Sony might just have one-upped every other action camera out there by jamming the best features of all into an 85g package — battery included. The new Sony Action Cam’s billboard feature is HD video recording at 1280×720, 60 or 120 fps (for slow motion) or 1920×1080 at 30 fps.
Under the hood, the camera sports a 16-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and a 170-degree Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. The new camera will be available in a Wi-Fi version for $399. More details on that in a minute.
Like other action cameras, Sony will be producing accessories that allow you to mount the camera to yourself in a variety of extreme sporting situations. A bike mount, a waterproof headstrap and an angle adaptor will all be available soon for under $US30 a pop.
The Action Cam ships with its own waterproof case, which will protect it in up to 60 metres of water.
Because of the built-in Wi-Fi, you can also pair your ActionCam with a Sony Xperia smartphone to view your captured movies and upload them to your relevant internets, and you can even stream video to your smartphone to frame up a shot.
All that fun is going to be packaged in, locally, with Australia set to get the Action Cam in a bundle that will set you back $399. The bundle is set to include:
• Sony Action Cam (with Wi-Fi)
• Waterproof housing
• 2 x NPBX1 batteries (good for 280 minutes record time)
• Battery charger
• 4GB microSD card
• Quick release buckle
• Flat and Adhesive mounts
• Universal mount adaptor.
It’s going to be available to purchase from Sony’s online store, authorised resellers and Sony Centres around the country from 1 October.
Can bundling big features into a smaller package make up for the competition’s headstart? We’ll have to wait and see. [Sony]