Sony announces the world's smallest 4K camcorder

Sony's FDR-AX100.

Sony's FDR-AX100.

Mark O'Beirne,

, Last Updated: 11:44 AM ET

Sony introduced its newest 4K Handycam, the FDR-AX100, at CES 2014. The company claims that this is the world's smallest and lightest 4K camcorder.

The 4K Handycam features a large back-illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, which enables the camcorder to capture 4K Ultra HD images (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) with four times the detail of Full HD. Alongside the sensor is Sony's BIONZ X processor that employs area-specific noise reduction and detail reproduction technology to produce vivid, lifelike footage.

The AX100uses a newly-developed ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom that's been fine-tuned for 4K shooting. This works in harmony with the large sensor and BIONZ X processor to produce flawless movies and still images, but it gives provides the option to create impressive blur effects.

Instant sharing is becoming more important to users and, in a 4K Handycam first, the camcorder dual records a high quality movie clip as well as a ready-to-share MP4 file. Users can instantly share these MP4 clips from the AX100to their NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet. Captured videos can instantly be watched back on a 4K TV by simply connecting the supplied HDMI cable.

The new FDR-AX1004K camcorder will beon sale in in North America from March for approximately $2,000, while it will go on sale in Europe from May 2014.