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Sony Handycam 2013 camcorders with balanced steadishot
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    Sony HDR-PJ790V





    • 10x optical zoom lens with F1.8-F3.4 aperture (f=3.8-38.0mm)
    • Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode
    • 1/2.88'' (6.3mm) back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Sensor
    • 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD™ display (921K) touch screen
    • Same 1080p60 28Mbps video mode.
    • 74.2mm x 84.6mm x 137.5mm
    • Expected price $1600

    Most is same as previous year camera.


    Sony HDR-PJ650V




    • 12x optical zoom lens with F1.8-F3.4 aperture, 26.8-321.6mm
    • Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode
    • 1/3.91'' (4.6mm) back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Sensor
    • 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD™ display (921K) touch screen
    • Wi-Fi Functionality : Remote control with mobile device, send to smartphone, send to PC (with optional wi-fi accessory)
    • 1920x1080 Full HD 24p/60p 28Mbps video modes
    • 67mm x 72.5mm x 134mm
    • 450g
    • Expected price $1100


    Sony HDR-PJ430V and HDR-CX430V




    • 30x optical zoom lens with F1.8-F4.0 aperture, 26.8-804.0mm
    • Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode
    • 1/3.91'' (4.6mm) back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Sensor
    • 3.0'' (7.5cm) Clear Photo Plus™ LCD (230K) Wide (16:9) - crappy screen
    • Wi-Fi Functionality : Remote control with mobile device, send to smartphone, send to PC (with optional wi-fi accessory)
    • 1920x1080 Full HD 24p/60p 28Mbps video modes
    • 61.5mm x 66mm x 121mm
    • Expected price $850 (with projector) and $699 without


    This seems to be new ideal camera for quadracopters.

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  • Press Release

    LAS VEGAS (CES BOOTH #14200), Jan. 7, 2013 – Sony’s new suite of advanced Handycam® camcorders make it even easier to capture and preserve once-in-a-lifetime memories in crisp full HD video and pristine still images. The new camcorders have something for both the casual shooter and advanced videographer, with upgrades including increased picture quality by Sony’s unique Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ for smoother movies deployed in more models, higher brightness for built-in projection, Wi-Fi™ for easier sharing and a range of advanced performance capabilities.

    Improved Video Projection, AVCHD/MP4 Selectable & Optional Wi-Fi

    Taking its ultimate theater experience to the next level, Sony’s Handycam® camcorders with built-in video projectors get a boost in brightness. The compact, LED-based projector built into the flip-out LCD panel of these camcorders can project video and images up to 100” diagonal onto any flat surface with upgraded resolution for an even clearer, sharper picture. Select models also now add an external HDMI input that lets users project content from compatible smartphones, tablets or PCs – movies, slideshows, web pages, games, etc. – onto any flat wall or surface. Select models also offer a high sensitivity microphone and an advanced sound processor for rich audio results.

    Making its Handycam® debut, all new camcorders now offer the option of recording HD video in either top-quality AVCHD or web-friendly MP4 formats. While AVCHD offers the highest-quality picture for viewing on an HDTV or burning to a Blu-ray™ Disc for archiving, shooting crisply-detailed clips using the popular bandwidth-saving MP4 format is perfect for online sharing and easy uploads to social media web sites.

    In another Handycam® first, an optional Wi-Fi adaptor simplifies cable-free transfers of video clips and still photos. Consumers can even step away from behind the camcorder and control the video capture device remotely with their compatible smartphone.

    “As the leader in this category, each year we strive to improve upon our feature-rich camcorder family and innovate in ways that provide value to consumers,” said Hidenori Toyoda, director of the camcorder business at Sony Electronics. “We’ve been listening to what people say they want in a premium video camera and continue to deliver on that feedback.”

    Superior Imaging and Sound

    The new Handycam® camcorder portfolio now integrates more advanced features from entry level to high end, including Sony’s hallmark Exmor R® CMOS image sensor for beautifully clear, detailed video and stills, even in tricky low-light conditions. Sony’s unique Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization will be deployed in more new models for up to 13 times more stable and smooth footage than its predecessors. This powerful image stabilizer makes it much easier to shoot crisp blur-free images in a range of challenging situations using a floating lens unit which controls the entire optical path, including the image sensor.

