Unveiled: New Sony HDR-AS100V and HDR-AS100VR Action Cameras + Live-View Remote Bundle

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Sony’s latest Action Cam announcement includes the impressive HDR-AS100V Action Cam and the HDR-AS100VR Action Cam + Live-View Remote Bundle. Both cameras are the same, but the HDR-AS100VR also comes with Sony’s handy Live-View Remote. The HDR-AS100V is designed for shooting in the mountains, water, or anywhere else action sports occur. It’s ideal for skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, motocross, skydiving, mountain biking, and any other outdoor adventure sports. The lightweight, rugged, wearable action camcorder supports up to Full HD 1080/60p video recording at using the XAVC S format. It also features a 1280 x 720p HD slow-motion mode that captures video at 120 or 100 fps and an 800 x 480p slow-motion mode that captures video at 240 or 200 fps.

Like previous generations of the Action Cam, Sony includes a rugged waterproof housing with the HDR-AS100V. The housing features a tripod mount, but the camera also include a tripod mount accessory so you can mount the camera to a tripod without using the included housing. Plus, the camera is splashproof, so you can use it without the housing—even in rainy weather or splash-prone situations. When the camera is used with the included housing, it’s waterproof to a depth of 16.4’ (5 m). The housing is also shockproof from falls up to 5’ (1.5 m), as well as dirt and dust resistant, which makes the camera nearly impervious to mud, snow, rain, sand, and grime. The HDR-AS100V is equipped with a ZEISS Tessar lens, which supports a wide 170-degree viewing angle and SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode. It has a 1/2.3” Back Illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor as well, which provides excellent low-light performance.

The HDR-AS100V also has built-in Wi-Fi capability and NFC one-touch pairing. This means that Wi-Fi and NFC-enabled smartphones and tablets can easily pair with the Action Cam and pull optimized movies and photos from the camera 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. Plus, a built-in GPS unit allows you to add a geographical narrative to your movies and photos.

If you buy the HDR-AS100VR Action Cam + Live-View Remote Bundle, you’ll also receive Sony’s convenient Live-View Remote. The Live-View Wireless Remote is a wrist-worn remote control for the Sony Action Cam that allows you to start and stop video recording. It features a built-in LCD screen for monitoring, and connects to the Action Cam via a Wi-Fi/NFC interface that works at distances of up to 16'. For peace of mind when shooting around water, the Live-View Wi-Fi Remote can be safely submerged for up to 30 minutes in water as deep as 9.8'. The Wi-Fi and NFC signals required for monitoring and control, however, will not work if either the remote or the camera is submerged. Users can also control up to five HDR-AS100VR or HDR-AS100V Action Cams at the same time using the Live-View Remote.

Other features of the HDR-AS100V include a mini-HDMI output, built-in stereo microphone, and a memory card slot that supports Memory Stick Micro or microSD/SDHC memory cards. If you’re as serious about capturing quality video as you are about your action sport of choice, then you should definitely consider the HDR-AS100V. The included waterproof housing and optional mounting possibilities make this model flexible and rugged enough for any action sport in virtually any environment.

