Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X10)

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Expensive at $699 but full-featured, the Sony FMP-X10 is Sony’s attempt at a premium 4K media player.  It includes a 1TB hard-drive, streaming with Sony’s service and Netflix and all the other usual features you would expect (includes free titles, USB ports, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and so forth).

The reviews for this unit have been mixed.  It’s not clear if the price is the greatest issue, compatibility issues in the world of all things 4K, firmware support, or something else.

New Firmware for Sony FDR-AX100

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The Sony FDR AX100 is quite a unique video camera.  It’s not without its faults but having a 1-inch sensor along with 4K resolution and an unusual amount of 8-bit detail retention created a unique product.  If put in the hands of a competent videographer who knows how to expose for this camera, the image quality truly is amazing (after some post-processing work to pull out the details).  The greatest issue we run into with this camera is around stabilization as we enjoy not using tripods.  The dynamic range is not great on this camera, unfortunately.

The 4K video codec was at 60Mbps but the new firmware allows for 100Mbps as well as some autofocus improvements.  A few people have reported problems or a dead video cameras after attempting to update the firmware; it’s not clear if this was an isolated event or user error or something else.

The biggest advantage of this new firmware should be a reduction of macroblocking in complex and busy scenes.

Sony’s 2015 4K TV Lineup Price Leak

Model Size Highlight Price
XBR-75X940C 75-inch Full-array local dimming $7,999
XBR-65X930C 65-inch Edge-lit local dimming $4,499
XBR-75X910C 75-inch Thin bezel $4,999
XBR-65X900C 65-inch Thin bezel, cabinet $3,999
XBR-55X900C 55-inch Thin bezel, cabinet $2,499
XBR-75X850C 75-inch Triluminous color $4,999
XBR-65X850C 65-inch Triluminous color $3,499
XBR-55X850C 55-inch Triluminous color $2,199
XBR-49X830C 49-inch 4K resolution $1,599
XBR-43X830C 43-inch 4K resolution $1,299

Gizmodo’s Hands-On with Sony’s New 4K Action Camera

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In Gizmodo’s blog post titled Sony 4K Action Cam Hands-On: Giving GoPro a Run for Its Money they provide a preview of the Sony X1000V action camera that is expected to be released in March of 2015 and sell for around $500USD.

GoPro has dominance in the action camera market, and based on Gizmodo’s post it does not sound like this camera from Sony will change that.