Sony Introduces the HDRAS30V POV Action Cameras

by Brian Mullin on September 9, 2013

New Sony HDR-AS30V POV cameraHighlights: smaller, lighter, built-in GPS, slimmer housing with more external button access, better audio response, backlit
Exmor R CMOS sensor, 1080/60p video, universal and chest mounts, wearable remote and upgraded PlayMemories editing software.

Sony
released a new HD action camera, the HDR-AS30V, at the recent IFA trade
show. The HDR-AS30V is the second generation of their current HDR-AS15,
and its 25% smaller and 35% lighter. It has the same lens and basic
layout as its predecessor, and most changes are minimal, though it does
get built-in GPS and the ability to do 11.9-megapixel photos. It gets a
slimmer and lighter waterproof housing that goes to 16 feet instead of
the previous models 197 feet, and this alteration allowed waterproof
membranes to be added for the microphones, so sound quality should be
greatly improved. In addition, the housing has external buttons, so more
settings can be changed without having to remove the camera from the
housing. It’s supposed to ship mid September, and will retail for
$299.99.

The
fixed Carl Zeiss lens gives a 170-degree field of view (FOV), and
120-degree FOV with SteadyShot enabled. It gets an upgraded backlit
Exmor R CMOS sensor, and can now shoot in 1080/60p.

The
PlayMemories organization and editing software has been updated with
some newer features. You can add captured GPS to overlay location or
speed information onto your videos, and sync up video from two of the
new Action Cams, rotate the orientation of your clips.

They
introduced an optional wearable and waterproof Live-View Remote for
$150, which has various buttons and a color LCD that wirelessly connects
to the camera. It attaches to your wrist to set up your shots,  and
lets you start and stop recordings, and switch between photo and movie
modes.

They’re also releasing a new Universal Head Mount Kit, Chest
Mount Harness and a Roll Bar Mount.

Thoughts => I’ll really be interested to try out the new remote, as the LCD looks pretty trick and will really set it apart from GoPro and Drift. The new Chest mount system looks interesting, though I am not sure how well it will work since the camera’s form sort of makes it stick pretty far out. It’s too bad they didn’t increase the MP’s of the sensor, which is GoPro’s highlight,, since it appears that in normal light conditions the video quality will remain the same. I will check the camera out at the Interbike show and see how everything works.

Press Release

SAN DIEGO, September 4, 2013
Sony today announced a new Action Cam model to complement its current
line of wearable point-of-view video cameras designed for filming
adventures in premium full HD 1080p. From muddy bike treks to surfing
the pipeline, Action Cam HDR-AS30V captures once-in-a-lifetime
experiences with crisp movie clips and detailed still photos.

ADVANCED DESIGN & OPTICS

Embodying
Sony’s industry-leading image quality, the new Action Cam weighs in at
approximately three ounces (with battery) and ships with a ruggedized,
waterproof housing that is 35% lighter and 25% smaller than its
predecessor. The slim design relieves wind and water pressure when
you’re cycling, jet-skiing or barrelling downhill and offers an
ultra-compact point-of-view shooting solution.
For the first time,
Action Cam has GPS on board and can capture sharp 11.9-megapixel still
photos in addition to its Interval Still Recording mode for impressive
time-lapse photography. And now the back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS
sensor grabs even more light for beautiful images and Full HD footage.
There’s also a choice of recording modes: Full HD (1920×1080 60p/50p and
1920×1080 30p/25p) for fast-moving action, STD HD (1280×720 30p/25p),
SD VGA (640×480 30p/25p) and two slow-motion modes for tracking a golf
swing or BMX flip – HD SLOW 2x (1280×720 60p) and HD SLOW 4x (1280×720
120p). And now the camera can capture images upside-down*, which is
useful when the Action Cam is inversely mounted.

SIMPLY VIEW & SHARE

Built-in Wi-Fi® allows users to instantly share their Action Cam content to a smartphone or tablet (using Sony’s free PlayMemories MobileTM)
for easy upload and also allows control of the camera with any
compatible device, including the new Live-View Remote (RM-LVR1). This
optional wristwatch-style controller is waterproof and synchs wirelessly
to the video camera, for hands-free operation when Action Cam is
mounted in hard-to-reach places like helmets, kayaks or surfboards.
Monitoring the Action Cam to ensure optimal shot framing is simple on
the remote’s color LCD screen. The start/stop recording function and
photo/movie modes are accessible from the remote as well. And with NFC
one-touch connection support, it’s even easier to synch with Xperia® phones, tablets and other compatible Android devices to operate the camera.

