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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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Olá amigos e amigas amantes da action HDR-15 gostaria de saber se vocês gostaram da atualização to comedo de atualiza
Estou chateada que a sony Brasil nao vende esse suportes poxa e ainda vi um esqueleto com áudio melhorado ajuda aí por favor


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December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFarcry2011@live.com

Thanks again for the great reviews.

A year or two back I bought the 808 camera based on your review and found it very good indeed, and saved me from buying some of the similar products that you showed is being quite inferior.

My interest was prompted again by your review of the SJ1000 camera, but the high percentage of quality control faults from users put me off, despite the good price.

Your reviews of the Sony Action Cams really caught my interest though, especially with the steadyshot video stabilisation, a facility that always seems to be missing from the budget chinese cameras.

I guess you've probably seen that Sony have just upgraded the model again, with the newly released AS30V, they seem to have addressed many of the shortcomings you highlighted.

I've just taken delivery of one and I'm very pleased so far. The cheapest I could find was from Pixmania, at £217 delivered, with their 5$ off voucher.

It has quite a few improvements over the AS15, namely:

* A new, smaller watertight case, thinner, lighter, and smaller than the original, though completely interchangeable with it, with any model too. The case has external buttons for next and previous too, so all menu options can now be accessed whilst in the case. There is a membrane in front of the microphones, so they now pick up sound whilst inside, and yet are still watertight.

* A flip option, to allow upside down filming without the need to post process.

* Full 11.9 mpx resolution of stills, instead of the previous 1920x1080 maximum.

* The BX1 battery now goes in without a tray, so maybe fits better with less chance of rattles.

* They've added a GPS as well as the Wifi, so videos can be recorded with track data. It's a bit sketchy at the moment, but there's a few Youtube videos showing playback via Playmemories home with an overlay of a sort of dashboard with speed and distance, and an outline map with a moving pointer.

I hope to try it out on my bike when the weather dries out a bit.

The prices of all the Sony Action cams have now come down a bit, making them less of a leap towards the GoPro prices. The AS10 can be had for £119, the AS15 for £150, and the AS30 for £217.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Douglas

Paul, Thanks for the info, very interesting and useful as I won't be buying the AS30 myself it's good to know what's different. The prices are a lot more sensible now. I still use my AS15 in the Camcorder LCD attachment when making other videos - especially to shoot the in-car sections.

December 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I've looked and can't find any info on it; the cam can't be run by USB power at all, can it? The battery on 30 sec interval lasts about 4 hours and so if I want to do an all day timelapse I have to replace the battery every 3 hours which is pretty inconvenient if I want to, y'know, sleep or be out of the house.

January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

It can be powered but you need an output of 1500mA (I think) or more otherwise it will just charge the battery. Works great with my Htc one x charger, even without the battery.

January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTim

OK, ..Moan, you got me..........Got the AS-15 ordered......Barebones....US Ebay $140.....The skeleton frame is available via Sony now...
Love what you have done with the place ;) You Rock.....

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCho CoMo

Mat, might it be possible to allow a "Reply" at each Comment herein? This would help the Commentors to directly assist each other; ala the Youtube model.
Great things you are doing here....Stay well....

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCho CoMo

Unfortunately the Comment system is provided by Squarespace.. so it's either this or nothing and an update looks unlikely because I'm on their old platform.

February 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi

I cannot find your video about connecting external mic to the AS15. Did you remove it? I am looking for a mic you used in that video.

March 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJacek

Are you thinking of this one? http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2013/8/23/audio-technica-atr3350-lavalier-microphone.html

March 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

No, it was a cheap one. I can't remember but I think that you said - it was for iphone? It was white. You were drilling a hole in a case for AS-15.

March 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJacek

Jacek.....I saw that video, but I'm not sure it was by Matt here. Try some of the other AS-xx reviews maybe.

March 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCho CoMo

Yes, it's not one of mine.

March 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Yes, you're right - I don't knw why I thought you did that ;)

Cheers - keep uploading new reviews - waiting for HDR-AS100V :)

March 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJacek

Excelents reviews, not just this, all the review. And thanks to this review and another one of your comparision between the sony action cam and the gopro, I finally get the sony hdr as30v.

March 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNigon

Hi Mat,
Ever heard of 3M™ Dual Lock? It's better than Velcro!. It is so powerful that some people have to shave off some of the grippers to make it release easier.
I put a small 1" x 1 -1/2" piece directly on the side of my Sony HDR AS15 and the other on my helmet. It will never shake off and is very difficult but do-able to release. If you make a small piece of wooden block with a slight curve on one side to act as a stand off. paint it black, put the 3M™ Dual Lock on both sides this will provide enough distance from the helmet to remove the view of the face shield.
it opens other possibilities for mounting directly to the camera to anything you want!
It does provide angle adjustment since it doesn't need to lock in at any particular angle.
With the dual lock on the side of the camera it still slides in nicely into the waterproof enclosure
Cheers, Joseph
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heavjPsXF1w

April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph Perrotta

I have this camera, is very good!

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSony Action Cam

Hi.First I'm from Portugal and I like your blog since I want buy the NC700 and I like your reviews.Now I buy a AS10 and my system is PAL. I can put a firmware to have a PAL system?On the AS10 I can have the same 1080p 60fps Luke the AS15? Thanks

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDigital97

The AS10/AS15 cannot do PAL mode.
You can update the firmware to add the 1080p60 mode here.
http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/swu-download.pl?mdl=HDRAS10&upd_id=8622&os_group_id=5

April 19, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I just bought the SONY AS15 second hand for £100. Can't wait to start using it. Initially I wanted a go pro for the quality and mounting options but came around to the SONY AS15 due to your videos so thanks.

May 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter I

Hi Mat, thanks for all your great reviews. I saw an interesting solution for owners of the sony AS-10/15 action cam who would like to use a tripod mount but without the waterproof case. You can buy a Cell Phone Universal Bracket Adapter Mount Holder on ebay. It costs under $2. It is a cheaper solution to buying the skeleton adapter. You can see it illustrated in this youtube video. Best regards.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikeR

Read a comment where someone used super strong Velcro strips to stick camera to helmet and mount

June 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermatt

Hi, I've purchased an Action Cam HDR - AS 20 from Sony. Can't figure out how to delete files from the micro card?? The DEL; windows fiunction is useless, and there in no option for this in the Play Memories app, even when the option delete files after import ( from advanced settings) is checked. Is it due to the system file exFAT? Is there any workaround.
Thanks.

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarc

I've been watching loads of your videos lately and think they are great. I can get a AS30 for £130 or a AS100 for £230 what would you recommend?

January 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I can't decide that for you - but they really are both good cameras. To some people £100 is nothing - but to others it's a big deal and I'm not sure if it includes the wrist remote or if you need one. Whichever you buy - you'll be happy.

January 7, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The 100 has better resolution and can shoot much higher resolution is equipped with a faster microSD card.

It all depends what the intended use will be and what your budget is.. Like it was stated before

January 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSato

The 1080p 60fps is very disappointing. Lots of artifacting and vsync issues. I was looking at the AS15/AS30 as a cheap upgrade to my Crocolis action cam but the 720p 60fps video on that is much better quality that what I'm seeing here.

May 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenkins

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