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 1280x720, 60 or 120 fps (for slow motion) or 1920x1080 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]