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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2012
As an owner of the GoPro Hero 2 and Contour Plus it's nice to see that Sony has entered the market with a camera that can compete at a low price and offer something that is unique on its own. Contour and GoPro have their own strengths: Contours are a bit more versatile in mounts/ rotating angles and GoPros have higher video fidelity than Contour. The one thing missing in both cameras is image stabilization. The Sony Action Cam has digital image stabilization and it makes a huge difference in sports like snowboarding when recordings gives you motion sickness. I've done direct comparisons to my GoPro Hero 2 and Contour Plus and it is striking how much smoother the video looks. Optical Image Stabilization would be ideal but at this price I am amazed how natural Sony's Steadyshot stabilizes the video.

Also worth mentioning is that unlike most Sony products, this camera does not force one of Sony's proprietary formats, you can use your microsd cards as well as Sony's m2 memory cards. Others have voiced their displeasure with the limited mounts offered and I would have to agree. Sony needs to come out with something sleek and simple like what Contour does with their helmet profile mounts. The waterproof case adds bulk and currently the only real way to get the camera on your helmet is via the teletubby look. If you're looking for an affordable camera that takes great low light video, and has killer image stabilization then the Sony Action Cam fits the bill; just be fully aware that current mounts suck donkey balls.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2013
I bought this because the GoPro black has been getting a lot of 1-star ratings lately and I am not disappointed. The image quality is great, and the colors are very vibrant. The sound that it picks up from it's tiny stereo mic is pretty impressive based on it's size. Things I don't like are the access to inputs are all on the bottom of the cam to include the mic input. you won't be putting this on any sort of tripod with a mic installed. The tripod screw is on the waterproof case and once inside the inpauts can't be reached. Also the sound is muffled once inside the case so forget about using the mic once its in there. I didn't buy it for sound though so thats not too much of an issue. I bought it for the video and it does that very well. I especially like the 720p@120fps mode. It makes for really cool slow motion shots. Be warned again though, once in 120fps mode the sound is cut off, though I don't know what you would use that slow-mo sound for if it did work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2015
There's a lot of great competitors out there, but this simple machine gets the job done everytime! I wish you could install a heavy duty battery in it, but unfortunately the battery is inside, therefore it can only be one size. Unlike the GoPro's 24HR battery. Video and sound quality is fantastic! I take this camera fishing and mount it on my YakAttack Dogbone/Panfish Portrait to capture all my fishing adventures. And when I'm headed overseas, I wear it on my head for hands free adventures. Has been going for a year strong. Matter of fact, just bought another one and they're discontinued!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2012
This review is on the Sony HDR-AS10 action cam video camera.

I am updating a previous negative review that I posted. After more uses, I was able to work some things out.

I bought the camera for cycling, road and mountain biking.

So far, the pros:
1) The camera is small and lightweight. I was very excited to see it's size.
2) The clear (and waterproof) housing that the camera sits in seems very rugged, as is the yellow mount that screws into it... both very durable and of high quality.

So far, the cons:
1) Breaks apart the video into segments. With my two hour video, it broke it into ~35 minutes segments. Not a major thing, but I have to piece back together the segments in order to have a complete video.
2) No mounting for a helmet. The description wasn't clear on whether it included a helmet type mount and when I contacted Sony, one person said it did, another said it did not. So I wasn't surprised when it arrived without any mounting for a helmet, but it was disappointing. What is most surprising is that Sony does not offer any mounting for a helmet. This is an action cam, right? I was able to improvise, however, and purchased some velcro straps and made use of one of the adhesive mounts (wrapping it around the side loops on the mount and attaching the velcro on the inside of the helmet, and not using the adhesive). And it works ok, not super tight, but it keeps it to the helmet. Do NOT do as Sony suggests- use the adhesive and stick to your helmet. Comical!
3) The camera access door to the memory card and battery seems not very durable and considering how often one would use this door, I would have expected better. It's not a major thing, but since reviewing this item, wanted to mention it.
4) The camera has a round bottom... and... the access to the hdmi, etc, are on the bottom too! For me, this isn't much of a concern thus far because I intend to use the camera with the clear housing and mountain biking, etc. But this camera will not sit up on a table and must be put on it's side in order to access the ports.