Sony HDR-AS100V & HDR-AS100VR
Optics
Sensor 1/2.3” (7.77mm) Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS
Processor BIONZ X image processor
Pixel Gross Approx. 18.9MP
Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 13.5MP (16:9)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Lens ZEISS Tessar Lens
Viewing Angle (with SteadyShot)  120°
Viewing Angle (without SteadyShot)  170°
Aperture F2.8
Focal Length without SteadyShot
(35mm Equivalent)
17.1mm
Focal Length with SteadyShot (35mm Equivalent) 21.8mm
Minimum Focus Distance 11.8" (30cm)
Focal Distance 2.8mm
Image Stabilization SteadyShot with Active Mode
Recording
Recording Media MicroSD/SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Memory Stick Micro Memory Card
Video Resolution XAVC S: Full HD 1920 x 1080/60p
XAVC S: Full HD 1920 x 1080/50p
XAVC S: Full HD 1920 x 1080/30p
XAVC S: Full HD 1920 x 1080/25p
XAVC S: Full HD 1920 x 1080/24p
MP4 PS: Full HD 1920 x 1080/60p
MP4 PS: Full HD 1920 x 1080/50p
MP4 HQ: Full HD 1920 x 1080/30p
MP4 HQ: Full HD 1920 x 1080/25p
MP4 STD: HD 1280 x 720/30p
MP4 STD: HD 1280 x 720/25p
MP4 Slow: HD 1280 x 720/120p
MP4 Slow: HD 1280 x 720/100p
MP4 Slow: 800 x 480/240p
MP4 Slow: 800 x 480/200p
MP4 VGA: SD 640 x 480/30p
MP4 VGA: SD 640 x 480/25p
Still Image Resolution JPEG 13.5MP
Audio Format Stereo
Exposure System
Metering Modes Multi-segment
Exposure Settings Auto
Scene Modes Auto, Underwater
Noise Reduction Yes
White Balance Mode Auto
Minimum Illumination 6 lux
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
Drive System
Shutter Speeds Auto Control Range 1/30 - 1/10,000 sec (30 fps)
Convenience Features
Date / Time Stamp Yes
Media / Battery Indicator Yes (recordable time) / Yes (remaining capacity)
Multiple Language Display English
Advanced Features
Waterproof To 16.4' (5m) when using included
SPK-AS2 Housing
Dustproof Yes (when using included SPK-AS2 Housing)
Shockproof To 5' (1.5m) when using included SPK-AS2 Housing
Airplane Mode Yes
Wi-Fi Yes (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz band)
NFC (Near Field Communication) Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
Embedded GPS Yes
Connectivity
Interfaces Mini-HDMI output x 1
USB Multi Terminal x 1
Micro-USB 2.0 (mass-storage) port x 1
AV composite video output x 1
1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo microphone input x 1
Built-In Microphone Yes (stereo mic)
Built-In Speaker Yes
BRAVIA Sync Yes
General
Battery Type NP-BX1 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
Dimensions (WxHxD) 0.9 x 1.9 x 3.2" (24 x 47 x 82mm)
Weight 2.36 oz (67 g)


Sony Live-View Remote
Wi-Fi Range 16' (4.9m)
Battery Life Approx. 240 minutes
Depth Rating 9.8' (3m) for up to 30 minutes
Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Dimensions 2.8 x 2 x 0.8" (72 x 50 x 21mm)
Weight 2.3 oz (63 g)

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I am trying to confirm if micro SDXC cards (64GB) are excepted in this new camera and if SDXC is required for XAVC S video. Most postings only show micro SDHC but Sony Asia does list SDXC as being required for the high demands of XAVC S video. Can anyone confirm that a SDXC card would be best for this cam instead of a SDHC card.

I have the Sandisk Ultra 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS 1 in mine. 
When I try to turn on PRO mode. The word 'memory' flashes on the screen. It wont let me turn pro mode on. I have to record in MP4. Still 1080p 30fps. But I can't use the higher bitrate or get 24p.

Guess I'll have to pick up an SDXC card to see if that works. 

Hi -

The PRO mode requires SDXC cards according to the information we have received from SONY.

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

I have the Sony class 10 32 GB card (SR-32UY) in my HDR-AS100 and it will not go into Pro Mode.  I would expect their own brand would be most compatible.  In Sony's defense they say that some memory will not work, it seems that includes their own brand as well.  I have also discovered the remote will not operate the HDR-AS30 and HDR-AS100 at the same time.  I have uploaded the latest firmware on all devices.  I have contacted Sony several times, no answers yet.

Do GoPro customers have the same customer support problems?

In order to use the high bit rate modes on the Sony AS100V you must use the Micro SDXC class 10 cards SDHC will not work at all for the high bit rate modes.  As far as I can tell any SDXC class 10 should work.

In order to record XAVC S you will need a SDXC micro sim card. Otherwise you won't be able to record on PRO mode. I was investigating an this type of memories will just will be on 64 and up. 

