Never mind lights and camera. Sony is yelling “ACTION” with its latest line of cams for videographers of a more agile bent. Available for $200, the new HDR-AS20 joins the ranks of Sony’s other POV cameras, including the HDR-AS100V and HDR-AS30V, which Sony claims are purpose built for mountains, rivers, jungles, and just about anywhere else cameras and people can take a beating.
Included in the HDR-AS20 is Sony’s proprietary SteadyShot, an image stabilization technology that controls camera shake and vibration. Sony suggests SteadyShot makes it possible for extreme sports enthusiasts (or individuals with less than steady hands) to capture their adventures with a smooth, viewable outcome, but DigitalCameraReview will have to test one out before agreeing with the claim.
Also included with the HDR-AS20 is the Zeiss Tessar lens, capable of capturing wide-angle views in a field of 170 degrees. The camera can share and transfer files to Android and iOS devices via Wi-Fi, in addition to connectability with the camera’s optional waterproof RM-LVR1 live-view remote, which has the capability to connect simultaneously with as many as five cameras. A stereo mic rounds out the external hardware.
A 16.8-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor facilitates full HD video and 11.9-megapixel photos in low-light scenarios. Battery life is estimated at 150 minutes with Wi-Fi turned off and 130 minutes with Wi-Fi engaged.
The Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam is available this month for approximately $200.