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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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Reader Comments (57)

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

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