SDHC will work but if you try to record in pro mode it wont work and the camera will flash Media.  i took the camera back to best buy because I though it didnt work.  2 days later I returned the camera was on the shelf open box for $234. I copped it and got a SDXC card it works flawless.   You need SDXC which starts at 64GB that worked no matter what brand it will work as long as it SDXC.  HOPE THIS HELPS

Hey, can anyone tell me whether this cam can fit into the SPK-AS1 housing to enable deeper under water depths.

Thanks
Dax

The SPK-ASI case will acept the HDR-AS100 just fine but it does not have the 2 buttons on the side for Previous & Next.  If you want to change recording modes you must remove the camera or use the Live View Remote or a smart phone  (neither of these 2 will work underwater).  If you need to pair to smart phone be sure to download the latest version of Play Memories Mobile.

I bought full set for diving (HDR-AS100V with SPK-AS1 and AKARD1), also checked Sony specification. It says "Allows full operation". But actually I can't change video to photo during a dive. Big disappointment. Need to check B&H return policy how I can return all items.

Thanks for the detailed specifications.

I've seen on several sites and even on Sony's official blog announcement page stating the AS100 can record 720 @ 240p. I don't see that listed on this detailed specification sheet, and I am curious if the AS100 is truly capable of recording 720 @ 240p. I find it a bit surprising that it can handle this recording rate when 4K recording is not supported on the AS100, but the GoPro Hero 3+ can record 4K but can only record 720 @ 120p.

Thanks again!

not 720/240 but 480/240 yes it does but you have to take the camera out of pro mode and those setting will appear.  I used them

hope this helps

The reason Sony chose not to include the 4k mode at 15 frames per second which the Gopro hero3+ black edition has is just their choice as the Sony model has the newer of the two processors and could certainly do it. And yes the 240 frame per second modes work just fine.

Does anyone know whether the GPS function on this new version will allow for elevation?  It does not on the AS30.  Thanks.

Hi Gary -

As far as we can determine the GPS functions no differently than the prior model.

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

Hey guys, does anybody here knows how many video hours can be recorded until the battery dies? 

Thanks!

Hi Franco -

The approximate recording time for the Sony HDR-AS30V is about 80 minutes in the HD modes and 110 minutes in the SD mode. Battery life will vary due to camera usage and ambient temperature.

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

For anyone else coming across this.

When I got mine. I put a fully charged battery in.
Wifi on, connected to the watch/remote. Hit record.

The remote turned off aka standby. I clicked the remote on a couple different times to check it. No problem.
Recording at 1080 30fps. Pro OFF, so not XAVC. 
I sat the camera on my desk recording. It recorded right at 2 hours of video before the battery ****. 

Will there be a gimball for the DJI Phantom 2 for this camera? ETA?

Mark G wrote:

Will there be a gimball for the DJI Phantom 2 for this camera? ETA?

Man I would really LOVE an answer to this question but I'm not sure this is the right forum. I do not want to buy the gopro too. I also don't want to buy gopro, gimbal, cables and THEN someone comes out with the Sony Actioncam gimbal for Phantom 2. :)

 Thanks God I bought the HDR AS100V from sony instead of a GoPro. Easy to use and record with any cellular. Colors are superb ,vivid , brite with excellent resolution. I use it for mountain biking and will probably use it with my Walkera QR X350 quad for FFV.

Hi,

Does anybody know if this camera is working with the new 128GB Micro SD cards?

64GB is working fine with this camera but i would like to extend the recording time.

Hop anybody can answer me.

Greetings,

Ron

Hi Ron -

At this point SONY only specifies: 

"Micro SD/SDHC (SDXC) Memory Card class 10 is necessary for recording in XAVC S format." 

I am assuming that the class 10 is more critical than the SDXC designation. Higher capacity cards are only available in the SDXC designation (64GB and greater).  We will have a better idea of the memory capacity limitation after we receive a camera to audition for ourselves.  We have not tested a 128GB card to date.  Realistically - the battery will probably not have enough capacity, (run-time) to utilize the full -potential, continuous recording capacity of the memory card.

