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Sunday
Apr132014

The Epic Sony AS100V Action Camera Review

Assembling this video has taken me a lot of time...and watching it will take you almost as long. I know that many people don’t want to watch a half hour video about an action camera, but this video was put together for the small minority that do. If you are one of those people, find a comfy chair, pour yourself a drink and then press play on the video below. 

One thing that I forgot to mention in the video is that SteadyShot image stabilisation is not available in the 120/240 FPS High Speed modes or the 120 FPS Super Slow mode. Since video shot in these modes will usually be replayed at a very slow speed, its absence is not usually noticeable.

A slight correction - the Pro Files still have the .MP4 extension, but use the XAVC S Codec.

More Info

Sony UK page about the AS100V

Camera Specifications

Full Owners Manual PDF 

You'll find a few buying options below

 

Amazon UK 

Amazon US   (Note - in the US it's available with or without the Live-View Remote)

Sony US Store  

ebay UK

ebay US

Sony UK have stopped selling the camera direct for some reason. (I bought mine from here).

You’ll find some DOWNLOADABLE SAMPLE CLIPS AND PHOTOS HERE.

I will also add some (very) short pro-mode clips as soon as I can shoot some new ones. The only Pro (50 Mbps) clip I have is 55 secs long and 359MB and can’t be trimmed for length with my usual software.

The usual instructions apply for the downloads:

Don't stream them, if you do the quality will be no different to watching them on youtube. To download, change th dropbox large thumbnail page into a list (icon at the top right) then click on a file and choose Download (icon bottom right 'More Actions'). Once they are downloaded you can play them from your hard-drive to see the true untouched video quality. 

UPDATE 15 April 2014 - I've added some ProMode clips on the Downloadable Samples link above - they are all 1080p60 50Mbps clips (with Steadyshot on) in ZIP files. Each clip includes it's associated XML file. Presumably the XML will have the time-code information in it FOR PROFESSIONAL USERS who know what to do with this stuff. I'm not a professional user - so please don't ask me anything about time codes, I haven't a clue - all the information you need is in the Sony User Manual, but if you are a pro then you'll know all about this already and won't need to read a manual. 

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Reader Comments (144)

Hi Mat, wow a very detailed and a professional review of this Sony camera. It's a bit outside my price bracket, but I can understand why you wanted to do a review on it.

Well done once again...

Thanks

Daz

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Thanks Daz.

April 13, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Matt, Excellent review as always. Please note that the full handbook, in multiple languages, is available in the camera. Look in the PMHOME folder when you connect it by USB.
Thank you

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteraviva

That's true, although some people may want to read the handbook before they buy the camera - which is why I've linked to an online version.

April 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Fabulous review, thanks! I had an AS30 for a while and quite like it, my only issues were the mounting options, maybe you can do a second part on that. After trying the Mobius and finding a could velcro it to pretty much everything, including a cap, I haven't gone back!

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWebvan

Great Matt, your review is particularly useful because there are not (yet) out reviews (only some short impressions) of this camera (i was following up since they announced it back in January).

Was tempted to suggest it to you even i knew you do not review much these types of camera (on the "expensive" side).

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt_V939

Already somebody suggested (youtube comments) to review the VIRB camera from Garmin.

Another which could be interesting is the SHIMANO camera (targe: bicycle & fisherman..)

http://www.shimano-sportcamera.com/en/index.php

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt_V939

@Webvan. I can get an HDR-AS30 for a good price. How do you rate the Moebius vs the Sony hdr-as30 ? Pros vs cons between the models ? I'm very interested in the video quality of both.
Thanks i.a.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheck

Hi Mat,

Awesome reviews as always! Lately I've been spending more and more time at Techmoan and I've been making more of my camera purchase decisions based on your reviews.

Do the product links you add at the bottom give you some sort of affiliate commission, etc? Or is it purely the ads?

