Sony has added another thoroughbred to their growing stable of narrow profile action cameras with the Action Cam HDR-AS20.
Building on the success of Sony’s existing lineup of Action Cams, the HDR-AS100V and HDR-AS30V, the HDR-AS20 smooths out wild mountain bike or surfing shots with Sony’s SteadyShot electronic image stabilization system. That stabilized image is aided by a ZEISS Tessar lens, and it’s huge 170-degree field of view will give adrenaline-fueled video enthusiasts a killer look at the action.
The 16.8-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor is capable of shooting 1080/60p, 1080/30p and 720/30p footage and can capture 11.9-megapixel still shots. Those hoping for 4K specs to take on the GoPro Hero 3+ and next spring’s rumored 4K30p Hero 4 will have to stay patient for now. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover just yet, however, as this sensor takes over where other action cameras fall down - dusk and other low-light shooting. Combine that with 28mbps high bit-rate recording, and the HDR-AS20 looks right at home with other high end action cams.
And the HDR-AS20 is every bit as feature-rich as it is tech savvy. Integrated Wi-Fi allows the HDR-AS20 to be controlled by Android or iOS devices, or by Sony’s wearable - and waterproof - LCD-equipped RM-LVR1 Live-View remote.
There are also USB, HDMI and microphone plugs, as well as a memory card slot for storage. The HDR-AS20 ships with a waterproof case and some mounts to get started with, but a plethora of additional mounts are available separately from Sony.
In addition to the feature set and killer optics, the Sony HDR-AS20's battery life is among the best on the market - an amazing 130 minutes of rolling time with Wi-Fi turned on (150 minutes with Wi-Fi off).
The HDR-AS20 can be had for about two Ben Franklins this August when it lands stateside.
by Communications 07/31/2014
New Action Camera Delivers High-end POV Experience at Great Value
SAN DIEGO, July 31st, 2014 – Building on its growing line of Action Cam POV (point of view) cameras, Sony today has introduced the new AS20 model to the US market. The camera packs many of Sony’s latest POV imaging technologies including SteadyShot™ image stabilization into an ultra-compact body at a competitive price.
“With its slim, low-profile design, our Action Cam line goes wherever you go… from surfing trips to skate parks,” said Patrick Huang, director of the Action Cam business at Sony Electronics. “With three impressive models now in market, including the AS100V, AS30V and new AS20 cameras, we’re ensuring that all types of POV shooters can capture their adventures with legendary Sony quality.”
Featured on the new AS20 model, Sony’s unique SteadyShot™ electronic image stabilization works seamlessly to control camera shake and vibration, ensuring that all footage from the bike trail or ski slopes is smooth, crisp and free of the bumps or jolts that often experienced during POV video shooting.
The new AS20 camera also features a high-quality ZEISS® Tessar® lens with a huge 170° field of view for the ultimate wide angle experience. A built-in stereo microphone delivers outstanding sound quality, adding an extra dimension of realism to those everyday adventures.
The camera is equipped with a back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS sensor that produces exceptional Full HD video and still photos, especially at dusk and other low-light situations where other cameras typically struggle. It also features high bit-rate recording at up to 28Mbps, which ensures crisply-detailed footage in all types of shooting environments, including those with lots of camera or subject motion.
The AS20 model has built-in Wi-Fi functionality, allowing it to connect to the wearable RM-LVR1 Live-View remote. Available as an optional accessory, the waterproof RM-LVR1 accessory displays a live image preview on its LCD screen, makes it easy to frame and record shots in tough conditions. The remote can also control up to five cameras simultaneously, making multi-camera shoots a breeze. Wi-Fi also enables the Action Cam AS20 to link up to compatible smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android devices) for easy content transfer and sharing.
Additionally, the AS20 model features a handy flip function that automatically inverts the image if it’s being shot upside down and boasts a strong battery life, comfortably shooting up to 130 total minutes of video with Wi-Fi on1 (150 minutes of video with Wi-Fi off1).
Sony’s free PlayMemories Home app makes it easy to edit footage and share via sites like Facebook® and YouTube™. It features new Video Merge2, which lets users create exciting split-screen composites of up to four simultaneous views captured by different cameras.
Pricing and Availability
The new Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam will be available in August for about $200. The camera and its growing range of Action Cam mounts and accessories is sold at all Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized retailers nationwide.