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Action Video Camera from Sony HDR-AS15 (Black)

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  • Compact, rugged Wi-Fi enabled HD video action camcorder
  • High quality Full HD 1080p recording
  • Ruggedized, waterproof housing 1with universal tripod mount included
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Technical Details

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  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: HDRAS15/B
  • Media Type: SD
  • Optical zoom: 4 x
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 16.8 MP
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Product Details

Style: Wi-fi
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 6.7 x 2.8 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0090EC5MS
  • Item model number: HDRAS15/B
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,977 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 29, 2012

Product Description

Style: Wi-fi

Product Description

Relive the glory of every hardcore, gravity-defying moment in legendary Sony quality and share it wirelessly over Wi-Fi. No other mountable POV camera combines Carl Zeiss optics with a rugged exterior that welcomes mud, snow and water. So no matter what you do-snowboard, surf, skate, bike-record it all in HD and share your shredding with the world.

From the Manufacturer

Sony make . believe

prove yourself

Relive the glory of every hardcore, gravity-defying moment in legendary
Sony quality and share it wirelessly over Wi-Fi®.1 No other mountable
POV camera combines Carl Zeiss® optics with a rugged exterior that
welcomes mud, snow and water. So no matter what you do—snowboard,
surf, skate, bike—record it all in HD and share your shredding with the world.

Share the action instantly. It's tough like you. High quality HD 1080p recording.
Share that epic run, killer move or winning score with built-in Wi-Fi®.1 Use your smartphone to frame shots and share your footage on the fly. The Sony HDR-AS15 Action Cam easily connects to Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones and tablets running the free PlayMemories
Mobile application.3
Push it. Dunk it. The Sony HDR-AS15 Action Cam may be light and compact, but it's built to go hard. It's just over 3 ounces (with battery) and it's rugged case can handle the bumps and scrapes wherever you go. If that happens to include water, the HDR-AS15 Action Cam is also waterproof up to 197 feet.
Capture every move, trick and action-packed second in full, 1920x1080 HD resolution. When done, simply connect your Sony HDR-AS15 Action Cam via HMDI® to any compatible HDTV for playback that's as close to reliving the real thing as it gets.4

Gear Junkie

Key features
Ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss lens with 170-degree view
Go big with a lens that does, too. Increase your perspective, capture more of the terrain and give everything you shoot the look and feel of professional video with the Sony HDR-AS15 Action Cam's Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens.
Up to 4x slow motion in full HD
In the air. On the ground. Or somewhere in between. The Sony® HDR-AS15 Action Cam lets you study and refine your technique like a pro with HD Slow 4x (1280x720, 120p) or HD Slow 2x (1280x720, 60p). For more traditional shooting, it also shoots in Full HD (1920x1080, 30p), STD HD (1280x720, 30p) and SD VGA (640x480, 30p).
Goodbye blur
Get stable footage on the bumpiest moguls and roughest landings. The Sony® HDR-AS15 features SteadyShot® image stabilitzation with Active Mode to give you stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. Then turn the 3-way Shake Cancelling on or off for added electronic roll stability and even smoother capture.
It shines in low light
Sometimes the best moments happen after the sun goes down. That's why the Sony® HDR-AS15 features a back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS sensor for incredible low-light sensitivity, improved clarity and drastically reduced grain. Just what you need for exploring a dark cave or tearing up the slopes at night.
The red button of glory
Capturing your must see moment on the Sony® HDR-AS15 happens with one large (and very glove friendly) red button. One push to start recording and one push to stop. Its that easy.
Gear up
Capture the action from a variety of perspectives and angles with the right mount for what you do. The universal tripod mount gives you a variety of mount options including headstrap mounts, bike mounts, Handycam® adaptor, suction cup mount, waterproof accessories and many more.

Product description and full feature list
The Sony® HDR-AS15 Action Cam is equipped with the latest technology to bring you
incredible entertainment quality. Explore the full range of features and options below.

