Sony Action Cam Gets Revamped with White HDR-AS100V Model [Hands on]

Sony’s Action Cam is getting an all-white refresh at CES this week, adding enhanced optics, an improved file format, and brand new sharing options.

The HDR-AS100V model has an 18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor with a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. Those optics are capable of recording video in 1080p in 24p, opening up new avenues for high-speed shooting. Video is saved in the XAVC S format, a format designed around 4k quality. Thanks to the high-tier BIONZ X image processor, video can be recorded at up to 50 Mbps to avoid any choppiness while shooting intense action. Speaking of shooting intense action, SteadyShot image stabilization will keep that action recognizable while you’re bouncing around on a mountain bike or falling from the sky. The camera can also take 13.5 MP stills, or 2 MP time-lapse photography using Interval Still Recording.

The camera itself is ready for action. It’s splash- and snow-resistant by itself, and comes with a waterproof case if you want to take it with you on a deep-sea dive. Sony is also introducing the Live-View Remote, which you’ll be able to get bundled with the HDR-AS100V eventually. The remote is wrist-worn, and can control up to five Action Cams at once, so you won’t need to fumble around trying to manually control a camera mounted to your helmet. Finally, NFC and Wi-Fi (along with Sony’s PlayMemories app) allow you to quickly sync video or photos to your smartphone, or share content with your friends. In March, there’s a planned update that will enable live video streaming and burst shooting of stills at 13.5 MP.

The Action Cam HDR-AS100V model will go on sale in March for $300, with the bundle including the Live-View Remote going for $400. The HDR-AS100V is available for pre-order from Sony now.

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