“Action
Cam is the only mountable video camera that embodies Sony’s legendary
digital imaging quality.” said Hidenori Toyoda, director of the
camcorder business at Sony Electronics. “With improvements in optics,
accessories and post-shooting software, our Action Cam portfolio offers
the total solution for POV video capture.”

ON-BOARD FEATURES

All Action Cam models offer Sony’s hallmark SteadyShot™ image stabilization to deliver stunningly smooth video and an ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss®
Vario-Tessar lens to capture all the action in a 170-degree field of
view (120° with SteadyShot on), perfect for panoramic landscapes,
dramatic ski slopes and more. The camera also features expandable memory
with a Memory Stick Micro™ and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, a built-in
stereo microphone to capture all the exciting sounds of your adventure,
and an HDMI® output (HDMI not included).

POST-SHOOTING TOOLS

After
shooting, there are several new, simple ways to enjoy and play back the
day’s excitement. Transfer footage to a Mac® or PC via USB then use the
latest version of Sony’s free PlayMemories Home™ application to edit
files and post to social sharing sites like Facebook® and YouTube™.
Using data captured with Action Cam’s built-in GPS, Map View displays
location and trail information. Multi View reads speed information
recorded by GPS, creating an exciting speedometer-style video overlay.
Two-Screen Multi View combines video files captured simultaneously with
two different cameras, creating a split-screen composite that combines
multiple points of view. And after a video is shot, Movie Rotation can
turn the file clockwise or counterclockwise every 90° if the video was
taken from left-to-right, in reverse, upside down, or when portrait
orientation is preferred.

GROWING MOUNT OPTIONS

In
addition to the adhesive mounts supplied with Action Cam, Sony offers a
wide range of mounting attachments to suit all types of activities,
everything from a surfboard mount to the popular dog harness. Fresh
additions to help adrenalin-junkies get even more enjoyment from the
Action Cam include a new Chest Mount Harness (AKA-CMH1), Roll Bar Mount
(VCT-RBM1), Universal Head Mount Kit (BLT-UHM1), Action Monopod
(VCT-AMP1), Underwater Housing (MPK-AS3), Float Mount (AKA-FL2), and
Accessory Kit (ACC-DCBX)

AVAILIBILITY

The
new HDR-AS30V point-of-view video camera from Sony will be available in
late September for a suggested retail price of $299.99, while the
current HDR-AS15 model will be offered at a reduced price of $199.99.
These cameras and their accessories will be sold at http://store.sony.com, Sony retail stores and other authorized retailers nationwide. For images and information, please visit www.sony.com/news. Find out more through http://blog.sony.com and make sure to catch what people are saying about #ActionCam online.

Product Features

Bring
on the action with the only mountable camera that captures it all in
legendary Sony video quality. Shoot shake-free with image stabilization
and enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC that lets you remote control, view
and transfer your photos and videos with your smartphone. Instantly
track your trail, speed, distance, and duration with built-in GPS and
get lost in your adventure, not in your location—all while you record in
Full HD 1080/60p or even 4x slow motion. It’s ready, are you?

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.

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 1920×1080/60p 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)

Ruggedized, waterproof housing2 with universal tripod mount included
The Sony® HDR-AS30V ships with a ruggedized, waterproof housing 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 197
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.

Built-In stereo mic for quality sound recording
A built-in stereo microphone allows you to capture all the exciting sounds of your adventure.

HDMI® output for easy file transfer
With HDMI® output, you’ll be able to share your Sony® HDR-AS30V video
with friends and family on your HDTV (HDMI cable required/not included).

Built-in Wi-Fi® with one touch NFC connection for remote control and viewing via smartphone
Turn compatible smart phones and tablets in to remote control viewing
devices via Wi-Fi® with One Touch Near Field Communication (NFC).

Ultra wide 170° pro quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens
With an ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens, you will
increase your perspective (170-degree viewing angle) while you venture
out on breathtaking views of dynamic terrain to include ski slopes and
mountain trails.

Remote control operation with optional Live View Remote
Using optional Live View Remote accessory you can control the HDR-AS30V
via Wi-Fi1. This multi-functional watch allows you to frame your shots
and control the camera’s recording settings and start/stop record.

Thin, light-weight, slim design
Thin and slim-line design receives less wind and water pressure and it
is ideal for outdoor activities such as cycling. It can be used with a
variety of mounting accessories to capture hands-free POV HD video while
engaged in a wide spectrum of outdoor activities, including extreme
sports. As compared to first generation Action Cam (HD-AS15) the new
HDR-AS30V is 35% lighter and 25% smaller. The camera can be operated
with simple buttons on the side of the housing.

Built-in GPS plots location and calculates telemetry
Built in GPS can be used in conjunction with the free PlayMemories™
Home software to make viewing and sharing videos fun and easy. Location
and trail information as well as speed information add more layers to
your ability to analyze your performance that can be captured and
displayed on your video.

