Sony Full HD AS30 Action Camcorder, Brilliant camera. Slight issue with the case as the

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Good value for money, but some frustrating flaws. Bad:* the case is prone to steaming up after about 10 minutes use. I go kayaking and the coolness of the water exacerbates the problem. My friends with gopro 4 don’t have any issues. I have solved it using some of the gopro inserts (much cheaper than the sony ones) together with placing a silica gel sachet in the case and the camera when storing to make sure they are dry. Following these steps i’ve had no problems. (another suggestion is to use swimming-goggle anti-fog spray). * super slow motion (120fps) automatically slows your footage down and eliminates sound. I prefer to do this myself in post production. )* the play memories app for your phone won’t let you preview photos. You have to wait until your at a pc. * the port covers feel a little flimsy. I’m sure they are ok and the transparent outer case itself feels tough, its just you need to be delicate when the camera is outside the case. )* all the sony accessories are really expensive. There aren’t as many cheap replica / after-market accessories as their are for the gopro’s. * cant find out how to access the gps meta-data to get latitude / longitude information. * record light is tiny and rear facing only. My friends struggle to tell if its recording when i ask which can be frustrating.

I really like this camera design could be improved ,it has given good results up to now ****.

Sony Full HD AS30 Action Camcorder with GPS

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  • Take Full HD video, even underwater, with a Zeiss lens and Exmor R sensor. SteadyShot for smooth footage, plus NFC and Wi-Fi
  • Exmor R CMOS Sensor and ZEISS lens
  • Shake-free video with SteadyShot
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No slow or sslow in pal modes. . The good points, the unit is tiny, even with the waterproof case (5m depth). And it’s easy to operate the buttons even with the case on. The gps works well, and i really like the playmemories overlay of the gps data. I had to send mine back sadly for two reasons. 1/ the amazon warehouse condition wasn’t as described and had many items missing from the box. 2/ it does not do slow and sslow modes (60fps and 120fps) in pal mode, only in ntsc. This is subtly hidden in the instructions. I have since bought a hdr as-100vr and much happier, as it doesn’t have this later restriction, but it does cost more money, so i guess you get what you pay for. If you don’t need the slow motion modes, and want a cheap sports camera that’s swim-proof or for fitting to a mountainbike, but want gps data overlays, this would be a good basic option.

Great camera, as good as a top spec gopro. Great camera, bought this year for a ski trip and the footage is as good as a gopro. Doesn’t handle dark very well but not many of the action cams do. I bought spare batteries but didn’t need them, even in the cold mountain air the battery lasted the whole day with on off filming (wifi and gps off) sticky pads survived a battering as well, camera did not come off despite many falls. I chose it because i wanted the 120 frames per second option and the wifi which only comes with the high spec expensive gopro models. Slow motion is great except if you record at 120fps the footage is all in slow mo, but you can speed it up on a computer afterwards if you want. Overall this camera is exceptional value for money and i would highly recommend.

So far i am very happy with the purchase. Just what i needed to video my bird table. Think it should have a v at the end of the code as it does have built in gps.

Sony Full HD AS30 Action Camcorder with GPS : Would highly recommend a flat-door case for quality. . As i bought this with the intention of diving i also bought the “sony mpk-as3 underwater housing for action camera” for £35. 99 which is definitely a good investment. At least for me i needed it as it can go to depths of up to 60m (the default case is just 5m), but after testing the camera with the default case in a pool after getting it i was momentarily a little horrified by the bluriness of the images. The video was still pretty good, although not as clear as i would have maybe liked, but the images were just simply blurry. After looking online i found this to be a common problem, which can be rectified by buying a replacement ‘flat door’ which the other case i’d already bought had. I only tried it for the first time this weekend diving up to 26m and i was very pleased. The software is also very handy – i thought i was going to have to wait until monday morning to review the footage & images but i had happened to download the software to my smartphone and through wifi could view and copy the footage onto my phonethings to note:- if buying the replacement casing you must know that it is not possible to switch between the photo & video functions once the camera is in the case with this case (it is possible with the default case). You can only switch it on, and either start/stop recording or take images.

The quality of videos is great, it is very easy to use and very. I bought it as a birthday gift to my boyfriend who is a dedicated mountain biker. He uses it to record his trips. The quality of videos is great, it is very easy to use and very light.

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The quality of videos is great, it is very easy to use and very. I bought it as a birthday gift to my boyfriend who is a dedicated mountain biker. He uses it to record his trips. The quality of videos is great, it is very easy to use and very light.

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One of the best cameras i’ve bought so easy to use and i have been using for a few years now. Underwater has been brilliant would buy again if i ever lose this one.

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One of the best cameras i’ve bought so easy to use and i have been using for a few years now. Underwater has been brilliant would buy again if i ever lose this one.