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

If not being waterproof is not an issue, the HDR-AS30 & AS100 can be powered through the micro USB port.  I run mine as dash cams this  way.  If the camera see any digital signal it seems to think it's on a computer and wants to up/down load data rather than record so you need a very clean power supply (at least thats my guess).  This also allows for very long time-lapse photography too.

SONY HDR AS100 is compatible with SPK AS1 Housing (created for HDR AS 10 and AS15)?

This kind of housing is waterproof to 60 meters.

Thanks

 

I have one of the original sony action cams and this came with a housing that could be taken down to 60' feet.  However, any footage shot underwater with this supplied housing is VERY UNCLEAR.  Does the new model have the same issues or do we have to buy the $49.00 "divers flat door" accessory ...........

Is it possible for there to be a 4K firmware? If the GoPro could handle 4K, I'm quite sure this, with XAVC S could handle 4K, even if it's just 24p or 30p.

Hi Nicholas -

Sony has not announced a 4K firmware upgrade at this time.

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

I'd like to know how to know how to turn the camera unit off!

Hi Krelly -

To turn on the camera, press the PREV or NEXT button.

IMPORTANT: If the camera is inside the waterproof case, the PREV and NEXT buttons cannot be accessed without first taking the camera out of the case. If you do not want to take the camera out of the case, you can press the START/STOP button instead to turn on the camera and begin recording immediately.

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

micro sd capacity 32gb -64gb wich one.

Hi Ahmet -

This camera accepts microSD/SDHC cards up to 32GB.

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

Hi, does anyone knows if I can use hdr-as100v's GPS to track a route w/o recording video?  I want to keep GPS on during a whole enduro route (replacing the batt if necessary) and recording videos only from time to time. Is this possible?  Thanks

Hi Gerardo -

Unfortunately the SONY HDR-AS100V/R does not offer this feature.  The GPS is active only during the recording mode.  It cannot be used like a continuous tracking GPS device.  This product will track continuously:

The Land Air Sea GPS Tracking Key Pro is a pocket-sized vehicle-tracking device that constantly receives signal from 24 Department of Defense satellites and records every second, within 2.5 meters accuracy. The unit records time of departure, speeds traveled, time of arrival along with addresses, and duration of stops, storing every second of travel activity up to 100 hours in the non-volatile flash memory.

Equipped with the LAS Past-Track software, the GPS Tracking Key Pro uses Google Earth for displaying data as reports, animated street views, and satellite images. Compatible with Windows 7, 2000, XP, and Vista operating systems, the tracking device allows you to conveniently transfer the data to a computer via USB port.

The Tracking Key Pro can be powered by 2 AA batteries (up to 80 hours), the main power supply of the vehicle (hardwired) or via its 12V cigarette lighter. The built-in motion detector sends the tracker into sleep mode after 2 minutes of non-movement, and saves battery life.

With a strong magnet (located at the bottom), the GPS tracker can be mounted in, on, or under the vehicle and other metal surfaces. Some of the applications for the Tracking Key Pro include monitoring company vehicles, police investigations, and teen tracking.

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

Hi, thanks for the info.  I've 2 more questions please:
-  what micro SD (32gb) do you recommend? should it be a =>30Mb/s or would a 10Mb/s be sufficient for 1090p?
-  what other make/model (lower value) can you recommend for continuous tracking and GE compatible? Such as Garmin's eTrex 10 or is thte any better in that price class?

Thanks and regards from Chile,
Gerardo

Hi Gerardo -

The Sony - 32GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card with microSD Adapter is fine for use with this action cam.

Unfortunately we do not offer a Garmin GPS device, or similar, at a lower price than the LandAirSea GPS Tracking Key I offered in an earlier response.

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

Hi Mark, I'm trying to turn my HDR-AS100V into Pro Mode using a SanDisk Extreme 64Gb SDCX card, but it won't amd Media flashes. Shouldn't this SDXC card work?  Thanks & regards

Gerardo Bredfeldt wrote:

Hi Mark, I'm trying to turn my HDR-AS100V into Pro Mode using a SanDisk Extreme 64Gb SDCX card, but it won't amd Media flashes. Shouldn't this SDXC card work?  Thanks & regards

Hi Mark, i have the same problem with the same SDXC...

