Considering its history with cameras and camcorders, it's almost a surprise that it's taken Sony this long to develop a wearable cam. Its first effort, the Sony Action Cam, is certainly a good start. Not only is this device small and light, but, at $269, it's more than $100 less than other wearable action cams that also shoot 1080p video.
DesignContour+2 or Drift HD Ghost. Of course, those two also require even larger cases to make it down to those depths.
Like the GoPro Hero3, this housing is also required not only to protect the camera, but also to mount it to a helmet or handlebars. And, while it lies flush, as with the Contour and HD Ghost, the Sony camera needs to be mounted perfectly perpendicular, as its lens does not rotate.
Similar to the GoPro Hero3, Sony's camera has a small monochrome LCD that shows the battery life, recording quality, Wi-Fi connection and recording time elapsed. In front of the display are two buttons, Previous and Next, for navigating through the menus.
In addition to sharing movies and photos via Wi-Fi using the Sony PlayMemories app for Android and iOS, it also lets you control the Action Cam wirelessly, as with the Contour, Drift or GoPro cameras.
One bright spot, though, is the Action Cam's battery life. At 3 hours of continuous recording WVGA video at 30 fps, it bested the Contour 2+'s 2 hours and the GoPro Hero3's 90 minutes. Only the Drift HD Ghost (3.5 hours) lasted longer.
|Size||3.25 x 1.6 x 0.31 inches|