Sony has just announced the successor to last year’s Action Cam HDR-AS30V, the Action Cam HDR-AS20.
Keeping with the slim wearable form of the HDR-AS30V, the slightly lighter HDR-AS20 (83g wtih battery compared to the HDR-AS30V's 90g) is built to go wherever your quest for thrills takes you. It again features a wide-angle Zeiss Tessar lens with a 170o field of view (120o with SteadyShot on), a stereo microphone for rich, natural sound, and SteadyShot to reduce judder and vibration as you hurtle down dirt paths or fight the wind and the surf.
The back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor ensures for great still pictures and excellent Full HD 50p video even in low light, and the camera supports high bit-rate recording at up to 28Mbps to ensure crisp, detailed footage, even in busy scenes. Built-in Wi-Fi connects the camera to the wearable RM-LVR1 Live-View Remote, which allows you to check shots and control up to five cameras from your wrist.
Battery life is improved compared to the HDR-AS30V, with the camera capable of doing non-stop footage for up to 130 minutes with Wi-Fi on, and 150 minutes with Wi-Fi off. The HDR-AS20 again works seamlessly with Sony’s free PlayMemories Home app, allowing you to easily edit and upload your footage for the day to Facebook and Youtube. While a new Video Merge function allows you to create split-screen composites of up to four simultaneous views.
The HDR-AS20 Action Cam will be available in Asia Pacific from July 2014. Price to be announced.