In summary, and after a lot more use with the camera, I am pleased with the camera. Some of the things I experienced on my first recording were flukes. I love watching the replay of the videos and am very happy I have it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
Awesome features, especially the Wi-Fi and PlayMemories phone app. Extremely light weight and not cumbersome. The HD quality is not as great as a HandyCam, obviously, because of the size of the camera but you also can't strap a HandyCam to your snowboard or mountain bike. Great wide angle shots.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2013
This is a good camera, and has better optics, better low-light level performance, and longer battery life than a GoPro Hero 2. It's also lighter, and can be mounted to a standard tri-pod. The waterproof case is very sturdy and protects the camera quite well. The manual is not very well written and has some errors, but it's pretty easy to get the hang of using it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
The features on this are great, and this was better than I expected. I like the slim design for a side-wearable cam, and the 120p slow motion is amazing. I wished I would have bought the wifi version, just to help frame the shot using the screen on a smart phone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
I purchased the Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15 directly from Sony when it was first released. I was looking for a small camera I could mount to my motorcycle to capture some video on my trips. I've ridden all over the US and Canada and I've captured some great still images along the way but I was looking for something to catch more of the moments on the road for trip videos. The Action Cam fits the bill nicely but it's not a do-everything camera.

Compact. The form factor of the action cam is good for what I intended to use it for. I purchased the optional handlebar mount to put it front and center on my bike. I wanted to be able to access it easily to turn it on and off as needed but it couldn't be so bulky or awkward that it gets in the way. The Action Cam works well for this. The included housing mounts onto the handlebar mount with a standard tripod style screw. I can pop the camera in and out of the housing when I take a side trip off the bike or if I'm leaving the bike alone for lunch. At the end of the day it's easy to unscrew the housing from the mount. As others have mentioned, there is no mount hole directly on the camera and the bottom is rounded so it won't even stand up by itself. I guess it comes down to using the housing or hand holding the cam. As an action cam it's really designed to be mounted and not much else.

Good Image. I find the field of view is perfect for filming from the bike. I get a good wide view of the road but not too wide that it's distracting or picking up parts of my bike. The video I'm getting is like flying down the road. I would like to try a lower mounting point but that'll limit my ability to turn the unit on and off on the fly. Having mounted the camera onto the handlebar of a motorcycle I was nervous the vibration would make the resulting video nauseating or unusable but the SteadyShot really came through. There is a good amount of engine vibration coming through the handlebars and the mount but you wouldn't know it from the video I've taken. It's smooth. The color rendition is a little off, the skies end up a little over saturated in my view but I don't find it unpleasant. Overall the image quality is much better than I expected.

Waterproof. It is. Seeing as I intended to mount this to a bike for trips it had to be waterproof if nothing else. I've also taken it out swimming with my dog and I was surprised by how good the underwater video turned out to be. I'm not saying this is the right tool for documenting sea turtles for National Geographic Channel but it'll take decent underwater video if that's your thing. There is a downside to the waterproof ability and that is fog. I get some condensation buildup inside the waterproof housing as the unit warms up over time. In a cool area I seem to have around 30 minutes before it's noticeable. I've taken to storing the housing with some desiccant packets inside to try to combat the moisture. I'd like to find one that will fit in with the cam installed but so far have been unsuccessful.

Connectivity. I've had marginal success with the WiFi functionality. I have succeeded in both controlling the camera and uploading footage via my Android phones and tablets but it hasn't been as smooth as I had hoped. The app is a little clunky and slow and using the WiFi connection means I'm disconnected from the other WiFi sources while I'm playing with the camera. I also found transferring video from cam to phone/tablet was pretty sluggish. Accessing the memory chip directly was much faster but I didn't have much success with the resulting file format. Oh well, I'm new to video formats and codecs so it might just be a matter of setting things up correctly.

Overall I'm really happy with the cam and for a lot of things it really excels but this isn't going to replace your camcorder for around the town videos. It really is for capturing action in ways you can't with other cameras.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2012
I bought it two weeks after it was released. I checked all the possibilities: GoPro, Contour, even Chinese versions. But after some reviews I decided this camera was made just for me.
The video quality is really nice, and video options as slow and super slow motion works very fine. The best point is the steady, it really makes a difference.
The bad point is the low resolution for the still images (2MP). It is more than enough for a time lapse video, but small for a good picture. Maybe it can be solved through a software update.
I recommend this item!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
Owning both units has allowed me to do some comparisons of the 2 units. The night shot capabilities of the Sony is better than the GP HERO 2. The picture clarity is slightly less than the GP Hereo 2 under good light conditions, but the use of the Action Cam is much easier. The Action Cam is smaller and less intimidating when filming. I have produced home made mounts with velcro that work extremely well, with and with out the waterproof case. The memories app is available and works well with Android phones(has required re-boot of phone on occasion to get started). No lag as reported with GP App (not available with Android on GP yet). New Hero 3 might be worth considering, but with GP track record of delays on promises, might be a big risk.
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