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Sony AS30V High Definition POV Action Video Camera HDR-AS30V

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  • SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and one touch NFC for remote control and viewing via smartphone1
  • 6 video modes including 1080/60p HD and 4x slow motion
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Technical Details

Size: cool 16GB card+1080p | Color: Black
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Product Description

Size: cool 16GB card+1080p | Color: Black

Product Description

Bring on the action with the only mountable camera that captures it all in legendary Sony video quality. Shoot shake-free with image stabilization and enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC that lets you remote control, view and transfer with your smartphone. GPS maps your location and speed, while you record in Full HD 1080/60p or even 4x slo mo. It's ready, are you?

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Bring on the action with the only mountable camera that captures it all in legendary Sony video quality. Shoot shake-free with image stabilization and enjoy Wi-Fi® connectivity with NFC that lets you remote control, view and transfer with your smartphone. GPS maps your location and speed, while you record in Full HD 1080/60p or even 4x slo mo. It's ready,
are you?
AS30V

Technology


SteadyShot™ image stabilization reduces blur

SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video.

Built-in Wi-Fi® and one touch NFC for remote control and viewing via smartphone

Turn compatible smartphones and tablets in to remote control viewing devices via Wi-Fi® and One Touch Near Field Communication (NFC). You'll be able to frame your shots to ensure you're capturing the
best video.





Built-in GPS plots location and calculates telemetry

Built-in GPS can be used in conjunction with the free PlayMemories™ Home software to track your speed and performance. Location, trail and speed information add more layers to your ability to analyze your performance that can be captured and displayed on your video.

6 video modes including 1080/60p HD and 4x
slow motion

Six video shooting modes are available for flexible shooting scenarios. Record in Full HD 1920x1080/60p for beautiful smooth video. HQ mode delivers full-HD quality for the highest image resolution. Three standard HD modes are provided: STD mode, 2x SLOW and 4x SSLOW.

Ultra wide 170° pro quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens

The professional quality, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens allows you to shoot high quality video and still images, and its ultra-wide viewing angle (170-degrees) lets you capture breathtaking landscapes and terrain anywhere you go.

Exmor R® CMOS sensor with enhanced sensitivity for beautiful images

Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor.


Additional Features


Ruggedized, waterproof housing2 with universal tripod mount included

The Sony® HDR-AS30V 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 16 feet and has a shock resistance rating for up to 5 foot drops plus dirt and dust resistant seals that help make it nearly impervious to mud, snow, rain, and grime.

Remote control operation with optional Live View Remote

Using optional Live View Remote accessory you can control the HDR-AS30V via Wi-Fi1. This multi-functional watch allows you to frame your shots and control the camera's recording settings and start/stop record.

Capture amazing high quality 12MP still images in photo mode

Put your HDR-AS30V in still image mode and capture amazing high quality 12MP still images with a single press of the button.

Built-in stereo mic for quality sound recording

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

Thin, light-weight, slim design

Thin and slim-line design receives less wind and water pressure and it is ideal for outdoor activities such as cycling. It can be used with a variety of mounting accessories to capture hands-free POV HD video while engaged in a wide spectrum of outdoor activities, including extreme sports. As compared to first generation Action Cam (HD-AS15) the new HDR-AS30V is 35% lighter and 25% smaller. The camera can be operated with simple buttons on the side of the housing.

Memory Stick Micro™ and Micro SD/SDHC compatible

Expandable memory with Memory Stick Micro™ and Micro SD/SDHC card slot.

HDMI® output for easy file transfer

With HDMI® output, you'll be able to share your Sony® HDR-AS30V video with friends and family on your HDTV (HDMI cable required/not included).


Accessories

Headmount Kit
VCTGM1

Suction Cup Mount
PFVCTSC1

Handlebar Mount
VCTHM1

Ball Head Mount
ADPBH1

Versatile Skeleton Frame
AKASF1

Anti-Fog Sheet
AKAAF1

Camcorder Cradle with LCD unit
AKALU1

Compact System Case
LCMAKA1

Dog Harness
AKADM1


1. Requires NFC-compatible mobile device. Check device's user manual for compatibility. Device cases may prevent connection.

2. While the "Live-View Remote" is water proofed, the Wi-Fi feature cannot be used when submerged in water. Available distance of the Wi-Fi depends on using environment and situation.

3. Waterproof down to 16-feet based on Sony testing

© 2013 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, SteadyShot, Exmor R and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac is a trademark of Apple, Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.

Product Information

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Technical Details

Part Number HDRAS30V/B
Item Weight 12.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 5 x 3.2 x 6.3 inches
Item model number HDRAS30V/B
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Size cool 16GB card+1080p
Color Black
Style Base
Item Package Quantity 1
Special Features camera
Included Components Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, Waterproof
Batteries Included? Yes
Batteries Required? Yes
Warranty Description PENDING

Additional Information

ASIN B00EVIBN8U
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,587 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#28 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Video > Body Mounted Cameras
#610 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Video > Sports & Action Video Cameras
Shipping Weight 12.8 ounces
Date First Available September 4, 2013

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I've been in the market for an action camera for a while now. Just a few weeks ago, I picked up a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. Considering the Hero 3 Black is the industry leader, I was quite surprise to find out that there is no image stabilization built into the camera. Further, while shooting some video clips at night, the video quality was quite bad in low light situations. When Sony announced the predecessor to their action cam at IFA 2013 last month and having heard of all the features, I decided to pre-order the camera.

