Saturday 20 December 2014

Tech Insider: Sony Action Cam

with Jessica Kelly tech@insider.ie

Published 04/07/2014 | 02:30

Sony's Action Cam series has been really rather impressive to date. They have managed to provide good devices at affordable prices. The latest model, HDR AS100V is slightly more expensive, but is significantly better than previous models.

The device is similar in size to the popular GoPro cameras and is incredibly light too. One thing to flag is that there is a bit of set up required straight out of the box, so don't expect to simply open and go!

The camera has an LCD display and a number of buttons along the side – all of which are covered, ensuring they are protected from the elements!

The removable battery and micro SD card slot are also protected from dust, dirt and water. The small but sturdy device has built in GPS and can record speed, distance and time.

One of the killer features of the Action Cam is Sony's SteadyShot stabilisation. This produces a much clearer image, reducing the impact of every bump along the way. With its 13.5-megapixel sensor, the Action Cam captures sharper still shots than many of its competitors.

There are two microphones at the front of the camera which record in stereo. The sound quality is really quite impressive.

RRP for the Sony Action Camera is €429.

App of the week: Price Spy

PriceSpy is a new service which has launched in Ireland. It is a product comparison service for Irish consumers who shop both in store and online.

The service is available online or via app – free on both Android and iOS. It compares prices across a wide range of services, but it can save techie customers a huge amount when buying devices.

At present the service stores information for over 110,000 consumer products from almost 400 Irish online retailers.

The free app allows users to scan barcodes whilst in store and instantly provides the best price on offer for that particular product.

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent
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