The New Sony HDR-AS10 & HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorders Combine Quality Optics & Rugged Design

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Sony has finally announced a pair of compact, rugged Full HD camcorders for point-of-view (POV) action sports videography. As this corner of the camcorder market continues to grow, we knew it would only be a matter of time until Sony offered a viable contender. The Sony HDR-AS10 and HDR-AS15 are basically the same camera with one exception: the HDR-AS15 provides Wi-Fi capability. This means that Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones and tablets that are equipped with Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile app can pull optimized movies and photos from the HDR-AS15 without a cable. Once video is copied to 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.

Both the HDR-AS10 and the HDR-AS15 are designed for shooting in mountains, water or anywhere else you practice an extreme sport. They’re ideal for skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, motocross, skydiving, mountain biking—even bungee jumping. These lightweight and rugged wearable action camcorders weigh only 3.2 ounces (90 g) and they record at resolutions up to Full HD 1920 x 1080p at 30 frames per second (fps). They also support other shooting modes including a 2x and 4x Slow Motion Video Mode. The 2x Slow Motion Mode supports 1280 x 720p HD resolution video capture at 60 fps. The 4x Slow Motion Mode supports 1280 x 720p HD resolution video capture at an amazing 120 fps. Having 120 frames per second to break down video frame by frame makes the 4x Slow Motion Mode a valuable tool for both movie making and review of your tricks, line, form and technique.

Sony includes a rugged waterproof housing with each camera. The housing has a universal tripod mount and is waterproof to a depth of 197 feet (60 m). It is also dirt and dust resistant, which makes the camera nearly impervious to mud, snow, rain, sand and grime. Both cameras also feature two adhesive mounts that attach securely to most flat and curved surfaces. With the waterproof housing, included mounts, different shooting modes and soon-to-be-available optional mounts, these action camcorders will excel when shooting extremem sports in virtually any environment.

The HDR-AS10 and HDR-AS15 are both equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with an ultra-wide 170° viewing angle. They also have back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensors, which offer superb low-light performance and support Full HD video. To compensate for camera shake that’s typical when shooting POV action for extreme sports, Sony outfitted both models with SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode, which uses an innovative 3-way shake-canceling function to reduce blur caused by camera shake.

Other convenient features shared by the HDR-AS10 and HDR-AS15 include Press-n-Go recording, HDMI connectivity and a built-in stereo microphone for capturing high-quality audio to go along with the Full HD video. The Press-n-Go recording function allows you to press a large Start/Stop button just once to begin recording, and the HDMI output lets you display your footage on a large HDTV screen in 1080p Full HD resolution. The two cameras are also outfitted with a Memory Stick Micro and microSD/SDHC memory card slot for recording directly onto a memory card, which you can remove and insert into your computer for editing and sharing movies on the Internet.

No other action camcorder available combines Carl Zeiss optics with a rugged exterior that welcomes mud, snow and water. So if you’re as serious about capturing quality video as you enjoy your sport of choice, then the HDR-AS15 and HDR-AS10 should definitely be considered. Plus, the included waterproof housing and optional mounting possibilities make these two Sony action camcorders flexible and rugged enough for any action sport under any conditions.

