CES 2015: Sony 4K Camcorder, the FDR-AX33
Sony aims to bring 4K recording to the palm of your hand with the announcement of the FDR-AX33 Handycam camcorder. Featuring a 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor, the AX33 delivers Ultra HD-resolution (3840 x 2160) video at 24, 25, or 30 frames per second and Full HD 1080p up to 60 fps using Sony’s efficient XAVC S codec (100 Mbps for 4K and 50mbps for 1080p). It can also capture up to 10.3MP stills, and up to 20.6MP interpolated still images. The camcorder’s Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens provides a wide 35mm equivalent focal length of 29.8mm, with 10x optical zoom and up to 20x Clear Image zoom.
The camera is similar in form factor to last year’s PJ-810 (albeit without the built-in projector and light) and inherits several features of the camcorder, including Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC support, live streaming, and a 5.1-channel microphone. The new 4K camcorder has the same 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD touchscreen as the PJ-810, while adding an improved 1,555K-dot, 0.24" EVF for eye-level shooting. Other new features include an assignable manual control ring, multi-camera control of up to five compatible Sony cameras using the Wi-Fi app, and Highlight Movie Maker - an in-camera editing function that automatically creates a highlight reel of your shots.