Sony came to CES with a new HD action cam in tow.
The HDR-AS50 isn’t 4K capable, but delivers several new features for Sony’s action cam line.
Among them is a new live-view remote (the LVR-3) that’s 30 percent smaller than the existing remote. The remote is now able to turn the camera’s power on and off, which Sony says can help prolong the camera’s battery life.
There’s also a new, higher-resolution display on the camera body. Face detection has been added to Sony’s Highlight Movie Maker function—a feature that automatically compiles a highlight reel from footage based on cues from the camera’s sensors (i.e. scenes get flagged during fast turns, acceleration and now, whenever faces are detected in the frame).
Also new is the ability to change the angle of view on the camera, selecting between wide (1.0x) or narrow (1.4x). Finally, Sony added a tripod socket, dedicated power button and louder recording beep to its action camera.
The AS50 features a CMOS sensor and records in Sony’s XAVC codec with frame rates up to 120p. It incorporates the same digital image stabilization system incorporate in the FDR-X1000. There’s also a 4K time-lapse mode that captures a series of still images and exports them as a 4K movie file.
The camera will be joined by several new accessories, including a new underwater housing good for 60 meters, a grip/tripod unit that can hold both the camera and LVR remote, and a new cap clip for recording point-of-view footage.
The AS50 ships in Feb for $200 (including the underwater housing) or for $350 when bundled with the new LVR remote.
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