  Sony HDR-AS10 Sony HDR-AS15
Type POV Action Cam POV Action Cam
Waterproof To 197' (60 m) with waterproof housing To 197' (60 m) with waterproof housing
Shockproof Yes Yes
Dustproof Yes Yes
Sensor 1/2.3" (7.77 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor 1/2.3" (7.77 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor
Processor BIONZ image processor BIONZ image processor
Pixel Gross 16800K pixels (16:9) 16800K pixels (16:9)
Effective Pixels 11900 pixels (16:9) 11900 pixels (16:9)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters RGB primary color filters
Lens Type Carl Zeiss Tessar Lens Carl Zeiss Tessar Lens
Aperture F2.8 F2.8
Focal Length (35 mm Equivalent) 15.3 mm 15.3 mm
Minimum Focusing Distance 11.8" (30 cm) 11.8" (30 cm)
Angle of View 170° (without SteadyShot); 120° (with SteadyShot) 170° (without SteadyShot); 120° (with SteadyShot)
Focal Distance 2.5 mm (21.3 mm with SteadyShot Mode Active) 2.5 mm (21.3 mm with SteadyShot Mode Active)
Media Type Memory Stick Micro; MicroSD/SDHC (Class 4 or higher) Memory Stick Micro; MicroSD/SDHC (Class 4 or higher)
Still Image File Format JPEG JPEG
Still Image Max Resolution 2MP 2MP
Video Format MPEG4-AVC/H.264 MPEG4-AVC/H.264
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080/30p (HQ)
1280 x 720/30p/60p/120p (STD/SLOW/SSLOW)
640 x 480/30p (VGA)
1920 x 1080/30p (HQ)
1280 x 720/30p/60p/120p (STD/SLOW/SSLOW)
640 x 480/30p (VGA)
Movie Recording Rate (Average Bit Rate / VBR) 16 Mbps (HQ)
24 Mbps (SSLOW)
12 Mbps (SLOW)
6 Mbps (STD)
3 Mbps (VGA)
16 Mbps (HQ)
24 Mbps (SSLOW)
12 Mbps (SLOW)
6 Mbps (STD)
3 Mbps (VGA)
Audio Format MPEG-4 AAC-LC (2ch) MPEG-4 AAC-LC (2ch)
Built-In Microphone Yes Yes
Built-In Speaker Yes (monoral) Yes (monoral)
Shutter Speed 1/30-1/10,000 1/30-1/10,000
Metering Modes Multi-Segment Multi-Segment
Exposure Settings Auto Auto
Noise Reduction Yes Yes
White Balance Mode Auto Auto
Minimum Illumination 6 lux 6 lux
Backlight Compensation Yes (auto) Yes (auto)
Gain Control Auto Auto
Wi-Fi No Yes (802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz band)
HDMI Output Yes (micro) Yes (micro)
USB Ports Yes (micro-B USB 2.0) Yes (micro-B USB 2.0)
BRAVIA Sync Yes Yes
Microphone Input Yes (stereo mini-jack) Yes (stereo mini-jack)
Image Stabilization SteadyShot with Active Mode SteadyShot with Active Mode
Interval Recording Yes (5, 10, 30 or 60 sec) Yes (5, 10, 30 or 60 sec)
Display Panel Yes Yes
Power Consumption 1.7W 1.7W
Power Requirements 3.6V (battery pack) 3.6V (battery pack)
Battery Type NP-BX1 (supplied) NP-BX1 (supplied)
Charging Time 4.1 hrs 4.1 hrs
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.0 x 1.9 x 3.2" (24.5 x 47 x
82 mm)
1.0 x 1.9 x 3.2" (24.5 x 47 x
82 mm)
Weight (Camera Only) 2 oz (65 g) 2 oz (65 g)

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170° lens sounds stupid wide to be useful (presumably adjustable like a GoPro?)At $70 cheaper the Wi-Fi-Less HDR-AS10 seems like a bargain Much smaller in hand than photos suggest Unlike Sony to include useful accessories in the box (missing sales opportunities) unless it's going to go head to head with the competition.

They should have gone for the full size SD card and made the waterproof housing integral like JVC.

...although now that I have had a look at the case, I realize JVCs case is only good to 3 meters.Sony's external case is good to 60 Meters!
Yikes!

Oh, wait. No video LCD? Just a display? We're going backwards again. Also, it doesn't say the WiFi is live, just for transfer. So, no real-time viewing for aiming, playback, etc? The JVC is looking better again.

Does this camera take pictures in set intervals ala GoPro? Been looking for something like this.

Sony, where is timelapse function ? Wake up already.

Does it take pictures, too?

Vario-Tessar suggest a zoom lens but there is no information about it's specs except "170 degrees".

Where can we see example of footage?

the demensions are not specified. Can you give me a ballpark (HxWxD)?