Compact, rugged HD video
action camcorder

The Sony® HDR-AS15 Action Cam is a rugged, wearable full HD video camcorder. Weighing in at just 90grams (w/ battery) this compact, lightweight unit allows you to capture your adventures on the mountain, in the water, and anywhere else life may take you as the action happens.

High quality Full HD
1080p recording

The Sony® HDR-AS15 Action Cam offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording and playback via HDMI® and compatible HDTV4 providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories.

Ruggedized, waterproof housing
with universal tripod mount

The Sony® HDR-AS15 Action Cam ships with a ruggedized, waterproof housing with universal tripod mount that is built to handle extreme environments, allowing you to concentrate on safety and composition while capturing Full HD videos. Within the housing, the camera is waterproof down to 197 feet and has dirt and dust resistant seals that help make it nearly impervious to mud, snow, rain, and grime.2

Share via Connected Phone/Tablet
Wi-Fi®-enabled mobile phones and tablets running the free PlayMemories Mobile™ application3 can pull optimized movies and photos from the Sony HDR-AS15 camera without requiring a special cable. Once copied, you can use your available 3G and 4G cell networks to upload your memories and share them via email or social media networks.

SteadyShot® image stabilization reduces blur
SteadyShot® image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.

Ultra wide angle Carl Zeiss® Lens
(170-degree FOV)

With an ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens, you will increase your perspective (170-degree viewing angle) while you venture out on breathtaking views of dynamic terrain to include ski slopes and mountain trails.

4x Slow Motion video mode in HD
Extreme sports athletes and enthusiasts will enjoy HD SLOW 2x (1280 x 720, 60p) and HD SLOW 4x (1280 x 720, 120p) that shoot slow motion, which is ideal for studying and refining form and technique. For traditional shooting methods, the camcorder also offers several different resolutions to suit your needs: shoots in Full HD (1920x1080 30p), STD HD (1280x720, 30p), SD VGA (640x480, 30p).

Exmor® R CMOS Sensor
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor® R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.

Simply "Press-n-Go"
Operation of the Sony® HDR-AS15 is as simple as pressing a large, easy-to-press start/stop button. Just press the button and you’re shooting the adventure of a lifetime.

Memory Stick Micro and
Micro SD/SDHC compatible

The Sony® HDR-AS15 Action Cam features a memory card slot that accepts Memory Stick Micro™ (M2) and Micro SD/SDHC Memory Card (class 4 or higher) type memory cards. Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of expandable memory via the memory card (sold separately) that is most convenient and offers maximum compatibility with the computers he or she uses the most.

Built-In stereo mic
A built-in stereo microphone allows you to capture all the exciting sounds of your adventure.

HDMI output for easy file transfer
With HDMI® output, you’ll be able to share your Sony® HDR-AS15 Action Cam video with friends and family on your HDTV (HDMI cable required/not included).

Secure on flat and curved surfaces w/ 2 adhesive mounts
Hands-free shooting is at your disposal. Mount your Sony® HDR-AS15 Action Cam easily and securely to flat and curved surfaces with included adhesive mounts.

Sony Suggested Accessories

  > Waterproof Head Mount Kit
  > Headband Mount
  > Handlebar Mount
  > Adhesive Mount
  > Replacement Housing
  > Anti-Fog Sheet
  > Tilt Adaptor
  > Replacement Door Pack
  > LCD Unit

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Camera fogs up inside the sealed case.
Video quality seems to be the best out of all action cameras, much better compared to GoPro Hero 3.
So just be prepared to buy a few extra items to make this great little camera perfect.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

494 of 512 people found the following review helpful By Y. Yamamoto on September 30, 2012
Style Name: No Wi-fi Verified Purchase
(Updated 11/26/2012) I now have GoPro Hero3 Black Edition. This review changes a bit. Although Sony is pretty good, if you can afford $399 action cam, I would go with Hero3 Black Edition. Otherwise continue with my review.

If you are OK with the following limitations of the Sony Action Cam, this little Sony Cam is absolutely fantastic. Otherwise, I would go with GoPro Hero 2 or Hero 3 Silver Edition.