Dan

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

The Virb is a brick and freezes a lot, I wouldn't bother.

As for the AS30 vs the Mobius, it really comes down to what you need. The video quality is certainly quite comparable but there are fewer bells and whistles on the Mobius (no 120fps), the mic is stereo on the AS30, the stills are very fish-eye on the Sony, not really usable as everyday shots and of course it's waterproof. The Mobius is great if you want a camera you want to velcro to your cap and forget about, I got great memories from a skiing holiday thanks to that, using the 5s still pic interval. I just deleted those I didn't like, slapped the rest on a picture frame and that's it. The videos are harder to enjoy casually but I suppose it's nice to know I have them on my HD ;-)

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWebvan

@check & @ Webvan

About AS 30 & Mobius: I own both a Gopro3B & a Mobius. I do test also a friend's AS30 on my Quadcopter.

Of course Gopro& Sony have an edge on video quality on a Mobius, BUT not by a big margin.

My experience is that with the mobius you end up using it much more because of the small dimension and price (you dont really want to risk those expensive cameras to capture too dangerous action after all).

During my last ski trip I used to pack the mobius both as a dashcam on the rental car and on the skipole. And with an adapter I can use all of those gopro's mount.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt_V939

Dan, Yes I do affiliate links where possible - but on a camera like this, most people will buy it from a store or direct from Sony, so any income will probably come from the adverts...it will take a few hundred thousand views before this one pays for itself.

April 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Mat - Thanks for your in-depth video. Your site has been very useful to me in the past and I'm in the market for an action cam now.
I was surprised to see JPG artefacts and blocking on the daytime bike video (1080/30P) that I downloaded. In fact, I was very disappointed with the quality both of this video and the "1080/60P Car Daytime" video. The sky almost had tints of the pink I see in photos from cheap old phone cameras. Yet you don't comment on this in your review so I guess you were pleased with the quality. Are my expectations too high for this sort of action camera (even at this price point)? Even accounting for YouTube's compression, GoPro cameras seem to produce sharper video frames judging by the comparison videos I've watched on YouTube. Can you offer any thoughts on this too please?

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Thanks for the video, it´s verry interesting.

Could you compare it with thte AS15 pleast.

Thanks Tom from Austria.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTom

the provided videos are of low bitrate so quality is not good (mud at rapid movement)
can you please provide 50mbit/sec videos?

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

Thanks Webvan & Matt_v939

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheck

at last, the 50mbit/sec are MUCH better, the other ones are trash and dont represent the quality of the camera
All i am missing is a 50mbit/sec sample with and without steadyshot to see the difference in fov and resolution

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

Thank you for this very detailed and interesting review. The Sample Video files blow me away

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan Eighty

Hi Matt, Perhaps it is useful to note that in order to properly edit the 'Pro' files in Apple's Final Cut Pro X you need to install a (free) plugin provided by Sony. It can be found here: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/pdzk-lt2
Also see the related Apple support page: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4724
Thank you

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteraviva

Thanks for the info, I don't use Final Cut, but for anyone that does, this is handy to know. iMovie 10.0.3 imports the Pro Videos fine - but of course will only output 1080p at a standard Mbit/s rate of 12-13.

April 18, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Matt
Been fellow youtube subscriber and follower for what seems like an eternity.. :)
I noticed on a previous comment on your AS10 review a user said he had used a htc phone charger to charge the AS30/AS10 wireless on the go... did you see that at all, also have you or any othe rmember tried the playmemories smart phone app which enables you to operate the camera via your smart phone. A usefull alternative if people cant afford the ive view edition ;)

I really like the new AS30 and AS100 and would love the AS100 if it drops in price :)... though for now think with your guidance I am opting for the AS30 and a mobile app to operate it remotely/wirelessly with me being a dog handler.