Couple of questions.

1) Does the lens rotate?...i.e can the cam be mounted horizontal?
2) Does the HDMI port have live video out whilst recording?

~Mike

Looking for a camera primarily for freediving. Why
no underwater footage? Is this a good camera for diving?

Does it allow to charge battery and record at the same time? (for car driving)
Does it allow to continuously record for few hours? (like Contour GPS, which simply creates multiple files for single recording)
Is there any limit how big single recording file can be, i.e. 4GB (meaning: FAT32)?

Is there an option to NOT use fish eye? big issue for me

I have few important questions (randomly ordered) before purchasing this awesome POV camera...

-1. Will this camera output the real-time live-video-feed through HDMI port or USB port or Composite Video port? I want to use it to our Video-Mixer with a multi-camera setup. Also, the live-video-output should not have any square-focus-frame, info-texts on the screen itself.

-2. How long a fully-charged battery lasts during video-shooting?

-3. How the battery will charge? With an included Battery Charger? Or, we must plug the camera (with battery inserted) itself to the power-point?

-4. Will this camera support 'Live Streaming' (through Wifi) via its Android App, to YouTube, Facebook, etc?

-5. How the video-quality in low-light indoor conditions?

-6. Will it work with PAL system? NTSC and PAL both, selectable from the menu? Or, NTSC only?

-7. The 'Microphone Input' jack is 3.5mm?

-8. The camera itself has a standard tripod mount in-built? Or, only the outer-case has it?

-9. What is the resolution of still pictures? I have read about a 16MP sensor. Will it only take 2MP still photos?

-10. Will '120° (with SteadyShot)' view-angle be a 'Fish-eye'? Or, standard view?

-11. What should be 'Writing Speed' for a recommended microSDHC card? Which one everyone is recommending?

-12. Any idea about the ETA of an external LCD screen, and other additional accessories (what are they in initial phase)?

-13. If it supports 'Live Streaming', then, will it stream HD-sizes only? Or, we can stream at a lower-resolution (like ION Air Pro)?

-14. Extra battery (and an external charger) or an AC Adapter is available? Prices?

-15. What are the sub-features under the 'Wifi' feature? In short, what are the things the Wifi feature can do?

Sorry for asking too many questions. But I think, at least some of these will be helpful to other potential buyers also.

Thanks a lot,

SUCHARITA

Currently, I use a GoPro2 & pack 2 extra batteries because we ride our dirt bikes in the forest all day. What are my battery options with this new Sony?

No live VGA output! No good for anyone who uses video link to fly remote control airplanes and multikopers. We'll just have to stick with GoPros.

This camera was made for my application, mounted on a backpack pole mount. With the GoPro Hero I had to guess where the camera was pointing when it was on my back. It was a two person job until now. I have the VuPackPole from VuVantage. Now I can put the packback on, gonnect the Wi-Fi and see exactly what I'm going to get when I get home. Also switching modes on the fly; 120 vs 170 lens or slow motion to super slow is awesome. I can also notice the SteadyShot technology is making a difference. I'm sold on it. Rodger Dean

can this camera connected to a mac or pc, and send the live video signal directly into some programming applications (such as max/jitter and processing) directly?

On the AS15, can the wifi be defeated or turned off?

2.4ghz is nice, but if one is going to use this in R/C applications, it won't do to have the camera interfering with the control radio on the same band.

Hello

Just a little question

Do we keep the stereo sound (and same sound level and quality) when the camera is in the waterproof case?
If not, any possibility to connect an external mic with the case?

Hi,

One thing that i would like to ask, is about the underwater video quality.
as go pro had issues with the curved lens, so does the sony. all underwater video on youtube is blurry...(not because of compression, but because of the curved lens).

i read elsewhere that sony will sell 'replacement' doors for the underwater housing(3 other types actually) , with one of them being with FLAT lens for clear underwater videos.

any info on this and how much it will cost.

furthermore, i would like to state that even that its a good move to supply (actually SELL )the replacement doors, why not offer the chance for someone to buy the housing with his own chosing of door type... another money making opportynity....

