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Sony HDRAS100V/W Video Camera (White)
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- Advanced image stabilization adjusts to vibration
- New splash proof body with tripod mount
- View and control via smartphone/ Live View Remote1
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|Item Dimensions||6.5 x 3 x 4.75 inches|
|Item Weight||1.05 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||5 Volts|
|Shipping Weight||1.05 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080|
Step it up with the Action Cam that brings pro-quality features along for the ride. Keep things smooth with Advanced Steady Shot and enjoy the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi with remote viewing and control from your mobile device. All in a housing-free, splash-proof body that packs XAVC S HD recording and high frame rates in 120/240p. It"s ready for the big time, are you?
From the Manufacturer
Step it up with the Action Cam that packs pro-quality features like Advanced Steady Shot, built-in Wi-Fi, and XAVC S HD recording and 120/240p frame rates into a splash-proof body. With a built-in tripod mount and GPS tagging, it's ready for the big waves, the big air and the big jumps. The real question is, are you?
Stay Sharp with SteadyShot
Conquer jagged mountain peaks, rocketing descents or swerving slaloms in perfect clarity thanks to SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode that delivers stunningly smooth video even while in motion. In addition, innovative 3-way shake canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.
Keep focused on the footage and not the conditions thanks to a splash-proof body that takes the worry out of weather, even when your Action Cam is outside its included housing. Need to take a breather or set up a static shot? Simply attach a tripod via the universal tripod screw mount and keep capturing all the action in sublime stability.
Make Every Shot Count
Turn your compatible smartphone or tablet into a mobile, remote viewfinder and make adjustments to camera settings on the fly, even when your road takes you off the beaten path. With Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC), you can frame your shot perfectly before you step off into your next adventure and instantly share it with your friends to up the ante on the next trick or trail. And now you can now control up to 5 Action Cams (HDR-AS100V) at the same time using the optional LiveView Remote1.
Shoot Like a Pro
Capture quick action with smooth image motion pro-quality XAVC S recording with 50Mbps high bit rate data transfer. HDR-AS100V also supports 24p high-speed 120 fps and 240 fps shooting with sound, as well as MP4 HD video for when you just have to share your latest trick and turn across the Internet.
Track Your Trail
Use the built-in GPS 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.
Serious Stereo Sound
Can you imagine skydiving without hearing the rush of air past your ears, or catching the perfect wave without the crash of the surf? Now you don't have to. Record the splashes, the shouts, and the swooshes in glorious stereo with Action Cam so you can relive your experiences in the detail they deserve.
Exmor R CMOS sensor for superb low light shooting
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor.
Ultra wide 170° pro quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
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.
Capture high quality 13.5MP still images in photo mode
Put your HDR-AS100V in still image mode and capture amazing high quality 13.5MP still images with a single press of the button.
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-AS100V video with friends and family on your HDTV (HDMI cable required/not included).
Universal Head Mount
Suction Cup Mount
Kayak/Surf Board Mount
Ball Head Mount
1. Requires NFC-compatible mobile device. Check device's user manual for compatibility. Device cases may prevent connection. Live View Remote is an optional purchase.
2. Live-View Remote (RM-LV1) included with bundle package.
3. Supplied housing Waterproof down to 3meters (15feet).
2014 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, SteadyShot, Exmor R and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. Carl Zeiss is a registered trademark of Carl Zeiss, Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.
Top customer reviews
I'm going to get straight to the main course. The quality of the video alone is an embarrassment to Go Pro (the innovator of this product and the "industry standard"). The sharpness of the lens and fluid motion of the CCD, even with the stabilizer turned off, isn't even in the same category as the competition's. It handles color beautifully, and allows you to record 1080p at 60fps so even the quickest turns and motions are captured accurately and not lost in frame sync.
On paper, there are a few competitors. The Go Pro Hero 3+ Black Edition offers just about the same specs, but lacks a live view remote. But the quality difference gets lost in the fine print. Sony's image sensor is far superior, its stabilizer is subtle and effective, and most importantly, there seems to have been a fine display of quality control and testing, whereas Go Pro absolutely craps themselves in that regard. The Hero 3+ is off focus, the Hero 3 is fragile and buggy, the Hero 2 skips frames and cannot focus underwater, etc, etc. That being said, I'm sure you can understand why I was so excited to try the Sony AS100VR out.
