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Get a more exciting point of view with the new Sony Action Cam HDR-AS20

Press release   •   Jun 11, 2014 10:00 CEST

  • SteadyShot™ keeps images smooth and clear, even with intense camera movements
  • Ultra-wide angle ZEISS® Tessar® lens and built-in stereo microphone for crisp and vivid POV videos and sound
  • Exmor R™ CMOS sensor captures detail-packed natural Full HD 50p video and stills, even in low light
  • View and control up to five cameras with wearable Live-View Remote accessory option
  • Post-shooting fun with PlayMemories Home™ and Video Merge feature

Summer’s around the corner – and Sony’s brand new Action Cam AS20 is tough enough to handle all the thrills that are heading your way.

Nothing escapes the wide-angle ZEISS Tessar lens with its huge 170° field of view (120° with SteadyShot on) that’s close to human vision. Camera shake’s kept in check by SteadyShot that reduces judder and vibration when you’re hurtling down a pock-marked bike trail or buffeted by wind and waves. There’s also a stereo microphone that faithfully captures richly natural sound, adding an extra dimension of realism to those everyday adventures.

The back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS sensor ensures beautiful Full HD video and awesome still photos, even at dusk when lesser cameras struggle. High bit-rate recording at up to 28Mbps ensures crisply-detailed footage, even in busy scenes with lots of camera or subject motion.

Built-in Wi-Fi connects Action Cam with the wearable RM-LVR1 Live-View Remote. Available as an optional extra, this waterproofed wrist-mount accessory makes it easy to check shots and control up to five cameras with Action Cam mounted in hard-to-reach places like your surfboard or a helmet.

For extra versatility, a handy flip function automatically inverts the image if you’re shooting with the camera bolted upside down – like on the fairing of your microlight.

With its slim, low-profile design, Action Cam goes wherever you go… from surfing trips to skate parks. Its thin aerodynamic design carves through the air, cutting wind pressure when you’re streaking downhill by bike or taking the plunge in your first parachute jump.

Battery life’s even longer than its predecessor, letting you shoot non-stop video footage for a generous 130 minutes[i] with Wi-Fi on (150 mins[ii] with Wi-Fi off) – plenty for documenting that gruelling BMX trek or snorkelling trip.

When you’re back at your PC after an action-packed day out, Sony’s free PlayMemories Home app makes it easy to edit footage and share via sites like Facebook® and YouTube™. New Video Merge* lets you create exciting split-screen composites of up to four simultaneous views captured by different cameras. (Requires PlayMemories Home Version 3.1.10 or later for Windows, and Version 1.1.10 or later for Macintosh).

The new HDR-AS20 Action Cam from Sony is available to pre-order now from It’s on general sale in Europe from July 2014.

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HDR-AS20 - technical specifications

Image sensor

1/2.3 type (7.77mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with 11.9 megapixels (effective, approx.)

Image processor


Video formats

MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Video mode (resolution)

PS: 1920 x 1080 60p/50p

HQ: 1920 x 1080 30p/25p

STD: 1280 x 720 30p/25p

SLOW: 1280 x 720 60p/-

SSLOW: 1280 x 720 120p/-

VGA: 640 x 480 30p/25p

Lens type

ZEISS Tessar® F2.8

Focal Length (35mm equivalent)

SteadyShot OFF: 15.3mm (170°)

SteadyShot ON: 21.3mm (120°)

Image stabilisation

Electronic SteadyShot

Multi Camera Control

Up to 5 units

Scene modes




USB charging


Multi/Micro USB Terminal

Yes (supports Micro USB compatible device)





Dimensions (W x H x D) (including supplied battery)

Approx. 24.5mm x 47.0mm x 82.0mm

Media card compatibility

Memory Stick Micro™ (Mark 2)

Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)

Weight (main unit only)

Approx. 58g

Weight (with supplied battery)

Approx. 83g (with NP-BX1 supplied battery)

Supplied accessories

Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BX1)

Micro USB Cable

Operating Guide

Waterproof Case (SPK-AS2)

Adhesive Mount (VCT-AM1)

[i] Approximately

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