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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

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%! 

 
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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

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