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Sony announces action cam, wrist controller and music video recorder

By dpreview staff on Sep 4, 2013 at 22:10 GMT

Sony has updated its Action Cam with a new name, a lighter waterproof housing, and GPS. With its back-illuminated 16MP EXMOR R sensor, the Action Cam HDR-AS30V can capture an 11.9-megapixel still images well as Full HD footage. Its lens captures a 170-degree view, and can now capture video and stills upside-down. Video capture can also be sped up for slow-motion playback, capturing at 60p or 120p.

The AS30V's new waterproof housing is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and also a little less rugged. Built-in Wi-Fi offers easy connectivity to a smartphone, as well as the new Live View Remote wristwatch. The AS30V will be available in late September for around $300.

The RM-LVR1 Live View Remote Wristwatch is also waterproof, and allows both remote control and remote viewing when wirelessly tethered to the AS30V. The RM-LVR1 will be available in December for around $150.

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Press Release:

SONY TAKES THRILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND EXPANDS ACTION CAM LINEUP OF PREMIUM POINT-OF-VIEW VIDEO CAPTURE DEVICES

SAN DIEGO, September 4, 2013 – Sony today announced a new Action Cam model to complement its current line of wearable point-of-view video cameras designed for filming adventures in premium full HD 1080p. From muddy bike treks to surfing the pipeline, Action Cam HDR-AS30V captures once-in-a-lifetime experiences with crisp movie clips and detailed still photos.

ADVANCED DESIGN & OPTICS

Embodying Sony’s industry-leading image quality, the new Action Cam weighs in at approximately three ounces (with battery) and ships with a ruggedized, waterproof housing that is 35% lighter and 25% smaller than its predecessor. The slim design relieves wind and water pressure when you’re cycling, jet-skiing or barrelling downhill and offers an ultra-compact point-of-view shooting solution.

For the first time, Action Cam has GPS on board and can capture sharp 11.9-megapixel still photos in addition to its Interval Still Recording mode for impressive time-lapse photography. And now the back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor grabs even more light for beautiful images and Full HD footage. There’s also a choice of recording modes: Full HD (1920x1080 60p/50p and 1920x1080 30p/25p) for fast-moving action, STD HD (1280x720 30p/25p), SD VGA (640x480 30p/25p) and two slow-motion modes for tracking a golf swing or BMX flip - HD SLOW 2x (1280x720 60p) and HD SLOW 4x (1280x720 120p). And now the camera can capture images upside-down*, which is useful when the Action Cam is inversely mounted.

SIMPLY VIEW & SHARE

Built-in Wi-Fi® allows users to instantly share their Action Cam content to a smartphone or tablet (using Sony’s free PlayMemories MobileTM) for easy upload and also allows control of the camera with any compatible device, including the new Live-View Remote (RM-LVR1). This optional wristwatch-style controller is waterproof and synchs wirelessly to the video camera, for hands-free operation when Action Cam is mounted in hard-to-reach places like helmets, kayaks or surfboards. Monitoring the Action Cam to ensure optimal shot framing is simple on the remote’s color LCD screen. The start/stop recording function and photo/movie modes are accessible from the remote as well. And with NFC one-touch connection support, it’s even easier to synch with Xperia® phones, tablets and other compatible Android devices to operate the camera.

“Action Cam is the only mountable video camera that embodies Sony’s legendary digital imaging quality.” said Hidenori Toyoda, director of the camcorder business at Sony Electronics. “With improvements in optics, accessories and post-shooting software, our Action Cam portfolio offers the total solution for POV video capture.”

ON-BOARD FEATURES

All Action Cam models offer Sony’s hallmark SteadyShot™ image stabilization to deliver stunningly smooth video and an ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar lens to capture all the action in a 170-degree field of view (120° with SteadyShot on), perfect for panoramic landscapes, dramatic ski slopes and more. The camera also features expandable memory with a Memory Stick Micro™ and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, a built-in stereo microphone to capture all the exciting sounds of your adventure, and an HDMI® output (HDMI not included).

POST-SHOOTING TOOLS

After shooting, there are several new, simple ways to enjoy and play back the day’s excitement. Transfer footage to a Mac® or PC via USB then use the latest version of Sony’s free PlayMemories Home™ application to edit files and post to social sharing sites like Facebook® and YouTube™. Using data captured with Action Cam’s built-in GPS, Map View displays location and trail information. Multi View reads speed information recorded by GPS, creating an exciting speedometer-style video overlay. Two-Screen Multi View combines video files captured simultaneously with two different cameras, creating a split-screen composite that combines multiple points of view. And after a video is shot, Movie Rotation can turn the file clockwise or counterclockwise every 90° if the video was taken from left-to-right, in reverse, upside down, or when portrait orientation is preferred.

GROWING MOUNT OPTIONS

In addition to the adhesive mounts supplied with Action Cam, Sony offers a wide range of mounting attachments to suit all types of activities, everything from a surfboard mount to the popular dog harness. Fresh additions to help adrenalin-junkies get even more enjoyment from the Action Cam include a new Chest Mount Harness (AKA-CMH1), Roll Bar Mount (VCT-RBM1), Universal Head Mount Kit (BLT-UHM1), Action Monopod (VCT-AMP1), Underwater Housing (MPK-AS3), Float Mount (AKA-FL2), and Accessory Kit (ACC-DCBX).

