With CES 2012 now over, we’ve compiled a list of Sony specific announcements and news from the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas.

We also learned some key stats from the event, such as more than 60 billion hours of Sony Music is listened to each year and there are more than a billion people who watch Sony movies and TV shows each year. There will be 300 million Sony networked devices in market over the next three years and there are currently 900 million products in households.

The Press conference also covered the Sony Entertainment Network and why it exists, which summed up is “to give consumers a single, cloud based, place for all their networked content (games, music, movies, TV shows), with one login and one digital wallet”.

The Sony PlayStation Vita will launch February 22nd with Netflix in the US and the Sony Tablet P will be released shortly and both will come with Sony Entertainment access.

The next stage in Sony Entertainment Network is PlayMemories Online which will let you host your photos and video “on the cloud”. This will launch in spring.

Xperia Handsets:
Sony Xperia ION is the first LTE smartphone from Sony and will be exclusive to AT&T in the US. Featuring a 4.5 inch display, 1.5GHz dual core processor and 12 megapixel camera, the Xperia ION along with the Xperia S will be the first handsets to drop the Ericsson branding since Sony bought Ericsson out of the joint venture. The Xperia S features similar specifications as the ION, a 12 megapixel camera and a 1.5GHz processor but, will come with a 4.3 inch display and will be released globally.

Cameras and Camcorders:
Sony’s top 2012 camcorders will come with a new technology called Balanced Optical Steadyshot which will reduce handshake blur by as much as 13 percent. We will also see camcorders with built in projectors with the ability to show images of up to 100 inchs on a wall with enhanced audio. The Bloggie Live Camera was also announced. A new Bloggie that allows you to stream video directly from the Bloggie camera using a Qik account. The Bloggie Live Camera features built in WiFi and is in stores now.

Google TV:
A Blu-Ray player with Google TV packed with features and enhanced Media Remote usage, an Android app that is available on the Sony Tablet S and Sony Xperia phones.

Sony will be launching an Android powered Walkman. The Walkman Z series features built in WiFi allowing you to connect to the Android Market and can be connected to a TV via a HDMI cable or DLNA. Sony have also announced Balanced Armiture Headphones which are around a quarter of the size of regular noise cancelling headphones.

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The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2011 was a great event where Sony had a chance to preview to the public its products for this year. One product that any blogger would surely like to have is the latest 3D Bloggie HD Camera MHS-FS3. This pocket size camcorder is considered as the world’s first HD 3D camera.

This small device was created to be carried around in your pocket and for easily uploading videos to the web. What makes it even more amazing is that it captures videos in HD 3D and you can even preview it in full 3D effect on its 2.4” screen without the need for special glasses. Taking into consideration that you will be uploading HD 3D content to the web, Sony has made the file size of your recordings to a minimum but still retaining its high quality. Since YouTube now supports 3D content you can now upload as many 3D videos as you want and share it with you friends.

The great thing about this 3D Bloggie HD camera is that it’s priced at an affordable $249 and should be available by April 20 of this year. Are you excited about this device? You can pre-order it at the official Sony website so you will be one of the first people to use it.

Quick Specifications of 3D Bloggie HD MHS-FS3

  • 55x108x17.3 mm
  • 120g
  • Shutter speed 1/30-1/4000
  • 4 hour battery
  • Dual lenses
  • 2.4″ LCD
  • built-in USB arm
  • 4x digital zoom
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • 5 MP CMOS sensor
  • 1920x1080p MP4 HD
  • SteadyShot
  • Face Detection
  • Built-in LED light
  • HDMI output

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One of the latest 3D products from Sony to be introduced during the CES 2011 event is the HDR-TD10 Handycam camcorder. What makes this camcorder special is that it can capture 3D videos at 1920×1080 resolutions. Two full HD sensors placed side by side are used to make 3D recording possible. This device is also capable of recording regular 2D videos if you choose it. Once you finished recording, you can check your videos in full 3D or 2D on the unit’s 3.5” display without using any special glasses.

The HDR-TD10 may be a bit on the large side but considering that it shoots in 3D it more than makes up for its size. One convenient feature is that its 3D lens is built in which means you don’t have to calibrate anything if you like to shoot 3D content. With an easy menu system and its automatic configuration in 3D mode this unit can be easily used by beginners.

Here are some of the HDR-TD10 specifications.

  • Double Full HD 3D
  • 64 GB internal flash memory
  • 3D Xtra Fine LCD display
  • Exmor R CMOS
  • 1920×1080 Full HD 60p recording
  • 10x optical zoom in 3D
  • 17x extended zoom
  • 7 MP still photo capture
  • 5.1 surround microphone

The HDR-TD10 is priced at $1499.00 and is available for pre-orders at the Sony store. It is expected to be released on April 2011.

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Sony introduced to us at the CES 2011 a lot of promising products that would be coming from them this year. One of this is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9.  This digital camera is capable of capturing images in 3D or 2D if you prefer. To view the 3D photos you have captured you would still have to output them to a compatible 3D display and use 3D glasses.

The camera is small and compact in size which makes you wonder how Sony was able to come up with a powerful device.  Its camera lens is capable of resolutions of 16.2 MP with a matching 5x optical zoom.

Here’s a list of its quick specifications.

  • Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 5x, 25mm wide angle optical zoom lens
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen
  • Optical SteadyShot stabilization
  • Superior Auto mode w/HDR
  • Fast capture with up to 10fps at full 16.2-megapixel
  • Full HD 1080@60i
  • 3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama modes
  • Backlight Correction HDR
  • Background Defocus
  • Li-ion battery pack
  • HDMI output

The WX9 will be released on March 16 this year and will be sold at $219.99. It will be available in three colors, black, silver and red. You can now pre order this excellent camera at the Sony store online.

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Sony have unveiled their plan to create a whopping 16.4MP camera sensor which is specifically designed for use on mobile phone handsets which is exciting news for those of us that use their phone cameras as their primary cameras.

The IMX081PQ is an Exmor R based CMOS sensor and uses a back illumination to reduce noise in photographs. This technology is usually found in still cameras and camcorders in Sonys range of products. The IMX081PQ allows for 1080p video creation.

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Also revealed was the IMX105PQ which is an 8.13MP sensor which uses similar technology but, will be used in smaller handsets by Sony and potentially by other mobile phone manufacturers in the future.

Initial production of the sensors isn’t due to begin until Q1 of 2011 and a few sample images can be found at the via link below which takes you to the full Sony press release for the new camera sensors also.


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Sony has unveiled the α390 (DSLR-A390) and α290 (DSLR-A290) which are the latest additions to it’s α range of cameras. Both these cameras are designed to be light, compact and stylish unlike the usual DSLR cameras which are bulky and difficult to carry around.

Both cameras sport a 2.7 inch LCD display and have a 14.2 megapixel CCD image sensor and BIONZ image processing engine. They have an on-screen help guide, Graphic User Interface and user-friendly navigation menus which are similar to their predecessors. In addition to this they also feature an ergonomic grip, which makes it easier for users to hold.

Both the cameras come with SteadyShot INSIDE system which stabilizes blurred images due to camera shakes. The α390 and α290 are each equipped with a mini HDMI terminal, USB 2.0 and support PhotoTV HD. They are also compatible with BRAVIA Sync. They are equipped with a dual memory card slot for SD and SDHC memory cards, Memory Stick PRO Duo and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo.

The difference between the two cameras is that the α390 offers a tilt and swivel LCD display. The cameras are set to hit stores next month. It remains to be seen how much they will cost.


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