Sony intros the Action Cam, a GoPro alternative for P15,999

Last night during Sony Philippines’ really early Christmas party, they showcased their latest gadgets that Christmas wishes will be made of. One of which is for the active lifestyle people who wants to record memories of every extreme adventure they have on video. The Sony Action Cam is a ruggedized camcorder that caters to people who do extreme sports such as surfing, snowboarding, longboarding, mountain biking, and capture the moments in video, and upload it instantly for bragging rights. First of all, being a Sony product, the Action Cam uses premium imaging technology such as its Carl Zeiss Lens with an ultra-wide angle 170-degree view. It also has Exmor R CMOS sensor for incredible low-light sensitivity so even if you’re diving, you’re still getting good videos with minimal lighting. The Action Cam also has an integrated stereo mic and WiFi capability not only to share your footage easily but to also control the cam or see what it is seeing through your tablet or smartphone. The Action Cam comes with a ruggedized casing that is waterproof up to 197ft. But there are other accessories that allows you to use it in whatever the situation such as helmet or board mount, an attachable flotation device, roll-bar mount for bikes, suction cup mounts, chest mount harness, and even a dog mount harness! Excited yet? The Sony Action Cam Basic Cam will be available in November for Php15,999 and comes with a head mount kit. By December, a package that includes a Live View wristwatch will also be available for Php18,999. Related posts: No related...

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Sony Xperia Z1 to hit stores this Oct. 18, Friday for P34,990

Excited about Sony’s latest flagship phone? According to Sony Philippines, the Sony Xperia Z1 will hit stores this October 18, Friday with a cash SRP of Php34,990. The Sony Xperia Z1’s claim to fame is its impressive 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3” Sony Exmor RS sensor along with the first mobile phone to use the Sony G Lens, and the first Xperia phone to use Sony’s BIONZ image processor typically found on their high-end Cyber-shots and DSLRs. One of its camera’s amazing features is the Timeshift Burst mode which takes 61 images in just 2 seconds. Not only is this just a phone with an amazing camera but it comes with top-of-the-line specs as well. It has a 5-inch Full HD display with Sony’s TRILUMINOS technology and X-Reality engine. It also uses the latest and powerful quad-core chip from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 800, along with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage plus a slot for microSD, support for LTE, NFC, and MHL. Like most Xperia Z line of devices, the Xperia Z1 is also waterproof and dustproof. It comes in three colors: Purple, Black, and White, and fortunately, Sony PH will be bringing all three colors in our market. Read: First Impressions and Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z1 Sony Xperia Z1 Specs: 5-inch Full HD 1080 x 1920 resolution (441 ppi) TRILUMINOS display with X-Reality for mobile and OptiContrast Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass Dust-resistant, waterproof up to 1.5 meter (IP55/IP58-certified) Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 2.2 GHz quad-core processor Adreno 330 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (11.72GB usable), microSD up to 64GB 20.7-megapixel rear camera with 1/2.3” Sony Exmor RS sensor F/2.0 aperture 27mm wide angle Sony G Lens 2-megapixel front camera Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean HDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, MHL Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm 170 g Colors: Black, White, Purple SRP: Php34,990 (cash SRP) Related posts: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Review 10 things about the Sony...

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Sony introduces home-friendly 4K Bravia TVs

Back in 2012, Sony came out with its first 4K TV in the market. It was humongous at 84-inch and costs a cool Php1.2 million at that time. Now, Sony came out with 4K TVs with more suitable sizes for the living room at 55-inch and 65-inch. 4K TVs or also known as UHD (Ultra High-Definition) TVs are the next evolution of TVs having four times the resolution of HD TVs for a sharper and more detailed display. This should give consumers the most immersive entertainment experience. Sony recently introduced their KD-X9004A Series line-up which features 4K LED TVs to a broader reach of consumers with living room-friendly sizes of 55-inch and 65-inch. With these new Bravia TVs, we saw Sony’s 4K X-reality PRO processing engine which not only reduces visual noise and corrects image shapes, but also upscales 2K content to a near 4K native resolution. So even if you’re stuck with HD or Full HD content, you can still enjoy quality display on a 4K resolution TV. Sony’s TRILUMINOS display which we already saw in their current range of LED TVs also works superbly on their 4K TVs. This technology gave authentic color with subtle tones while also replicating bold colors including hard-to-reproduce reds and greens. Side-by-side with a competing brand’s 4K TV, Sony offers a wider range of color gamut for a better color reproduction providing more natural and vivid experience with heightened sense of depth. It’s not all about display though as Sony gave their X series TVs a really good sound experience using their proprietary Magnetic Fluid Speaker technology which delivers higher sound pressure levels than conventional TVs. Seriously, experiencing sound coming from these speakers made it look like you already have a home entertainment system. Bass is deep and the rest of the sound are crisp and clear. Expect the 55-inch 4K TV to have a Php299,000 price tag while the 65-inch goes for twice that price. Related posts: Sony first to out 84-inch 4K TV, the Bravia...