Is the live view down gradeable... for instance is it backward compatible with all their lower sony cameras at all?
Also what mic would you recommend to use with this camera or the AS10/AS30

Think I am going to look at possibilities of charging this wirelessly in the waterproof with alternative chargers on the market.
Final question....can batteries be upgraded for a longer operating and standby time... or would you recommend spare batteries be carries or a battery pack ....

Thanks in advance and keep up the good work.

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLEE JENKINSON

Hi Matt,

Lee(here again).... still looking at this and the AS30... though now researching the web :) it appears that with wifi on the battery goes from fully charged to zero charge in 30minutes. :(

The battery issue on wifi is a big issue for me so.. may go for one of your other previous cameras with remote (unless external power can be hooked up), since remote use is important for me during patrols as I need a instant record button at hand easily.

I am looking at the moebius as a backup to mount on a spare baseball cap, but if I do what is the best way of attaching do you think which will allow me to occasionally remove the moebius and use in car also.
This is one of your best reviews....

By the way I was the person who emailed you with the graphic equalizer display problems :)

many thanks

Lee J

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLEE JENKINSON

Best review I've seen on the kit to date. Well done. A couple of questions. I have the as-15 and find when using remote view with my android phone the connection is constantly dropping. With my camera inaccessible in its case and on my helmet this is a real nuisance. Is the wifi connection with the as-100 using live view remote stable for long periods, how heavy is it on the battery, would it be just as functional with my as-15? Finally, is an external mic usable while helmet-mounted? Thanks in advance Mat.

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Keating

Live View remote works well, connection is solid...unless you step out of range (as demonstrated in the review). Battery life specs are also in the review...I'm pretty sure it takes it down to an hour with the live view screen displayed...but you'll find this information in the video and in the Sony Owners Handbook I link to above. With regard to your question about the mic....this is demonstrated in the next video I made...just click the big TECHMOAN logo at the top of the screen to see the latest article.

April 20, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Excellent review ... i'm hesitating btw the AS30 and this new AS100 ... but, there are serious rebates right now in Belgium, in a package with the remote and because of these rebates on the first one, the difference is about 40% between the models ... That becomes to be a lot, in my point of view, for a sport cam with a fisheye POV ...

What are the "+" of the AS100 over the AS30 ?

- tripod mount without the case OK
- improved steady shot ? need to be verified ... still you can achieve better result by adding some "software" stabilisation in post process ...
- 50mbps mode ? (tried to play your footage on my mac mini core i5 16Go and SSD ... it was full of lags with quicktime player, the same in imovie (when imported) ... but not in VLC ... where is the problem ? but it's not very useful to have a lagy playback and i do no intend to buy the new mac pro)
- the time codes ... but i'm not a pro and do not have final cut ...

So, maybe it's worth saving money and buy some accessories ...

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFred

A couple more things come to mind.. Splash-proof body, flip option, photo mode with better pictures, better SD card slot and battery holder..but ultimately it's down to you...the AS30 is a great camera too.

As fas as 50Mbit/s mode...its not going to be of much use to me either (it's overkill for youtube clips), however it should play back smoothly on your computer....my Macbook Air has the same specs and plays them fine..even just using preview (space-bar).

April 20, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

"Splash-proof body" ... might be useful ...
"better SD card slot and battery holder" ... in what way ?

And for playback ... i don't know where the problem is ... (must say i made a "fusion drive" out of my sad/hdd drive couple ... but if it was the problem, VLC should lag too ... ) Ii'm gonna try the "sony" driver ; we never know it installs something used for "system" video playback (QT, Preview and iMovie... since they use the same engine) that VLC could override

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Can't find the answer so I'll ask.
does it charge the battery when hooked up to the usb?

as well the e-prance 0801mini?

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergeo

Yes the USB lead is how you are supposed to charge the camera - it doesn't come with an external charger (but one is available).

April 21, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Great tutorial/review, I'm in the same position that you, I have the AS10 and today I upgraded to the AS100V. Keep the great videos coming.

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErik

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