You're probably thinking: "But wait, doesn't the Hero 3+ support 4K video?"
Technically it almost does. What Go Pro considers to be 4k is actually about a thousand pixels short of the WHXGA standard. Practically it does not even come close. It can only shoot (almost) 4K at 12fps, which is about half of the suitable minimum for video. Remember claymation? That was mostly 15fps. You're also shooting "4k video" out of a lens that isn't designed for that resolution, or even properly focused.
Not that it should even matter right now. Most of us can't even keep a 720p video stream from Netflix or Youtube without buffering. 4k as a standard is a decade away.
The AS100V handles dynamic range very intelligently in both bright and dark settings, and adjusts the exposure faster than most other cameras. This means that if you're wearing it on a bike and ride out of a tunnel, it won't take 3 seconds to adjust to the drastic light change.
I was a little worried that the AS100V would fall short on low-light performance, as almost all action cameras do. But, anxiety averted. Recording under streetlights looks sharp and clean. I would put it far beyond the Hero 3 or 3+, and just slightly above the Hero 2 (which was my previous pick for low-light
performance). Sony takes the gold with quite a bit less noise. I would assume that the the Sony had a larger aperture lens while the Hero 2 had to compensate with ISO, but they're both f/2.4, so I have no explanation other than an improved CCD.
Finally, the game changer: You can opt to record in XAVC format if you buy a high speed memory card. If you plan on using this for anything other than your own enjoyment, this is huge. Before this camera, XAVC was only used in high-end professional camcorders. The compression is much crisper, and there's an upgrade in color depth from your standard 8-bit, to 12-bit. It's a proprietary format, but it is supported by all current Adobe products as well as Vegas and other mainstream video editing applications.
Other goodies worth mentioning:
-240 FPS/480p and 120FPS/720p for super slow motion fun.
- The option to shoot at 170 degrees or crop to a less wide 120 degrees.
-Tripod screw on both camera and waterproof case. The waterproof case has a standard 1/4 screw hole, and the camera has a 1/8. However it comes with a 1/8 to 1/4 base should you choose to use the camera on a tripod without the waterproof case.
- Both the camera and the wrist display charge via standard micro-usb. (Android phone charger)
- On-board GPS that doesn't require specific software or a website to use (although you have the option). It saves the data in a .log file, so you can load it into virtually anything.
- Easy smartphone integration/preview/sharing.
At the time of writing, this is easily the best in class for action cams, and probably the best video capture quality you will find behind the DSL price-range.
The only thing I can't comment on is it's longevity. But if it breaks easily or stops working, I'll certainly change those 5 stars and complain to the world by updating this review.
I've used the GoPro Hero 3+ Black and wanted something better. The AS100V Action Camera is better in just about every way: much better battery life; better picture quality; but most of all, it includes motion stabilization. This is extremely important for an action camera, and not just for the obvious reason that it makes the video more stable. Even more important is that all action cameras have a "rolling shutter" and this can cause vertical structures to "lean" back and forth as the camera moves, and can introduce the dreaded "jello effect" if you use the camera on a motorcycle or other vehicle that vibrates. While some of this can be removed in post production using Mercalli, or similar stabilizer, the better way is to not allow the shake or shimmy to be recorded in the first place.
This camera's motion stabilization does just that, and it works very well.
I found both the enclosure and the mounts much easier to use than those that come with the GoPro.
The menu organization and function is very similar to the GoPro.
The only downside I see to this camera compared to the GoPro is that it doesn't have as much third-party support. So, if you want to control the camera through the expansion connector, like you can do with the GoPro, you won't be able to do that. As a result, this Sony camera would not be a good choice if you want the camera to be part of some larger, custom image capture system.
So, except for those small caveats, the camera is really good.
The "Live View Remote" is an absolutely terrible product. Save yourself some money and instead get just the bare camera, without this viewer. Use a smartphone, or some other device instead.
What is wrong with the viewer?
