Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video at 60 fps
  • Capture 12MP Still Images in Photo Mode
  • Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • Built-In GPS & Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • One-Touch NFC Smartphone Pairing
  • Included Housing is Waterproof to 16.4'
  • Wide Angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • Supports SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Micro HDMI Out & Stereo Microphone Input
  • Memory Stick Micro & MicroSD/SDHC Slot

The compact and rugged Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder is designed for point-of-view (POV) shooting during action sports including skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, motocross, skydiving, mountain biking and other outdoor adventure sports. It supports Full HD 1920 x 1080p video recording at 60 or 30 frames per second (fps). It also supports other shooting modes including 2x and 4x slow motion modes. The 2x slow motion mode supports 1280 x 720p video capture at 60 fps, while 4x slow motion mode supports 1280 x 720p video capture at 120 fps. The camera can also capture up to 12MP still images when using the photo mode.

The HDR-AS30V features built-in Wi-Fi capability. This means that Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones and tablets can pull optimized movies and photos from the HDR-AS30V without a cable. Once the video is copied onto your mobile device, you can use its 3G or 4G mobile broadband connection to email movies to friends and family or upload your footage to social media sites like Facebook and YouTube. The HDR-AS30V also features One Touch NFC connectivity for easy pairing with your mobile device. And, built-in GPS allows you to add a geographical narrative to your movies and photos.

Sony includes a ruggedized waterproof housing with the HDR-AS30V. The waterproof housing has a universal tripod mount. Plus, it's waterproof down to a depth of 16.4' and shockproof from falls up to 5'. The camera is also dirt and dust resistant, which makes it nearly impervious to mud, snow, rain, sand and grime. The HDR-AS30V is equipped with a 170° ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor as well. To compensate for camera shake that's typical when shooting POV sports action, the HDR-AS30V features SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode.

Other convenient features on the HDR-AS30V include HDMI connectivity and a built-in stereo microphone for capturing high-quality audio to go along with the Full HD video. It's outfitted with a Memory Stick Micro and microSD/SDHC memory card slot as well, which supports expandable external memory for virtually endless recording. The camera is also 35% lighter and 20% more compact than the first generation Sony Action Cam. It's compatible with both Mac and PC for uploading footage to your computer as well.

Six Video Modes Including Full HD 1080/60p & 4x Slow Motion
The HDR-AS30V offers six video modes for flexible shooting scenarios. Record in Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution at 60 fps or 30 fps. You can also record in HD 1280 x 720p resolution at 30 fps or at 60 fps for 2x slow motion mode and 120 fps for 4x slow motion mode. The 2x slow motion mode is useful for recording fast-moving extreme sports, while the 4x slow motion mode can be used to slow the action down even further in order to analyze a golf or baseball swing, for example. There's also an SD mode that provides extended recording time at VGA 640 x 480p resolution at 30 fps.
Ultra-Wide Angle 170° Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
With an ultra-wide angle 170° Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, you will increase your perspective while you venture out to capture breathtaking views of dynamic terrain including ski slopes, mountain trails and more.
Exmor R CMOS Sensor with Enhanced Sensitivity
Experience enhanced low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and reduced grain thanks to Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image 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.
Ruggedized Waterproof Housing with Universal Tripod Mount
The HDR-AS30V ships with a ruggedized, waterproof housing that features a universal tripod mount. The housing 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 16.4', shockproof from falls up to 5' and has dirt and dust resistant seals that help make it nearly impervious to mud, snow, rain and grime.
Built-In Wi-Fi with One Touch NFC Connection
Use the camera's built-in Wi-Fi to turn your compatible smartphone or tablet into a remote control and remote viewing monitor using One Touch Near Field Communication (NFC) for fast pairing and wireless connectivity between the camera and a mobile device.
Built-In GPS Plots Location & Calculates Telemetry
Built-in GPS can be used in conjunction with the free PlayMemories Home software to make viewing and sharing videos fun and easy. Location, trail and speed information allow you to add more layers for enhanced analyzing of your performance beyond what can be captured and displayed using video.
Remote Control Operation with Optional Live View Remote
Using the optional Live View Remote accessory you can control the HDR-AS30V via Wi-Fi. This multi-functional watch allows you to frame your shots, control the camera's recording settings and start or stop recordings.
Capture 12MP Still Images in Photo Mode
Put your HDR-AS30V in still image photo mode and capture high quality 12MP still images with a single press of the button.
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.
Memory Stick Micro & MicroSD/SDHC Compatible
The HDR-AS30V provides expandable memory thanks to a card slot that accepts Memory Stick Micro (M2) and microSD/SDHC memory cards.
Built-In Stereo Microphone
A built-in stereo microphone allows you to capture exciting stereo sound to match your adventure.
Micro HDMI Output
Using the camera's Micro HDMI output, you'll be able to share your video footage with friends and family on your HDTV. However, an HDMI cable is required.
Works with Optional Mounting Accessories
The HDR-AS30V's slim-line design receives less wind and water pressure and it is ideal for outdoor activities such as cycling. It can also be used with a variety of mounting accessories so you can capture hands-free POV HD video while engaged in a wide spectrum of outdoor activities and action sports.
Compact & User-Friendly Design
As compared to the first generation HDR-AS15 Action Cam, the HDR-AS30V is 35% lighter and 25% smaller. The camera can also be operated with simple buttons on the side of the housing for enhanced ease-of-use.
Optics
Sensor Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 170° wide-angle pro-quality lens
Image Stabilization SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode
Recording
Video System NTSC
Recording Media MicroSD/SDHC
Memory Stick Micro
Video Resolution PS: Full HD 1920 x 1080p (60 fps)
HQ: Full HD 1920 x 1080p (30 fps)
STD: HD 1280 x 720p (30 fps)
2x Slow: 1280 x 720p (60 fps)
4x Slow: 1280 x 720p (120 fps)
VGA: SD 640 x 480p (30 fps)
Still Image Resolution 12MP
Audio Format Stereo
Connectivity
Interfaces Micro-HDMI output x 1
USB Multi Terminal x 1
1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo microphone input x 1
Built-In Microphone Yes (stereo mic)
Built-In Speakers No
Wireless Connectivity Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in GPS
One Touch NFC (Near Field Communication)
General
Housing Waterproof to 16.4' (5 m)
Shockproof to 5' (1.5 m)
System Requirements PC compatible
Mac compatible
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.0 x 1.9 x 3.2" (24.5 x 47 x 82 mm) camera with supplied battery
Weight 2.3 oz (65 g) camera body only
3.2 oz (90 g) camera with supplied battery
Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • Waterproof Case (16.4' / 5m)
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • 2 x Adhesive Mounts
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty

