Sony HDR-AS30 Full HD Camcorder, Great value at the price.

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Great picture – suitable for mountain biking. I bought this camera after initially considering a top range go pro. All i wanted was a camera that could record in 1080p hd and that was suitable for mountain bike riding & this met my needs. The first time i tried the camera was on a cold day and i had issues with the case lens steaming up, however this was solved by washing it with some mild soap. I mount the camera to my vented mtb helmet using a helmet mount strap, as i can’t find a suitable place to stick the adhesive mounts. So far i am impressed with the footage i have recorded and it looks fine once uploaded to youtube. The gps function which allows you to add a graphic overlay to your recorded footage with the speed & a mini map is also a nice feature.

When i opened the box i could quite believe how small and light this is. Even with the provided waterproof case it fits easily in the palm of my hand (or pocket) and without it it’s tiny. It’s easy to see how this would work really well with any of the wearable accessories – you wouldn’t know it was there. Also being so streamlined and having such a small profile can only help limit movement from the air if you’re getting up any sort of speed. My first experience using this was attached to the inside of a plane for a flying lesson. I only used a cheap in-car phone holder to attach it to the window but even with the bumping, rattling and shaking going on the results were brilliant. Admittedly the user interface is a bit ‘basic’ but it is pretty intuitive and you probably don’t want to be messing about with settings too much when you’re hurtling down a mountain or whatever. Can’t comment too much on battery life but i filled a 16gb memory card using full hd with gps turned on and it didn’t run out, so fit for purpose so far. On top of this there were two bonuses i wasn’t expecting: how easy it was to pair with my iphone (using a free sony app) for use as a viewfinder and ‘remote control’ (invaluable); and the gps overlay option on the final video (cool).

Sony HDR-AS30 Full HD Camcorder (11.9 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Wi-Fi, NFC One Touch, HDMI) schwarz

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  • Camcorder Sensor Resolution:16.8 Mpix
  • Effective Photo Resolution:11.9 Mpix
  • Effective Video Resolution:11.9 Mpix
  • Optical Sensor Type:Exmor R CMOS

The quality of this camera is superb and the film done so far is excellent. I have used it mountain biking with a sony vct-hm1 handlebar mount and am very impressed with the output. I haven’t had any other action cameras to compare but having read all the reviews of other contenders i must say i am very pleased with my purchase. I may buy the wrist control soon as this doesn’t have a viewfinder but it doesn’t really need one with the field of view beinf so wide. I have also used this to film the family of walks and found the steady shot feature very effective. I didn’t pick up speech very well, if you want a camera to record sound well i would purchase and external mic for this.

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

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.

Sony HDR-AS30 Full HD Camcorder (11.9 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Wi-Fi, NFC One Touch, HDMI) schwarz : Fairly good camera, some reservations. . I have a lot of mixed feelings about this camera, but overall, it’s very good, i have many point’s to make, so i’ll simply use headings and expand each point within. Video quality:the video quality is fairly good, i wouldn’t say it was quite on the level of some other action cameras such as the drift ghost or the gopro 4, but the price of £130 compared to the £300+ price tags of the others makes this instantly worth it, the 1080p 30fps video is very good, the colours are vivid, whilst not over saturated, the quality is sharp and crisp, and with a class 10 memory card it will happily record for hours without a problem. However, i wish i could have 1080 in that golden 60fps, maybe in a future firmware update. Playmemorys mobile app:i bought this camera with the intent to strap it to my motorcycle helmet, so obviously i need to be able to easily see where the camera is pointing, this app stands out brilliantly for that, being able to use my smart phone and at the tap of a button being able to stream video from the camera to the screen is brilliant. Top rated app, allowing me to change some basic settings and click record from the app is also a very useful feature that i’m glad was well implemented. Mounts:in my view at lest, they are utter tat, both the curved and the flat mount (both of which come with the camera, nice touch, or would be if they had worked) barely stuck to anything, they weren’t strong enough to hold the camera on, they would simply slowly come off whatever i mounted them too. Maybe i had bad luck, but for me at least, the standard mounts don’t work. I tried to use the curved mount to stick itself to my helmet, and came back the next morning to find the camera on the floor next to my helmet, and no loner attached, the best way to mount them i have found thus far, is to simply use industrial strength velcro, far superior to the standard mounts. Functionality:the camera, with the stock firmware it’s shipped with (i have yet to look for updates, i may update this review if i find some) comes with many features, many good, but some lacking.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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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.
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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