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To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 


« Changes for 2013 - More types of videos and hopefully more of them. | Main | Christmas Surprise - GoPro Hero3 White Review (Coming soon). »

GoPro HD Hero3 White vs Sony HDR-AS10

This the longest and most expensive review I've made so far. With a budget of over £300 and a running length of just over 40 minutes you might (justifiably) assume that I've been able to cover all the features of these two cameras in great depth, but unfortunately that's not the case. Notable by their absence from this video is any examination of the stills capabilities of either camera, 720p60 tests or a demonstration of the playback functions over HDMI. 

With so many things missing I think I will need to make a follow-up video about these cameras but I'll save the 720p60 tests until I can get some more suitable weather for going out on the bike……so don't hold your breath.

The heavily discounted Sony that I bought seems to be the result of a product being canned just before it came to market and therefore ending up in the hands of ebay close-out sellers. The Sony HDR-AS10 is the HDR-AS15 minus the WiFi, a feature that I don't really need or miss. With an action camera the whole idea is that the lens is wide enough to capture everything without the need for accurate framing. The WiFi function merely gives you the viewfinder that you never wanted together with an ability to share files wirelessly. The Sony has a 170º Lens, meaning that virtually everything in front of the camera is in shot, so no need for a viewfinder.

The biggest problem with the Sony surrounds the mounts, not only the lack of choice but also the shape and design of the supplied case. The fact that it completely blocks off the microphone, can't be tilted up or down, can't be mounted to the side of things, but is also too long and tall to be mounted on the top of a helmet means that the Sony ultimately fails as an action cam. I will be experimenting with finding some way to attach the camera to my bike helmet whilst also recording sound through the mic-in socket…. but I'm really more interested in using this as a general purpose mini camera. For example when I was shooting another review over Christmas it turned out to be the most suitable camera I owned for filming inside the cramped interior of the car when I needed to demonstrate how a Car DVR mounted to the windscreen. I'm also looking forward to getting the Camcorder type mount if/when it is released. This apparently adds both an LCD screen and a much needed tripod hole to the camera. I should mention again the low light recording capabilities which are really amazing and the best I've ever experienced in any camera.

I think that the GoPro 3 White whilst being a cheaper entry point into the GoPro product line might have skimped a bit too much on the image sensor. The problem seems to be that GoPro needed a product at a price-point to deter people from buying the Chinese GoPro clones. Whilst most people would prefer to buy a real GoPro so that they could use the multitude of mounts available it was previously way more expensive than some other action cameras. Whilst the White edition is certainly a more attractive prospect at £200, but it seems that GoPro needed to create a reason for people to want to pay the extra for the Silver edition and therefore lumped the White Edition with a smeary slow sensor, prone to CMOS wobble and dark images. I can't actually believe that the sensor in the Silver Edition costs anything more than a few pence extra over the one in the White so the £80 price difference between the two must just be there to add some kind of desirability and prestige for the more expensive model. The Lens and functional capabilities of the White are a match for the Silver model…it's just the sensor in the white that feels old and tired. The Black model suddenly doesn't seem such bad value for money, especially now that it comes with the WiFi remote and some additional mounts. Perhaps one for a future test….

I must however point out that I will continue to concentrate on reviewing the cheap Chinese cameras. One of the reasons for getting these two expensive models was so that I could benchmark the cheaper cameras against them. In future tests I'll now know how close a £50 camera from China comes to matching the quality of one of these £200 models. 

I have uploaded some raw samples from each camera to my DumpTruck folder.

I am also now aware that the green light I mention being inside the Sony Battery Compartment is a reflection from a hologram. 


Oh, and by the way - Happy New Year. Thanks for watching during 2012 and I hope I'll have some more things worth sharing with you throughout 2013. 

UPDATE - Sony sell a replacement door set for the waterproof case, and one door is designed to allow sound to get in. Looks like another thing for me to test out.

Follow up video on the Sony AS15, new firmware and mounts HERE

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Reader Comments (52)

Willy. Yes I'll give you €50 for one. But it's unlikely they'll get honoured. Seems like an error.

January 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan


I also believe its an error. 20 Euros -> tax included -> shipping for free -> to good to be true ;)
Anyway - I have placed an order (just for fun) - I have received an email confirmation and I have already paid (paypal).
FIngers crossed! Worst case scenario -> refund.

I can place an order for you, too. I would not charge you more than I pay. However - delivery from DE-UK is 15 Euros (insured):

So - it would cost you 35 Euros.

Have you already tried to order directly on ? Maybe they will give you free delivery as well. If you seriously want me to order it for you -> let me know.

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwilly

@Willy. It's ok, I don't want to inconvenience you.. I'll try and get one over here when/if they come out at the end of Jan. I hope your deal works out for you though.

January 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

wow... just wow.

I have the Hero3 silver (never had anyone before)... the sound and video quality compared to the white edition is really huge.

I only can hope you can compare sometime hero 3 silver against silver 3 white (maybe someone you know can borrow you one).

And again i think the comparison with the sony is unfair as gopro white is same as hero 1 (3 years old hardware).


