Building on its growing line of Action Cam point of view (POV) cameras, Sony has introduced the AS20 model to the US market. This camera packs many of Sony’s latest POV imaging technologing including SteadyShot image stabilization into an “ultra-compact body at a competitve price.”
Patrick Huang, Sony Electronics Action Cam business director:
“With its slim, low-profile design, our Action Cam line goes wherever you go… from surfing trips to skate parks. 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 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 are often experienced during point of view video shooting.
The AS20 camera also features a ZEISS Tessar lens with a 170 degree 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 Exmore R CMOS sensor that produces “exceptional Full HD (1080p) 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 WiFi functionality, allowing it to connect to the wearable RM-LVR1 Live-View remote. Available as an optional accessory, the waterproof RM-LVR1 displays a live image preview on its LCD screen, making it easier to frame and record shots in tough conditions. The remote can also control up to five cameras simultaneously, making multi-camera shoots “a breeze.” WiFi also enables the AS20 action cam to link up to iOS and Android devices for “easy content transfer and sharing.”
Sony’s free PlayMemories Home app makes it easy to edit footage and share it via services like Facebook and YouTube. It features Video Merge, which lets users create split-screen composites of up to four simultaneous views captured by different cameras.
The Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam is available now for roughly $200. The camera and its growing range of Action Cam mounts and accessories is available through Sony’s retail stores, Sony’s online store and other authorized retailers nationwide.