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June 26, 2012

Sony blog leaks upcoming Sony action camera w/Zeiss lens [updated]

The Sony Electronics blog has "leaked" an upcoming Sony action camera, joining the trend of compact POV/action cameras. The blog says it will have a Carl Zeiss Tessar ultra wide angle lens, an Exmor R CMOS sensor, and SuperSteadyShot. It will come with optional rugged and waterproof housings.

UPDATE: According to whispers at Cinescopophilia, the whispers said 120fps at 720p.

These action cams are starting to become a new trend, starting to get a bit of the me-me-me-too trend that the camcorder sticks were riding a few years ago, but unlike the camcorder sticks, the compact action cams, at least at the moment, seem to be providing something that is not easily replicated by existing cameras or smartphones. The increasing popularity of smartphones and the always-dropping prices and sizes of cameras crashed the camcorder sticks into a tight corner. Or something like that.

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