New Sony Action Cam Hits the Slopes

by Rachelle 09/12/2013

Last week Sony announced its brand new Action Cam designed for filming your adventures in premium full HD 1080p. This weekend we put the new  product to the test and hit Mammoth Mountain at the Kamikaze Bike Games.

Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze Bike Games

Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze Bike Games

You may have noticed a few things about the new model - weighing in at three ounces (with battery), the  new housing is also 35% lighter and 25% smaller than its predecessor. The slim design relieves wind and water pressure when you’re cycling, jet-skiing or barrelling downhill and offers an ultra-compact point-of-view shooting solution.


For the first time, Action Cam has GPS and can capture sharp 11.9-megapixel still photos in addition to its Interval Still Recording mode which will allow you to capture some pretty awesome time-lapse photography. This edition also has the back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor which grabs even more light for beautiful images and Full HD footage. There’s also a wider choice of recording modes: Full HD (1920×1080 60p/50p and 1920×1080 30p/25p) for fast-moving action, STD HD (1280×720 30p/25p), SD VGA (640×480 30p/25p) and two slow-motion modes for tracking a golf swing or BMX flip – HD SLOW 2x (1280×720 60p) and HD SLOW 4x (1280×720 120p) so you can capture any given moment. And now the camera can capture images upside-down*, which is useful when the Action Cam is inversely mounted.


Built-in Wi-Fi® allows users to instantly share their Action Cam content to a smartphone or tablet (using Sony’s free PlayMemories MobileTM) for easy upload and also allows control of the camera with any compatible device, including the new Live-View Remote (RM-LVR1). This optional wristwatch-style controller is waterproof and synchs wirelessly to the video camera, for hands-free operation when Action Cam is mounted in hard-to-reach places like helmets, kayaks or surfboards. Monitoring the Action Cam to ensure optimal shot framing is simple on the remote’s color LCD screen. The start/stop recording function and photo/movie modes are accessible from the remote as well. And with NFC one-touch connection support, it’s even easier to synch with Xperia® phones, tablets and other compatible Android devices to operate the camera.

So, if you haven’t already tested the Sony Action Cam for yourself and want more details, check out Sony Store to figure out what it’s all about OR if you’ve already got one and want to share your one-of-a-kind footage, head to Sony’s YouTube page to catch the action.

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  1. George Harris wrote: September 29, 2013 11:49am

    When will the Mammoth Kamikaze Games video, made from all the action cam footage, be available to see???
    Also, who won the Sony Action Cams you were giving away?
    I submitted a SD card that must have been “misplaced” because all of the shots off of one of my SD cards was missing from my USB card.

    1. Kathleen wrote: October 1, 2013 9:09am

      Hi George, you can check out the Kamikaze Games sizzle here:
      The Kamikaze winners footage were Shawn Williams for epic Dog Mount footage; Dustin Yue, for the amazing tandem bike footage, and 3rd to an Anonymous hiker on the Kamikaze run who found a camera dropped by one of Sony’s viedographers. He placed it on the big turn coming down the back side of the summit, managed to catch a rider with a competitor’s camera doing a face plant along with other amazing footage of riders pulling through the turns. All cameras were awarded right after the Coldcock Speed and Style comp on Saturday night at the Canyon lodge.

  2. Shawn wrote: November 6, 2013 2:46pm

    Finally, I get to see what I was hoping to be a part of in the video. If I remember the names correctly, Mike and April were extremely cool in interviewing me for a possible spot in this video. I was riding to honor my 4yo daughter in Heaven, as she loved to visit Mammoth while she was here, and what better place to ride. Mammoth truly is my “happiest place on Earth”, and though I didn’t make the cut, just to be considered was reward enough. Maybe next year…..


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