Sony has filled the ongoing IFA 2014 with yet another photography device that is aimed at the adventurous: the Sony Action Cam Mini which comes in at only two thirds the size of its predecessor, the Sony Action Cam that was announce at last year’s IFA.
Sony has built the new Action Cam Mini to better suit the rugged operations the camera might face with a smaller than ever form factor to allow for easier mountability on helmets or drones.
The new Action Cam Mini is now splash-proof, and can be protected with the included waterproof case. Adding the case can also make the camera dust-, sand-, and water-proof up to five metres for the diving enthusiasts out there.
Beneath the rugged exterior is a 11.9-megapixel Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor, a 170-degree ultra-wide-angle lens, a stereo mic, and 120 fps high-speed recording capabilities at 720p. In addition, it also supports Sony’s super-sharp 50 Mbps XAVC S codec while shooting at 1080p. With all these specs crammed in a smaller package, it does comes with a trade-off. Operation time for the Sony Action Cam Mini will be reduced slightly as compared to its previous model due to a scaled-down battery.
Alongside the Action Cam Mini comes Sony’s new Live-View Remote that is worn on user’s wrist with a screen to view a live feed of what the camera is recording. On top of that, it allows users to wirelessly control the camera on the screen interface while logging GPS data. The new remote also supports up to five cameras that you can control simultaneously, and like the camera, it also can be submerge underwater for up to five metres.
The new Sony Action Cam Mini will be expected to hit shelves on the 19th of October with a pricetag of $250, or $350 if you wish to bundle in the new Live-View Remote.