    All models now offer a wide angle lens with less than 30mm minimum focal length to capture everything in the shot, from landscapes to big groups and beyond. Another common feature is TRILUMINOS color technology that reproduces precious memories in rich and natural colors. When still images and videos are played back on any BRAVIA® TV with TRILUMINOS display, users will experience an expanded palette of vivid, ultra-realistic hues.

    Handycam camcorder audio is also upgraded this year. Sony’s Advanced Sound System (available on select models) offers several quality enhancements to ensure every sound is captured beautifully – from the loudest concert to the softest whispers. The high-quality external microphone lets users record audio with pinpoint accuracy and Wider Dynamic Range for extreme clarity. In addition, consumers can easily adjust audio record levels to eliminate distortion at high volumes – an area where a smartphone’s camera microphone typically struggles.

    A new Multi-Interface Shoe on select models works with a compact Wi-Fi adapter (ADP-WL1M) to bring wireless connectivity to Handycam camcorders for the first time. It allows easy wireless transfer of MP4 movie files and photos directly to a compatible smartphone or tablet, and also backs up both AVCHD and MP4 content to a PC, eliminating the need for cables. Consumers can even use a compatible smartphone as a wireless remote to control Record, Start/Stop, Zoom and other functions on the camcorder.

    The HVL-LEIR1 battery-powered video light is also compatible with the Multi-Interface shoe and runs on AA batteries. It doubles as an infrared source for ‘no-lights’ footage with Handycam® models that support NightShot® or Super NightShot®. To further the mobile theater experience, the new Handycam camcorder projector models with the Multi-Interface Shoe can house the RDP-CA2 portable ‘360 degrees’ speaker – a great way to enjoy a clear, rich soundtrack while viewing projected content. Best-In-Class Features & New Post-Shooting Solution

    All Sony Handycam camcorders integrate the following technologies that make them stand out from the competition

    • Full HD Video – 1920 × 1080 high-definition video recording at up to 24Mbps, the highest bit-rate offered by the AVCHD™ format
    • Exmor R® CMOS sensor – back-illuminated sensor for stunning low light performance
    • Dual Record – allows for simultaneous capture of video and still images
    • Large LCD – display for easy viewing and touch operation
    • iAUTO – automatic selection of optimal camcorder settings in different environments
    • Tracking Focus – extension of Face Detection® to choose an object by touching LCD and have the focus follow selected object
    • Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Active Mode – compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver smooth video
    • Wide angle lens – offers a broader perspective to capture everything in the shot
    • Closer Voice – Utilizing Face Detection®, its advanced audio processing to suppress unwanted noise and capture human voices with maximum clarity
    • Auto Wind Noise Reduction – iAUTO intelligently detects wind noise based on wind strength while employing an advanced algorithm to broaden the range of noise reduced
    • Extended Zoom – improved BIONZ processor for up to 20 per cent more powerful digital zooming capability compared to previous models
    • Built-in USB cable – convenient USB cable built into camcorder strap for easy content transfer and quick charge
    • GPS w/ Enhanced NAVTEQ Maps – Built-in GPS for geotagging with embedded NAVTEQ Maps for detailed maps that will display street-level shooting locations

    Sony is also announcing an exciting new benefit for Handycam camcorder owners. In collaboration with WeVideo, the leading online video editing company, Sony is making cloud-based, online video editing a reality. Starting in late January, owners of Handycam camcorder models from 2012 through 2013 will be entitled to three free months of access to WeVideo, for access to powerful video editing features including Full HD 1080p export quality; real-time previews, fast rendering; 10GB of cloud storage; and 400 royalty-free audio tracks.

    2013 Handycam® High Definition Camcorders & Accessories

    Entry HD

    • HDR-CX220: Full HD 60p, 8.9-megapixels, Exmor R® CMOS sensor, SteadyShot™ image stabilization, 29.8mm wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar Lens with 32x Extended Digital Zoom, AVCHD/MP4 recording, and 2.7” LCD™ display – about $249 (in black, blue, red and silver)
    • HDR-CX230: With 8GB flash memory – about $279
    • HDR-PJ230: With built-in projector (13lm) – about $399
    • HDR-CX290: With 50x Extended Digital Zoom and Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization – about $349

