New Sony Camcorder Lineup Revealed At CES

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Sony has unveiled its new camcorder lineup at CES, and there are many impressive models to choose from. Let’s see what sort of features these new models are packing.

Aimed squarely at amateur videographers and consumers looking to capture high-quality 3D HD video, the HDR-TD20V is a top of the line, flash-based consumer camcorder that’s easy to use but also offers manual settings for iris, shutter, exposure and white balance.

Some 3D camcorders split the signal from a single image sensor to create the two signals that are used to generate a 3D image. But the HDR-TD20V features two full HD image sensors to produce true 3D videos with 1920 x 1080 60p/24p resolution. It can also capture 20.4MP still images. You can view captured 3D video right on the camcorder’s 3.5-inch display without needing special glasses. You can record 2D or 3D video, and a dedicated button lets you switch between the two modes. The camcorder also allows 2D HD playback from 3D recordings.

The HDR-TD20V features dual wide angle G lenses with 10x optical zoom that works in conjunction with a 17x extended zoom (2D mode). It also features Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with an Active Mode in 3D and 2D. Video and stills are stored on 64GB of internal flash memory, which is enough to store up to 25 hours of 2D HD video or 5 hours of 3D HD video. Stored content can be copied directly to an external hard drive without using a PC.

Great audio is also part of the HDR-TD20V package. It includes a 5.1-channel-surround microphone and Dolby Digital 5.1-channel recording to capture active sounds coming from all directions. An S-Master digital amplifier ensures true and dynamic sound reproduction, and the camcorder’s Clear Phase stereo speakers with linear phase correction provide true-to-life audio playback. And in situations where rough seas or high winds might interfere with your audio track, the camcorder’s wind noise reduction technology suppresses the noise and interference caused by wind passing over the microphone, thus providing clearer and more enjoyable audio. Other features include a built-in LED flash and video light, an Active Interface Shoe for attaching accessories such as lights and microphones, and geo-tagging with a built-in GPS receiver.

The HDR-CX190 Handycam is designed for anyone looking for a camcorder that’s inexpensive but doesn’t skimp on features or performance. It’s an ideal camcorder for beginners who want something that’s easy to use but with more advanced features that can be taken advantage of as their videography skills improve. The camcorder can capture 1920 x 1080 HD video and 5.3MP still images, and Intelligent Auto offers 60 different scene combinations to make things easy on the videographer.

The HDR-CX190 features a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor that performs well in low light, along with a wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and SteadyShot image stabilization with an Active Mode. A 25x optical zoom and 30x extended zoom bring the action closer to you, and you can see what you’re capturing on the 2.7-inch LCD. A Dual Capture function lets you capture still images while shooting video, and when you’re finished you can copy recorded content directly to an external hard drive without a PC. The camcorder also features a built-in zoom microphone and large caliber monaural speaker for an immersive audio experience.

Some people like touch screens, some people don’t, and others don’t care one way or the other. If you like what the HDR-CX190 has to offer but would prefer a camcorder with a touch screen, the HDR-CX200 is for you. The HDR-CX200 has the same basic feature set as the HDR-CX190, but with touch-screen functionality. Of course it also features the fantastic built-in zoom microphone and large caliber monaural speaker.

If you prefer a camcorder with internal memory and a touch screen, the HDR-CX210 is the model for you. The HDR-CX210 has the same basic feature set as the HDR-CX200, including a touch screen, but with 8GB of internal memory for up to 3 hours of recording. The internal memory is in addition to a Memory Stick PRO Duo/ Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC slot for the luxury of extended recording times. And don’t forget the cutting edge built-in zoom microphone with two-step level control, large caliber monaural speaker and wind reduction technology that reduces noise caused by wind passing over the microphone, which all leads to a clearer, more enjoyable sound experience.

