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Here's Everything Else Sony Announced At IFA 2017

Ultra-compact camera and new audio products steal the show.

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While Sony's press conference at IFA 2017 was relatively short, the company certainly didn't run short of products to feature. While plenty of attention was on the Xperia XZ1, Sony did roll out a number of other products that are worth checking out. Here's what else we saw at the show:

RX0 Camera

This tiny square box packs an insane amount of Sony's tech, most notably the company's superb digital imaging know-how. It would be unfair to tag the RX0 as an 'action cam', as Sony is nearly positioning it as a device capable of shooting in multiple scenarios. Numerous RX0 cameras can be connected together in a number of rig setups, making for some truly interesting video capture options. It's capable of slow-motion video recording (up to 1,000 fps) and houses a 1.0-type stacked 15.3 MP Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor, and a ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mm F4 fixed wide-angle lens. It is waterproof in depths of up to 10 meters, shockproof for heights up to 2.0 meters, and can withstand a load of about 200kg. Pricing sits at around US$ 700.

LF-S50G Wireless Speaker with Google Assistant

While the name might be a mouthful, the LF-S50G is Sony's first ever speaker that integrate Google Assistant. Similar to Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod, this speaker allows you to interact with it just by saying 'Ok Google'. You can then stream music, control connected devices, and ask information. The LF-S50G also support gesture controls, so you can change the volume or skip tracks without having to press any buttons. Personally this is more of a gimmick than something I would actually use - I currently have an Amazon Echo, and I easily control the volume or select music just with voice commands. The LF-S50G does look a bit more stylish (closer to HomePod), and comes in three colors. It's also splashproof, so if you're setting it up in your kitchen, you won't have to worry if you get a bit of liquid on it.

Wireless headphones

Sony revealed the MDR-1000X last year at IFA, and it was certainly well received. This year the company follows up with three new products - a headband style WH-1000XM2, the behind-the-neck style WI-1000X, and the smaller and truly wireless WF-1000X. All three feature noise-cancelling, and also feature Sony's 'Adaptive Sound Control'. With this feature, the headphones are able to track what the user is doing, and automatically switch noise cancelling on or off without any user intervention. 

A1E 4K HDR OLED TV

This TV is an absolute stunner, and at 77" it's certainly going to demand some attention. It features Sony's 'Acoustic Surface' technology that vibrates the display, and enables sound to be output directly from the TV screen rather than a traditional speaker arrangement. 


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