Sony Introduces New POV/FPV Camera at CES 2016: the Action Cam HDR-AS50

Sony has just introduced their latest Action Cam FPV/POV camera at CES, the all new HDR-AS50.

The AS50 Action Cam gets a lot of new upgrades for 2016, including improved Image Stabilization, a 11.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor, Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, new Zoom (up to 3x) and angle view modes (narrow or wide), as well as several new accessories. Most notable is the new Live-View remote (LVR3), which is included with the AS50 when you purchase the full kit. This remote acts as a remote viewfinder and shutter, giving you a live view of your subjects, along with control over starting and stopping recording.

Sony also includes a great underwater housing with the AS50, which enables you to take the camera down to depths of 60 meters underwater. The housing can be mounted to various accessories, including the new VCT-STG1 shooting grip or the VCT-HM2 handle bar mount.

To learn more about this new Action Cam, see our HDR-AS50 Preview. The official press release from Sony is shown below.


Sony Introduces Latest Action Cam with Enhanced Functionality and Design

New HDR-AS50 Model Delivers High Quality POV Video at Great Value

LAS VEGAS, Jan 5, 2016 - Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging, has today introduced the latest addition to its acclaimed Action Cam POV camera lineup, the HDR-AS50 model.

The new camera brings the benefits of Sony's latest and most innovative video technologies to more customers than ever before, including SteadyShot image stabilization, smooth zoom and field angle adjustability, high-bitrate XAVC S™ video recording4 and 4K Time-lapse capture. There is also a new, smaller, lighter Live-View Remote that acts as a perfect complement to the new Action Cam. It is offered together with the camera in a kit, model HDR-AS50R.

The new action camera features an 11.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor paired with a ZEISS® Tessar lens and utilizes SteadyShot image stabilization to keep footage steady and smooth when shooting everything from motocross stunts to aerial landscapes. The stabilization system is also specially tailored to reduce low amplitude vibration typically caused by radio-controlled helicopters or drones.

New to the HDR-AS50, users can now adjust the field angle of a shot with "wide"1 and "narrow" options available to help ensure the scene is captured properly based on the environment. The new camera also features an enhanced 3x smooth zoom, allowing shooters to get even closer to the action during movie recording.

Based on extensive feedback from athletes, filmmakers and more casual users, the HDR-AS50 offers an enhanced interface with larger, more intuitive icon and button operability. Additionally, the new Live-View Remote2 acts as an extension of the camera, with the ability to fully control its capabilities including start/stop recording, power on/off and more. Thanks to its versatile design, the remote can also be attached to various accessories such as Shooting Grip (model VCT-STG1) and Handlebar Mount (model VCT-HM2) using supplied mount adaptor, or worn as a wristband using supplied strap. As with select Action Cam models, users can also control the AS50 with their smartphones and tablets3 through use of the PlayMemories Mobile application. The new camera also has adjustable beep sounds as well as three tally lights on the top, front and back to allow greater awareness of recording settings in bright or noisy environments.

The HDR-AS50 model is compatible with the high bitrate XAVC S format4, allowing it to capture all scenes with impressive detail and resolution, and has a Time-lapse Capture feature that shoots still images in pre-set intervals. The images can then be turned into a stunning 4K time-lapse movie utilizing the Action Cam Movie Creator software. 5 The Action Cam App can also create Time-lapse movies in Full HD6.

Additionally, Sony's own in-built movie creator - Highlight Movie Maker - is available in the AS50 model. The innovative feature, which now utilizes face detection technology, automatically assembles a video highlight package that can be viewed, paired with custom music.

The HDR-AS50 comes with a large range of accessories including a supplied Underwater Housing MPK-UWH1 that is certified down to 197 ft. / 60m in depth. An optional Cap Clip accessory (AKA-CAP1) is a perfect fit to any casual uses from travel to fishing.

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony HDR-AS50 Action Cam will be sold for about $200 and is packaged with the Underwater Housing MPK-UWH1. The HDR-AS50R adds the new Live-View Remote and will cost about $350.

Both products will be available next month at authorized dealers nationwide.