Unveiled: Sony Announces the New HDR-AS20 HD POV Action Cam

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Sony HDR-AS20

With a 170-degree ultra-wide angle lens, the new HDR-AS20 HD POV Action Cam from Sony is designed to capture a first-person perspective on adventures of all kinds. It features 1080p video recording at 30 or 60 frames per second, a 720p / 30 fps mode for longer recording times, and a VGA (640 x480) mode for producing Web-friendly SD files. For analysis of golf swings and other types of action, or just to create in-camera slow-motion effects, there is a 120 fps Super Slow Motion Mode that records a momentary burst at 720p resolution. Geared for sports, and other extreme activities where things can get a little messy, the camera includes a waterproof housing that is safe to submerge down to 15 feet. This housing also protects from dust and dirt and drops from as high as 5 feet.

In addition to video recording, the HDR-AS20 can shoot 11.9-megapixel still photos in the HDTV 16:9 aspect ratio. The camera also captures photos at intervals of 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds apart. Interval recording allows you to create time-lapse video effects with compatible software (available separately), compressing events that take minutes, even hours, into seconds.

Wi-Fi connectivity means you can operate the camera and monitor wirelessly from a smartphone or mobile device, as well as pair the Action Cam with the separately available RMT-VR1 Live View Remote Watch. This wrist-worn controller has a built-in color screen for monitoring and can operate record, start, and stop functions, in addition to snapping a photo. You can even use one remote to control up to five compatible Action Cams simultaneously.

The camera includes adhesive mounts, and will work with a wide range of separately available mounts from Sony designed specifically for the Action Cam line. There is also a 1/4"-20 socket on the included housing for use with standard tripods, monopods, suction-cup mounts, and more.

If you're looking for an HD camcorder that can be mounted in myriad ways, with a lens wide enough to capture just about anything happening in front of the camera, the new HDR-AS20 HD POV Action Cam fits the bill.