[CEATEC 2013] You can more or less see it coming from afar – where there are 4K TVs on the horizon, it goes without saying that there will be devices for the consumer to create 4K content. Otherwise, the proliferation of 4K TVs are not going to go very far if we were to just depend on TV networks and cable channels to offer such support. Sony has anticipated such a need, and has shown off a prototype of their 4K camcorder, calling it the Sony FDR-AX1 4K Handycam.
This particular Handycam model will incorporate Sony’s newly-developed 8.3MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor as well as Sony’s G-Lens, where it allows the end user to capture their precious memories at an unrivalled 4K/60p resolution quality. Apart from that, you will be able to enjoy the playback of 4K content that has been recorded captured on the AX1 over on a compatible 4K TV (and Sony would tell you, they would prefer you to use a Sony 4K TV, of course) in the living room through the simple effort of hooking up the two devices via the included HDMI cable.
There is also an image processor that is similar to those found in 4K camcorders used by professionals, where it is capable of rapidly processing signals that are transmitted from the CMOS sensor and finalizes images for incredibly smooth and sharp playback, without seeing any loss in realism, even when the camera is being panned and one is shooting moving subjects. No idea on pricing details, but something tells me that this is definitely not going to come cheap.