If you’re looking for a camcorder that’s a cut above entry level, but nonetheless still affordable, consider the Sony HDR-CX260V High Definition Handycam. The HDR-CX260V can record 1920 x 1080 full HD 60p video and 8.9MP still images. It has 16GB of embedded flash memory, which is enough to store up to 5 hours of HD video, as well as a MS PRO Duo/MS PRO-HG Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC slot.

Other features of the HDR-CX260V include 30x optical zoom and 55x extended zoom, a 3-inch touch screen display, and Intelligent Auto with 180 different scene combinations. The camcorder also features a built-in GPS receiver, which lets you tag shooting locations and view your current location on a map that you can see on the camcorder’s display. Of course we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the built-in zoom microphone, monaural speaker and wind noise reduction technology. And if you prefer to use external microphones, the camcorder handily features a microphone input jack.

Moving up the line, we have the HDR-CX580V, a mid-range camcorder with manual controls and 60p/24p recording. The HDR-CX580V can record 1920 x 1080 full HD video and 20.4 MP still images. It can store recorded content in its 32GB of embedded flash memory, which is enough to hold up to 11 hours of HD video, or you can always use MS PRO Duo/MS PRO-HG Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.

Other conveniences offered by the HDR-CX580V include 12x optical zoom and 20x extended zoom, a 3-inch touch screen display, an active interface shoe for intelligent accessories, geo-tagging with a built-in GPS receiver, a built-in flash. The camcorder also has manual controls for focus and exposure, with zebra and peaking functions on the LCD to aid you in these tasks. CinemaTone technology, which produces film-like color tones, combined with 24p recording, allow you to record cinema-like video.

Naturally the CX580V excels at capturing precision audio. In addition to Face detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction, the camcorder features a 5.1 channel surround microphone and Dolby Digital 5.1 channel audio recording, wind noise reduction, S-Master digital amplifier for true and dynamic sound and Clear Phase stereo speakers for true-to-life audio playback.

Moving farther up the line we have the HDR-CX760V, which offers full HD 60p/24p recording with advanced manual controls, 24.1MP still images and better image stabilization technology. It can record up to 38 hours of video in its 96GB of embedded flash memory and has manual controls for iris, shutter, exposure and white balance. Instead of moving a single “shift lens” group within the optical block to offset camera shake, the HDR-CX760V’s Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization moves the entire optical block at once to maintain optical integrity, improve shake reduction and reduce vignetting. Other features of the CX760V include face detection, voice enhancement, a 5.1 channel surround microphone and Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording, wind noise reduction technology, an S-Master digital amplifier for true and dynamic sound and Clear Phase stereo speakers.

If you don’t like to connect things to your TV set, or if your TV is just too hard to get to where you’ve installed it, you might be interested in a camcorder with a built-in projector. Sony’s HDR-PJ200 has a feature set that’s very similar to the HDR-CX200, but with one very important difference: a built-in projector. The HDR-PJ200 can record full HD video and 5.3MP stills, and when it comes time to show off what you’ve captured, you can project it with a display of up to 100 inches measured diagonally. Not just for home use, this camcorder is also ideal for use on business trips and at meetings with its built-in zoom microphone and monaural speaker.

If you like the idea of having a projector built into your camcorder, but want something a bit more advanced than the HDR-PJ200, then check out the HDR-PJ260V. It offers 1920 x 1080 full HD video recording and 8.9MP still image capture. In addition to the built-in projector, the HDR-PJ260V features 16GB of embedded flash memory, 30x optical zoom, 55x extended zoom, a 3-inch touch screen display and geo-tagging with a built-in GPS receiver. A camcorder if this caliber naturally includes a 5.1 channel surround microphone, wind noise reduction and Clear Phase stereo speakers.

If you want a more robust camcorder with a built-in projector, the Sony HDR-PJ580V should do right by you. It has 32GB of internal flash memory and you can also insert Memory Stick or SD cards up to 64GB in capacity. The high-contrast projector built into the outside of the 3-inch LCD panel lets you share video and stills anywhere, as long as there’s a flat, whitish surface on which  to project, and at a size of up to 100 inches, measured diagonally. With the Clear Phase stereo speakers belting out the sound from your home movies, your friends and your family might forget for a moment that they’re not in a movie theater.

