Saturday, May 11, 2019

Sony EXTRA BASS Headphones WH-XB700 and EXTRA BASS Speakers GTK-XB72

(Manila, Philippines) – Welcome the new members of the Sony EXTRA BASS family, the WH-XB700 and GTK-XB72. Promising users to lose themselves in the music they love, these new models offer the fan-favorite features from their predecessors while adding multiple key improvements to bring out more bass, more functionality, and more pleasure as you listen to the songs in your playlist.

Love the bass with long lasting wireless freedom with the WH-XB700 headphones
The Sony EXTRA BASS WH-XB700 headphones offers more vocal clarity, where music lovers can now enjoy their tracks with both deep bass and vocal quality while engaging in their favorite activities.

- Bass sound experience with improved vocal clarity
- Wireless Freedom with 30-hour battery life and quick charge function
- Sleek, simple and swivel design to fit perfectly into your everyday style
- Enjoy hands free call and voice assistant compatible

Relish a whole day of life with bass as the WH-XB700 provides 30-hours of music with wireless freedom and a comfortable wearing experience, allowing bass heads to surround themselves with music both day and night. The WH-XB700 headphones also has an upgraded quick charge function that provides one and a half hours of wireless playback after a mere ten minutes of charging. Perfect for music lovers, the WH-XB700 provides an exceptional bass sound experience and an effective battery life even when on-the-go. Showcasing a sleek and simple silhouette, the WH-XB700 will blend in with any fashion style and the swivel flat folding promises portability for music everywhere you go.

Easy, practical, smart
With the built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa feature, the WH-XB700 provides a hands-free, voice-controlled experience. Just tap a custom button (located on the left earpad housing) and ask your preferred voice assistant to play favorite tracks and more, effortlessly designed to control user’s every need. Voice calls are made clearer with the built-in microphone and the WH-XB700 is ideal for hands-free conversations.

Headphones Connect Smartphone Application
The WH-XB700 provides a smart listening experience with the Sony | Headphones Connect app which enables customization of CLEAR BASS, Surround (VPT) and Sound Position Control.

Enhance every beat and boost your party with the Sony EXTRA BASS GTK-XB72
Feel the deep and punchy bass sound with the popular EXTRA BASS speakers from Sony. Large cabinet and big woofers on the XB72 create stronger bass and expand the sound field for powerful sound.

With LIVE SOUND mode now available on XB72, you can enjoy a three-dimensional music experience as if you were at a live venue. LIVE SOUND mode expands the service area of the sound via angled speakers and Digital Signal Processing technology, producing three-dimensional sound which puts you in the thick of the music as if you were at a music festival. The range is ideal for hip-hop, dance and rap music lovers with bass at the heart of their music taste.

Boost the party
You can enjoy a range of fun party features on the XB72 via the Fiestable app. Customize your party with voice control, a new style motion control feature and an interactive party light. Simply select ‘Party Lights’ in the Fiestable app to light up your phone in time to the music to recreate the live concert atmosphere via your smartphone.

Turn any venue into a party with the improved multi-color line lighting on XB72. With multiple colors and flashing strobe lighting effects, the XB72 give the party a club atmosphere by syncing the lights to the beat of the music you love. Make it personal and customize these party functions via the Fiestable app.


The WH-XB700 and GTK-XB72 are now available in all Sony Centres and select partner dealers in the Philippines starting this week.

Specifications sheet
Model Name
WH-XB700
Driver Unit
30mm
Wearing Style
On-Ear / Swivel
Passive Operation
Yes (Wired mode)
Sound Settings
DSEE
Headphones Connect App
CLEAR BASS, Surround (VPT), Sound Position Control
BT Version (Codec)
v4.2 (SBC,AAC, Qualcomm aptXTM audio)
NFC™
Yes
Battery Life
30H
Quick Charge
10min = 90min play
Voice Assistant
Yes (Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa)
Smartphone App
Yes (Headphones Connect App)
Weight
195g
Accessories
Audio cable, USB Type-C charging cable

