Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V

September 4, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras | Comment |

The Action Cam HDR-AS30V is a new, wearable Full HD camcorder from Sony. The newest Action Cam features an 11.9-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens with a diagonal angle of view of 170 degrees, Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communications) and GPS. The in-built Wi-Fi enables the Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V to connect the optional RM-LVR1 Live-View Remote. This waterproof wristwatch-style controller communicates wirelessly to Action Cam, allowing ‘hands-off’ operation when the camera is mounted in hard-to-reach places like your helmet, kayak or surfboard. The new Action Cam HDR-AS30V from Sony is available in UK from the end of September, priced at £260.

Sony Press Release

New Action Cam from Sony

  • Shoot smooth, blur-free Full HD video and still photos with Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and wide-angle lens with SteadyShot™
  • Easy sharing via Wi-Fi with your smartphone plus NFC for One-touch remote
  • Check shots and control ‘hands-off’ recording with optional wristwatch-style Live-View Remote
  • Have post- shooting fun with GPS and PlayMemories Home
  • Take thrills to the next level with Action Cam. It’s the wearable video camera from Sony that’s ready for all the adventure you can throw at it, with exciting new features like GPS, Live-View Remote and a slim waterproof housing.

From muddy bike treks to tropical lagoons, the new Action Cam HDR-AS30V captures those once-in-a-lifetime experiences in fantastic Full HD movie quality and detail-packed still photos.

The new waterproof[1] housing is now 35% lighter and 25% smaller than its predecessor. The slim design also cuts through wind and water when you’re freefalling, jet-skiing or cycling downhill at fast speed.

With an impressive 170° field of view (120° with SteadyShot on), the wide-angle Carl Zeiss Tessar® lens takes in panoramic landscapes, dramatic ski slopes and more.

The back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS sensor now captures even more light, allowing stunning Full HD footage, even on dull days. Whether you’re riding over potholes or tackling a snowy mogul field, SteadyShot helps keep footage judder-free and easier to watch.

There’s a choice of recording modes, including super-smooth Full HD 60p/50p for fast-moving action and two slow-mo modes for tracking that golf swing or BMX stunt. For the first time, Action Cam can also capture crisp 11.9 megapixel still photos as well as HD movies. As a new feature, it can capture image upside-down[ii], which is useful in situations where the camera is attached in a reverse position.

After shooting, connect Action Cam with your smartphone via Wi-Fi to transfer and share your shots instantly with Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile app. With NFC One-touch connection support, it’s even easier to make a quick connection to Xperia™ phones, tablets and other compatible Android devices, allowing you to control Action Cam remotely.

In-built Wi-Fi also links Action Cam with the optional RM-LVR1 Live-View Remote. This waterproof[3], wristwatch-style controller communicates wirelessly to Action Cam, allowing ‘hands-off’ operation when the camera is mounted in hard-to-reach places like your helmet, kayak or surfboard.

Check shots are framed nicely on the remote’s colour LCD, start/stop recording and select photo/movie modes and other convenient operations. Big buttons make operation simple, even when you’re drenched in sea spray or wearing ski gloves.

Embedded GPS and PlayMemories Home offer plenty of fun new ways to enjoy your footage and re-live the day’s excitement after shooting. Transfer shots to your PC by USB, then use the latest free version of PlayMemories Home[iv] by Sony to edit files and share on the web.

  • Map View tracks your movements, using GPS data captured with Action Cam to display a trail of your progress
  • MultiView reads speed information recorded by GPS, creating an exciting speedometer-style video overlay
  • Two-Screen Multi View combines video files captured simultaneously with two different cameras, creating an exciting split-screen composite that combines your own point of view with a friend’s
  • Movie Rotate is a useful utility that flips footage clockwise or counter clockwise through 90° steps to compensate for upside-down or sideways camera angles

There’s a growing range of accessories to help you get even more enjoyment from Action Cam in a huge range of adrenaline-packed situations. Fresh additions include the RM-LVR1 Live-View Remote, AKA-CMH1 Chest Mount Harness, VCT-RBM1 Roll Bar Mount, BLT-UHM1 Universal Head Mount Kit, VCT-AMP1 Action Monopod, MPK-AS3 Underwater Housing, AKA-FL2 Float, ACC-DCBX Accessory Kit and VCT-SCM1 Suction Cup Mount that clings tenaciously to almost any smooth surface, including your car dashboard.

The new Action Cam HDR-AS30V from Sony is available in UK from the end of September, priced at £260 from

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