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Hands on with the Sony QX100 and QX10 attachable lens

One of the coolest things we played with during the Best of Sony event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was their smartphone attachable lens, the QX100 and QX10. At first, I thought it was like one of those lens you attach to your phones to improve the phone’s camera but it’s clearly way more than that. This attachment will transform even your measly Php4,000 Android phone into a respectable shooter. First and foremost, the Sony attachable lens are cameras on their own. Yes, you can take photos with them by themselves without attaching it to any smartphone. Each has its own sensor, lens, shutter button, zoom lever, battery, microUSB port and a microSD slot. You can even attach a tripod onto it. In fact, the Sony QX100 is just like the enthusiast-level Sony Cybershot RX100 without the viewfinder, flash, menus, and dials. The Sony QX10 has a 1/2.3-inch 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor (same size as the Xperia Z1’s sensor) paired with a 10x optical zoom f/3.5-5.9 Sony G lens. It comes with an optical image stabilizer as well. The Sony QX100 on the other hand has a huge 1-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor to go with a f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens. It’s the To fully utilize the lens though, you need to connect it to an Android or iOS device (iPad or iPod Touch will work as well) and download the free Sony PlayMemories mobile app from the App Store or Google Play. This app will allow you to use your device as the viewfinder, control different settings (auto or manual) on the lens, use touch focus, click the shutter, and act as secondary storage for the photos/videos. You can clip a bracket to the lens so you can clamp it to your phone. It can accommodate a device of up to 13mm thick and from 54-75mm wide. It was able to snugly clamp on my iPhone 5 even with a thick case on. Attaching it is optional though. You can...

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Sony Xperia M, 4-inch smartphone with NFC for P10,490

Sony Philippines recently announced the availability of their latest mid-range phone, the NFC-powered Xperia M which retails for just Php10,490. The Xperia M follows the beautiful Sony OmniBalance design but of course with less-expensive materials. It does have that premium glass screen and the aluminum power button which will make you think the other buttons and strips on the side are also made of aluminum. Perhaps the selling part of this phone is the inclusion of NFC on a sub-11k device which allows you to easily communicate with various NFC accessories Sony is also marketing such as headsets, speakers, and a companion handset, and also with other NFC phones. With the Xperia M, you’ll get a 4-inch display along with a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. There’s a 5-megapixel camera at the back capable of HD video recording and a measly VGA camera up front. The battery is rated at 1,750mAh. The Sony Xperia M will be avialable in the market for Php10,490 starting next month. If you want a dual-SIM version of this phone, the Xperia M dual will be coming out this October for Php10,990. Sony Xperia M Specs: 4.0″ FWVGA (854 x 480) TFT display, 245ppi 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227 chip Adreno 305 GPU 1GB RAM, 4GB inernal storage, microSD up to 64GB Android 4.1 Jellybean 5 megapixel AF Exmor RS rear camera w/ LED flash 0.3 megapixel front-facing HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP, ANT+ NFC 1,750mAh battery 124 x 62 x 9.3 mm 115 g Colors: Black, Purple, White, Yellow SRP: Php10,490 Related posts: First Impressions: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and neo coming this summer Sony Xperia S soon to hit the gray market, priced at P28,500 Unboxing the Sony Xperia P Sony Xperia neo L, 4-inch Android phone for just P12,490 Sony Xperia L, the 4.3-inch mid-range camera smartphone from...