Model Name
GTK-XB72
Bluetooth®
Yes
NFC™
Yes
Supported Codecs
SBC, AAC, LDAC
USB
Yes (Play & Charge)
Audio in
Yes (RCA)
Microphone Input
1
Bass Boost Function
EXTRA BASS
LIVE SOUND Function
LIVE SOUND
Sound Enhancement
DSEE™ (Auto)
Wireless Party Chain
Yes
Light
Speaker Light / Line Light / Strobe Flash
Tuning Range (FM)
87.5-108MHz/50KHz
Music Center/Fiestable
Yes
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 345 x 656 x 379mm
Weight
Approx. 12kg
Colours
Black

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sony Announces New Full-frame 135mm F1.8 G Master Prime Lens with Stunning Resolution and Bokeh, Excellent AF Performance

(MANILA PHIIPPINES) – Sony introduced a highly anticipated addition to their acclaimed G Master™ series of full-frame E-mount interchangeable lenses – a 135mm F1.8 full-frame, large-aperture telephoto prime lens (model SEL135F18GM).

Equipped with Sony’s most advanced optical technologies, the new lens is built to meet the extremely high standards of Sony’s G Master series. The new FE 135mm F1.8 GM offers exceptionally high resolution and exquisite bokeh, two qualities that are signature attributes of Sony’s flagship G Master brand. The new lens combines rapid autofocus (AF) acquisition with a lightweight, portable design and a variety of professional functions, making it a versatile, high-performance tool for professional portrait photographers, wedding photographers, sports photographers and a wide variety of imaging enthusiasts.      

Sony’s commitment to growing our FE lens and E-mount lens line-up remains stronger than ever,” said Dai Tanaka, Director, Digital Imaging Division, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific.  “Our 31st native full-frame mirrorless lens, the highly anticipated 135mm prime brings the acclaimed G Master quality to another popular focal length for both professionals and enthusiasts to enjoy. This brings the total number of Sony’s native Alpha™ E-mount lenses to 49. We will continue to drive market-leading innovation in all aspects of our imaging business, giving our customers the opportunity to capture and create like they never have before.”

Realizing consistently high resolution across the entire frame, even at F1.8, the FE 135mm F1.8 GM boasts an innovative optical design that places XA (extreme aspherical) and Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements in the front group to effectively suppress all common telephoto lens aberrations. Additionally, the Super ED element plus one ED glass element are strategically positioned to compensate for axial chromatic aberration, minimize color fringing and maximize overall resolution, ensuring outstanding image quality. For impressive clarity, Sony’s unique Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce flare and ghosting that can occur when shooting backlit portraits.   

The new telephoto prime lens utilizes its XA element, refined with Sony’s latest bokeh simulation technologies during the design and manufacturing stages, to control spherical aberration and achieve exquisite bokeh. In addition, an 11-bladed circular aperture mechanism contributes towards achieving extremely natural and beautiful background defocus. The exciting new model also features dual-autofocus groups in a floating focus arrangement for improved close-up capability, allowing a minimum focus distance of just 0.7 meters and a maximum magnification of 0.25x. 

To ensure that this lens can keep up with fast-moving portrait or sports subjects, the FE 135mm F1.8 GM has been equipped with a total of four of Sony’s proprietary XD linear motors—two for each group—that achieve rapid, reliable and speedy AF tracking and performance. There is also a control algorithm that helps to maximize control response and ensure quiet, low-vibration AF. All of this exceptional performance is packaged in a compact, lightweight body weighing in at 950g. 


α7R III with SEL135F18GM

The FE 135mm F1.8 GM includes a number of professional controls that enhance ease of operation for both stills and movie shooting. These include an aperture ring that allows direct, intuitive aperture control and a focus ring that features Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus control. There is also a focus range limiter switch, two customizable focus hold buttons, and a focus-mode switch that makes it possible to quickly select auto or manual focus to match changing shooting conditions.

New Circular Polarizing Filters
In addition to the new FE 135mm F1.8 GM Lens, Sony has also announced a new line-up of Circular Polarizing Filters. The new filters, including models for lens diameters 49mm, 55mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm, preserve image quality and resolution about twice as effectively as Sony’s existing circular PL filter line-up, making them a perfect partner for Sony’s flagship G Master series lens. They also feature a ZEISS® T* Coating to minimize flare and a slim filter design to prevent image vignetting and maximize overall performance.   

The FE 135mm F1.8 GM will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from April 2019. The product feature video can be viewed on the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube.