Thanks,

George

We're using two of these for specialized aerial work and are very pleased with the results, ease of use, and overall performance. We also have the GPs.

Framing through WiFi is realtime.

Our issue is hardwiring Vid out. Looking for a very light Mini HDMI-to-Composie converter. Tiny, or the circuit schematic.

Thanks B&H. Again, great service

Does it allow to charge battery and record at the same time?

It does allow charging while recording.

From page 14 of the handbook: "Charging is not possible when the camera is turned on."

Some comments at other sites have mentioned that it is difficult or impossible to use the microphone plug while the underwater housing is being used. Yet without the housing the unit has no tripod mount.

Is there a way around these problems? If being used for non-wet or dirty applications can the camera be put in the housing with the front down and with the microphone cord connected?

Can someone please confirm that i can charge while i'm recording, as in using let's say a usb power pack to get more hours out of the unit!

Thank's for your answer!

Hello -

We have several responses listed below regarding charging while recording.  From page 14 of the SONY handbook: "Charging is not possible when the camera is turned on."  That said, the recording times via the battery are nothing short of amazing: 

Continuous movie shooting time is approximately 13 hours.
In [SLOW] mode, it is approximately 6.5 hours.
In [SSLOW] mode, it is approximately 3 hours

Also:

Notes on long-time recording
• When you continue to shoot for a long time, the temperature of the camera rises. If the temperature
reaches above a certain level, shooting stops automatically.
Leave the camera for 10 minutes or longer to allow the temperature inside the camera to decrease to
a safe level.
• Under high ambient temperatures, the temperature of the camera rises quickly.
• When the temperature of the camera rises, the image quality may deteriorate. It is recommended
that you wait until the temperature of the camera drops before continuing to shoot.
• The surface of the camera may get hot. This is not a malfunction.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Oh, okok thank you for your reply.

But the times you gave me, 13, 6.5 and 3 hours. are those really based on the battery or the memory card? I sadly doubt that the 1000 MaH battery can last 13 hours, but if what you say is true, you're a hero and i'm lucky.

Going to be using these to record my live performances, they outrun gopro in low light performance! but i need to make sure i can record 2-3 hours on each camera, otherwise it will have to be a gopro black with batterypack on it!

Cheers and happy new years

On page 25 of the pdf manual, it does state that the camera can be supplied with power from an outside source thru its mini-USB connector. This sorta suggests that if you were to use a battery device like the New Trent iMirror 6000mAh 2A charger as an exterior battery pack, the camera would work okay.

In theory....

I never expect this kind of an answer from B&H. The battery life is 13Hrs??? are you Joking?
See page #18 regarding Recording mode. Please don't compare battery life and memory capacity.
I appriciate anyone can post their practical experience regarding battery life when camera under recording on 1920 x 1080 30p.

When using the Play Memories Mobile app I cannot transfer 1080P video from my AS15 to my smartphone. Play Memories Mobile appears to only work with 720P video. Is this a limitation of Play Memories Mobile?

Hello Pete -

This is most likely a limitation of the app and your phone since the camera captures video at 1080/60p MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MP4). 

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

So jus got one of these. Pretty cool. Straight into water. Great camera and had querys about how it would handle sunset-dusk! Perfect! One question though the little sd card it came with we have almost used the memory up. So... Is there a way we can delete/clear th videos stored on it from the camera itself?

My question is if I can charge the camera Sony HDR-AS15 with a blackberry charger, or a charger samsung s2, since they have the same USB cable?.

Thanks in advance for your response.

You can use a wall charger for the camera as long as it is a Micro-USB into the camera itself.

What!!!!???? No compatible PAL formats like 25p and 50p Looks like they wont be selling any in Australia, England, Most of Europe, China, India, in fact more than 2/3rds the world! Why would they do that? They just gave GoPro the advantage

Keep using NTSC and Sony`s superstar will keep cheap!