AVAILABILITY

The new HDR-AS30V point-of-view video camera from Sony will be available in late September for a suggested retail price of $299.99, while the current HDR-AS15 model will be offered at a reduced price of $199.99. These cameras and their accessories will be sold at http://store.sony.com, Sony retail stores and other authorized retailers nationwide. For images and information, please visit www.sony.com/news. Find out more through http://blog.sony.com and make sure to catch what people are saying about #ActionCam online.

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HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder

Sony also announced the rather unusual HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder. Capable of recording Full HD 30p video while also recording Linear PCM audio. A 2.7-inch LCD is embedded into the side of the camcorder, and thanks to NFC-capable Wi-Fi, it's easy to use a smartphone or tablet as a monitor. Pricing is set at $299. Click here to go to the Sony site for more.

Comments

Total comments: 25
GCHYBA
By GCHYBA (7 months ago)

720p at 120fps is cool. Like the Hero3 black.
I really wish they could come up with 1080p 240fps soon for less than 4 figures...

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Oldmanadrift
By Oldmanadrift (3 months ago)

You get your wish, the HDR AS100V was announced and could be out in March. It is currently priced the same as the AS30V. The AS100V can be pre-ordered now. Among other other upgrades, it will shoot at 240fps.

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Mahmoud Mousef
By Mahmoud Mousef (7 months ago)

HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder looks intriguing. Sound is often overlooked and Sony make great recorders, like the PCM-M10.

I'm interested to see this reviewed.

The action cams and others like it always tend to bend the horizon in a very exaggerated way. It surprises me that more people are not put off by this. Maybe I have just watched too many remote-control drone videos on YouTube lately but I'd rather have the view not so obviously warped as the camera dips above or below the horizon.

I'm rambling a bit...

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (7 months ago)

I see many people using the speed and gps data from this camera for Rallyes coverage on the budget. Usually it takes a GPS unit, a Accelerometer, Camera and a onboard recorder to take all that info and then put them all together in postprocessing.

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hammerheadfistpunch
By hammerheadfistpunch (7 months ago)

since the FOV changes with steadshot on, am i right in assuming that "steadyshot" is not physical, but electronic?

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DPReview Staff
By DPReview Staff (7 months ago)

Yes, I think that's correct.

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Oldmanadrift
By Oldmanadrift (3 months ago)

SteadyShot uses digital image stabilization in which the physical image is allowed to "track" the scene on the CCD by software to produce a stable image. The digital technique requires the pixel count to be increased (or a smaller image area used, thus narrow angle of view) to allow the image to move on the sensor while keeping reference points within the boundaries of the capture chip.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (7 months ago)

Another great competitor for the GoPro. I wonder what the GoPro 4 will bring in a few weeks?

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KAMSA
By KAMSA (7 months ago)

I think it's more for the professional sports guys and photography,.. yet another action cam is out there on the market, however, comes with a name because there are so many unbranded that than can do this but cannot do again that, and then that again though that you can in the gear of discovery channel back see, what they use, but cool !! I think for every application a cam specific is a much better outcome than this but he looks good specs are also not really bad, but for me nothing will.

greetings

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StevenE
By StevenE (7 months ago)

Translate into English please.

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Langusta
By Langusta (7 months ago)

Sony has been actively developing some really strange gadgets recently, yet HDR-MV1 looks pretty cool.

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KAMSA
By KAMSA (7 months ago)

I agree

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D1N0
By D1N0 (7 months ago)

I guess we're going to see a lot of people facing sideways at venues.. This needs a flip out screen.

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Mahmoud Mousef
By Mahmoud Mousef (7 months ago)

http://www.sony.com.au/support/product/aka-lu1/
Flip out screen problem solved with something like this probably. This whole market segment is very reliant on overpriced accessories.

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Justme
By Justme (7 months ago)

I don't see why it can't be used as a dash cam. See this YouTube video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nANoFRxN6g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwUtLV86Sr4

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Justme
By Justme (7 months ago)

I would be curious if the battery life has improved and if the unit can be charged while being used or run via an external power source such as a cig lighter? No mention about battery life in the specs so far.

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fishywishy
By fishywishy (7 months ago)

it can use a usb power source while recording

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (7 months ago)

can use usb power while recording? That's a huge improvement compared to previous generation. Many people expected some way to power their 1st gen Action Cameras but found no way to power them. Where did you find that info?

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tommy leong
By tommy leong (7 months ago)

can it double as a car cam
on those days we aren't doing sports ?

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abortabort
By abortabort (7 months ago)

So the waterproof housing has taken a significant downgrade from 60M to 5M? It has a lower resolution sensor (11.9MP compared to 16MP) but can take full resolution stills as well as presumably being a bit better in low light? New GPS functionality looks quite cool. Wearable live view is pretty awesome as well, hope that works on the old version but probably requires NFC to pair.

HDR-MV1 looks cool if you don't need something rugged.

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Animal9128
By Animal9128 (7 months ago)

when was the sensor a 16mp unit? i talked with the engineer that was in charge of the old one and he said that the old one was derived from the h90, but was not a 16mp unit. this new case is reduced to 5m because of the holes for audio, the older one does not have holes.

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fishywishy
By fishywishy (7 months ago)

set it at 120 deg and steady shot and it works great

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reenc
By reenc (7 months ago)

can these double as a dash cam?

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KAMSA
By KAMSA (7 months ago)

If you want a dash cam just look @ ebay and you find enough cams who are specially made for dashboard scamming, no futuristic things but it works just fine, look at you tube and a specially the Russian dash shots are very common do the insurance policy demands a dash cam for evidence in case of a collision and lawsuits

Greetings

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (7 months ago)

Yes it can

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