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SonyHDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

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    (3)

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    (1)

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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

      Pros

        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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                  (5 of 5 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 10 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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                      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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