Exmor® R CMOS sensor with enhanced sensitivity for beautiful images
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity
and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS
sensor.

Capture amazing high quality 12MP still images in photo mode
Put your HDR-AS30V in still image mode and capture amazing high quality 12MP still images with a single press of the button.
Memory Stick Micro™ and Micro SD/SDHC compatible
Expandable memory with Memory Stick Micro™ and Micro SD/SDHC card slot.

Product Specifications
Recording

  • Media Type : Memory Stick Micro™ (Mark 2), Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
  • Still Image Mode : JPEG
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 11.9 megapixels
  • Video Format : MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Video
    Resolution : PS:1920×1080 60p (PS), 1920×1080 30p (HQ), 1280×720 30p
    (STD), 1280×720 60p/- (SLOW), 1280×720 120p/- (SSLOW), 640×480 30p (VGA)
  • Video Actual (Pixel) : Approx.11,900K pixels
  • Video Signal : HD:HDTV 1080/60p
  • Audio Format : MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
  • Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Microphone, Monoral Speaker
  • Movie
    Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR) : HQ:Approx.16Mbps/
    SSLOW:Approx.24Mbps/ SLOW:Approx.12Mbps/ STD:Approx.6Mbps/
    VGA:Approx.3Mbps
  • Still Image File Format : DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
  • Still Image Size(Photo Mode) : 11.9 megapixels 16:9 (1920×1080)
  • Progressive Mode : Yes

Drive System

  • Shutter Speeds : Auto Control Range: 1/30 – 1/10,000 (30fps)

Interface

  • Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick Micro™ and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
  • NFC : Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
  • Wi-Fi : IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)
  • HD Output : HDMI Out (micro) (sold separately)
  • USB Port(s) : micro-B/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage)
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
  • Microphone Input : Stereo Mini Jack
  • HDMI Terminal : Yes (HDMI micro)
  • Multi/Micro USB Terminal : Yes

Display Panel

  • Display Panel : Yes

Camera

  • Camera Type : POV Action Cam

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® Lens
  • Aperture : F2.8
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : f=15.3mm, f= 5/8 inch
  • Minimum Focus Distance : Approx.1 3/16inch (Approx 30cm)
  • Angle of View : 170° (without SteadyShot), 120° (with SteadyShot)
  • Focal Distance : f=2.5mm, f=1/8inch
  • Steady Shot Mode:Active : 21.3mm

Convenience Features

  • Date / Time Stamp : Yes
  • Media/Battery Indicator : Yes (recordable time) / Yes (remaining capacity)
  • Multiple Language Display : English
  • Fast Playback : About 5 times/10 times
  • Image Management File Repair : Yes (AUTO)
  • On Screen Main Indicators : Recording Mode; Image stabilization; GPS Tracking Status; Shooting Mode Status

Weights and Measurements

  • Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx.31/32inch x 1 7/8inch x 3 1/4inch (Approx.24.5mm x 47.0mm x 82.0mm) including supplied battery
  • Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 2oz (Approx. 65g)
  • Weight (Approx.) (Total) : Approx.90g (NP-BX1(supplied battery))

Imaging Sensor(details)

  • Recording pixels (photo, 16:9) : Approx.11900000 pixels

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor : 1/2.3″ (7.77mm) back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
  • Processor : BIONZ® image processor
  • Pixel Gross : Approx.16800K pixels
  • Effective Picture Resolution : Approx.11,900K pixels (16:9)
  • Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters

Exposure System

  • Metering Modes : Multi-segment
  • Scene Mode(s) : Auto / Underwater
  • Noise Reduction : Yes
  • White Balance Mode : Auto
  • Minimum Illumination : 6 lux
  • Backlight Compensation : Yes (Auto)

Advanced Features

  • Waterproof : Yes (In use with Waterproof Case (SPK-AS2))
  • Airplane Mode : Yes
  • Embedded GPS : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode
  • Wi-Fi : Control with Smartphone
  • Interval Recording : Yes (photo) (5s/10s/30s/60s)
  • Power Save : Yes

Power

  • Power Consumption (in Operation) : 1.9W
  • Power Requirements : 3.6V (battery pack)
  • Battery Type : NP-BX1
  • Charge on camcorder (Charging time with supplied Battery) : Approx. 4h 05min

USB Power Supply

  • blank : Yes (1.5A or more is recommended)

In the Box

  • Operating Guide (1)
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack(NP-BX1) (1)
  • Waterproof Case(SPK-AS2)(1)
  • Micro USB Cable (1)
  • Adhesive Mount(1)

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