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Relive great moments

Picture brilliant action. Pursue with passion. Keep it fresh forever. With a 4K Handycam® at hand, the most moving memories really come alive.

New software is now available.

Power up your camera to further enhance shooting ease.

Advanced features for great movies

The performance packed into the top-class 4K Handycam® is peerless. Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ and Fast Intelligent AF achieve exactly the images you aim for. A new microphone structure captures ambience that’s all-surrounding. You can even play with time in motion or gain control of pro-style/manual functions. The possibilities and pleasures are endless.

The keys to extraordinary image quality

The keys to extraordinary image quality

Advanced lens and image sensor capabilities enhance high-precision depiction, sensitivity and power.

Balanced Optical SteadyShot™

Balanced Optical SteadyShot™

Superior image stabilisation lets you shoot steadily throughout the zoom range even as you walk.

Fast Intelligent Autofocus (AF)

Fast Intelligent Autofocus (AF)

Extra-efficient lens drive and AF range prediction can shift focus from far to near subjects quickly.

High-quality sound recording

High-quality sound recording

New mic structure captures sound from five directions with approximately 40% less noise for realistic ambience. 

Have fun during and after shooting

Have fun during and after shooting

Get creative with High Speed REC and Time-lapse Capture to make an impressive movie.    

High-quality sound recording

More professional-style functions    

Shoot like a pro with manual setting functions, EVF, plus Time Code and User Bit data recording. 

The brilliant true-to-life quality of 4K

A newly developed lens and image sensor enhance the spectacular definition of 4K resolution, with particular sensitivity for capturing high-quality movies in low light.

New ZEISS 20x zoom 4K-compatible lens

New ZEISS™ 20x zoom 4K-compatible lens

ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 26.8mm widest angle allows more of a subject to fit in frame.

New Exmor R™ CMOS sensor for 4K

New Exmor R™ CMOS sensor for 4K

Bigger pixel size improves sensitivity for shooting movies with less noise, even in darkness.

Witness the world of high-bitrate 4K

The wonder of high-bitrate 4K and HD

High-bitrate recording in XAVC S format clearly captures even changing scenes with a lot of motion.

See 4K movies in HD on non-4K devices

Super-sampled Full HD Playback on non-4K TV or device

Super-sampled Full HD Playback on non-4K TV or device

4K movies automatically down-convert to Full HD to play on an HD TV.

Trimming Playback trims movie frame on TV at a touch

Trimming Playback trims movie frame on TV at a touch

Trace a finger on the LCD to trim frame of 4K movie playing on TV in Full HD.

Sony | Camera Channel

Sony | Camera Channel

Extra-steady shooting on the move

The short movie below shows the camera shake compensation effects of Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ (right) and optical image stabilisation (left), respectively.

Less image shake within a broad zoom range

Less image shake within a broad zoom range

For extra-stable movie shooting from wide to telephoto. In HD shooting mode, 5-axis Intelligent Active mode further compensates for camera shake, even when shooting while running.

Focus with stunning speed

Fast Intelligent AF autofocuses not only with exceptional speed, but with uncanny precision, as well.

Fast Intelligent AF speeds up smartly

Fast Intelligent AF speeds up smartly

A new AF algorithm optimises communication between lens and image processor for extra-fast AF, and a state-of-the-art AF range prediction system keeps the subject in sharp focus.

Capture real-life sound

The new microphone structure is designed to capture high-quality sound that conveys fuller ambience with approximately 40% less noise

More fun, start to finish

The fun of using Handycam® continues even after shooting is done, as you refine, transform and edit the footage into a movie to remember.

Special effects add impact to movies

High-speed REC for slow-motion movies

Record a movie at a high frame rate such as 100fps in Full HD. Slow motion movie will reveal startling image quality in every instance of action.

See times change with 4K time-lapse movies

With Time-lapse Capture, shoot stills of a scene over a period of time with a chosen interval between each shot and edit the sequence into a high-quality 4K time-lapse movie. 

Unleash more professional shooting potential 

Professional-style features include manual ring and manual button for control of various assignable functions, plus Time Code and User Bit data recording. 

Advanced features for editing like a pro

Advanced features for editing like a pro

Record Time Code and User Bit data

These functions are indispensable for advanced editing. Optional remote commanders can make editing more convenient, as well.

Wide-ranging accessories meet every need

Professional level options open up new possibilities.

Further expand your shooting pleasure and give your image output a professional edge with accessories specially designed for this model.

Specifications
Bring memories to greater life with the 4K camcorder. Record spectacular 4K Ultra HD detail. Minimise image shake with Balanced Optical SteadyShot™. Autofocus with extra-precise Fast Intelligent AF. Capture a range of stunning results using a 4K-compatible optical 20x zoom ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 26.8mm widest angle.
  • 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) recording

  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode

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    26.8mm wide-angle ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens

  • 20x optical zoom with 30x/40x (4K/HD) Clear Image Zoom  

  • Versatile manual settings

Lens Type
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T*
Sensor Type
1/2.5 type (7.20 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor
Extended Zoom
4K : 30x;HD : 40x
Screen Type
7.5 cm (3.0 type) Xtra Fine LCD display (921 600dots) Wide (16:9)
Input and Output Terminals
Accessory Shoe (Multi Interface shoe), HDMI (micro) Terminal, Remote(integrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal) Terminal, Stereo Minijack

What's in the Box

Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70), AC Adaptor, Power Cord, Operating Guide, HDMI(micro) Cable, Micro USB Cable

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