The Sony HDR-AS30V comes with 6 accessories.
- Micro USB
- Rechargeable battery pack
- Waterproof Case
- Adhesive Mount Attachment Buckle
- Flat Adhesive Mount
- Curve Adhesive Mount
- Set of printed documentation
The 73 page user manual is provided as PDF on the camera's memory and can be accessed when the camera is connected to a pc.

To access the settings on the camera, you have 3 buttons. An ENTER button, PREV, and NEXT. Navigating through the menus take some time to get used to, but once you get the hang of it, it's quite easy.

Sony also offers a free mobile app called PlayMemories Mobile. With the camera on and app launched, once you enter the SSID and password provided to you on one of the printed documents, you'll have a LIVE VIEW of what the camera is aimed at. This comes very handy when framing your shot. With the app, besides starting and stopping the video recording, you have options to turn on and off the SteadyShot, toggle the camera viewing angle between 120 degrees and 170 degrees, and set the camera in PHOTO or MOVIE, or INTERVAL RECORD mode.
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This camera is so close to being the best in the industry but it's got some serious missed features to make it great.

Lets start with the GOOD:
Image Stabilization: It's the only sports camera on the market that has image stabilization, this is outstanding!!!
Small form Factor: the camera itself is really small compared to other cameras (but*** keep reading)
simple menus for easy adjustment from the side of camera with it's included screen and buttons on the side.
remote management: you can change settings remotely over WiFi but the options are limited.

Now to the BAD:
The lens is not rotatable: Contour(no longer in busines) and Drift (best on the market, IMO) really hit the features when they made the camera rotatable.
No mount on the camera: the camera has no way to mount it so no matter what you have to use a housing of some kind, utter FAIL
WiFi: Sucks power like crazy... Also limited ability to change setting for the camera. You can only change camera recording rates and angle of view. other settings like time lapse cant be adjusted and setting like flip have to be done from the side of camera. This is quite the pain when all the settings should be adjustable from the app.
Not able to select center point metering or change any metering setting at all, though the stock setting is pretty decent it would be nice to be able to make adjustments.
Microphone settings not adjustable.
Lousy location for mic, not accessible inside the case that it comes with (you can't drill through either because then you'll damage the locking lever that closes the case. You have to buy a goofy offset housing that then gives you access to the ports on the bottom of the camera.
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Sony has been making video cameras longer than just about anyone on the market, so it's no surprise that their wearable action camera is a high quality product. This little camera is about the size of the battery my camcorder used a decade ago, yet delivers beautiful high definition wide angle video.

The camera can shoot in a variety of resolutions and framerates, ranging from as low as VGA resolution all the way up to 60 frames per second at 1080. There are slow motion modes as well.

The camera lacks a view finder but does transmit a preview image to a mobile device running Android or iOS via WiFi. All of the camera controls are configurable from the mobile app and it's possible to also initiate a recording from the app as well.

The camera lacks a tripod mount but the included waterproof case has one. Unfortunately the camera has to be enclosed in the waterproof case in order for it to connect with any of its included or optional accessories.

Sony no longer requires users of its products use its proprietary memory format, so micro SD cards are compatible as are Sony's M2 cards.

Overall this is an impressive camera that has a better form factor than the GoPro. I don't own a GoPro to do a head-to-head comparison of video quality, but I was impressed with the speed of the sensor and how nice the image looks.
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By Chris Hubick on September 26, 2013
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It's becoming a common sight to see boxy action cams sticking out awkwardly off people's helmets, mounted to chest straps, etc. In purchasing Sony's new AS30 I was hoping to find something capable of being a little less bulky and a little more subtle. I want to capture video of my adventures, but where the cam is something I can bring along without having to sacrifice any major attention away from the activity itself, and where it isn't completely obvious to anyone who comes within my vicinity.

I can say that, after a couple days mountain biking with my new AS30, I've not been disappointed.

Now, the cam only included a couple of sticky mounts in the box, and those don't really do it for me. The included mount let me position the camera sticking straight up off the top of my helmet, which works well enough, but between the shape of the camera and mounting it in that position, combined with the extra centimetre of height due to the mount itself, it doesn't really meet my desire for a degree of subtlety. I chose to forego the included mounts altogether, and used some double sided sticky tape and a zip-tie to lash the included waterproof case directly to the side of my helmet. This worked great, and I did it so that I was still able to easily remove the cam from the case in order to change batteries and retrieve the SD card.

I have been reasonably impressed with the size and weight of this new model. I think one would have to be rather fussy to take issue with the weight of this cam when mounted on top of their helmet, as I almost didn't notice it.
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