The new circular polariser filters will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from April 2019:
49mm (model VF-49CPAM2)
55mm (model VF-55CPAM2)
62mm (model VF-62CPAM2)
67mm (model VF-67CPAM2)
72mm (model VF-72CPAM2)
77mm (model VF-77CPAM2)
82mm (model VF-82CPAM2)

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Sony Launches RX0 II, the World's Smallest and Lightest Premium Ultra-Compact Camera

(Manila, Philippines) – Sony introduced an exciting new addition to its highly popular compact camera line-up with the launch of the world's smallest and lightest premium compact camera, the RX0 II (model DSC-RX0M2). Building upon the waterproof/dustproof, shockproof, crushproof and ultra-compact qualities of the original RX0, the new model now offers internal 4K recording, a up to 180-degree and down to 90-degree tiltable LCD screen that even works underwater and new image stabilisation solutions for video recording.
At the heart of the RX0 II sits a 1.0-type stacked 15.3-megapixel Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor and an advanced BIONZ X™ image processing engine that offer enhanced colour reproduction including beautiful skin tones. This power packed combination has been optimised to deliver lightning fast performance and exquisite image quality for both stills and movie shooting across a wide sensitivity range of ISO 80 - 12800. The ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mm F4.0 fixed wide-angle lens has a shortened minimum focusing distance of 20cm, making it perfect for selfies or table-top photos. 


A camera for all conditions
The RX0 II is truly a ‘worry-free’ camera that can be taken into places that no other camera can go. Measuring just 59mm x 40.5mm x 35mm and weighing just 132g, the RX0 II fits easily into a pocket and is ready for whatever the elements can throw at it. It is waterproof up to 10 metres deep, dustproof, shockproof up to 2 metres and crushproof up to 200KG force.

“The development goal of the original RX0 was to build a camera that enabled new forms of creative expression through its form factor and technical capabilities,” said Dai Tanaka, Director, Digital Imaging Division, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific. “We have built upon this with the new RX0 II and added features and functionality that we believe make this an ideal camera for any type of travel and will perform equally well as a stills or video camera across a huge range of shooting and vlogging scenarios.”
Movies and More
he RX0 II offers 4K 30p internal movie recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning to collect approximately 1.7 times the amount of data required for 4K video. This oversampling reduces the appearance of moiré and jaggies and delivers smooth, high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. Using the recently introduced Sony “Imaging Edge™” mobile applications, this footage can be transferred to a smartphone, edited and shared easily across social networks.

The RX0 II introduces in-body electronic stabilisation for steady footage, even when shot handheld. This can be enhanced even further when footage is exported to a smartphone or tablet running the ‘Movie Edit add-on’ application where the additional information captured during filming can be processed to produce a video with gimbal-like smoothness. An additional new feature that can be accessed via Sony ‘Movie Edit add-on’ is ‘Intelligent Framing’ where the selected subject is kept in the centre of the frame and image distortion is corrected in a final edit. Depending on where the video will be shared, the required aspect ratio can then be selected.

Additional movie features of the RX0 II include Super Slow Motion recording at up to 1000 fps, uncompressed 4K HDMI output and simultaneous proxy movie recording.  Users can utilise Picture Profile, S-Log2 and Time Code / User Bit functions to ensure a final result that exactly matches their creative vision.
Precision Photography
The versatility of the RX0 II means that it offers a host of stills photography features in addition to its video capabilities. It boasts an Anti-distortion Shutter of up to 1/32000 sec. and can shoot at up to 16 fps to capture any fleeting moment of emotion that passes across the subject’s face. In an upgrade from the original RX0, colour reproduction has been enhanced to reproduce natural and vivid colour of human skin, and the optional ‘Soft Skin Effect’ can be applied to cover minor blemishes and wrinkles. Rating and Protect functions can be applied in camera and a grouped display of continuously shot images can be viewed on the camera.

Sony’s Eye AF, that is proving hugely popular with portrait photographers across the world, has been upgraded on the RX0 II. The speed, accuracy and operation of the Eye AF has been improved to make it even easier to capture a stunning portrait; a simple half press of the shutter button will lock-on to the eye of the subject. The focused eye can be selected (left / right / auto) in the menu or assigned to a custom button, allowing the user to concentrate on composition.

The camera can be set for interval shooting, the results of which can be edited with Sony’s “Imaging Edge” desktop application ‘viewer’ into stunning time-lapse videos.