  • Included Free

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    SonyHDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)
    • Great picture quality (4)
    • Image stabilization (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Sizing:
          • Feels full size too small

             

            Feels half size too small

             

            Feels true to size

             

            100% 

            (3 reviews)

            Feels half size too big

             

            Feels full size too big

             
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Casual user (3)
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (6)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Long GPS delay

        I purchased this model because of the GPS feature and because it shares the same battery as my RX100 MkII camera. Sony still needs to update the software to fix the long lag of...Read complete review

        I purchased this model because of the GPS feature and because it shares the same battery as my RX100 MkII camera. Sony still needs to update the software to fix the long lag of the GPS. I have also tried this underwater in my reef aquarium (underwater scene) and was not impressed. The corals looked blurry and out of focus. I also noticed that the camera had moisture after removing it from the case. I have called Sony and they are replacing my case.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Camera Great. Software/Cust Service not

        It is a well designed camera that records well. However, if you want to use the GPS function to put speed, etc. on your video:
        1. It' won't work in...Read complete review

        It is a well designed camera that records well. However, if you want to use the GPS function to put speed, etc. on your video:
        1. It' won't work in Windows 8.1 or mac right now (12/21/13). They have not given an estimated date of the fix.
        2. It clutters up a lot of your screen if you can get it to work since the overlays are large with no options to show less information.

        It works with iPhone OS6 but won't save HighDef videos on it. For that you will need to upgrade to OS7. Customer service is some of the worst I've ever had. They didn't understand how their product or software was even supposed to work so it was difficult for them to identify the above problems. If at fist you don't succeed: Call back and talk to another tech. It took 4 until I found the one guy who knew what he was doing.

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        5.0

        A Great Alternative to the GoPro

        By vibman29

        from Walden, New York

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Great Hd Video
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Tripod Mounting

        Best Uses

        • Everyday riding
        • Mountain biking
        • Road cycling

        Comments about Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder:

        A great alternative to GoPro with an attractive price. A solid offering from Sony with great HD video and stills. Durable and easy to use for casual to experienced users. One drawback is the camera cannot be mounted on tripod without the case. Well worth the $$$.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        hdr as30v review

        By sid

        from michigan

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder:

              I bought this just to record my golf swing and use it with v1 to analyze it. I do like it easy to use and set up the only complaint I have is after using it with the lcd cradle I have a very hard time to get the enter button to work it almost seems like the button on the cradle has pushed the main enter button in too far.For the money less than [$] for both you can't go wrong video and audio quality are good.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              cool camera

              By Bob

              from Beth. Pa.