This camera is a Joke. There is a long list of fails from the remote, menu, power features, attachments and finally the plan obsolescence of the frames rates this camera belongs in 1992.

Sony claims to shoot at 60 frames per second and 120 fps. They are deliberately trying to fool people that don't know better. This camera only shoots HD at 30 fps. The 60 and 120 modes don't include AUDIO and only can be viewed in slow motion. So really the only thing it does is slow your video down x2 and x4 in case you want to watch paint dry...So stupid!

Oh plus you can't up load the video directly to Facebook. Another epic fail!

It doesn't seem that bad compared to the GoPro 3 series.

Dear JG.
This camera is not a joke.
It's a quality product designed to take the footage during the extreme conditions.
No camera records the sound while rolling at 120 fps. If you really want the sound use the separate audio recorder. That's how it's done in professional world.
If you want to see the footage in a "normal" speed, then do a little work and edit it in After Effect or FInal Cut Pro. After all you are getting is a raw material which requires some additional work.
You don't complain when you go to the market to buy the veggies but still have to chop them later on and add some salt and paper!
But what am I saying. All you want to do is to let everyone you "know" on a Facebook to see what a splendid joy ride you had from the local mall to your apartment.
You don't need this camera anyways.

I am a professional animator/developer/bike enthusiast and I recommend this camera.

Just got this cam as a gift and trying to charge the new battery. I followed the instructions to select USB power ON but the CHG indicator does not light up. What am I missing here?

thank you dana g. that tip was very helpful and now i know how to charge my camera.

Hi,
many thanks for your input. I am thinking of buying the Sony rather than the Gopro Hero 3 Black. I have read mixed reports on both. Would you recommend the Sony over the Gopro?
Many thanks for your time and help.

Nick

Both are great units for action cam video. The GoPro Black is a step up though in that it does offer the ability to record in 4K, 2.7K, 1440p & 1080p where the Sony is limited to 1080 as it's max resolution. If you feel you will need any of the additional resolutions for your production the GoPro Black would be a camera to consider. If you are just recording in 1080 though both the Sony action cam and the GoPro Black/Silver will work great for you.

Hi, this is a great camera (I have one) and the night capture is far better than the gopro.
Btw, the 2.7K and 4K are great, BUT... both are made only a 15fps (low fps) and the size of the file is huge, if you need to edit it is much more difficult and the camera (gopro) heats a lot in 1080p so in 2.7k or 4k I can imagine is even worse. I think this is something unnecessary cause 1080p even 720p resolutions are great in quality questions and easy to edit :)

In sony hdr-as15 is only one thing I don't like, this have not AV out composite, only hdmi and the expantion connector, and it would be good to have cause I do FPV.

The file size is no bigger than any other HD video file. Actually after checking their exactly the same per frame rate as my much better, Sony HDR-cx500 and Canon HF S100 camcorders in the same resolution.
And yes they are large but I have hundreds of hours of music video's with mutable camer shots on a 2TB Drive with lots of room to spare.

Depends on what you want to do with it.
Make me mistake, the GoPro is a great cam. So is Sony's HDR-AS10 & AS15 and of this writing AS30.
Just depends on what you want it for. I found the Sony to be better, at IS, white balance, color, and sharpness.
The GoPro has better mount options, more accessories.
I got my AS15 for a 4th cam B-roll additional shots to my 2 Sony HDR-CX500's and Canon HF S100 HD Camcorders.
I record my sound production shows and wanted to do some specialty shots with as15 like clipped to the guitar, drum rack, wide stage, across stage, light tower shots, stuff like that.
It works great for that. Was a little surprised how well it did with stage lighting
I have tested it in the car and as dash cam worked great.

I agree with BZ...who actually uses audio from a slowmo shoot? And the speed of the video should not be a problem for anyone who can use any type of NLE - all have simple functions for changing the velocity of a video.
I use the camera mainly on mine sites in Australia and it can take a lot of very demanding conditions and with the purchase of a few inexpensive extra mounts can be adapted to a variety of circumstances.
It is not a toy ...unless you want it to be.

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