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4.0 out of 5 stars Sony Action Cam vs Hero 2, September 26, 2012
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This review is from: Sony HDR-AS15 Action Video Camera (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
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.

Pros:
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.

Cons:
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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Initial post: Sep 26, 2012, 9:53:55 AM PDT
XFS says:
Thanks! Been anxiously awaiting an intelligent review of this camera.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012, 4:20:55 PM PDT
Roadking says:
How did you get to test this camera if it's not out yet?

How did you find the battery life? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012, 4:02:09 AM PDT
joshua says:
The local Sony store in Orlando had them on 09/20. The battery life is good. It lasted 3.5 hours in the 5 sec time lapse mode

Posted on Sep 27, 2012, 7:58:35 AM PDT
Julian says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012, 5:22:34 PM PDT
Bruw says:
I don't want to be a jerk but you asked a question about still photos that the reviewer already addressed. You should at least make a token effort to Google simple questions like that.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012, 5:33:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2012, 5:33:42 PM PDT
Julian says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2012, 1:11:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2012, 1:11:16 PM PDT
Timothy Lam says:
Awesome review! I am also interested in real life battery life when recording continuous 1080p video. Is there a time limit to video recording or does it continue until the battery is dead or ran out of storage? Can you flip the video upside down when you have to mount the camera upside down? I currently have the Drift 170HD, with a rolling lens that I can rotate 180-degree to record video when the cam is mounted upside down, but the low light performance is not very good.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2012, 1:13:59 PM PDT
Julian says:
I am going to get the Drift or this. As you have the Drift, would you recommend it?

Posted on Oct 3, 2012, 10:37:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 3, 2012, 10:38:04 PM PDT
S says:
Hi Joshua,

Thanks for the review. I have a question on audio recording while the camera is in the waterproof case. Is any audio recorded, or nothing can be heard?

If I mount it on my bike handlebar for example, can it record the traffic sound around me and my voice at a normal talking level?

Thanks.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012, 3:15:24 PM PDT
tev123 says:
Hi Josh; Thanks for the review

If I were to mount this at the front of a surfboard, can the mount be angled up slightly so as to compose the image a bit like the gopro's mount (i.e. swivel a bit up). or is it fixed flat?

Thanks again
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