Things have now wrapped up in Vegas at CES. With an event deemed one of the largest consumer electronics shows in the world, it’s no surprise that manufacturers will be presenting their top of the line products, what they consider the ‘next big thing’. It’s again no surprise that we find 4K technology at the forefront.
As part of their CES 2014 product announcements, Sony just launched a new 4K camcorder (it’s actually UltraHD at 3840 x 2160 pixels, but it seems that manufacturers have decided that simply “4K” sounds sexier even for UltraHD devices – cinema 4K, delivered by pro cameras, is 4096 x 2160 pixels).
It’s called FDR-AX100 (or FDR-AX100E in Europe … yes, there will be two different models, unfortunately), and according to Sony it’s the world’s smallest and lightest 4K camcorder. Sony was kind enough to give us a personal presentation of a preproduction prototype at our cinema5D headquarters here in Vienna a few weeks ago – and I have to say that the size and weight of the FDR-AX100 is mighty impressive, considering it delivers a quite spectacularly detailed UltraHD image. (More on that further down.)