1. CANNOT RECORD SOUND in 60/120FPS modes. Not that I value sound from any Action Cams inside a case, but no sound can be a deal breaker for some.

2. Underwater footage is much worse than GoPro Hero2 in terms of color (Mainly Sony auto white balance does not work underwater). The case of the Sony Action Cam also has a curve lens, so it cannot focus underwater. Sony will release the door pack that includes the flat lens dive door.

3. Severe Lens flare. Some lens flare can be a good visual effect. I am OK with it if the flare is not too much, but Sony cam often washes out some colors under certain conditions.

I do not record any action cameras in 1080P/30FPS mode since CMOS jello effects can be very pronounced in fast action scenes. So I record most clips in 720P 60FPS. The problem is that Sony records 60/120FPS footage without sound and output videos as 30FPS. I do not mind the output frame rate, but the sound should be there.

Sony underwater AWB does not function properly yet. I do not believe Sony adjusted the camera for underwater usage. The color is very strange. Too green, too blue, and a bit noisy.

If you do not mind these issues, then this is the camera to get because

1. The Zeiss Lens is absolutely the sharpest among all action cams out in the market right now
2. The SteadyShot is just unbelievable.
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184 of 196 people found the following review helpful By SuperDad on September 26, 2012
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Pros: Camera size (small), built-in Wireless WiFi for live video monitoring during recording, transfer to smart phone and computers without cabling. Free smartphone application. Included waterproof case with tripod mount and basic helmet / flat surface mounts. Built in microphone, microphone jack, HDMI output, price.

Cons: Some controls are not accessible via the smartphone app, poor user manual (download the real one from sony support), microphone jack not accessible when camera is in its waterproof case, no means to connect to a tripod when not in waterproof case, No audio noted on smartphone app when doing live recording. (available on playback)

Watch the video to see some examples of raw footage from the camera near dusk on the US West Coast. My apologies for doing too much panning in the video and the boring subject, although this was done on purpose to observe any video artifacts. This gives you a sense of the camera's ability in low light conditions and also allows you to hear the microphone quality.

I also include a timelapse test in the video. For this test, the battery lasted for 3 hours and 15 minutes for about 400 photos taken at 30 minute intervals. The camera was also set at the shortest time available before it goes to sleep. I had hoped for a 9 hour window due to less power required to take photos, but this was not the case. For this purpose then, the user will need to plug the camera into a USB charger or portable USB power pack. Unfortunately the USB connection is not accessible from the waterproof case and the camera will not "stand up" on its own due to its curved shape. (I'll need to get a bit creative if using for this purpose) I notice that Sony has included a proprietary accessory port on the camera.
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94 of 101 people found the following review helpful By joshua on September 26, 2012
Style Name: Wi-fi
Overall this is a great product at a great price. The camera captures good detail with accurate white balance, good color and saturation, and sharpness across the field of view. The steady shot works very well, and there is a definite improvement in low light detail and noise compared to competing cameras in this segment of the market. The wifi feature works as advertised and allows easy framing and control of the settings through an IOS or Android smart phone, although it can take a while to browse the content if you have a large number of photos or videos on the card.

White balance and auto exposure are more accurate than the go pro hero HD or Hero 2. The gopros tend to have a warmer white balance and will over expose the sky when a person is slightly back lit. The Sony will slightly under expose back lit subjects and preserve highlight detail in the sky.

The 4x slow motion works well and is smooth even when further slowed down in post. The image and individual frames maintain sharpness and their is no ghosting or other artifacts. Sony also writes the metadata tag so that the 120fps videos play back and drop into a 30fps timeline.

The lens has much less barrel distortion than the gopros even at the 170 degree setting, and the Zeiss lens provides sharpness across the entire field of view.

The still photo size is limited to 1920x1080 or 2MP only in the 16:9 aspect ratio, whereas the gopros offer 5mp, 8mp, and 11mp at 4:3 or 16:9. The gopros also offer a greater range of intervals at 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds vs sony's 5, 10, 30, 60.

In the 720 / 60p and 720 / 120p modes there is no audio recorded as Sony write the metadata to play back at 30fps
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