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New Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam Get High Def, Full Features & Budget $200 Price Tag

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Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam HD extreme sports video camera

Almost a year after bringing out the HDR-AS30V with it’s GPS tagged video capture and slick dashboard, the new Sony HDR-AS20 drops the price $100 while keeping everything but the location tracking.

For just $200, you’ll get full HD recording in several modes, SteadyShot electronic image stabilization, a 170º Carl Zeiss lens and backlit Exmor R CMOS sensor with 28Mbps capture. Other standout features include stereo microphones, waterproof case and built-in WiFi. That means remote control with its iOS or Android app or the optional wearable video screen remote. Basically, it’s the same camera as the AS30V without the GPS, making it an incredible deal if you can live without the satellites knowing where you shot your film.

Available this August. It’s the same size as the GPS model, so presumably it’ll work with all the same accessories already available. Full PR after the break…

PRESS RELEASE: Sony’s New AS20 Action Cam Offers a More Exciting Point of View

Building on its growing line of Action Cam POV (point of view) cameras, Sony today has introduced the new AS20 model to the US market. The camera packs many of Sony’s latest POV imaging technologies including SteadyShot™ image stabilization into an ultra-compact body at a competitive price.

“With its slim, low-profile design, our Action Cam line goes wherever you go… from surfing trips to skate parks,” said Patrick Huang, director of the Action Cam business at Sony Electronics. “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 unique 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 often experienced during POV video shooting.

The new AS20 camera also features a high-quality ZEISS® Tessar® lens with a huge 170° 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 Exmor R™ CMOS sensor that produces exceptional Full HD 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 Wi-Fi functionality, allowing it to connect to the wearable RM-LVR1 Live-View remote. Available as an optional accessory, the waterproof RM-LVR1 accessory displays a live image preview on its LCD screen, makes it easy to frame and record shots in tough conditions. The remote can also control up to five cameras simultaneously, making multi-camera shoots a breeze. Wi-Fi also enables the Action Cam AS20 to link up to compatible smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android devices) for easy content transfer and sharing.

Additionally, the AS20 model features a handy flip function that automatically inverts the image if it’s being shot upside down and boasts a strong battery life, comfortably shooting up to 130 total minutes of video with Wi-Fi on1 (150 minutes of video with Wi-Fi off1).

Sony’s free PlayMemories Home app makes it easy to edit footage and share via sites like Facebook® and YouTube™. It features new Video Merge2, which lets users create exciting split-screen composites of up to four simultaneous views captured by different cameras.

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam will be available in August for about $200. The camera and its growing range of Action Cam mounts and accessories is sold at all Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized retailers nationwide.

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Harrochan
Harrochan
8 years ago

RIP GoPro

Gabriel
Gabriel
8 years ago

I’ve tried one Sony AS10, just because of brand’s name. Very disappointed, they didn’t catch it: action cam is resumed in MOUNT quality and versatility. I use my action cam on a mountain bike, actually a gopro3+black, I gave up Sony because it’s bike mount is IMPOSSIBLE to use, it’s all a flexible plastic with a poor geometry who makes it shake all the time.
A huge brand Sony, a lack of experience in action cam.

WV Cycling
8 years ago

Totally agreed with that Gabriel. I’ve had several of Kodak’s Zi and Zx camcorders throughout the years. Having a traditional camera mount is great, but the Go Pro mounts are just supreme… I don’t own one, but check Deal Extreme and Aliexpress – everyone is making unique mounts for gopro’s…

Mindless
Mindless
8 years ago

Sony’s mount is just fine.

Le Piou
Le Piou
8 years ago

Full disclaimer: I have a GoPro Hero3+.
It’s an awesome toy. Impressive quality on the videos, no doubt.
There’s tons of accessories available.
But the design sucks.
The battery design sucks.
The software sucks (I’m a Mac person).

So honestly, I just waiting for a game-changer to show up.
Yes, the Sony looks good, but until I see I comparative study, I won’t change.

muf
muf
8 years ago

the previous sonys were close to the gopros and way cheaper but not as good as the top of the line gopros.
hopefully this one is as good or better than the GP3 – else ppl will keep on shelling out 400 on the gopro3+black (which is over priced IMO – but also pretty much the best you can get right now.. thus i got one 😉

if technically it at least reaches that, i can deal with the wierdness of the mounts…

Marc
Marc
8 years ago

SHIMANO!

megatryn
megatryn
8 years ago

@Gabriel Sony has recently releast a bunch of new mounts. I’ve been using GoPro for years and had recently a couple of Sonys (AS200 and AS30) on test, mainly to test their mounts, but also to test it up against GoPro 3 Silver and 3+ Black. I have to say, the old Sony mounts are totally crap, but they have really pulled their act together with the new ones.

The mounts have been the main reason I’ve never considered Sony before, but I much prefer the video-quality and features of the Sonys over GoPro. Now, with the new mounts, it’s definitly a viable option to consider. The image stabilisation is ingenious and super easy solution for following a fellow rider, but riding alone, it makes everything look really slow. -Good thing you can turn it off.

Anywho. At this pricepoint, I might just buy two. Who needs GPS anyway?

MsC
MsC
8 years ago
Sebastian Weetabix
Sebastian Weetabix
7 years ago

Action Cam for first time at £119, Steadyshoot so videos survive normal bumps and shakes from cycling. Waterproofcasing to 5m.

I can buy x3 AS20’s before I get to a GoPro, as a first time buyer this is a no brainer. Good videos from first attempt with Steadyshoot – fantastic.

Difficult to fix to bike or anything else – heard of Duct Tape, at this price as long as the lens can see who cares!

Water protection to 5m, well my watch is waterproof to 100m – let me tell you I cannot really think of a scenario where I want to know what the time is at this depth. My Action Cam survives getting a good soaking whilst I dry myself out, I will be fairly happy.

CC
CC
7 years ago

I’ve owned both a GP Hero 3+black and a Sony AS20. For The GP ($4xx), the supposedly indestructable waterproof case leaked in 12 inches of water, out of the box. Also, like many (MANY) other people, the firmware update borked the wifi. Local dealer (where I got it) refused to replace it, but… GoPro themselves shipped me a replacement with extra batteries (live in Asia). Kudos for service, not so for the QC. It works OK, but having no image stabilization really sucked… especially for something thats supposed to be moving around a lot. The menu system was very confusing, and I’ve owned many cameras and tech gear. I also didn’t like the bulky form factor.
The AS20 I got on sale for $100, with a 16GB card thrown in. Quality wise, I see no obvious difference, except now I can’t do 2.7k recording. Yay for IS. Form factor for me is more functional, and I like the fact that it has a tripod mount. Biggest disappointment is that the waterproof case is unusable for underwater shots because of the curved viewport (unfocused). Have to get a different and cumbersome case for that. Otherwise, 1/4 the price… about 90% the functionality (and very few “pro” settings). Extreme value! (for those arguing that it was on sale, GoPros don’t go on sale that often or that much.. too popular and premium brand).
You buy whatever works for you.

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