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I bought this camera not for action but just as a camera i can use and not worry about if i drop it, and it has don a great job at that. I’ve owned it for just over a year and i’ve took it all over the place, i’ve dropped it in and out of it’s protective case and it is totally fine. The image quality is absolutely stellar for such a small rugged device, although you have to expect a serious amount of fisheye or barrel distortion (that’s just because of the insanely high angle lens). This camera (and the rest of the sony as series cams) is really easy to use and can be used with just about any accessories you can think of so it can be used by absolutely anyone. If you buy this i recommend you purchase a tripod screw to gopro mount adapter/converter because that way you’ll open up a whole new world of accessories. The waterproof case that comes with the camera is pretty nice and waterproof but it isn’t diving proof, don’t get me wrong you could take this on a log flume or out in a storm but i don’t think it could handle high pressure water, thankfully there is a case for this that sony offers. The audio quality is pretty decent for an action camera but is still pretty bad. When it is in it’s case the audio is a bit weird but somehow you can still hear what is going on which is very unique for a waterproof case. The camera seems to have pretty good low light performance too, now don’t get me wrong it still looks grainy and dark but nowhere near as bad as other cams around this price point.

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I bought this camera not for action but just as a camera i can use and not worry about if i drop it, and it has don a great job at that. I’ve owned it for just over a year and i’ve took it all over the place, i’ve dropped it in and out of it’s protective case and it is totally fine. The image quality is absolutely stellar for such a small rugged device, although you have to expect a serious amount of fisheye or barrel distortion (that’s just because of the insanely high angle lens). This camera (and the rest of the sony as series cams) is really easy to use and can be used with just about any accessories you can think of so it can be used by absolutely anyone. If you buy this i recommend you purchase a tripod screw to gopro mount adapter/converter because that way you’ll open up a whole new world of accessories. The waterproof case that comes with the camera is pretty nice and waterproof but it isn’t diving proof, don’t get me wrong you could take this on a log flume or out in a storm but i don’t think it could handle high pressure water, thankfully there is a case for this that sony offers. The audio quality is pretty decent for an action camera but is still pretty bad. When it is in it’s case the audio is a bit weird but somehow you can still hear what is going on which is very unique for a waterproof case. The camera seems to have pretty good low light performance too, now don’t get me wrong it still looks grainy and dark but nowhere near as bad as other cams around this price point.

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Slight issue with the case as the. Slight issue with the case as the jack for the mic can’t plug in when the case is on. There are ways around it, but that involves drilling into the case.
Slight issue with the case as the. Slight issue with the case as the jack for the mic can’t plug in when the case is on. There are ways around it, but that involves drilling into the case.

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Brilliant little camera, far better than the cheap gopro copies and not much more money than some of those. Same issue as gopros with the lens misting up when in water, but that is really the only downside. The picture quality is better than some of the gopro stuff that i’ve seen and connecting it to your phone to use as a viewfinder is a clever touch.
Brilliant little camera, far better than the cheap gopro copies and not much more money than some of those. Same issue as gopros with the lens misting up when in water, but that is really the only downside. The picture quality is better than some of the gopro stuff that i’ve seen and connecting it to your phone to use as a viewfinder is a clever touch.

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Used on scooter runs and scuba, has the bonus. Used on scooter runs and scuba ,has the bonus of not being wide on as a go pro ,just waiting for a smartwatch to control it.

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Used on scooter runs and scuba, has the bonus. Used on scooter runs and scuba ,has the bonus of not being wide on as a go pro ,just waiting for a smartwatch to control it.
Use it on a regular basis for filming mountain biking and the quality in my opinion appears better than the equivalent go pro.

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Use it on a regular basis for filming mountain biking and the quality in my opinion appears better than the equivalent go pro.

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Recording on a low light its a disappointment. The stars go for anti shaking mode. Waterproof case gets foggy very quick. Recording on a low light its a disappointment. The stars go for anti shaking mode.
Recording on a low light its a disappointment. The stars go for anti shaking mode. Waterproof case gets foggy very quick. Recording on a low light its a disappointment. The stars go for anti shaking mode.
Nice camera, gps pointless. . A good enough camera and there are plenty of standard mounts out there for all occasions. The gps is totally inaccurate and when i record apparently i was doing 26mph when i was standing still. Picture quality is good and for £129. I just recorded a flight of about 1hr 20 and to turn it into a mp4 it has taken about 6 hours using the play memoires software. Not sure if that’s the same on go pro. This camera link to my phone over wifi. That works fine and helps line the camera to get the shot you want.
Nice camera, gps pointless. . A good enough camera and there are plenty of standard mounts out there for all occasions. The gps is totally inaccurate and when i record apparently i was doing 26mph when i was standing still. Picture quality is good and for £129. I just recorded a flight of about 1hr 20 and to turn it into a mp4 it has taken about 6 hours using the play memoires software. Not sure if that’s the same on go pro. This camera link to my phone over wifi. That works fine and helps line the camera to get the shot you want.
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