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Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera
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- Steady Shot image stabilization reduces blur, Built-in Wi-Fi and one touch NFC for remote control and viewing via smartphone, 6 video modes including 1080/60p HD and 4x slow motion
- Built-In stereo mic for quality sound recording, Never miss the action with long lasting up to 150 min stamina battery, Ultra wide up to 170 degree pro quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
- Exmor R CMOS sensor for excellent low light performance, Ruggedized, waterproof housing with universal tripod mount included, Hand free control and remote viewing of up to 5 Action Cams, Capture amazing high quality 11.9MP still images in photo mode
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|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Image Stabilization||Image Stabilization|
|Item Dimensions||6.5 x 3 x 4.75 inches|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||2 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||3.5 grams|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|RAM Memory Technology||flash memory|
|Shipping Weight||1.05 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Sony NP-BX1|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Video Input Format||hdmi|
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|Item Dimensions||3 x 4.75 x 6.5 in||0.97 x 3 x 1.06 in||3 x 4.75 x 6.5 in||1.46 x 3.72 x 2.07 in||3.25 x 5 x 6.37 in|
Your own action movies made easy in full HD. Capture stunning realism with Sony Steady Shot, Exmor R CMOS Sensor, stereo microphone, and improved recording time. Strap Live-View Remote on your wrist for Multi Camera Control. Capture stunning realism with Sony Steady Shot, Exmor R CMOS Sensor, stereo microphone, and improved recording time. Enjoy editing with Play Memories Home Video Merge.
From the Manufacturer
Compact POV action cam
Shoot without the shake. Relive the thrill of that big wave or your epic off-road wipeout, all in incredibly smooth HD footage thanks to SteadyShot image stabilization. Want to see what you’re recording as it’s happening? Turn your smartphone or tablet into a live monitor with Wi-Fi and one-touch NFC.
SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur
SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting
Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for remote control and viewing via smartphone1
Turn compatible smart phones and tablets in to remote control viewing devices via Wi-Fi with One Touch Near Field Communication (NFC).
6 video modes including 1080/60p HD and 4x slow motion
Six video shooting modes are available for flexible shooting scenarios. Record in Full HD 1920x1080/60p for beautiful smooth video. HQ mode delivers full-HD quality for the highest image resolution.Three standard HD modes are provided: STD mode, 2x SLOW and 4x SSLOW. 2x SLOW is useful for recording fast-moving extreme sports, while the 4x SSLOW mode can be used to slow the action down even further in order to analyze a golf or baseball swing, for example. There’s also an SD mode that provides extended recording time at VGA resolution (640 x 480, 30p). FULL HD: PS（1920 x 1080 60p）、HQ（1920 x 1080 30p） HD: STD(1280 x 720 30p)、SLOW(1280 x 720 30p)、SSLOW (1280 x 720 30p) SD: VGA(640 x 480 30p)
Built-In stereo mic for quality sound recording
A built-in stereo microphone allows you to capture all the exciting sounds of your adventure.
Never miss the action with long lasting up to150min stamina battery
Sony Action Cam has as much stamina as you do. With its long lasting battery that will record in HD at up to 150 minutes (when fully charged) you’ll never miss the action.
Ultra wide 170° pro quality ZEISS Tessar lens
With an ultra-wide angle ZEISS Tessar lens, you will increase your perspective (up to 170-degree viewing angle) while you venture out on breathtaking views of dynamic terrain to include ski slopes and mountain trails.
Exmor R CMOS sensor for excellent low light performance
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor.
Ruggedized, waterproof housing2 with universal tripod mount included
The Sony HDR-AS20 ships with a ruggedized, waterproof housing (SPK-AS2) with universal tripod mount that is built to handle extreme environments, allowing you to concentrate on safety and composition while capturing Full HD videos. Within the housing, the camera is waterproof down to 15-feet and has a shock resistance rating for up to 5 foot drops plus dirt and dust resistant seals that help make it nearly impervious to mud, snow, rain, and grime.
Hand free control and remote viewing of up to 5 Action Cams4
Using optional Live View Remote accessory you can control up to 5 HDR-AS20 units via Wi-Fi1,4. This multi-functional watch allows you to frame your shots and control the camera’s recording settings and start/stop record.
Capture amazing high quality 11.9MP still images in photo mode
Put your HDR-AS20 in still image mode and capture amazing high quality 11.9MP still images with a single press of the button.
