Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam Preview

Sony continues to expand its GoPro-inspired Action Cam series with the all new $199.99 HDR-AS20. Boasting a 16.8-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor, the AS20 has six unique video recording modes, including up to 4x slow motion and Full HD 1080p video in stereo sound (thanks, built-in microphone!). There's also SteadyShot electronic image stabilization, but that reduces the camera's F/2.8 ZEISS Tessar lens form 170 degrees field of view down to 120 when in use.

The AS20 also features built-in Wi-Fi that, when paired with the PlayMemories Home app on a compatible smartphone or tablet, allows users to edit videos, share them to Facebook or YouTube, and even combine multiple angles with Video Merge. The camera, which comes standard with an underwater housing, is able to record up to 130 minutes of video when Wi-Fi is on, but can extend recording times up to 150 minutes if you leave the Wi-Fi off.

While not included with the initial purchase, the optional RM-LVR1 Live-View Remote is also waterproof, has an LCD screen to act as an external monitor, and can control up to five Sony Wi-Fi-enabled Action Cams at once (a must for extreme multi-cam shoots).

Sony AS20 Action Cam Features
  • 16.8MP Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor
  • 6 Video Modes
    • Full 1080p HD Video @ 28Mbps
    • Flip Function automatically inverts video
    • SteadyShot electronic image stabilization
    • Built-in stereo microphone
    • 4x Slow Motion
  • F/2.8 ZEISS Tessar lens with 170-degree field of view
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    • PlayMemories Home app
      • edit footage
      • share to Facebook and YouTube
      • Video Merge
  • Included
    • Rechargeable Battery
      • up to 150 mins of video with Wi-Fi OFF
      • up to 130 mins of video with Wi-Fi ON
    • Micro USB Cable
    • Operating Guide
    • Waterproof Case (SPK-AS2)
    • Adhesive Mount (VCT-AM1)
  • Optional Accessories
    • RM-LVR1 Live-View Remote
      • LCD screen
      • Control up to five Action Cams at once
      • Waterproof

The Sony AS20 Action Cam will be available this August (2014) for around $200.

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