After yesterday’s reveal from Canon on their new Cinema EOS C100 camera I figured we were safe from any new camera announcements for a little bit. Sony proved me wrong by announcing the HDR-AS10 HD ‘Action Camcorder’. Although this isn’t in the same league as the C100 it does directly compete with GoPro and the GoPro-like cameras out there.
Sony’s Action Cam is in the vane of GoPro’s Hero cameras but with a few differences. First, they teamed up with Zeiss – yes, Zeiss – to outfit the camera’s lens. From the test footage I can tell you it’s not a CP.2. From what little I’ve seen it looks as good as GoPro’s Hero 2 footage though not necessarily better. This little guy also does 120 fps at 720P (while the Hero 2 only does 60 fps at 720 P). Sony also boasts image stabilization and a Wi-Fi version for a few bucks more. B&H has the camera (Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Cam) listed at $198 so for those who haven’t yet invested in a durable ‘crash’ cam yet this little guy is the most affordable.
The real question is do we really need another novelty camera? I love my GoPro but I have gigs and gigs of footage that I’ll probably never use. At the $200 price point and the 120 fps it might be worth playing around with. What do you think? And what are you doing with all of your GoPro footage anyway?