Like most other camcorders, the HDR-PJ580V can capture video at Full HD 1920 x 1080 60p/24p resolution. Then it can play it back via the built-in HD projector or by plugging into an HDMI-equipped HDTV. You can also capture stunning 20.4 megapixel still images with this unbelievable camcorder and enjoy them, too, by projection or on TV. The HDR-PJ580V features a wide angle G Lens with 12x optical zoom and 20x extended zoom, and a 921K dot 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD touch screen display with TruBlack technology. Other handy features include face detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction, 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, Clear Phase stereo speakers, S-Master amplifier technology, wind-noise reduction, Direct Copy to an external hard drive without needing a PC, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode and more.

If you want an even better camcorder with a built-in projector, consider the HDR-PJ710V, which can capture full HD video and 24.1MP still images. In addition to the built-in projector, the HDR-PJ710V features a 10x optical zoom lens, 17x extended digital zoom, 32GB of embedded flash memory, Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, CinemaTone presets and manual control of iris, shutter, exposure and white balance. If you want the very best, the HDR-PJ760V is Sony’s top of the line, flash-based consumer camcorder with a built-in projector. Along with all the other goodies, the HDR-PJ760V features 96GB of embedded flash memory for up to 38 hours of recording, GPS geo-tagging and a built-in flash for illuminating still images.

HDR-PJ710V HDR-PJ760V

You know Sony would never include sub-par audio in a camcorder such as this, so it should be no surprise that it features voice enhancement and noise reduction, a 5.1 channel surround microphone with automatic wind noise reduction, an S-Master digital amplifier and Clear Phase stereo speakers. A dedicated microphone jack gives you the option of using your favorite external microphones with this camcorder.

For those who prefer a camcorder with lots of storage, the HDR-XR260V is the answer. The camcorder is built around a 160GB hard drive,which is capacious enough to store up to 63 hours of 1920 x 1080p full HD video or thousands of 8.9MP still images. Other highlights include Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with an Active Mode, 30x optical zoom, 55x extended zoom, a 3-inch touch screen display and geo-tagging.

Pocket video cameras are a popular category, as you can keep one in your pocket or purse and always have it with you in case something capture-worthy comes along. Sony’s new MHS-TS55 Bloggie fits the category to a T, as it’s loaded with features but will fit in your pants pocket with room to spare. The Wi-Fi enabled MP4 pocket camera can record 1080p HD video and 12.8MP still images, and it offers live video streaming and wireless uploads to sites such as Facebook and YouTube via Wi-Fi. It features a 3-inch touch screen display and 8GB of internal memory, which is enough to store up to 3 hours of HD video. Other features include SteadyShot image stabilization, an LED light for low-light shooting, 4x digital zoom, face detection, an HDMI output and more.

If you like the idea of a pocket camcorder, but lead a rugged lifestyle that takes you to exotic places from which ordinary pocket camcorders might not make it back alive, you’ll want to bring along the MHS-TS22 Bloggie, a rugged pocket HD video camera with a 2.7-inch touch screen display. The waterproof, dustproof and shockproof camera can capture 1920 x 1080p full HD video and 5MP still images. It’s happy to be used in extreme environments, even if that ends up being 16 feet underwater. The tiny camcorder features SteadyShot image stabilization, an LED light for low-light shooting, a 4x digital zoom and 4GB of internal memory, which is enough to store up to 2 hours of HD video.