Multi-camera options
Up to 5 RX0 II cameras can be controlled wirelessly using Sony ‘Imaging Edge Mobile’ application and between 6 to 50 cameras will be able to control via an access point (scheduled for Summer 2019.) The RX0 II is also compatible with the Camera Control Box CCB-WD1 which enables up to 100 cameras to be connected and controlled in a wired multi-camera setup. Both of these multi-camera solutions unlock a whole new world of shooting opportunities and free video expression from any viewpoint that the user wishes to pursue.

For more information on the new RX0 II camera, please visit its product page here.

The new RX0 II will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from April 2019.
The RX0 II kit with the VCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip and bracket will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from mid 2019.


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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sony Announces α9, α7, α7 III and α7R III Firmware Updates

Sony announced a major upgrade to its α9 mirrorless camera that will be available via a software update.    

Sony’s revolutionary α9 camera will receive several major enhancements to its award-winning autofocus (AF) performance and image quality, as well as a variety of new features that are designed to improve the overall workflow for professional photographers. In addition, new firmware updates for α7R III and α7 III will be available that update these cameras with the latest enhancements including “Real-time Eye AF” performance and add interval recording capabilities. 

Firmware Ver. 5.0 and Ver. 6.0 for α9
The new firmware version 5.0 for α9 adds Sony’s newly developed “Real-time Tracking” mode for object tracking. This mode utilizes Sony’s latest algorithm including Artificial Intelligence (AI) based object recognition and processes color, subject distance (depth), pattern (brightness) as well as spatial information to ensure that all subjects can be captured with extreme accuracy and precision. When photographing or taking videos of humans or animals, face and eye position information is recognized by AI and the subject’s eye is monitored in real time with extremely high tracking precision. In addition, “Tracking On” helps initiate real-time tracking at any time by simply pressing the custom-assigned button and “Touch Tracking,” which quickly activates through the touch screen.  

Moreover, with this new firmware version 5.0, Sony’s acclaimed α9 camera will receive advanced “Real-time Eye AF,” the latest version of Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology. This exciting new capability employs AI-based object recognition to detect and process eye location data in real time, resulting in improved accuracy, speed and tracking performance of Eye AF. In all autofocus modes, the camera can automatically detect the eyes of the subject and activate Eye AF with a half press of the shutter button, and the camera will seamlessly track the eyes when in AF-C mode. The new firmware also enables photographers to select the preferred eye (left or right) of their subject as the focus point. 

Other focusing capabilities that will be available with the new firmware include Touch Pad, Touch Tracking, an extended phase-detection AF aperture range that has been increased from F11 to F16, and Fast Hybrid AF for movie shooting that provides smooth, automated focusing for movies.

Image quality will also be enhanced with the new α9 firmware version 5.0. specifically, in the areas of color reproduction, as the camera will more accurately account for subtle changes in light for smoother, more natural tonal gradations in elements like the sky. There is a new auto white balance algorithm that gets added as well, which produces more consistently balanced images while burst shooting. Other new functions for efficient controls and data managements include My Dial and Dual Slot media menu improvement, rating and protect functions.

The new software adds compatibility with Sony’s new ‘Imaging Edge Mobile’ application, the successor to ‘PlayMemories Mobile™.

Version 6.0 firmware for the α9 camera will add Eye AF for animal eyes, an exciting new feature for wildlife photographers that will enable interval shooting functionality for creating time-lapse movies.   

The new system firmware update version 5.0 is scheduled for launch in March 2019, and version 6.0 is scheduled for Q2 2019. 

Software ver.3.0 for α7R III and α7 III
Sony’s popular α7R III and α7 III full-frame cameras will both receive enhanced Real-time Eye AF performance with new firmware version 3.0. This will be available on AF-C mode with a simple half-press of the shutter button. Real-Time Eye AF for animals will also be available. 

Additionally, the cameras will also receive interval recording functionality that will allow for simple creation of time-lapse movies. The new feature can be set for anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds, with a total number of shots from 1 to 9999. AE tracking sensitivity can also be adjusted to “High”, “Mid” or “Low” during interval recording, allowing for reduced changes in exposure over the shooting interval.

The new system firmware update version 3.0 is scheduled in April 2019.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content related to all of Sony’s exciting announcements can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a site built to educate and inspire all fans and customers of the Sony α brand. The new content will also be posted directly at the Sony Photo Gallery and the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube.

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