Hands-on with the Sony 4K Handycam

Jan 6, 2014

Today at CES, Sony introduced their new 4K Handycam. Sony’s push for 2014 is bringing 4K across your devices, and while they’ve had a 4K video camera for some time, Sony acknowledges it was a bit out of reach for the average consumer. With that, Sony brought the magic to us, and they’re not asking too much in return.

The 4K Handycam is a bit larger than expected, but not obtrusively so. It was comfortable to hold, and easy to maneuver. The screen was what you’d expect from a Handycam, and checks in at the 3.5-inch standard. The 14.2 megapixel sensor was quick and responsive, and 12x optical zoom was more than plenty for us. It was surprisingly light, though with add-ons, there is bound to be some added bulk. A BIONZ X processor with noise reduction rounds out the quick feature set, and the 4K Handycam has all the normal bells and whistles you’d expect.

Sony 4K Handycam HO2

Output to a 4K TV via HDMI will undoubtedly come in handy, and Sony is promising something else interesting with their 4K offering. The aforementioned processor supports slow motion capture in 120P, and a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens. With all this offers, we think it's a great option for anyone looking to take great video.

If you’re wanting a bit more from your Handycam, but don’t want to drop a ton of cash, the 4K Handycam might be for you. Sony will offer this one for $2,000, or what they like to call “4K for 2K”. It will be available starting in March, though Sony didn’t discuss where we’d be able to pick one up.

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