Sony’s new camcorder for active pursuits expected end of March
Slightly different from our usual product range at Clove, the new Sony Action Cam is a lightweight and waterproofed high definition camcorder aimed at those with an active lifestyle.
This originally niche category has grown considerably in the last few years, with manufacturers such as GoPro producing high quality units that can survive knocks or even a complete soaking.
The HDR-AS100VR Action Cam sits alongside others in the active recording scene and shares enough similarities to be mentioned in the same vein.
The main unit is splashproof so you can safely fix the Action Cam to bike handlebars or helmets for use in wet conditions. Included in the package is a fully waterproofed clear case, model number SPK-AS2, that will provide further protection, completely sealing the camera from dirt, water and other possible damage, without interfering with recording.
Building on work that has been a part of Sony’s Xperia smartphones for some time, the new Action Cam now has direct integration with the range. Featuring NFC, you can pair the Action Cam to a smartphone with one touch.
The link between the two is maintained by WiFi Direct, rather than Bluetooth, so you can be assured of a consistent connection at all times. As the name implies, WiFi Direct opens a WiFi connection between the two devices only, without the need for a router, so you can maintain the connection on the go, wherever you may be.
Once connected, you can use you smartphone as a remote control for the Action Cam; changing settings, choosing when to start, stop and pause recording, or even watch what’s being recorded on a live stream.
Sony’s professional video codec format XAVC S is now available on all their consumer cameras, including the Action Cam. Shooting in XAVC S allows for a professional looking video and complete compatibility with highest quality finishing suites and editing software.
The HDR-AS100VR has other top quality features as well including recording at 50 Mbps, extreme slow motion up to 200 fps, and time codes. Powering these feature is Sony’s BIONZ X processor and optics from ZEISS round off the suite of best-in-class hardware.
There are a range of accessories available for the Action Cam, however Clove may not have access to all of them. We are looking into getting access to these products so you can order through the Clove site, although for now the links will direct you to Sony’s store, UK customers only.
Of these, the most sought after will likely be the Live View Remote. Worn on your wrist like a watch, the remote will live stream video from up to 5 Action Cams within range, using a Wi-Fi direct connection (no router needed).
- RM-LVR1 Live View Remote (£129)
- VCT-SCM1 Suction Cup (£29)
- VCT-RBM1 Roll Bar Mount (£29)
- BLT-UHM1 Universal Head Mount Kit£34)
- AKA-CMH1 Chest Mount Harness (£39)
For the full specification of the Sony Action Cam HDR-AS100VR, or to place your order, visit our product page now.
For some examples of Action Cam footage, checkout the official Sony Action Cam YouTube channel