              Verified Reviewer

              Comments about Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder:

              For $ it's a great little camera.I got it mostlyfor still images.The fish-eye lens effect is nice addition to my camera bag.Bought a few attachmentsand the screen adapter.Mounted in a race car and got some cool images.I would recommend this sony camera.One more cool thing I can fire it with my nexus 7 tablet or my iphone.

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              5.0

              Excellent stuff

              By spacearchitect

              from Melbourne FL

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Yama Fz6

                Comments about Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder:

                Intuitive controls and use, excellent video, but most importantly: THE IMAGE STABILISATION IS AMAZING. I use the AS30 on motorbike, mounting it on tank, the image stabilisation mitigates major part of otherwise very disturbing vibrations... guys if you are looking for perfect HD that performs well also at night, and you want to use it on bike offroad or on motorbike this cam is the right choise - in addition you got free sony software that can add really cool life data to your video like map, speed, time, average speed etc. simply Awesome.

                The sound is still a bit of problem, due to vibrations and wind in high speeds, but I was really not going for motorbike sound ;)

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                3.0

                Camera Great. Software/Cust Service not

                By Matt the skier

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder:

                    It is a well designed camera that records well. However, if you want to use the GPS function to put speed, etc. on your video:
                    1. It' won't work in Windows 8.1 or mac right now (12/21/13). They have not given an estimated date of the fix.
                    2. It clutters up a lot of your screen if you can get it to work since the overlays are large with no options to show less information.

                    It works with iPhone OS6 but won't save HighDef videos on it. For that you will need to upgrade to OS7. Customer service is some of the worst I've ever had. They didn't understand how their product or software was even supposed to work so it was difficult for them to identify the above problems. If at fist you don't succeed: Call back and talk to another tech. It took 4 until I found the one guy who knew what he was doing.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Long GPS delay

                    By D1105

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder:

                        I purchased this model because of the GPS feature and because it shares the same battery as my RX100 MkII camera. Sony still needs to update the software to fix the long lag of the GPS. I have also tried this underwater in my reef aquarium (underwater scene) and was not impressed. The corals looked blurry and out of focus. I also noticed that the camera had moisture after removing it from the case. I have called Sony and they are replacing my case.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Small package, great results

                        By Carl

                        from California

                        Comments about Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder:

                        I picked this over the GoPro 3+ for several reasons. I am glad I did. Works great and is very easy to use.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome Image Stabilization

                        By kuson

                        from bangkok

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries

                          Comments about Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder:

                          I wanted to further edit my review, dont know how so putting in another. THE IMAGE STABILIZATION IS VERY GOOD! I never realized this until I disabled "ImageStabilization" via my android phone and saw how much motion effects the video I had previously shot. After I turned it on again, Wow are the pictures smoooth!Also clean the lens cover (i.e. underwater housing) often (or be aware of this) to prevent smudges. If want highest quality (obviously without protection though), as I do, use it without the housing as I mostly do documentaries.This is not CATs eyes image sensors, it doesn't match a EOS5mk2 in lowlight, but in better illumination, it rocks ;)

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                          5.0

                          Excelente, vou detonar nas filmagens

                          By Alex Sales

                          from Brazil

                          About Me Video Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder:

                            pelo formato anatômico achei melhor que a gopro

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Great Documentary Camera

                            By kuson

                            from bangkok

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Documentaries
                              • Home Movies
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder:

                              My first action camera, saw my friend using a GoPro in 2011 Thailand Flooding during true rescue operation and decided I needed one. Small and compact makes it easy to take along. Without a viewfinder but with alittle practice, am able to document everything I needed to in the case which DSLR would be too bulky. Wifi saps alot of power so I disable that, am able to get about 1+ hour is with 1080p 50 frames/second.

                              Wished there could be a camera mount on the device itself without using the waterproof housing -- or an extra front cover that 'opens' up the view for the lens to become unobstructed -- because the quality of images increase alot without the front cover on (or am I not cleaning it properly?). Wished there can be a way to connect wires through the external housing. Perhaps where I am heading is, if sony could include a separate housing where the lens is not covered and it is easy to connect the wires to the computer would be fantastic.

                              So far so good, would recommend this camera as a small documentary camera even for everyday life.

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                              • Price: $98.00
                               

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