Sony launches Action Cam

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Take thrills to the next level with the slim, wearable Action Cam HDR-AS30V from Sony. Ready for all the adventure you can throw at it, the latest in the range is packed with exciting new features including GPS, NFC Live-View Remote, and slim waterproof housing.

From sandy bike treks to dune-bashing and snorkelling, Sony’s dynamic video camera translates once-in-a-lifetime experiences into fantastic Full HD movie clips and detail-packed still photos.

Speaking at the media briefing, Hiroyasu Sugiyama, Managing Director, Sony Middle East and Africa FZE said: “The action-oriented Sony Action Cam AS30 is the best point-of-view high definition camera designed for capturing your adventures and extreme action videos. This Wi-Fi enabled camera incorporates Sony’s legendary digital imaging quality and has innovative features that make it the best in the industry.”

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The new waterproof housing has a slim design that cuts through wind and water when sky diving or streaking through that downhill run. With a huge 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 grabs more light for stunning Full HD footage, even on the dullest days. Whether you are riding over lumpy sand dunes or quad-biking, SteadyShot helps keep footage judder-free and easy to watch. There is a choice of recording modes, including super-smooth Full HD 60p/50p for fast-moving action and two slow-motion 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 a new feature, it can shoot images upside-down – useful in situations where the camera is attached in a reverse position.

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After shooting, connect the 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 is even easier to make a quick connection to Xperia™ phones, tablets and other compatible Android devices, allowing you to control the Action Cam remotely.

The Wi-Fi also links the Action Cam with the optional RM-LVR1 Live-View Remote. This waterproofed, wristwatch-style controller talks wirelessly to the Action Cam, allowing ‘hands-off’ operation when the camera is mounted in hard-to-reach places like the helmet, kayak or surfboard. Using the remote, you can check if shots are framed nicely on the remote’s colour LCD, and also control start/stop recording and select photo/movie modes and other convenient operations. Big buttons make operation simple, even when you are drenched in sea-spray or wearing gloves.

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

The Map View tracks your movements, using GPS data captured with Action Cam to display a trail of your progress. Multi View 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 that of your companion. 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.

An ever-increasing selection of complementary accessories helps you enjoy your Action Cam in adrenaline-packed situations. Fresh auxiliaries that add value to the Action Cam 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,  SPK-AS1 Underwater Housing, AKA-FL2 Float,  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 now available at all leading electronic stores in the UAE.

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