Sony Adds Exciting New Features to the Action Cam

Sony Action Cam_2About a year after hitting the action camera scene with their HDR-AS10 and HDR-AS15 models, Sony has updated and upgraded their Action Cam line with the HDR-AS30V, which is full new features that will give the GoPro a run for its money. Image stabilization, WiFi capabilities, 6 video modes, including 1080/60p HD and 4x slo-mo, GPS and remote control operation are only the beginning of the list of things to get excited about with Sony's new camera. For more information on what you can expect from the smaller, lighter, and better Action Cam, read on.

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The new lightweight (3 oz.) and thin design is 35% lighter and 25% smaller than the first generation Action Cam, which allows it to withstand more wind and water pressure.

It can record in Full HD 1920x1080/60p, HQ, slow motion, and SD modes. You can also switch into still mode, and capture nearly 12MP photos. The new Action Cam comes with a waterproof housing that ensures a dry camera at up to 197 feet. The housing also has a shock resistance rating for up to 5 foot drops.

The lens is a Carl Zeiss 170 degree wide-angle that will allow you to capture just about everything that your naked can see. And whatever you do capture is stabilized with SteadyShot image stabilization when in Active Mode.

Action Cam_Live View remote

Some other exciting updates to the Action Cam are a built-in GPS system, and remote control operation from a smartphone or the Live-View remote. With the camera's GPS, location and speed information map the route you take with the Action Cam. And capturing footage is made a lot simpler with the Live-View remote. Attached to your wrist like a watch, the Live-View makes hitting record as simple as touching your other hand, instead of fumbling with a camera that may be in a hard to reach place.

The HDR-AS30V will be available in late September, but it's currently available for pre-order for $299. For more information on all of its new features, head on over here.

What do you think of the Action Cam's new features? Let us know in the comments.


[via Mashable]

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I don't know. I love the baked "Sony" look, but it still doesn't seem to do 24p, which is a big bummer as far as I'm concerned. For an extra 25 bucks you can get a the GoPro black, which comes with 2.7K 24p mode, a 48 fps mode, and ProTune, which is awesome if you plan on doing a color grade.

September 9, 2013 at 3:18PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Agreed. I use the 2.7k with Protune, and Raw White Balance, and love it. AND it's already been out for a while so who knows what the next version will have.

This was all filmed on the GoPro with the above settings:

September 9, 2013 at 3:47PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Aaron Grimes

Thanks for the article. Could you do another one, where you compare top recent action camera models side to side? Something similar to this one:

September 9, 2013 at 4:01PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


More popular will probably be HDR-MV1, which is made for recording live performances.

September 9, 2013 at 4:06PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Looks good, but cant wait to see what the gopro people are cooking up.

September 9, 2013 at 4:49PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Anthony Marino

Look at the obvious parallel with Apple iPhone/iPad. GoPro did exactly the same thing with action cams. It defined and now owns the market it built, now with a huge installed base of loyal users. A few extra features on a Sony cam won't make a dent.

Over time, Sony will probably follow the Samsung route, adding some interesting features, but only gaining real market share by dropping prices. How long until Sony makes a larger action cam, just as Samsung has gone the route of mega sized screens?

Don't forget what one user mentioned above. GoPro has real backend software to help you get even more out of the camera. It's a system, not a device, used by amateurs and pros alike.

If GoPro learns from Apple, it'll hold retail price. Its only real competitor right now is GoPro (GoPro Black too expensive? Buy the Silver for $100 less, etc.)

For users, a great battle is great. It'll yield us even better cameras. I'm sure Sony will work hard to make a great camera too.

September 9, 2013 at 7:15PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


The HDR-MV1 looks very interesting.... I would love toe see an image quality and sound quality comparison between the HDR-MV1 and the GoPro3 Black.... If the image is good the HDR-MV1 would be a great anywhere, anytime in my pocket, documentary cam....

September 10, 2013 at 3:22AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


No mention of 25 fps 50 fps for PAL region users. Oh well. Don't care. I already have 2x GoPros and theres no killer features here to make me want to switch. If you are going to arrive late to a party then you'll only get away with it if you are very interesting. Sorry Sony, but this isn't.

September 10, 2013 at 3:24AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


As a pure action camera is great, GPS, image stabilization with less angle (120º), same frames that Hero3 Black and better priced. The accesories look good quality.

I like the slim design of the sony more than GoPro.
I think better colour on GoPro, but I need to see more videos of the AS-30.

The Hero3 Black was $399,99 not much ago... now $329,99.

September 10, 2013 at 3:58AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

You voted '-1'.

I was excited to hear of an upgrade coming for this action cam as we need to use them for a project coming up, but with no mention of improved image quality ie sensor, lower f stop etc- I'm very skeptical. Definitely going to need to see images/comparison. The GoPro far exceeds the current models, so I would hope they are trying to improve image quality as opposed to just adding some bells and whistles to it physically.

September 10, 2013 at 9:02PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I have a first-gen Action Cam and the one thing the Action Cam has that the GoPro has NEVER gotten is image stabilization. Here's something my friend Stu shot with his GoPro running...
And here's something I shot walking with my ActionCam, mounted on a helmet...
Sony SteadyShot is worth the price of admission alone. And I have to admit that wrist viewfinder is super-spiffy.

September 12, 2013 at 12:54PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


The case is waterproof to 5m (about 16ft) it sure as15 bulky case which could go to 197ft.

September 15, 2013 at 4:21AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


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Long-lasting rechargeable and removable 2000mAh Lithium-Ion battery (up to 3 hr. battery life at 1080p) Rugged, durable waterproof (IPX7) with a compact design (1m/30min or 50m with optional dive case)
Digital Image Stabilization and Lens Distortion Correction with different shooting modes (wide/medium/narrow)
Internal micrphone and external USB jack with stereo Mic and composite A/V adapter Micro HDMI output for video playback micro SD card socket (up to 64GB)
ANT+ connectivity for remote control function w/ other compatible Garmin products and data transfer - High-Sensitivity GPS, accelerometer, and altimeter (VIRB Elite only)

October 16, 2013 at 8:25AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


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