  Sony HDR-TD20V Full HD 3D Handycam Camcorder Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder Sony HDR-CX200 High Definition Handycam Camcorder Sony HDR-CX210 High Definition Handycam Camcorder Sony HDR-CX260V High Definition Handycam Camcorder Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder Sony HDR-CX760V High Definition Handycam Camcorder Sony HDR-PJ200 High Definition Handycam Camcorder Sony HDR-PJ260 High Definition Handycam Camcorder Sony HDR-PJ580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder Sony HDR-PJ710V High Definition Handycam Camcorder Sony HDR-PJ760V High Definition Handycam Camcorder Sony HDR-XR260V High Definition Handycam Camcorder Sony MHS-TS22 Bloggie Sport Camcorder Sony MHS-TS55 Bloggie Live Camcorder
Special Features 3D HD Video Capture   Touch Screen LCD Touch Screen LCD Touch Screen LCD Touch Screen LCD EVF Built-in Projector Built-in Projector Built-in Projector Built-in Projector Built-in Projector, EVF Built-in Hard Drive Shock-proof, Dust-proof, Waterproof Live WiFi Streaming
Sensor 2x 1/3.91” Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS 1/5.8” (3.1mm) Back-lluminated Exmor R CMOS 1/5.8” (3.1mm) Back-illuminated
Exmor R CMOS
1/5.8” (3.1mm) Back-illuminated
Exmor R CMOS
1/3.91” (4.6mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS 1/3.91” (4.6mm) Back-illuminated
Exmor R CMOS
1/2.88” (6.3mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS 1/5.8” (3.1mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS 1/3.91” (4.6mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS 1/3.91” (4.6mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS 1/2.88” (6.3mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS 1/2.88” (6.3mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS 1/3.91” (4.6mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS 1/4" (4.5mm) Exmor CMOS 1/2.5" (7.35mm) Exmor CMOS
Internal Memory 64GB None None 8GB 16GB 32GB 96GB None 16GB 32GB 32GB 96GB 160GB HDD 4GB 8GB
Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/ SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC   Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/ SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/ SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/ SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/ SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/ SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/ SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/ SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/ SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/ SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/ SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or Higher) None None
Still Image Max Resolution 20.4 MP 5.3 MP 5.3 MP 5.3 MP 8.9 MP 20.4 MP 24.1 MP 5.3MP 8.9MP 20.4MP 24.1MP 24.1MP 8.9MP 5.03MP 12.8MP
Video Format 3D HD: MVC (original format); HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60p:original format); STD: MPEG2-PS HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60p: original format); STD: MPEG2-PS  HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60p: original format); STD: MPEG2-PS HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD
format ver. 2.0 compatible; STD:
MPEG2-PS
HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD
format ver. 2.0 compatible; STD:
MPEG2-PS
HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD
format ver. 2.0 compatible; STD:
MPEG2-PS
MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)) MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Mode 3D HD: Approx. 28Mbps / HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ:
Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps / STD HQ: 9Mbps
HD FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx.
9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps
HD FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx.
9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps
HD FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx.
9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps
HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps /
FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH:
Approx. 17Mbps / HQ:
Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx.
5Mbps / STD HQ: 9Mbps
HD FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH:
Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx.
9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps /
STD HQ: 9Mbps 
HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps / STD HQ: 9Mbps HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps / STD HQ: 9Mbps HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps / STD HQ: 9Mbps HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps / STD HQ: 9Mbps HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps / STD HQ: 9Mbps NA NA
Video Resolution 3D HD: 2x 1920x1080/60i; 2D HD: 1920 x 1080/60p (PS), 24p (FX,FH), 60i (FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ,LP); STD: 720x480/60i  HD: 1920x1080/60i (FX, FH),
1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i 
HD: 1920x1080/60i (FX, FH),
1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i 
HD: 1920x1080/60i (FX, FH),
1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i 
HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 60i (FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ,LP); STD: 720x480/60i  HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 24p, 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD:
720x480/60i
HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 24p, 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i  HD: 1920x1080/60i (FX, FH),
1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i 
HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 24p, 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i  HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 24p, 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 24p (FX,FH), 60i (FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ,LP); STD: 720x480/60i HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 24p, 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 24p, 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i 1920x1080/30p, 1280x720/60p, 1280x720/30p, 720x480/30p 1920x1080/30p, 1280x720/60p, 1280x720/30p
Audio Format Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo,  Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo,  Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo,  Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo,  Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo,  Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator MPEG-4 AAC MPEG-4 AAC
Microphone/Speaker Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear Phase Stereo Speaker Built-in Zoom Microphone;
Monaural Speaker
Built-in Zoom Microphone;
Monaural Speaker
Built-in Zoom Microphone;
Monaural Speaker
Built-in Zoom Microphone;
Monaural Speaker
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear
Phase Stereo Speaker
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear
Phase Stereo Speaker
Built-in Zoom Microphone;
Monaural Speaker
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear
Phase Stereo Speaker
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear
Phase Stereo Speaker
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear
Phase Stereo Speaker
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear
Phase Stereo Speaker
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear
Phase Stereo Speaker
Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
Mic Level Control Yes (2 steps) Yes (2 steps) Yes (2 steps) Yes (2 steps) Yes (2 steps) Yes (2 steps) Yes (2 steps) Yes (2 steps) Yes (2 steps) Yes (2 steps) Yes (2 steps) Yes (2 steps) Yes (2 steps) No No
Lens Type 2x G Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar G Lens G Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar G Lens G Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens G Lens 4 groups, 4 elements 4 groups, 4 elements
Aperture F1.8-10.0 F1.8-3.2 F1.8-3.2 F1.8-3.2 F1.8-3.4 F1.8-3.5 F1.8-3.4 F1.8-3.2 F1.8-3.4 F1.8-3.4 F1.8-3.4 F1.8-3.4 F1.8-3.4 F2.8 F2.8
Optical Zoom 10x (3D) / 12x (2D) 25x 25x 25x 30x 12x 10x 25x 30x 12x 10x 10x 30x None None
Digital Zoom 160x (2D only) 300x 300x 300x 350x 160x 120x 300x 350x 160x 120x 120x 350x 4x 4x
Focal Length (35mm equiv.) Movie Mode: 3D: 34.4mm - 400.8mm; 2D: 29.8mm - 298mm (16:9), 36.3mm - 363mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8mm - 298mm (16:9),36.3mm - 363mm (4:3) Movie Mode: 36mm - 1080mm
(16:9), 44mm-1320mm (4:3): Photo Mode: 36mm - 900mm
(16:9), 44mm-1100mm (4:3)
Movie Mode: 36mm - 1080mm (16:9), 44mm-1320mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 36mm - 900mm (16:9), 44mm-
1100mm (4:3)
Movie Mode: 36mm - 1080mm (16:9), 44mm-1320mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 36mm - 900mm (16:9), 44mm-
1100mm (4:3)
Movie Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm
