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Old August 30th, 2012, 04:53 PM   #16
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At about 1:30 into Engadget's hands on you can see them using a phone as a viewfinder. They mention being able to change settings also.

Sony's tiny ruggedized Action Cam gets official with 16MP Exmor R, WiFi, $199+ price tag (hands-on) -- Engadget
Story says it has a "fixed zoom.". Well, which is it?
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Old August 30th, 2012, 05:33 PM   #17
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It's fixed at 2.5mm. 35mm equiv. is 15.3 and 21.3 with steadyshot on.


Interesting that it takes both G and X series batteries. It's not mentioned anywhere on the Sony store spec page or in the press release but the side of the camera is labeled with both X and G in addition to some photos showing both.
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Old August 30th, 2012, 05:52 PM   #18
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Here are the bit rates from Sony HD Action Camcorder | Action Cam with Wi-Fi | HDR-AS15/B | Sony USA

"Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR) : HQ:Approx.16Mbps/SSLOW:Approx.24Mbps/SLOW:Approx.12Mbps/STD:Approx.6Mbps/VGA:Approx.3Mbps"

If I am reading things correctly then 24 MBps for SSLOW looks ok but the other bit rates don't impress.
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Old August 30th, 2012, 06:08 PM   #19
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Sharp eye mark. That's disappointing.
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Old August 31st, 2012, 09:40 AM   #20
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Sony often get the specs wrong on the site. The 1280x720 is quoted as 30P but in brackets three speeds ? From other sources it is 60 and 120 too. 1920x1080 at 30P is about right for 17Mbps and 1280x720 would be fine at 24Mbps for the higher frame rates too. They are just not fully relating frame rates and recording bit rates. Maybe we will get the real information soon.

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Old August 31st, 2012, 07:43 PM   #21
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I pre-ordered one so looking forward to trying it out.
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Old September 6th, 2012, 06:38 PM   #22
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I've tested it side by side with the GoPro Hero 2 and it doesn't hold up. It's softer, with slightly better in-camera color. I would stick with GoPro for sure.
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Old September 6th, 2012, 06:59 PM   #23
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How were you able to test it since it's not officially released?
Are you judging by eye or using other criteria?
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Old September 8th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #24
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I had the privilege of using a beta version. Judged by my eye. Just finished DP'ing a Nat Geo show.
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Old September 8th, 2012, 05:42 PM   #25
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Were the condition light or dark, image stabilizer on or off ( can it be turned on and off ?), 1920x1080 30P, 1280x720 60P or 120P.

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Old September 8th, 2012, 06:23 PM   #26
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Full sun, 1080/30p.
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Old September 9th, 2012, 06:28 PM   #27
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Well, I'll take comfort in knowing that was a beta version. Hard to imagine how GP's image could be better.
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Old September 9th, 2012, 10:22 PM   #28
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I too will wait and see. The interest for me is the image stabilizer. With my ContourHD I always need to stabilizer video after I have shot skiing. This always makes the video soft as it has to rescale. Not having to stabilize as much in post may make the image good for my use. The image stabilizer and WiFi control at the cost makes the Sony very attractive as the same solution for either the Hero 2 or ContourHD + is a lot more expensive.

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Old September 10th, 2012, 02:33 PM   #29
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Annen...did you by any chance use the Sony with its steadyshot circuitry on? That would cause a softer picture.

What I'm really looking forward to is the camcorder adapter that is due in November. I wonder what other controls will be gained. Exposure? Audio? I can't find any information on this adapter nor any pictures. Hopefully it will be just as light as the camera itself.
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Annen...did you by any chance use the Sony with its steadyshot circuitry on? That would cause a softer picture.

What I'm really looking forward to is the camcorder adapter that is due in November. I wonder what other controls will be gained. Exposure? Audio? I can't find any information on this adapter nor any pictures. Hopefully it will be just as light as the camera itself.
What have you heard about this camcorder adapter? What I am wonder is how one uses the external mic input and then mount the camera? It seems like the only way to mount it to a tripod is with the plastic case and I don't see a way to use an external mic with it.
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