Amid the buzz over Sony's 4K action cam, the manufacturer also quietly introduced a modest upgrade to their HD action cam, the Sony AS200. Though it doesn't pack in the 4,000 pixel resolution, the AS200 offers a good handful of features for adventure seekers and comes in at an affordable $300.
Using a 1/2.3" sensor to record HD video, the AS200 can record in bit rates up to a whopping 60 Mbps. More data translates into better footage, so that jump in bit rate is a nice thing to see. The frame rate is just 30 fps, where it is nice to see the higher 60 fps for smoother action, that's where the $300 price puts consumers at this point. Slow motion, however, can be shot at up to 240 fps.
The biggest improvement over the older AS100 lies in the stabilization system. Where the AS100 had electronic stabilization, the AS200 has the much smoother lens-based system. It's a good improvement to see on any action cam.
The body is small, weighing in at just 3.3 ounces, and it's also splashproof. The included case allows users to take it underwater as well, plus helping prevent damage from small drops or dust.
The basic camera can be picked up for about $300, or for another $100, consumers can get the package that includes a live view remote. The remote allows users to control up to five action cams at once. Through the built-in wi-fi, a smartphone can also be used to trigger the camera.
Overall, we like where Sony is headed with their action line. The AS200 is an excellent option for users on a budget, or those that don't have a 4K resolution screen anyway. The AS200 is available beginning on March 1, 2015.