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Sony Xperia ZR, 4.6-inch LTE smartphone that lets you shoot underwater

Sony Philippines just launched the Xperia ZR which is their first waterproof phone that allows you to shoot photos and videos underwater. Let that sink in for a bit. Don’t they have waterproof phones already? Well it turns out that their past “waterproof” phones are only water-resistant including the Xperia Z. The Xperia ZR is their first smartphone that is IP58 compliant so you can bring it underwater up to 5 feet for 30  minutes. It also has a dedicated camera button so you can freely take photos and HD videos underwater because we all know that touchscreen and liquid don’t really work well. Waterproofing aside, the Xperia ZR is one fine-looking phone following the design concept of the Xperia Z family. It has a 4.6-inch HD Reality display for a whopping 323 ppi pixel density for a really good picture quality improved even more by the Sony Mobile Bravia Engine. Powering the Xperia ZR is a last-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip utilizing a 1.5GHz quad-core processor plus an Adreno 320 GPU running on Android Jelly Bean. It also has a generous 2GB RAM plus 8GB internal storage with room for more via microSD. There’s a 13-megapixel camera with Exmor RS for mobile BSI light sensor at the back along with a camera software that reminds us of their Cybershot point and shoots. The front camera is stuck at VGA though so no HD Skyping through it. This phone supports LTE and also has NFC by the way so you’re not left out in terms of connectivity. Battery is rated at 2300 mAh battery. The Sony Xperia ZR is already available this weekend with an SRP of Php25,990 and comes in Black and White (Pink and Mint Green aren’t expected to arrive). Box includes a pair of earphones plus a couple of NFC Smart Tags. Sony Xperia ZR Specs: 4.55-inch TFT HD Display, 1280 x 720, 323 ppi pixel density Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 IP58 certified –...

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra, 6.4-inch Full HD ultra-slim LTE smartphone

Jul 16, 13 Sony Xperia Z Ultra, 6.4-inch Full HD ultra-slim LTE smartphone

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When I started reading about the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, I thought to myself, this is one feature-packed powerful phone. There’s a lot to say about it that I don’t know where to start. Anyway, let’s try. The Xperia Z Ultra is Sony’s largest phone with its 6.4-inch display. Not any ordinary display but this one has a Full HD resolution and uses Sony’s latest and unique TRILUMINOS display for mobile. You got to hand it to Sony for putting new technology from their TVs and digital cameras into their mobile devices. The Full HD display also features X-Reality for mobile which is Sony’s intelligent display software that analyzes each image and reproduces lacking pixels to optimize quality for the sharpest videos. At 212 grams, it’s not exactly lightweight but it doesn’t look heavy with its 6.5mm-thin body. The front and back are made of tempered glass giving it a seamless surface with the OptiContrast panel housed in a solid metal frame. It has the same OmniBalance design seen on the gorgeous Xperia Z and Tablet Z. With that body, the Xperia Z Ultra is also durable having an IP55 and IP58 rating making it dust-resistant and waterproof up to 1 meter. The display glass is scratch-resistant yet super responsive that Sony lets you use any pencil as a stylus for it. Or you can use any metal pen with a tip diameter of over 1mm as your stylus. These makeshift stylus will work with its handwriting recognition software. Powering this device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and its quad-core processor clocking in at 2.2GHz. The chip supports HD voice which works well with Sony’s ClearAudio+ mode and Xloud sound enhancement. It also has a 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage plus a microSD slot. There’s an 8-megapixel rear camera that can do HDR photos and videos, and a 2-megapixel front camera that allows for Full HD recording. This phone also supports LTE, NFC, and MHL. It also has a non-removable 3050mAh battery and...

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Sony HDR-GWP88, waterproof Handycam with built-in projector for P34,999

Jun 28, 13 Sony HDR-GWP88, waterproof Handycam with built-in projector for P34,999

