CES 2014: Sony unveils consumer 4K camcorder

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USA TODAY - Sony is betting big on 4K, the new technology that promises four times the resolution of full HD video.

At the Consumer Electronics Show, Sony is unveiling its first consumer 4K camcorder, a Handycam selling for $1,999. If that sounds like a lot, consider that Sony's first 4K camcorder went on sale for $4,500 just six months ago.

The new 4K video format will be showcased on the new 4K TVs offered from Sony, and other manufacturers.

The new sets look beautiful, but there's little 4K programming yet available for the sets. Sony's answer -- make it yourself with one of the new camcorders.

Sony's FDR-AX100 4K HandyCam is "our smallest 4K video capture device ever," says Sony senior manager Mark Weir. The camera "puts 4K video acquisition right in the palm of your hand."

Despite the dip in video camera sales due to the popularity of smartphone video, Sony hasn't given up on the format.

Sony also introduced eight new camcorders, with prices starting at $229, with all models having built-in Wi-Fi to share video online. The new top of the line camera, the $1,099 PJ-810, offers a powerful built-in 50 lumen projector on the flip side of the LCD.

That's not enough to show a presentation in a big ballroom, but you can easily display your videos on a white wall at home.

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