CES is well underway in Las Vegas, and Sony has announced many new camcorders to their already impressive consumer lineup.
First, Sony has stopped producing their last two standard definition models, SX45 and SX85. The entry level, CX220 will have an 8.9MP sensor for still image, Carl Zeiss lens, AVCHD and MP4 video recording, and 60p record capable. That’s a lot of camcorder for only $249! The CX230 get you all that and 8GB of internal storage for $279. The CX290 gives you optical stabilizer for $349.
Balanced Optical Steadyshot came out on last years CX760 model and it was a very impressive feature. The lens seems to “float” as you move the camcorder around and coupled with the optical steadyshot, it’s as if you are walking around with the camera on a steadycam arm. The problem was to get all of that you had to spend $1499. Not anymore! The new CX430V and PJ430V will have that feature and are $699 and $849. Both have 8.9MP sensor, 60P recording, GPS integration, 5.1 channel mic and mic input, 16GB of flash memory, and Multi Interface Shoe. The PJ430V adds a projector as past models have had, but this one adds HDMI input, so you can project video/stills from other devices.
The top dog is the PJ790V. At $1600 it is a premium price, but you get some premium doodads on it. First, it has a 24MP sensor for great stills and unbeatable low light shooting. Sporting 96GB of flash memory, you get hours of record time without needing an SD card. The cool part is the projector. They upped the brightness of the projector to 30 lumens so it should be a pretty respectable piece, unlike previous models where it was more a novelty. With the HDMI input, you could use it as a projector for all your toys while you are on the road and bored in the hotel room.
Sony expects to ship all of these goodies in mid February. We will know more when we get our hands on them!