Could the affordable new Sony AS50 finally bring action cameras to the masses? (video)

New camera has all the features of a top-end model without the cost
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After Nikon launched it’s new action camera earlier this week, Sony has become the next big brand to release a new model with the AS50. However, unlike the Nikon, the Sony AS50 is aimed squarely at the lower end of the market, and could well become the action camera of the masses with its expected £116 RRP.

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For that sort of money, the Sony AS50 isn’t short on features. As you’d expect from any action camera worth its salt in 2016, it will shoot in 4k ultra high definition with a frame rate of up to 120fps to produce what should be super-smooth footage. This smoothness should also be helped by the SteadyShot technology, which stabilises the image to reduce any shakiness in the final video if you’ve been riding over rough roads.

The Sony AS50 camera is controlled using only a handful of buttons on the unit itself, and Sony says that the user interface has been improved to make it more intuitive and easier to use compared to previous models. There are also three different lights on different sides of the camera, so you should always be able to see whether it’s recording or not.

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The camera is designed to work with Sony’s Action Cam app (which is available on iOS and Android) for quick movie editing on your phone. Although if you want to give your footage a bit more care and attention then there’s a desktop version of the software too.

The Sony AS50 should be available from February.

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