Greeting!

Hi Gerardo -

Sony does specify:

"Micro SD/SDHC (SDXC) Memory Card class 10 is necessary for recording in XAVC S format." 

So certainly if the card or camera is not defective - the card you are using should work.  If possible, try another similar card.  Also contact SONY technical support for thorough troubleshooting of the camera.

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

Hi Gerardo -

Sony does specify:

"Micro SD/SDHC (SDXC) Memory Card class 10 is necessary for recording in XAVC S format." 

So certainly if the card or camera is not defective - the card you are using should work.  If possible, try another similar card.  Also contact SONY technical support for thorough troubleshooting of the camera.

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

Hi B&H, 

Can the HDR-AS100 do hdmi clean feed, eg into a live video switcher, and can you have hdmi plugged in when when the tripod mount is on?

Kingsley

Hi Kingsley -

This camera does not offer a clean, live, HDMI output.  Although the HDMI port is on the bottom of the camera it may positioned far enough to the rear so that the tripod head clears the HDMI port.

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

If you would be kind enough to answer two questions for me please.

Will the accessories ( mounts, grips ) from the GoPro fit the Sony HDR AS 100V  ?

GoPro has an adapter or converter it seems but its in a sealed packet so I cant test it until I buy it. I have some great GoPro accessories I would still like to use.

I will be away from computers, internet and electricity for 2 weeks and need to dump the info from my memory cards every day. I can bring extra batteries but extra cards is not that cost effective. I will be using a tablet to monitor the camera via wifi but its internal memory s only 32 GB as well. People are telling me that I cannot connect a 500 GB external hard drive to a tablet but logic tells me otherwise. Have you any ideas or imput as to how I can manage to do this or get around this without carrying a laptop as well.

Thanks and great forum.

1: The GoPro accessories use the GoPro 3 prong mount. They will not work for the Sony cameras.

2: It will depend on the tablet you are using for compatibility with an external drive. If you email AskBH@BHPhoto.com we can check options for you.

I use quite a few of the gopro mounts of all kinds with my as100v with not problem. Sometimes you have to use other connectors depending upon what you like to do. Also yes  you most likely can use a 500 gig harddrive with your tablet. Also you can connect to the phone via wifi. Micro SDXC 128 class 10 or better speed is another good option for the flash media.  By default the As100v can hook to either the mini tripod size mount or fullsize tripod mount.  This camera has lots of good options.  You can keep it powered with an external clean usb recharger plug that puts out a good current.  It won't film if it's plugged to any kind of data usb port like your pc or tablet.

Hi

Does anybody know if this camera can be operated via a laptop using wifi rather than the live view remote ?

thankyou

Simon

I don't have NFC and playmemories does not work on my phone, keeps shutting down.

Is there any other way I can connect to my phone?

Hi lacmac -

 Pleas double check that you are using the latest version of the SONY PlayMemories Mobile App and that your phone is compatible. The camera must connect to the phone via Wi-Fi or NFC pairing.

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

I want to record in PRO on my HRD AS100V...I found a SanDisk Ultra 64GB Micro SDXC I Class 10....will this work...i also see there are this exact same memory card but instead of "ultra" they are branded as "Extreme Plus" or "Extreme".....what is the difference...thanks this forum has helped SOOOO much more than the wasted 2 hours i spent on phone with Sony. :)

bad bad choice. I will punish SONY by not buying anything else from this company for the rest of my life. The housing provided with the kit (spk-as2) as the one I bought extra (spk-as1) cannot record underwater (ONLY blurry images, because of the door design). So, brilliant SONY makes a new flat door AKA-RD1A but sells it again (not for free if you have already paid for the useless housing). So you buy the new flat door and you think everything is OK. NO! with a dive to 22m (says up to 60m) the door takes water inside the housing. SO STAY MILES AWAY

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