Sony HDR-AS20 sports camera

Sony HDR AS20 action camera

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Sony HDR-AS20 old-school style action camera

Sony wanted probably to offer something different through this HDR-AS20 for those who are bored by the GoPro style action cameras. The Sony HDR-AS20 has the design of an old-school mini camcorder. Do not be scared, the HD videos are stored on micro SD memory cards not on mini DV tapes or DVDs like it was 10 years ago :). This Sony sports camera is not just very small (2.5cm × 4.7cm × 8.2 cm) but also very lightweight (83 g including battery).

The BIONZ™ image processor together with back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor is capable of shooting videos with resolution of up to 1080p@60p. In slow-motion mode this camera allows to take 720p videos with 120 frames per second.

Featuring Sony’s SteadyShot electronic image stabilization system the HDR-AS20 allows to record smooth and clear videos in almost any situation.

On the bottom of waterproofing case there is a threated hole which allows to install the HDR-AS20 camera on standard tripods and monopods.

The HDR-AS20 camera is shipped with a waterproof case and some basic mounts needed to get started with, but a lot of additional accessories are available separately from Sony including the RM-LVR1 Live-View remote.

This Sony Action Cam is now available with $50 instant savings on B&H Photo Video for only $149. Although, the camera has an amazing 2 hours of rolling time for nature lovers I recommend to purchase together with the camera at least one spare battery (costs about $25).

Sony HDR-AS20 features and specs

Imaging unit BIONZ™ SoC
Image sensor In-type back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3, 11.9MP
Lens ZEISS® Tessar® Lens
Display Monochrome for settings
Video formats 1920 x 1080p@60 fps (28 Mbps), 1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (16 Mbps), 1280 x 720p@30 fps (6 Mbps) and 1280 x 720p@120fps for slow motion
Audio Built-in stereo microphone, AAC-LC codec
Photo resolution 11.9MP (JPEG 16:9)
Working modes Video, photo and interval recording
Battery 3.7 1240mAh
Storage Memory Stick Micro™ — Mark 2, Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card — Class 4 or higher
Connectivity WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Connectors micro USB and micro HDMI (D)
Waterproof Yes, up to 3 meters with waterproof case
FPV Yes, with VMC-15MR2 (sold separately)
Other Electronic SteadyShot image stabilization, Remote watch, “PlayMemories Mobile” App
Dimensions 24.5 mm × 47.0 mm × 82.0 mm
Weight 83g with battery
Colors Black

Included with the Sony HDR-AS20 camera

  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (NP-BX1/M8 – 1240mAh);
  • Waterproof case (SPK-AS2);
  • USB data and charging cable;
  • Mounting accessories;
  • HDR-AS20 operating guide.

Images source: Sony

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