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Sony HDR-AS20 HD POV Action Cam

Model # HDRAS30VR

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"Product Highlights
-Records 1080p60 and 720p30 Video
-Capture 11.9-Megapixel Still Photos
-120 fps Slow Motion Recording in 720p
-Ultra-Wide 170 Field-of-View Lens
-Housing Waterproof to 15' and Shockproof
-Wi-Fi for Remote Monitoring and Control
-Interval Capture for Time Lapse
-SteadyShot Active Image Stabilization
-Adhesive Mount Kit Included

With a 170 ultra-wide lens, the HDR-AS20 HD POV Action Camera, part of the Action Cam line from Sony, is designed to give you an immersive, first-person perspective on adventures of all kinds. It features 1080p video recording at 30 or 60 frames per second, a 720p30 mode for longer recording time, and a VGA (640 x 480) mode for producing compact, Web-friendly files. In addition to video, the Action Cam takes still photos at the camera's native effective resolution of 11.9-megapixel. Plus there is a 120 fps Super Slow Motion burst mode that creates a 4x slow-down in-camera without the quality loss of software-base slow motion.

Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC means you can operate the camera and monitor wirelessly from a smartphone or mobile device as well as pair it with the separately available RML-VR1 Live View Remote Watch from Sony. This wrist-worn controller has a built-in color screen for monitoring and can operate record start and stop plus snap a photo. You can even use one remote to control up to five compatible Action Cams simultaneously.

To further ""adventure-proof"" the camera the SPK-AS2 housing is included. Waterproof to 15', the housing also protects the camera from dust and dirt, as well as drops from as high as 5 feet. There is a 1/4""-20 socket on the bottom allowing the camera to be used with standard tripods, monopods, suction-cup mounts, and more.

SteadyShot Digital Image Stabilization

Digital corrects for unwanted sources of camera shake such as the effect of shooting hand-held. It also features an Active Mode for even great stabilization

Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC

The Wi-Fi link allows you to:

  • Control the camera and monitor a video feed from a mobile device
  • Control and monitor up to five cameras using a single, separately available RML-VR1 Live View Remote Watch from Sony
  • When tethered to a device that has an Internet connection, stream live to the U-Stream website
  • Pair the camera with an NFC-enabled mobile device simply by tapping the two together

Ultra-Wide 170 Field-of-View Lens

The ultra-wide lens helps ensure the Action Can captures everything that happens in front of the lens and adds to the point-of-view feel. With image stabilization off the field-of-view (FOV) is 170, which drops to 120 when the SteadyShot image stabilizer turned on

Multiple Frame Rates

In addition to the 1080p 60 fps setting, the HDR-AS20/B can record 1080p in 30 fps, 720p at 30 fps, and Web-friendly VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps. It also features two slow-motion modes, both in 720p resolution, one at 60 fps for a 2x in-camera slow-down and one at 120 fps for a 4x in-camera slow-down. These modes help you break down fast action frame by frame to accentuate the drama or to analyze an action such as a golf swing

11.9-Megapixel Photo Mode

In addition to video, the camera can capture 16:9 aspect ratio still photos at 11.9-megapixels, and features an interval mode for creating time-lapse videos that shoots in intervals of 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds

Built-In Stereo Mic and Mic Input

The built-in mic captures ambient audio, while a 3.5mm mini jack mic input allows you to choose the microphone that works best for a particular scenario

Exmor R CMOS Sensor

The 1/2.3"" CMOS imaging chip features back-side illumination to help decrease pixel spacing for improved low-light performance compared to non-back illuminated equivalents

Battery Lasts up to 150 Minutes

The included NP-BX1 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack lasts up to 150 minutes, depending on how the camera is used, and recharges in-camera via USB in approximately four hours

SPK-AS2 Water and Dustproof Housing

The included SPK-AS2 housing is waterproof down to 15' and will also help protect the camera from dust and dirt as well as drops from up to 5'. There is a standard 1/4""-20 socket on the bottom for mounting on a tripod, monopod, mount, or other piece of camera report equipment

