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Sony FDR-X1000V 4K Action Cam Announced at CES 2015

Sony FDR-X1000V 4K Action Cam has been announced at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The new Sony 4K Action Cam FDR-X1000V is priced at $499 and it will be released in February 2015.

The new camera, model FDR-X1000V, applies the company’s vast expertise in 4K video production to a compact, splash-proof POV camera design, allowing adventurers to capture stunning 4K content (3840×2160@30p 100Mbps1/60Mpbs) with ease, which can be played back on a compatible 4K TV directly from the camera through HDMI. It also features enhanced HD video performance with upgraded stabilization, image quality and high-frame rate shooting.

The FDR-X1000V features a ZEISS Tessar® lens with an ultra-wide angle 170 degree2 field of view, a back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and an acclaimed BIONZ X™ processor, ensuring that video quality remains consistently strong across all shooting environments.

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Sony FDR-X1000V 4K Action Cam $499.99 B&H

Coming Soon – Official Action Cam App

Sony will be releasing a new mobile application that offers customers a simple approach to pro-level video editing. The official ‘Action Cam App” will be available for download on both Android and iOS platforms in Spring 2015.

Features:

4K (3840 x 2160) Recording
Using the XAVC S codec, the FDR-X1000V can record UltraHD resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30p with a bitrate of 100 Mb/s or 24p with a bitrate of 60 Mb/s. Besides 4K, it can record Full HD 1080p at 50 Mb/s in XAVC S and up to 28 Mb/s in the higher-compressed MP4 mode
Professional XAVC S Codec
The higher bitrate compression of XAVC S means in this setting the camera records up to 100 Mb/s; in 4K and up to 50 Mb/s in 1080p – whereas the MP4 modes record a maximum of 28 Mb/s (at 60p and slow motion). A higher bitrate means less quality loss due to compression and more information to work with in post when color correcting or manipulating the image. Additionally, XAVC S supports professional timecode and UB (user bit). Timecode settings can be accessed through the mobile app or the separately available RM-LVR2 remote
Improved Steady Shot Image Stabilization
The FDR-X1000V features further refinements to the image stabilization compared to previous Action Cam models – in particular, anti-vibration optimization for use on remote control aircraft
170° FOV Ultra-Wide Lens
An ultra-wide lens helps add an immersive POV feel to your movies while incorporating as much into the frame as possible
Full HD Slow Motion Capability
With the ability to record 120 fps in 1080p, the FDR-X1000V allows you to slow down fast action so you can perceive detail otherwise inscrutable to the human eye. For extreme slow-downs, there is also a 240 fps mode shooting at 720p HD resolution. Both modes record in the less-compressed XAVC S codec. In addition, there is 720p at 120 fps and 480p at 240 fps recording in the higher compression, easier to share MP4 (H.264) setting
Direct Pixel Read-Out
When shooting 4K, there is a direct 1:1 relationship between photosites (pixels on the sensor) and the pixels that make up the video frame. This reduces the jagged edge effect and false coloration that can occur when “pixel binning” – that is, combining blocks of four photosites together to create one video pixel as many 4K video cameras do
Loop Recording
Loop recording records video continuously, preserving the last 5, 20, 60, or 120 minutes of footage – depending on setting. As soon as something important happens, you can commit the duration of the loop permanently to memory and continue recording seamlessly. In addition to the user selectable 5, 20, 60, and 120 minute duration, there is an “Unlimited” mode that will fill up the remaining free space on the card. During loop recording, any previously recorded material never be overwritten
Wi-Fi for Remote Monitoring and Operation
With the PlayMemories Mobile (PMM) app, you can remotely control up to five Action Cams from a single mobile device. The app allows you to view a live feed from the camera, and the multi-view features means you can view up to five cameras at once, or just select one and view it in full screen. Controls available through the app include:

  • Simultaneous shutter release
  • Simultaneous recording start/stop
  • Individual monitoring and setting
  • Individual shutter release
  • Individual recording start/stop
  • Movie/still mode switching
  • Changing exposure settings
  • Start/stop time-lapse recording
  • Play back and delete recorded clips

Note: Multi-cam control requires PMM version 5.2 or later

RMLVR2 Live-View Remote Compatibility
In addition to app-based control, Wi-Fi means you can use the watch-style RMLVR2 Live-View Remote (available separately) to remotely control the camera and monitor an image. The remote is water resistant so that you can take it places – like surfing – you wouldn’t want to take a smartphone
Highlight Movie Maker
So that you don’t have to spend time editing, the Highlight Movie Maker automatically picks out what it deems to be the best moments, returning a self-contained MP4 movie for easy sharing and upload. The Highlight Movie Maker algorithm uses data from the gyro, scene color, smile detection, and other settings to identify the best moments in all of the footage you have amassed. You can even upload music from your computer to the Action Cam to add a custom sound track
Exmor R Sensor and Bionz X Image Processing
Proven Sony sensor and processor technologies give the FDR-X1000V the framework it needs to capture action footage at UltraHD 4K resolution
Stereo Microphone
Unlike many action cameras, which have mono microphones, the FDR-X1000V features a built-in stereo mic to help make audio as immersive as the picture. In addition, the FDR-X1000V introduces wind noise reduction – key for high-speed activities
Manual Settings
Manual settings give the user greater control and make it easier to match other cameras in a multi-camera production environment. Manual settings on the FDR-X1000V include:

  • Auto Exposure Control: ±2.0, 1.7, 1.3, 1.0, 0.7, 0.3, 0.0
  • White Balance: Auto, Color-Temp (2500 to 9900K selectable), One Push
Live Streaming to USTREAM
Where an Internet connection is available, you can stream a live, web-quality stream directly to USTREAM for people all over to world to enjoy
Burst Shooting
Take a sequence of stills in rapid succession to ensure you capture fast-action motion at just the right instant. You can choose to shoot 10 fps for 1 second, 5 fps for 2 seconds, or 2 fps for 5 seconds
Motion Shot LE
Capture traces of a moving subject in a single photo. As with burst shooting, you can choose to shoot 10 fps for 1 second, 5 fps for 2 seconds, or 2 fps for 5 seconds
GPS Overlay
Geotag images so that you can view location data as an onscreen overlay during in-camera playback
Action Cam Movie Creator
Edit your movies in-camera, with the ability to rotate shots, merge clips, and fast- and slow-motion effects

Additional Features

Time and Date Stamp (in XAVC S settings only)

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