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Sony Unveils New Action Cam and Handycam Lineups

by Jacob Kleinman | January 5, 2015January 5, 2015 5:00 pm PDT

Sony just announced a new lineup of digital cameras for 2015, with fresh entries in both its popular Handycam camcorder and rugged Action Cam models series. Here’s everything the company’s digital camera division has to offer to kick off the new year.

4K Action Cam

For the first time ever, Sony is offering a 4K version of its rugged Action Cam, which still features the same water and dust-resistant design. Sony has also added improved stabilization along with better HD video performance, image quality and high-frame shooting. The compact camera also borrows some stability tricks from Sony’s other 4K cameras, which should help make it easy to shoot smooth video even in extreme situations.

The company even gave Tony Hawk a chance to try out the new camera, and managed to impress the skateboarding star. “I’ve been lucky enough to test out the new 4K Action Cam on my skateboard, snowboard and surfboard, and have been blown away by the video quality” he said.

Sony’s also offering an updated version of its HD Action Cam, which is capable of shooting up to 1080p quality video. Finally, the company is introducing a new waterproof remote with an LCD display that shows a live view of whatever you’re recording and works with your iPhone or Android device over Wi-Fi. Sony even plans to launch an official Action Cam app, which should be available in the App Store and on Google Play this Spring.

The 4K Action Cam is set to hit the market in March starting at $500 with a waterproof case or $600 if you also want Sony’s new Live View Remote. Meanwhile, the new HD Action Cam starts at $300 or $400 with the remote.

New 4K Handycam

If you’re more of a camcorder fan Sony has you covered with five new Handycam options. Kicking off the list is a new 4K Handycam for $999, which features enhanced image stabilization, a customizable manual ring, a high-def electronic view finder, and a 3-inch LCD display. It should be available starting in Feb.

The company’s also introduced a few more HD Handycams, which are all launching this month. For $700 you can pick up the HDR-PJ670, which shoots 1080p video and offers a built-in projector, Wi-Fi support and live streaming capability, while $400 will get you the HDR-PJ440 with similar features and specs but a less impressive projector. For $300, Sony is offering a HDR-CX440 version with no projector all all, or the HDR-CX405 for just $230, which ditches Wi-Fi and live streaming support as well.

Of course, that’s just a small portion of what Sony’s announcing this week at CES 2015, and we’re expecting big things from the company’s mobile division as well. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news live from the Las Vegas trade show floor.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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