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Yesterday, Sony unveiled the first waterproof Handycam with a built-in projector in the local market. The Sony HDR-GWP88 is the perfect tool for active people out there who likes to take videos in all sorts of places and weather conditions. This Handycam is not only waterproof (up to 33 ft.), it’s also freezeproof, shockproof, and dustproof so you can definitely bring and use this anywhere, except in space maybe. And with the built-in projector, you and your friends or family can enjoy the videos right away, even when you’re underwater just because you can. Sony brought back the “vertical” style of handling with the HDR-GWP88 making it more pocketable to allow you to easily take “selfie” videos and photos (a record button is also present at the front). There’s a dedicated shutter button so you can also take stills while recording. The HDR-GWP88 sports a 20.4 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with a Sony G lens with an aperture range of f/1.8 to f/3.4. With its fast focusing, you can take high-quality and sharp video even as you switch from under and above water. The projector is located opposite the 3-inch 460k dot LCD touchscreen display. It can throw images as near as 1.6 feet to about 6 feet without sacrificing the viewing quality. There’s a built-in 16GB internal storage on the HDR-GWP88 and you can also expand that via microSD (up to 64GB). There’s also a mini-HDMI port and charging is done via microUSB. The Sony HDR-GWP88 is going to be available starting this weekend with an SRP of Php34,999. You’ll get a Sony waterproof case, a wide angle lens converter you can attach to it, an extra battery, and a 16GB microSD card. It comes in white and black. Related posts: Sony Handycam DCR-SX65...

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Sony Xperia L, the 4.3-inch mid-range camera smartphone from Sony

Jun 05, 13 Sony Xperia L, the 4.3-inch mid-range camera smartphone from Sony

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Another Sony Xperia phone is coming to town for 2013. This time it’s the Xperia L, a mid-range model that provides class-leading camera technology that supports HDR for both photos and videos. The Sony Xperia L inherits its good looks from its brothers but with sloped edges and a matte plastic removable back cover. Just like other Xperia phones, it also has a transparent bottom edge that illuminates when there are notifications. It has a 4.3 inch FWVGA screen for an average 228 ppi pixel density. It doesn’t have that Sony Mobila BRAVIA Engine like its pricier brothers so don’t expect the same sharp and vivid display. That doesn’t exactly mean it’s all that bad though considering it’s a 4.3-inch screen. As for power, the Xperia L uses a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage plus microSD support. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has NFC to boot. It’s value proposition would be its 8-megapixel camera with Sony’s unique “Exmor RS for mobile” sensor technology for vivid colours and stunning clarity. HDR (High Dynamic Range) ensures that both your photos and videos are captured clearly, even at night or against a strong backlight. And with the dedicated camera key that goes ‘from sleep to snap’ in just over a second even from a locked screen, this fast-capture camera phone will ensure that you’ll never miss another moment. The Sony Xperia L should be available this month for Php14,990 and comes in black, red, and white. Sony Xperia L Specs: 4.3-inch 480 x 854 FWVGA touchscreen display, 228 ppi 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon Adreno 305 GPU Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and Exmor RS for mobile VGA front camera Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery 128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm 137 g Colors:...

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Sony Bravia’s 2013 TV line-up unveiled

Boracay – a place where one can see the rich colors of the earth perfectly blended together into a masterpiece. Here, you will witness the emerald green color of the sea that compliments the azure sky and a good mix of the different shades of green trees around with a splash of dark red color of the Bouteloua plants. These colors that bring a picture to life is one of Sony’s ultimate pursuit in developing only the best technology available that comes in their latest line-up of TVs. As technology evolves, the criteria for choosing a TV for households have changed. Viewers would like to experience what they see on screen. Taking pride in their newest line-up, Sony invited the media as they launched their newest TVs at the Shangri-La’s Resort and Spa in Boracay last week. Here, we have witnessed how close Sony TVs picture gets to the real deal. It was just the perfect setting where they could showcase how color should be seen on a TV. This is the power of Sony’s newest technology that is featured in their new Bravia line, now also made available on their mid-range models. The TRILUMINOS technology, which gives viewers a wider spectrum of colors, captures hues and shades that are not even recognized by the human eye. Aside from the enhanced picture quality, Sony utilizes patented sound speaker through the Magnetic Fluid Speaker or the ultra-slim form of the Bass Reflex Box Speaker that produces rich bass and crisp treble integrated into the unit for that perfectly realistic and astounding viewing experience. Sony’s TRILUMINOS uses quantum dots display (instead of OLED), which produces a much higher gamut of colors according to Larry Secreto, Director for Sales & Marketing of Sony. The new Bravia TVs can show vivid colors such as the hard-to-produce reds, aqua blues and emerald greens. The images below show a comparison of Brand K to the new models of Sony Bravia. As an icing on the cake, Sony Bravia models have...

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