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Friday
May172013

Revisiting the Sony Action Camera

I've owned my Sony AS10 Action camera for six months. Since I posted my original review in January,  I've bought another one (the AS15), picked up numerous accessories, and the camera has received additional features through a firmware update. I therefore decided that it was time for me to make a video update. 

In the video I mention that you can download a sample of the footage I recorded in it's new 1080p60 mode. CLICK HERE to download this file from Dumptruck. 

You can see from the comments posted under my previous AS10 vs White video that people can get very excitable about action cameras. They'll defend a particular manufacturer's range as though their life depended on it. So for those individuals, I'd like to reiterate,  I'm not saying this is better or worse than any other model from any other manufacturer. The world isn't that simple. Decide what camera you want....but don't try and tell other people that it's what they want too, that's something for them to decide. 

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Don't know if it's just me, but the 1080p60 looks like a 720p60 upscaled to 1080p60.
Looks way too blurry to be a true unscaled one.

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikk36

Imagine the same camera, with just wifi. You control everything from your smartphone. Just a bullet cam.

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasterixky

The downsides to that would be the need to always carry two devices...keep them near to each other, and devote your phone's WiFi connection to the camera, unless I've misunderstood your point.

May 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well, something like this, but with the Chinese price of course, or you will never have the chance to review it.

http://www.amazon.com/Looxcie-Explore-Weather-Resistant-Streaming/dp/B009GDMA6E/ref=pd_sim_cps_9

The idea was that we carry our phone anyway. So why not make good use of the Bluetooth or the Wifi.
But the phone is only use for set up and reviewing the video anyway.

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasterixky

I understand.....and yes I'd give a Looxcie HD a go if it was half the price.

May 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for revisiting this cam. I have pre ordered the AKA-SF1 skeleton frame after watching this video.

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike D

You've just reminded me that I still have to order one....

May 21, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi matt,

Thanks for another great review. I have went out and bought myself the (AS-15 cam) after reading your review and i have to say that the video it takes is stunning, just one question, dose yours suffer from an annoying rattle sound when you play the footage back as mine dose.but that aside i am well chuffed with it and the 60 frames a second is silky smooth.

Keep up the GREAT reviews matt

Willie

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

Willie,

I've bee told that the rattle is caused by the battery/battery tray. Try taping the battery to the tray and see if that cures it.

May 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Matt,

Tried that but it still rattles even with the battery and tray removed.But have found the problem, its the screen rattling about in its housing.Here's a video of it on you tube i found,might help other people out too.

Willie


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx6UGb_K75I

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

I can confirm that the LCD rattle fix cures the annoying problem. I did the fix yesterday, it took 5-10mins. Thanks for the video Matt. I will be buying a few different mounts for my AS15.

May 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiddy

Since updating the firmware, I've noticed that the Wi-Fi connection has been better on my Samsung S3. It did suffer with quite a few drop outs previously.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiddy

The images from the AS15 look bitcrushed . Does the camera have a low bitrate. For a sunny day its a terrible image. Sky is all pixalated

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenteriMatt

iMatt, I suppose that depends on your definition of a low bitrate. You can always download the clip and run it through any analysing software you want.

June 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

You’re already doing a great job with the website and the blog. I love the content

here and I’m always glad to come back and read some toughts on photography – be it

gear, shooting or something else, loved the recent video for Samsung. I love that

it isn’t a gear review site. I’d suggest you keep doing what you are and adding

some odd piece of gear you found interesting and think people don’t know enough

about or don’t use it enough or in the right way.
If someone wants a review there are already sites that do them and are doing only

that. This site isn’t that and it should never be.It’s not like it’s hard to find

a review today for anything.

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrashed

Just noticed their on v3 as of 24/6.Good to know were still getting updates.

June 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Yes, not the most exciting of updates...release notes (posted below) seem to indicate just a few menu changes.

"During smart remote control operation, you can switch to copy mode/remote control mode by operating a smartphone.
Menu items changed by this firmware update:
• [SEND] (Send) is deleted. You can connect the camera through Wi-Fi only in shooting mode.
• The default setting of [A.OFF] (Auto Power Off) is changed to [60sec] from [10sec].
• The default setting of [RMOTE] (Remote) is changed to [ON] from [OFF]."

June 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Seems this would be a really good car dvr if the firmware supported it. Does it just need a menu option to start recording when power is applied to usb?

June 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJDR

Hi

I have the Sony action cam with the new firmware. Since the beginning my camera on the lower right is blurry especially when is 170 wide angle. When I put it on a tripod steady it is more obvious than when in action. Other people on Youtube told me they have the same problem. I know the lens is wider than my GoPro and maybe less light gets in the lens and causes the problem. Here are my videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsj46Jyym94

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_uqfLba--4

I will really appreciate any feedback and I thank you all in advance.

July 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

If you look at my original Sony AS10 review you'll see that it also had a soft lens on the right hand side. My AS15 doesn't. I'm assuming either Sony fixed the fault or more likely its just the luck of the draw whether you get a good one or not.

July 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you for the fast response. I just came back from the Sony store and we did a lot of tests cleaned the lens and everyone was surprised about the problem so we decided to send it in for repair. In two weeks I should have it back and I will update you. Not very lucky with this product for me. Hopefully all works out.
Thanks again.

July 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

As you have had and use the Sony action cams for a while now. Do you know how I can film without sound? I need to film without audio for the project I have and don't want to do it post production for each clip if I can somehow shut off the mic pickup at the source.

Thanks

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSATO

You can put a dead jack in the mike in. That would record mute

July 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenteriMatt

I thought of the dead jack option and am looking into it. The problem with that is the lack of clearance involved with the outer part of any jack.. If I cut the head off it may become a PERMANENT solution, as I will be unable to remove it due to it not having a head.

Thanks for the input though..

July 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSATO

Hi, I just noticed that Sony has a ball-joint mount which can be used to mount it to the side of the helmet.
Maybe you would be interested to check it out for your motorcycle rides.

Btw, the video is not done by me.
http://youtu.be/uRBtq5Qto_I

September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeo

Can the camera be charged while it is recording?

September 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaros

The Chinese have made a copy of the Sony....go here to take a look
http://www.foxoffer.com/sj3000pro-50-meters-waterproof-action-helmet-camera-p-606.html#.UmFomFCsjPo
It's called the SJ3000PRO and is under £86.00.
Matt, should you give this one a go sometime? Probably no WiFi, but even so, they say LCD screen displays what you are recording and also used for play back.

October 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDMW

I'm testing the TCL SVC200 at the moment which also takes its influence from the design of the Sony Action cam.

October 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Techmoan
I look forward to your review of the TCL svc200. Any idea when you will be releasing this?
Thanks

October 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDMW

Probably in a couple of weeks.

October 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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