    Mid HD

    • HDR-CX380V: 16GB flash memory, 55x Extended Zoom, 3.0” wide touch screen Clear Photo LCD™ display (230K), wide angle 26.8mm Sony G Lens, mic/headphone jack, Closer Voice, Auto Wind Noise Reduction – about $449
    • HDR-PJ380V: With built-in projector (13lm), HDMI external device input, and Tracking Focus – about $599 (in black, red and white)
    • HDR-CX430V: Full HD 24p/60p, Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, 32GB flash memory, 5.1 surround sound mic, multi-interface shoe allowing optional Wi-Fi accessory, Cinema Tone presets, and audio REC level adjust – about $699
    • HDR-PJ430V: With built-in projector, external device input, and advanced sound processor (13lm) – about $849

    High End HD

    • HDR-PJ650V: 20.4-megapixels, manual control (iris/shutter/exposure/white balance), wide angle 26.8mm Sony G Lens with hood, advanced controls with expanded focus, zebra, and peaking, touch screen 3.0” Xtra Fine LCD™ (921K), color Electronic Viewfinder (0.27” 201K), and built-in projector (20lm) with external device input – about $1099
    • HDR-PJ790V: With 24.1-megapixels, top-mounted 5.1 ch surround sound mic, 96GB flash memory, multi-interface shoe allowing optional Wi-Fi and XLR box compatibility, wide angle 26mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Sonar Lens with hood, and built-in projector (35lm) with external device input – about $1599 Double Full HD 3D
    • HDR-TD30V: Two of each key component – double Sony Wide Angle G Lenses, double Exmor R® CMOS image sensors, and double BIONZ® image processors, 20.4-megapixels, 3D viewing directly on 3.5" LCD (no need for 3D glasses), with 3D/2D video capture – about $999


    • ADP-WL1M: Wi-Fi adapter for wireless connectivity – about $75
    • RDP-CA2: portable speaker for 2013 projector camcorders allowing 360-degree “Circle Sound Technology” – about $70
    • HVL-LEIR1: battery-powered video light that doubles as an infrared source for Multi-Interface shoe camcorders – about $150

    The new high definition camcorders and their accessories will be available in February and March, starting off at about $250, at, Sony retail stores and other authorized retailers nationwide.

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  • high sony tech on one hand. This products push the market very hardly on other brands.

  • @subco

    Yep, you are old.

    Actual main things - better mike, optional wi-fi. HDR-CX430V as cheap option with balanced stab.

    If you get Panasonic Sony will look like innovator.

  • I need really portable tiny camcorders for a special job next month. Inspired by MarkR041's videos using the GW77, I ordered an NTSC GW66V (second-generation GW77) from Henry's (Canada). A PAL GW66E is coming from Japan. Will post some thoughts when I get a chance to check them out. measured amazing moire performance with last year's GW55 model of this series, I will start by shooting some charts to convince me they didn't make it up :) :)

  • We needed some cams with low light that we could hand to people with absolutely no training and tell them to point them at the action. So a team member bought a NX30. It looks like this year's Handicams have the mics and tech originally introduced on the 2012 NX30, except the NX30 has free running time code synch for multicam work and PCM XLR for about the same price as the top 2013 Handicam. They are loaning me one to test this weekend. The NX 30 and the top 2013 Hanidicams have amazing ability to dynamically reset exposure and WB on the fly in rapidly changing conditions. Only problem seems be auto WB in very low light is slightly off, and image is usuable but will require noise reduction in post. This weekend will hand to amateurs and see if we can get crowd sourced views of an event, not a wedding. With crowd source we hope to get spontaneous and unforced interactions with subjects.

  • It is always interesting to see how the latest models translate into actual use. Look forward to trying it out. Canon used to use their top sensor in the midrange models, then realized that this was cutting in to their high end sales, so the next year's mid range models were worse. In this case, Sony has put a larger sensor in the flagship model, and I would guess that the IQ will be pretty good, and the IS system will probably show some improvement as well--as to how much, have to try it.

  • One of the few camera manufacturers that still include LANC in all their cameras.

  • GW66VE

    Some quick tests with my GW66V show pretty good resolution for such a tiny camcorder, especially with its tiny 10x optical zoom lens... Lefthand chart is 60p 28Mbps, standard mode stabilizer. On the right is 60i FX 24Mbps - again with standard mode stab. 'EXIF' is 0dB, f2.0, 1/60.

    For some reason the Active stab wants to increase the shutter speed to 1/125 and increase gain to 6db. So I will only be using that when desperate... Low-light noise from their miniscule EXMOR R sensor is better than my FZ200, but not as good as my LX7 :)

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