(16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3)
Movie Mode: 26.8mm - 321.6mm (16:9), 32.8mm-393.6mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 26.8mm - 321.6mm
(16:9), 32.8mm-393.6mm (4:3)
Movie Mode: 26.0mm - 260mm (16:9), 31.8mm-318mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 26.0mm - 260mm (16:9), 31.8mm-318mm (4:3) Movie Mode: 36mm - 1080mm (16:9), 44mm-1320mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 36mm - 900mm (16:9), 44mm-
1100mm (4:3)
Movie Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm
(16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3)
Movie Mode: 26.8mm - 321.6mm
(16:9), 32.8mm-393.6mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 26.8mm - 321.6mm
(16:9), 32.8mm-393.6mm (4:3)
Movie Mode: 26.0mm - 260mm (16:9), 31.8mm-318mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 26.0mm - 260mm (16:9), 31.8mm-318mm (4:3) Movie Mode: 26.0mm - 260mm (16:9), 31.8mm-318mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 26.0mm - 260mm (16:9), 31.8mm-318mm (4:3) Movie Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm
(16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3)
NA NA
Min. Focus Distance 3D: Approx. 30cm (Wide), Approx. 3.6m (Tele); 2D: Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 38cm (Tele Macro) Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx.
80cm (Tele), Approx. 39cm
(Tele Macro)
Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 39cm (Tele Macro) Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 39cm (Tele Macro) Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx.
80cm (Tele), Approx. 44cm (Tele Macro)
Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 50cm (Tele), Approx. 25cm (Tele Macro) Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 32cm (Tele Macro) Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 39cm (Tele Macro) Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx.
80cm (Tele), Approx. 44cm (Tele Macro)
Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx.
50cm (Tele), Approx. 25cm (Tele Macro)
Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 32cm (Tele Macro) Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 32cm (Tele Macro) Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx.
80cm (Tele), Approx. 44cm (Tele Macro)
4" (10cm) 4" (10cm)
Extended Zoom 17x (2D only) 30x 30x 30x 55x 20x 17x 30x 55x 20x 17x 17x 55x None None
Focal Distance f = 3.2mm - 32mm (3D); f = 5/32 inch - 1-5/16 inch (3D); f = 3.2mm - 32mm (2D); f = /32inch - 1-5/16 inch (2D) f = 2.5mm - 62.5mm; f =1/8 inch - 2-1/2 inch f = 2.5mm - 62.5mm; f = 1/8 inch - 2-1/2 inch f = 2.5mm - 62.5mm; f = 1/8 inch - 2-1/2 inch f = 2.1mm - 63.0mm; f = 3/32 inch - 2-1/2 inch f = 2.9mm - 34.8mm; f = 1/8 inch - 1-3/8 inch f = 3.8mm - 38mm; f = 5/32 inch - 1-1/2 inch f = 2.5mm - 62.5mm; f = 1/8 inch - 2-1/2 inch f = 2.1mm - 63.0mm; f = 3/32 inch - 2-1/2 inch f = 2.9mm - 34.8mm; f = 1/8" - 1-3/8" f = 3.8mm - 38mm; f = 5/32 inch - 1-1/2 inch f = 3.8mm - 38mm; f = 5/32 inch - 1-1/2 inch f = 2.1mm - 63.0mm; f = 3/32 inch - 2-1/2 inch NA NA
Viewfinder None None None None None None 0.5cm (0.2") Color, 201,600 dots equivalent None None None None 0.5cm (0.2") Color, 201,600 dots equivalent None None None
LCD Type 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD 3D display (1229K) w/ TruBlack technology 2.7” Clear Photo LCD display (230K) Wide (16:9) 2.7” Clear Photo LCD touch screen (230K) Wide (16:9) 2.7” Clear Photo LCD touch screen (230K) Wide (16:9) 3.0" Clear Photo LCD display (230K) Wide (16:9) 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD (921K) w/TruBlack technology 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD (921K) w/ TruBlack technology 2.7” Clear Photo LCD display (230K) Wide (16:9) 3.0" Clear Photo LCD display (230K) Wide (16:9) 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD (921K) w/ TruBlack technology 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD (921K) w/ TruBlack technology 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD (921K) w/ TruBlack technology 3.0" Clear Photo LCD display (230K) Wide (16:9) 2.7" Touch Screen LCD (230k pixels) with full-screen playback 3.0" touchscreen (230k) with full-screen playback
Focus System Contrast AF Contrast AF Contrast AF Contrast AF Contrast AF Contrast AF Contrast AF Contrast AF Contrast AF Contrast AF Contrast AF Contrast AF Contrast AF Center Weighted AF Center Weighted AF