1. You can't see it in sunlight. Let me repeat that: you cannot see anything in the display when viewed in direct sunlight, or even bright shade. The attached picture shows the problem (and yes, the viewfinder IS turned on in the outdoor picture). This flaw pretty much makes the LiveView Remote not fit for its intended purpose. If you want to use the viewfinder to help frame the picture while you are filming outdoors in full sunshine, you simply will not be able to do that.
2. You can't easily get it onto your arm. The wrist band strap must be completely opened in order to get it over your hand, if you happen to have large hands. If you are a man, and are over 5' 11", you will not be able to get it over your hand. You can, however, completely un-do the strap, and then attempt to get the velcro back through the opening of the buckle, using just one hand. However, because the end of the velcro strap is doubled over and therefore barely fits through the hole, I found that even after several tries, this took over one minute each time I wanted to use the view finder. I have a few old watches that have old-fashioned leather straps that you have to put on in this way, but on those watches, the leather end easily slips into the buckle.
3. You can't see the video on your wrist without putting your arm at a strange angle. To see what I mean, try this: if you wear a watch on one arm, hold a camera with the hand on your other arm, and then, while filming, hold the arm with the watch so you can read the time. Now imagine having to hold your watch-hand in that position while filming for a few minutes. Not pleasant, eh? The mounting for the viewer should have included ways to mount it at an angle to your wrist, or to wear it on other parts of your body, or to allow the video to be shown in portrait mode as well as landscape. Even if your are wearing the camera (e.g., on a helmet), the "watch reading" approach to viewing the video is awkward.
So, while the "Dick Tracy 2-Way TV" is initially appealing, for those of us old enough to remember that comic strip, it is actually a lousy way to view video while simultaneously participating in some sort of activity.
4. You cannot play back recorded video!! Yes, that's right, you cannot review anything that you have recorded. This is actually quite unbelievable. So, you cannot use this to edit and delete your videos, from within the camera.
5. The range of the Live View Remote is less than ten feet. You will see this mentioned in other reviews. I tried it indoors, and as soon as I took even a few steps, the video froze. I realize that this remote viewer is not designed for watching the video while the camera is mounted in a quadcopter, but it sure would be nice to be able to step into a group on the other side of the room and still at least turn the camera on and off, or snap some still photos.
Unfortunately, you cannot do this because the range is so limited.
6. The free Sony PlayMemories software (download from the Sony site) is completely useless for anything, and does not help you manage the photos on the camera, so that is not an alternative for managing and deleting videos.
So, here's the bottom line: I would highly recommend the camera, but the Live-View Remote is a terrible product, and I don't see how anyone could be happy with its features and performance.
Get the camera; forget about the Live View Remote.
I've now used this camera for over a year and I have a few important things to add.
First, it is really difficult to mount this camera on your body for a face-forward view. This is due to having the lens on the end of the camera, like most traditional video cameras. By contrast, the GoPro has the lens in the middle of the body of the camera. which makes it really easy to strap to the front of your chest, hat, head, or helmet.
Second, I have now used the PlayMemories Mobile on an iPhone 6 Plus to view live video and control the camera. I was hoping for an increased range compared to the Live-View Remote that I reviewed above. However, there was no increase in range, and no improvement in functionality. I could not play any videos stored on the camera, so you still cannot review video you've taken while still in the field. Also, if you change modes on the camera while connected to the iPhone via Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi disconnects. Basically, all you can do is see the video you are taking, with a slight delay, and start and stop recording. Very disappointing.
I have now owned this camera for over a year, and one downside that I can't get around are the problems of mounting this camera. The GoPro has the lens on the side of the camera, and this has the lens on the end of the camera. This causes problems. The best example is a chest mount. Basically, this design makes such a mount almost impossible. Even if you can find a mount (I haven't been able to find one), the camera is going to wiggle and wave back and forth, increasing the amount of unwanted motion. Many other mounting positions are equally compromised. In addition, I haven't been able to find many mounting options for this camera compared to what is available for the GoPro. A good example is the Zemuse gimbal for the DJI Phantom quadcopter. GoPro yes; Sony Action Cam, no.
So while I still prefer the quality of the video this camera takes, compared to the GoPro Hero 3+ Black (I haven't tried the GoPro 4), the mounting options could be a real show-stopper for some people, and you need to consider this before you buy.
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