Sony unveiled its Action Cam Mini at the IFA 2014 electronics trade show in Germany.
The camera is the smallest in its range of cameras. Sony has moved the GPS function from the body of the camera and instead inserted it into an additional wrist mounted remote, managing to reduce the camera size to two-thirds of the previous models.
The Action Cam Mini (HDR-AZ1VR) is 63 grams in weight with the battery. It records 1080p HD video at 60 or 30 fps and slow motion 120 fps video at 720p. The camera is also equipped with a 170 degree ZEISS Tessar F2.8 lens, a 1/2.3-type back illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with 11.9 megapixels and a stereo mic. It also uses the standard Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card.
While the camera is splash proof, it is equipped with a waterproof case that lets the camera be taken till a depth of 3 meters (9.8 ft).
Using the above mentioned wrist mounted remote, users can preview, play back and delete shots, as well as change settings. The remote wirelessly deliveries GPS data to the camera and can also control up to 5 Action Cam Minis at one time.
If the camera users want to "go live," they can also stream their recording to the internet with the camera’s Wi-Fi functionality.
Despite a late start in the field of action cameras, Sony has done quite well against GoPro.
“The action camera market will bask in high demand down the road as the product is being increasingly used widely in daily lives of consumers,” a Sony official said.