Sony To Debut Professional Camcorder With Anti - Shake Function

Sony to Debut Professional Camcorder With Anti-shake FunctionSony announced a new product in the "NXCAM" series of compact professional camcorders.

The new product, "HXR-NX30J," features an anti-shake function that the company calls "Spatial Optical Image Stabilization."

The anti-shake function was employed for Sony's Handycam consumer camcorder announced in January 2012. But this is the first time that the function has been added to a professional camcorder.

It stabilizes an image by moving an entire lens unit (lens barrel), which consists of a lens, image sensor, etc. It can provide an effective anti-shake capability for the whole range of a camera from the widest angle to the longest zoom.

As a result, it becomes possible to avoid blurring of video at the time of walking around as well as long zooming, when hand movement affects video most. Therefore, blurring of video can be reduced even when a professional uses the camcorder in tough environments or collects news materials alone.

As an image sensor, the HXR-NX30J has the "Exmor R" 1/2.88-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor, enabling to shoot low-noise, high-quality video in low light intensity environments. Moreover, equipped with a 10x lens that covers an area from 26.0 to 260mm, the camcorder supports both long- and short-range shooting, Sony said.

The camcorder has various shooting modes such as 1080/60p, 60i, 30p, 24p, 720/60p, etc for various purposes. Also, it is the first professional camera that has a built-in projector function. It can project images with a field angle of up to 100 inches.

The HXR-NX30J is scheduled to be launched June 7, 2012, at a price of 220,500 (approx US$2,717, including tax).