January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeo

Hi guys - just so you know - the price of the camcorder accessory has been changed from 20 to 100 Euros. Ive just checked my sony store account. They have changed the status to "shipped". It really seems as if they are going to honour the deal :)

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwilly

Just so you know - I got the camcorder accessory :) Great deal :)

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwilly


Brilliant news. It's still not on sale here in the UK - I check daily.

January 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan


if you preorder they will tell you when they will ship it. They told me they were going to ship between 23rd-24th of january - they ended up shipping it on 25th - close enough.

I regret I didnt have the cojones to order more than just one. Then again - they might have not honoured the deal if I had.

I read that you ordered the AS15 as well. Please let me know if you have found a good place to buy it. I dont have the camera yet.

Here are some pics

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwilly

Willy. Unfortunately pre-order is not an option on the UK Sony site. The current best price for the AS15 (in the UK) is on Amazon.

January 30, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Anyone have an idea of where I could buy an AS10 in Europe ? Or at least have a sure way of avoiding import taxes.

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpylb

Thank you very much for this nice review.

I own a HD AS 10 too, and I noticed some problem when I am riding mountain bike with:
- artefacts appears when using the steady cam feature (frozen or blinking parts on the picture)
- the default compression used by Sony is really too high, in low light conditions the noise is really important.
Did you notice them as well ?

I guess the both problems could be addressed with a firmware update.
I asked Sony if they planed to release a new firmware, but they could not tell me whether they will fix these issues or not.
On one hand it is a little annoying.
On the other hand, I am sure most of the action cams would not have done pictures with such colours...

The AS-10 is running a Linux kernel. Maybe someone will release an unofficial firmware as well...

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLa Bourde

I have this camera, and yesterday I have updated its firmware from sony. Version is 2.0.
This version enables 1080p 60fps mode to the camera. A very good improvement.
And as techmoan suggested, this new firmware includes on/off option for beeps.
The have also added an underwater mode, but I have not tried yet.

I hava recorded with 1080p 60fps, it can play back at normal speed. Using a video editor it is possible to convert the video to slow motion.

Steadyshot is very good when using as a car camera.
I have uploaded a video to you tube.

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryetihtr


Great review as usual.

Just thought I'd post this about G*PR* issuing out a DMCA:

Personally, I think it is a PR disaster for G*PR*! Which is puttingme off their product.

Also, I've found a retailer for the Sony HDR-AS15 going for £165.99!



May 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMon

New firmware update ver 3.00 support up to 1080/60p video (ps , hfr and water recording mode )

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbharatp

Yes - I covered the updates in my follow up video.

August 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just an update for you on the side mounting strap for the AS10/AS15. In your video you mention that this would be pointless for a motorcycle helmet. A friend of mine has been learning to ride recently and asked me to follow him so that he could see review his ride(s) and discuss his mistakes. He had managed to get the helmet strap thrown in with the deal when he purchased the camera and I had to spend only a couple of minutes in or to get the camera mounted securely on the side of my HJC helmet. I was also able to fit it to my older Shoei Raid 2.

Just thought I'd update you...

October 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermrt502

I just saw this video on youtube and it was the best review I have ever seen. I never leave youtube comments because... yeah, but I HAD to come over here to thank you personally for such an awesome review. you went through everything, better than the manual. thanks so much.

October 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDarrell

Thanks Darrell. I've started turning off comments on some of my older youtube videos now. As the information in the video goes out of date the comments degenerate into nonsense and fill my inbox with junk. So thanks for hunting out the site and filling out the comments box here. Be sure to check out some of the more recent videos too.

October 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

not a good review, the field of view can be changed in video mode on the gopro. also the gopro video in the market was not as bright because of the this. in lower light in video mode the gopro needs to be in ultra wide FOV @960p 30 fps. this will allow much more light in. furthermore was the gopro in protune mode? In protune the video has no compression and is dull on purpose to allow much higher data input. After using protune, the video is adjusted in a editor with saturation and contrast thus bringing out vibrant colors . also you referred to just a 2 button option on the gopro and the quickest way to reduce the volume, also misleading. I use a ipod to navigate settings on the gopro making it a much better solution to the 2 button option. if you are going to do a product review please understand the extent of the hardware. you cant just pull it out of the box and be an expert on the hardware. i have a gopro and learn more about the capability of the camera everyday.

November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

In the YouTube review, you wondered why someone would turn off the video preview in the app. If you've got the camera on an rc craft of some kind, streaming video over 2.4 GHz WiFi trends to drown out the 2.4 GHz transmitter used in modern digital rc systems. Since they're spread spectrum, using it for control is just a little noise that's easily compensated for, but streaming video tends to lead to flyaways.

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

The Sony Door kit also has a flat window to avoid defocus underwater (domes act as lenses).

February 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEricD

I have had my gopro3 blk from preorder and I honestly can say gopro dropped the ball. First recommended sd card has speed issues have to buy another one. Then the stupid thing has nothing but bugs and quirks shutting off et c etc
Then it overheats and shuts down

They marketed the hell out of it and maybe should have tested it more before selling a inferior product

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercam

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