With more and more action cams in the offing like the latest GoPro Hero 3+, Sony is not resting on its laurels. The new Sony HDR-AS30V is lighter and more portable than its predecessors. It is 35 per cent lighter and 25 per cent smaller and packs in more features like GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC plus a f2.8 wide angle Zeiss Tessor lens boasting a 170-degree field of view. It also has a back-lit Exmor R CMOS sensor, which captures more light for a better HD image. All that in a housing that weighs a mere 90g. You get a choice of various recording mode for fast-moving or slow-mo for capturing more details. It shoots high definition videos down to a depth of 60m.
Still image capture is a good 11.9-megapixels but do not expect this to replace your DSLR in terms of picture quality.
As a ubiquitous standard in such new devices Wi-Fi capability is built-in so it’s easy to connect your smartphone. This also enables the HDR-AS30V to link to the optional RM-LVR1 Live-View Remote which looks like a waterproof wristwatch-style controller that allows hands-free operation.
A huge range of optional accessories like the AKA-CMH1 Chest Mount Harness and BLT-UHM1 Universal Head Mount Kit are available to cater to the extreme conditions that this action cam is made for.
The Sony HDR-AS30V retails for $299.99. Read the full Sony HDR-AS30V review here.