Besides point-and-shoot cameras, Sony also announced a wide range of camcorders last night. The new offerings range from the entry-level $250 camera and move up the range adding features along the way. The cameras have versions with a built-in projector and the higher-end models have manual controls.
There’s a 3D camcorder too, but that comes only in one version.
The entry-level HD camcorder costs $250 and shoots 1080p60 video with a 8.9MP sensor and packs a 29.8mm wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar Lens. More expensive versions add more storage ($270), a 13 lumen projector ($400) or Optical Steady Shot ($350).
The mid-range camcorders start at $450 with a wide angle 26.8mm Sony G Lens, 3″ 230K display and mic/headphone jack. There’s a model with a 13 lumen projector, HDMI input and tracking focus ($600), one with 24p mode, Optical Stabilization and advanced 5.1 mic ($700) and one that combines all of these ($850).
At the high-end there’s a camcorder with a 20.4MP sensor, 26.8mm Sony G Lens with manual controls, 3″ 921K display, 0.27″ 201K electronic viewfinder and a 20 lumen projector. It will set you back $1100.
The top dog upgrades the sensor to a 24.1MP one, swaps the lens for wide angle 26mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Sonar, adds 96GB of flash memory, 5.1 mic, a 35 lumen projector and has XLR box support. This one will cost you $1600.
Sony also put out a FullHD 3D recorder, which has two 20.4 Exmor-R sensors, Sony Wide Angle G Lenses and a 3.5″ glasses-free 3D display. This model will retail for $999.
The new camcorders will be available starting February and March at Sony’s web site, retail stores and authorized retailers. The model numbers are terse and forgettable, so you can pick the one you want from this list.