AF Modes Auto / Manual (touch panel) Auto / Manual (Menu) Auto / Manual (touch panel) Auto / Manual (touch panel) Auto / Manual (touch panel) Auto / Manual (Touch Panel / Dial) Auto / Manual (Touch Panel / Dial) Auto / Manual (touch panel) Auto / Manual (touch panel) Auto / Manual (Touch Panel / Dial) Auto / Manual (Touch Panel / Dial) Auto / Manual (Touch Panel / Dial) Auto / Manual (touch panel) Auto, Macro (10cm, 4") Auto, Macro (10cm, 4")
White Balance Modes Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor Auto Auto
Minimum Illumination Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) (2D only) Standard 11 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) Standard 11 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) Standard 11 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) Standard 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) Standard 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) Standard 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed);  NightShot: 0 lux (1/60 Shutter speed) Standard 11 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) Standard 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) Standard 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) Standard 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed);  NightShot: 0 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed) Standard 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed);  NightShot: 0 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed) Standard 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) NA NA
Built-in Video Light Yes No No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No  No No  Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes No No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot Image stabilization w/ Active mode (wide (3D) / Wide to Tele (2D)) SteadyShot image stabilization
w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
SteadyShot image stabilization
w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
SteadyShot image stabilization
w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele) Balanced Optical SteadyShot image
stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
SteadyShot image stabilization
w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele) Balanced Optical SteadyShot image
stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Balanced Optical SteadyShot image
stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Balanced Optical SteadyShot image
stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele) Steadyshot image stabilization Steadyshot image stabilization
SD Output Composite, Component, S-Video Composite Composite Composite Composite Composite, Component, S-Video Composite Composite Composite, Component, S-Video Composite, Component, S-Video Composite, Component, S-Video Composite, Component, S-Video Composite None None
HD Output HDMI, Component HDMI HDMI HDMI HDMI HDMI, Component HDMI HDMI HDMI, Component HDMI HDMI HDMI HDMI HDMI HDMI
USB Ports Type A, mini-AB/USB 2.0 Hi-speed TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) Flip-out USB Flip-out USB
Headphone Jack Stereo Mini None None None None Stereo Mini Stereo Mini No Stereo Mini Stereo Mini Stereo Mini Stereo Mini Stereo Mini No No
Microphone Jack Stereo Mini None None None Stereo Mini Stereo Mini Stereo Mini No Stereo Mini Stereo Mini Stereo Mini Stereo Mini Stereo Mini No No
Accessory Shoe Hot None None None None Hot Hot None None Hot Hot Hot None None None
Dimensions 2-1/4" x 2-5/8" x 5-1/8" (74mm x 86.5mm x148.5mm) 2-1/8" x 2-1/4" x 4-1/2" (51mm x 56mm x 114mm) 2-1/8" x 2 -1/4" x 4-7/8" (51mm x 56mm x 122.5mm) 2-1/8" x 2 -1/4" x 4-7/8" (51mm x 56mm x 122.5mm) 2-1/8" x 2-1/4" x 4-7/8" (52.5mm x 55mm x 122.5mm) 3-5/8" x 3-1/4" x 6" (90mm x 82mm x 151.5mm) 4-1/4" x 3-1/2" x 6-5/8" (107.5mm x
87.5mm x 166mm)
2-3/8" x 2-1/4" x 4-1/2" (58mm x
56mm x 114mm)
2-1/8" x 2-1/4" x 4-7/8" (52.5mm x
55mm x 122.5mm)
3-5/8" x 3-1/4" x 6" (90mm x 82mm x 151.5mm) 4-1/4" x 3-1/2" x 6-3/8" (107.5mm x 87.5mm x 161.5mm) 4-1/4" x 3-1/2" x 6-5/8" (107.5mm x 87.5mm x 166mm) 2-3/8" x 2-5/8" x 5-1/8"
(59.5mm x 66mm x 128mm)
2-3/8" x 4-5/8" x 27/32" (59.6mm x 116.5mm x 21.0mm) 2-3/8" x 4-1/4" x 27/32" (59.6mm
x 117.0mm x 21.0mm)
Weight 34.65 ounces (932 grams) 7.5 ounces (210 grams) 7.65 ounces (217 grams) 7.65 ounces (217 grams) 9.0 ounces (255 grams) 14.1 ounces (400 grams) 23.1 ounces (647 grams) 8.88 ounces (249 grams) 9.0 ounces (255 grams) 15.0 ounces (425 grams) 22.6 ounces (642 grams) 23.0 oz (652 g) 12.52 ounces (205 grams) 5.22 ounces (148 grams) 4.8 ounces (137 grams)