Sony has officially introduced the new HDR-AS30V action camera and the HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder at IFA Berlin 2013.
It has been a busy day for Sony at the IFA Berlin 2013 event in Germany. The company has already introduced the QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras which are attachable to Android and iOS smartphones. Additionally, the Xperia Z1 phone with 20.7-megapixel sensor has been announced, while the FDR-AX1E 4K video camcorder is now official, too.
Since the day is not over yet, there are two more digital imaging-related products that aspiring videographers should see. The first is the HDR-AS30V, an action camera which has been leaked prior to IFA Berlin, while the other one is the HDR-MV1, a Music Video Recorder which does exactly what its name is suggesting.
Sony announces HDR-AS30V action camera at IFA Berlin 2013
The Sony HDR-AS30V action camera showed up on the web just hours before its launch event. Now it has been revealed alongside an interesting set of specifications.
The sports camera is packing an 11.9-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type backlit Exmor R CMOS image sensor, which can also shoot stills beside capturing 1920 x 1080 movies at 60 frames per second.
Zeiss has made a contribution to this device by providing a 15.3-21.3mm lens (35mm format equivalent) with a maximum aperture of f/2.8.
All-in-one suite: Sony HDR-AS30V features GPS, WiFi, and NFC
Sony added that its HDR-AS30V action camera comes with electronic SteadyShot technology to help stabilizing the image. However, the camera is doing even better in the connectivity department, as it sports built-in GPS, WiFi, and NFC.
This way users can add geo-tagging data to their footage and then connect the device to a compatible smartphone or tablet in order to share the multimedia content stored on the microSD/SDHC/SDXC card.
You can take it underwater as of September for $299.99
Since it is an action shooter ready to take on the GoPro Hero series, users can grab a special case that makes the Sony HDR-AS30V waterproof. The improved housing has allowed the company to cut down weight by 35% and size by 25% compared to its forerunner.
It measures 25.4 x 47 x 82mm and it while weighs 95 grams. Its release date has been scheduled for September 2013 and the price is $299.99.
Whether you are recording a live concert or your own music video, the Sony HDR-MV1 is there for you
If you are not so much into sports and prefer a safer environment, then maybe you will appreciate the Sony HDR-MV1 more. This is a Music Video Recorder which is aimed at capturing movies and high-fidelity sounds.
The company claims that the device is perfect for recording live concerts, though it performs just as well when shooting your own musical rehearsals, too. The camera is capable of capturing Linear PCM audio, which is standard studio-quality.
WiFi and NFC are becoming standard features in digital cameras
Aspiring musicians looking to create their own videos can do so at 1920 x 1080 resolution thanks to a 1/2.3″-type backlit sensor and 18.2mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens (35mm equivalent). Reviewing the shots can be done on a 2.7-inch LCD screen.
Either way, this device features WiFi and NFC so that you can share the videos on smartphones. Sony says that the Music Video Recorder is also packing an HDMI out port, as well as a microphone one.
Sony HDR-MV1 coming in late 2013 for a penny under $300
The Sony HDR-MV1 has a microSD memory card slot, taking the total weight to 165 grams with the battery included. It measures about 116.5 x 70.5 x 27mm.
The Music Video Recorder is expected to become available in late November or early December (depending on markets) for a price of $299.99.
Amazon is offering the HDR-MV1 for pre-order in a black color for $298 with a September 22 shipping date, which is a lot sooner than its official release date.
Meanwhile, the HDR-AS30V can be pre-ordered at the same retailer for the same price with the same shipping date.