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Carl Zeiss and Sony

A partnership for breathtaking images

Sony is the brand of choice for people looking for great design and high quality. In 1996, Sony came out with its first camcorder with a Carl Zeiss lens. Since then, Carl Zeiss and Sony’s cooperation has expanded to include compact digital cameras and camcorders, high-quality bridge cameras and interchangeable lenses for the Sony Alpha DSLR camera. Sony and Carl Zeiss develop Lenses for Sonys digital cameras together. Then the manufacturing takes place in Sony facilities according to Carl Zeiss specifications. It’s a partnership that combines premium-quality electronics and sensor technology with the best-possible optics for film and video cameras.



One of our latest collaborations is on Sony Action Cam (HDR-AS15 ), which allows you to capture and share the glory of exciting moments immediately. The HDR-AS 15 is a ultra compact full HD-video camera solution for point-of-view shooting and action sports. The video camera houses an Exmor® R CMOS image sensor for excellent low light shooting and an ultra-wide angle Tessar lens from Carl Zeiss offering a 170° angle of view with outstanding brilliance and detail. The wearable camcorder with various housings allows you to capture adventures in extreme environments.

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Legendary lenses in compact form

Cameras in Sony’s Cyber-shot W-, T-, and H- series normally have the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom lens, a descendant of the Tessar lens range. These legendary lenses in photographic history are world-famous for their sharpness ( ”the eagle eye of your camera”).

The Vario-Tessar zoom lens has been optimized for very compact photo cameras with a moderate zoom range and fast autofocus system. It delivers top-quality images that are brilliant and sharp and offer rich contrasts and well controlled distortion.



Infinitely changeable focal length for high demands

Most of Sony’s HD Handycam models are equipped with Vario-Sonnar zoom lenses. They offer superb image resolution and rich detail as well as gorgeous, true-to-life colors. An infinitely variable focal length enables a fast, precise selection of the picture’s detail. Even with high zoom settings, the Vario-Sonnar lenses create natural-looking images without distortions.