3D active glasses on any compatible 3D TV or in Full HD on any non-3D TV.

All 3D footage can also be played back without glasses on the camcorder’s 3.5-inch Xtra Fine LCD 3D touch screen.

With 64GB of flash memory, users can get 25 hours of Full HD video footage (HD LP mode), or up to five hours of Full HD 3D video.

Sony has also introduced its first Bloggie 3D model – the MHS-FS3K. Delivering Full High Definition 3D (1920 x 1080) MPEG4 video, five megapixel still photo shooting, 8GB of flash memory and web sharing capabilities, the pocket size Bloggie 3D allows users to capture 3D anywhere, anytime.

With a double lens and double image sensors, the 3D Bloggie also features a stereo microphone and built-in LED to capture 3D video. Footage can then be played back in 3D on the camera’s 2.4-inch LCD screen or using 3D active glasses on any compatible 3D TV.

Sony Australia has also launched two new Cyber-shot W series digital cameras with 16.2 megapixels, AVCHD Full HD movie recording and an Exmor R CMOS Sensor.

With AVCHD Full HD movie recording (1920 x 1080i), both the WX7 and WX10 capture footage that can be simply uploaded to social networking sites (using the supplied software) or viewed in Full HD via an LCD TV using an HDMI cable.

In addition, images and footage are clearer and sharper even after the sun has set due to the Exmor R CMOS Sensor, claims Sony.

The new W series of cameras also features USB charging, allowing users to maintain battery levels while transferring images and HD video to a computer.

Bloggie $499
CyberShot W7 $329
CyberShot W10 $399
Bravia TBC
Sony TD10 TBC