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Sony has a new line-up of HD Handycam Camcorders at CES 2013 ranging from the flagship, $1,599 HDR-PJ790V to the $249 HDR-CX220.  All the Handycam line now offers the ability to switch between AVCHD or web-friendly MP4 formats.

Read more on the new Sony Handycam models here at Tech Tilt.

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Panasonic Lumix G5

The Panasonic Lumix G5 is the latest Micro Four Thirds camera and it sports a 16MP image sensor with full time live view and a 3-inch touch screen LCD.  In addition to 16MP RAW image files, the new G5 also captures 1080/60p HD video with 150 minutes max clip time when shooting AVCHD video.

The G5 is packaged with a 14-42mm kit lens for $799 and is available here at B&H Photo.

Alongside the G5, Panasonic also announced a new 45-150mm HD zoom lens, priced at $299 and available in both black and silver. [click to continue…]

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Sony MC50U

The Sony HXR-MC50U is a pro/prosumer-level camcorder that is packaged with a shotgun mic.  The MC50U captures 1080/60i AVCHD video at a max 24Mbps bit rate. [click to continue…]

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Sony A57

Leaks are well underway now with the above unofficially official product shot for the new Sony A57.  Rumored specs are also out with what’s believed to be a 16MP CMOS sensor and up to 1080p video with the AVCHD 2.0 codec for 60p capture. [click to continue…]

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Sony NEX-VG20

The Sony NEX-VG20 is a follow-up to last year’s groundbreaking NEX-VG10.  The new NEX-VG20 includes “comprehensive manual controls, improved imaging quality and upgraded sound” according to Sony’s press release – all of which are welcomed for this prosumer camcorder.

The NEX-VG20 captures 1920 x 1080 AVCHD video at 60p or 24p frame rates.  The 24p mode offers the ability to use Cinema Tone Gamma and Cinema Tone Color presets for richer color out of the camera.  The NEX-VG20 also continues the use of the Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone; however, it now supports stereo and 5.1 channel surround.

Sony has also improved the access to the camera’s controls, allowing access to the manual control dial even when the flip-out LCD is closed.

In addition to its video capture features, the NEX-VG20 also captures high-resolution still images with its 16.1MP CMOS image sensor.  It even offers the option to capture RAW image files – something that its predecessor did not do.

The Sony NEX-VG20 should be available in November for $1599 (body only) and $2199 when equipped with the 18-200mm kit lens.  Check availability on B&H Photo.

More details in the press release below. [click to continue…]

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Sony SLT-A77

Sony SLT-A77

The day is finally here.  The long-awaited Sony A700 replacement has arrived.

The Sony A77 and its little brother, the A65, are the latest in DSLR-alternatives from the consumer electronics giant.  Packing an APS-C format 24.3MP CMOS sensor, the A77 and A65 use Sony’s translucent mirror technology to keep the autofocus fast while displaying a live feed to the rear-panel display screen or the electronic viewfinder.

 

Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT-A65

Check out the key specs and press release for these new cameras below. [click to continue…]

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