Sony HDR-AS100VR: Nirvana for video enthusiasts
From the Japanese giant a brand new action cam that challenges competitors for quality and innovation.
Sony rides the fashion of the action cams with this brand new waterproof model, code name HDR-AS100VR. The first new feature is the modern compression codec Xavc, developed by Sony. It is a software that uses the H.264/MPEG 4 system and, in hi-end videocameras, it can support up 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. In AS100VR action cam, Xavc codec is used to record in full hd at 50 mbps, ensuring sharp and accurate images, without squared blocks even during fast camera movements or while filming ultrafast actions. The codec works with the new video processor from Sony, the Bionz X and with the Exmor R cmos sensor (13,5 megapixels) and a 170° wide-angle optimized Zeiss Tessar lens, they form a surprising quartet.
To expand the creative possibilities, in addition to super slow motion at 120 and 240 fps (with sound), Sony has improved interval recording function, to create spectacular time lapse shots.
It has been improved also the Steady Shot anti-shaking system. The House says the new version is two and half times more effectively than before: a great improvement for action cam. Completely new is also the remote control, RM-Live-View LVR1.
It's like a wristwatch and allows you to control, simultaneously, the operation of five action cams, for making stunning movies with five different shots. Last but not least, the time code functionality makes easy to synchronize multiple cameras editing.
Support for NFC technology makes it easy to transfer images, wirelessly, to tablet or compatible smartphone. In addition, of course, NFC technology allows to control the picture on the display.
Unlike the previous series, the new Sony HDR-AS100VR is splash resistant so, now, the waterproof housing is only for diving activities.
In the video below you can see a short movie clip we filmed with Sony HDR-AS30V during a trek in Ladakh. You can appreciate the sharp and smooth slow motion at 120 fps, the steady shot system and the wide-angle Zeiss lens (we did not use the stabilization filters of Youtube).