Sony Action Cam FDR-X100V Preview

The Sony FDR-X100V is the company's most powerful Action Cam to date. Tucked in behind a ZEISS Tessar lens with 170 degree field of view, you will find a BIONZ X image processor and 12.8MP back-illuminated Exmore R CMOS image sensor capable for recording "4K" Ultra HD video at up to 30p and 100Mbps (requires a certain kind of SD card) using either the MP4 or XAVC S codecs. In addition to 4K video, you can also record Full 1080p HD video at up to 120p or 720p HD video at up to 240p for ultra-slow motion shots.

The X100V includes a clean HDMI output for recording video on an external hard drive or showing off your footage on a 4K display. Audio is recorded on a stereo microphone with built-in wind noise reduction. And your shots will be more stable than ever, thanks to improved SteayShot image stabilization that's three times more efficient at reducing vibrations when the Action Cam is used in conjunction with a remote control aerial "drone". Loop recording ensures that you never miss a shot while maximizing available memory card space.

In addition to video recording, the FDR-X100V can also shoot still images at up to 5 frames-per-second, includes built-in GPS and Wi-Fi for geotagging and remotely controlling the Action Cam via the Sony PlayMemories mobile app (a new Action Cam app will be available in Spring 2015) or to connect the optional Live View Remote Control, a water-proof LCD display.

The FDR-X100V also allows users to make Highlight real videos for instant sharing, or edit together multiple clips to make your own movies. And, thanks to the U-STREAM platform, you can even live stream video directly from the Action Cam.

Sony Action Cam FDR-X100V Features:
  • ZEISS Tessar lens w 170 degree field of view
  • 12.8MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor
  • BIONZ X image processor
  • 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) @ 30p (up to100Mbps)
    • Full 1080p HD video @ 120p
    • 720p HD video @ 240p
    • XAVC S or MP4 codecs
    • clean HDMI output
    • stereo microphone w wind/noise reduction
    • Loop Recording
  • full pixel readout image
  • improved SteadyShot image stabilization for use with aerial "drones"
  • U-STREAM live streaming
  • 5fps burst still image shooting
  • Motion Shot LE
  • upgraded manual controls
  • Highlight Movie Maker
  • Action Cam Movie Creator
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in Wi-FI
  • Included waterproof case
  • Optional Live View Remote

The Sony Action Cam FDR-X100V will be available this March (2015) in two forms. The $500 MSRP includes the camera and a waterproof case (SPK-X1) The $600 MSRP "bundle" (pictured below) adds the RM-LVR2 Live View Remote.

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