VCT-AM1 Adhesive Mount Pack Included

Two curved and two flat adhesive mounts allows you to affix the Action Cam to a variety of surfaces, from helmets to boat hulls. Additional, the HDR-AS20 is compatible with a range of separately available mounting solutions from Sony specifically for the Action Cam line

Built-In Status Display

A monochrome LCD screen is provided to check the camera status and access menu functions. For monitoring externally there is a micro-HDMI port or the camera can be paired with a Wi-Fi enabled mobile device or Sony's Live View Remote Watch. There is also a legacy composite output that requires the separately available VMC-15MR2 cable

Advanced Features
Image Stabilization SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode
Wi-Fi Control with Smartphone
Interval Recording Yes (photo) (5s/10s/30s/60s)
Waterproof Yes (In use with Waterproof Case (SPK-AS2))
Airplane Mode Yes
Power Save Yes
Embedded GPS Yes
Camera Type POV Action Cam Live View Remote Bundle
Color Black
Convenience Features
Date / Time Stamp Yes
Multiple Language Display English
Media/Battery Indicator Yes (recordable time) / Yes (remaining capacity)
On Screen Main Indicators Recording Mode; Image stabilization; GPS Tracking Status; Shooting Mode Status
Image Management File Repair Yes (AUTO)
Fast Playback About 5 times/10 times
Display Panel
Display Panel Yes
Drive System
Shutter Speeds Auto Control Range: 1/30 - 1/10,000 (30fps)
Exposure System
Minimum Illumination 6 lux
Scene Mode(s) Auto / Underwater
Metering Modes Multi-segment
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
Noise Reduction Yes
White Balance Mode Auto
Imaging Sensor
Processor BIONZ ® image processor
Pixel Gross Approx. 16800K pixels
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 11,900K pixels (16:9)
Imaging Sensor 1/2.3" (7.77mm) back-illuminated Exmor R ® CMOS Sensor
Imaging Sensor(details)
Recording pixels (photo, 16:9) Approx.11900000 pixels
NFC Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
HDMI Terminal Yes (HDMI micro)
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
HD Output HDMI Out (micro) (sold separately)
USB Port(s) micro-B/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage)
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)
Multi/Micro USB Terminal Yes
BRAVIA® Sync Yes
Microphone Input Stereo Mini Jack
Minimum Focus Distance Approx. 1 3/16inch (Approx 30cm)
Lens Type Carl Zeiss ® Vario-Tessar ® Lens
Focal Distance f=2.5mm, f=1/8inch
Steady Shot Mode:Active 21.3mm
Aperture F2.8
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) f=15.3mm, f= 5/8 inch
Angle of View 170° (without SteadyShot), 120° (with SteadyShot)
Power Requirements 3.6V (battery pack)
Battery Type NP-BX1
Power Consumption (in Operation) 1.9W
Charge on camcorder (Charging time with supplied Battery) Approx. 4h 05min
Progressive Mode Yes
Video Signal HD: HDTV 1080/60p
Microphone/Speaker Built-in Microphone, Monoral Speaker
Video Resolution PS:1920x1080 60p (PS), 1920x1080 30p (HQ), 1280x720 30p (STD), 1280x720 60p/- (SLOW), 1280x720 120p/- (SSLOW), 640x480 30p (VGA)
Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR) HQ: Approx. 16Mbps / SSLOW: Approx. 24Mbps / SLOW: Approx. 12Mbps / STD: Approx. 6Mbps / VGA: Approx. 3Mbps
Audio Format MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Video Format MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Still Image Mode JPEG
Still Image File Format DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Media Type Memory Stick Micro (Mark 2), Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Still Image Max Effective Resolution 11.9 megapixels
Still Image Size(Photo Mode) 11.9 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Video Actual (Pixel) Approx. 11,900K pixels
USB Power Supply
blank Yes (1.5A or more is recommended)
Weights and Measurements
Weight (Approx.) (Total) Approx.90g (NP-BX1(supplied battery))
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx. 31/32inch x 1 7/8inch x 3 1/4inch (Approx.24.5mm x 47.0mm x 82.0mm) including supplied battery
Weight (Approx.) Approx. 2oz (Approx. 65g)

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