2014 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, Exmor R, SteadyShot and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony CorporationWi-Fi is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance. Carl Zeiss and Vario-Tessar are registered trademarks of Carl Zeiss Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.
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One thing I enjoy is getting extreme shots; this involves placing these cameras in places/scenarios where they risk being damaged. For those shots where the camera is in harm's way, I'd much rather use a Sony camera than a GoPro which costs about 2x the price. Also, i like the fact that the Sony action cam allows the easy option of recording slow-motion in camera, whereas the GoPro does not record in slow motion and has to be modified in post to achieve this effect.
The Sony action cam is longer than a GoPro but slightly more streamlined as well. The Sony cam is also a bit lighter (but not by much). The one big downside to GoPro was always battery life (especially when running its WiFi), only lasting about an hour or so. The Sony camera is much better in this regard, although in my early tests of the camera I would say Sony's spec sheets claiming it is 150 minutes is a bit of an overstatement. I have not timed it exactly, but 90-120 min is more reasonable expectation for one battery cycle.
I would say GoPro is still the superior camera of this type and remains the gold standard for ultra-portable action filmmaking. In particular, the GoPro's audio quality, ease of operation, and abundance of unique mounts set it apart from the competition. But Sony has made a very nice product that will satisfy the everyday needs of most customers, and it does so at a more reasonable cost. It would be great for dash cams, vacations, action sports, etc.
Whats in the box: camera, protective waterproof case, NP-BX1 battery, USB cable (for charging and transfer of data), basic mounts, product manual.
- Time lapse function is great. I've used five second internal to catch a sunset and one minute interval to capture entire overnight period. Windows Movie Maker offers a quick, easy way to make a video from all the still shots.
- Slo-mo and super slo-mo video settings are a blast, especially with kids, dogs and sports. It's always been possible to make slo-mo effects in post-production software, but it's so nice to have the camera shoot it natively so you can just watch it straightaway.
- Wide angle lens opens up all kinds of unique shooting opportunities and new perspectives on familiar subjects.
- Without the case, the camera itself is super small and lightweight -- perfectly suitable to carry around in your pocket and shoot at will.
- The case is small and includes a standard threaded mount on the bottom, so you can use any tripod or other accessories.
- Sony's PlayMemories PC software is clunky, bloated and nonintuitive. Luckily, I haven't found any reason it's necessary to use.
- Can't view images or videos on the mobile app -- only via micro MDMI plug.
- On-unit display is an old-school LCD with only three buttons to control (forward, backward, enter), so it's somewhat hard to use. (But once you get the hang of it, it's not too bad. I've actually found the lack of viewfinder liberating -- I just shoot a lot and then download to see what I came up with.)
- Lens is fully exposed and gets dirty quickly. Or if it's in the case, that part of the case gets dirty/smudged instead. Keep a lens cleaner handy always.
All in all, the videos and photos aren't going to win any awards for quality, but the form factor and features make this a worthwhile purchase.
It's a Sony, it's got a Carl Zeiss Tessar Lens, it is 11.9 MP sensor, is small and water resistant to 5m.
Took it on holiday with the kids and got pictures of them in the pool and at the water park, and they're quite tickled to see them. Generally pleased with the purchase.
The camera itself is a rounded body with buttons on the rear and on one side. The base has a cover which extends from the front to the rear of the camera and houses the various connectors. The rear opens to expose the memory card and battery compartment.
The memory card gave me some problems initially with the screen flashing on insertion of the card. This is caused either by the card being inserted in the wrong direction (there are small markings on the cover - one direction for Micro SD and another for Memory Stick), or the formatting of the card. A brand new card would not work for me until I removed all the partitions - I did this using my Linux PC and running gparted.
Once the memory card was recognised, the camera worked flawlessly. It can take photos, videos and interval shots.
Some points to note:
+ Without the plastic waterproof case, the camera has no thread mount for a tripod. Due to its rounded base, it also cannot stand upright without this case. So the plastic water resistant case is quite necessary. The front of the case holds the camera in position.
+ If you bring the camera enclosed in the case from an air-conditioned room to the beach or pool, you may get condensation forming on the inside of the case as the camera gets warm during operation.
+ When connected to Sony's "Play Memories Mobile", your smartphone can act as viewfinder allowing you remote control of the camera. You can view pictures but not playback video.