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SonyHDR-AS100V POV Action Cam
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Lightweight (15)
  • Produces high quality film (14)
  • Durable (11)
  • Highly compatible (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Shooting outdoors (17)
    • Travel (14)
    • HD shooting (12)
    • Documentaries (7)
    • Home movies (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (11), Film professional (4), Parent (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    More Sony Action Cam info.

    This little camera is a lot of fun. After playing with this for the past few weeks, I have found the highest video quality can be produced with these factors: use 1920x1080 60fps...Read complete review

    This little camera is a lot of fun. After playing with this for the past few weeks, I have found the highest video quality can be produced with these factors: use 1920x1080 60fps mode; use it without the camera housing; turn off steady shot; shoot video in very good light; and mount the camera.

    Also, if you want great image quality in variable lighting situations, the time lapse function takes great images for high quality video.

    The Action Cam can get higher video resolution quality with a 64Gb SDXC card. And it will allow more shooting option. But if you don't have the software or equipment to post process, and play back in super high quality, it's not really needed. The 1920x1080 at 60fps is plenty good. IMO, it's almost as good as Tememundo soap opera video quality.

    If you do You-Tube, 1920x1080 at 30fps is the standard. This little camera is so much fun, I can't put it down.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not as good as GoPro...

    I know that many people choose between Sony AS100 and GoPro, so maybe few hints from me will help.
    I chose Sony, as reviews were very good for the camera and image...Read complete review

    I know that many people choose between Sony AS100 and GoPro, so maybe few hints from me will help.
    I chose Sony, as reviews were very good for the camera and image quality was as good or even better compared to GoPro according to YT videos.
    The product is generally well built and the shape is much better (allows better grip) than GoPro. Unfortunately, the image quality is worse, especially, if you make recordings, photos in low light. Most of the photos and recordings in the 170 wide angle option leave blunt edges with sharp center and the image is noticeably darker. Also, the shutter seems to be slower, which means more blur if objects move. In full light it's a bit better, but far from GoPro. I have comparison, as I exchanged Sony for GoPro in the end and made few shots in the same conditions just to make sure...

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    4.0

    Great action cam

    By Enzan

    from NY

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

    I've used this cam for driving and for still video. The biggest pro is the microphone is very good, picks up voices even with a mild wind. The picture itself at 720 is good enough for my needs. Easy to attach to mounts. The only weird thing I don't like is that it bends the outer edge of the video when I tried to test it indoors. Doesn't happen outside so it's not too big of a deal for me. This cam even does slow mo which is cool.

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    5.0

    Great for time lapse

    By toxictabaso

    from Nevada

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Lightweight
    • Produces High Quality Film

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

      I've been using the Action Cam for time lapse and low light night driving videos for the YouTube. The JPEG files are easily enhanced in Lightroom 5, and the image quality is quite good in blue hour and daylight shooting. After I enhance the JPEG in Lightroom, I run them through a video editing software for a time lapse video. Easy to do, and the results are great.

      This little camera changed the way I do videos.

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      5.0

      Just Awesome

      By kt

      from australia

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Produces High Quality Film

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

        Took this skiing recently and was very happy with the results. Great in bright sun on snow and also took good footage at the end of the day when it was darker. Would be good if the on/off sound was a bit louder. Maybe there is a setting but have not had a chance to look. Picks up sound well as well. My 3 year could be heard crystal clear close up and at a decent distance. Takes a good still pick. so far very happy.

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        4.0

        I like it

        By StanG

        from Michigan

        Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

        Pretty good little camera. Excellent images and video. With the number of mounts included in the kit you are off and running with plenty of mount options. User interface takes a little getting used to but lots of custom settings.

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        5.0

        More Sony Action Cam info.

        By toxictabasco

        from Nevada

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Lightweight
        • Produces High Quality Film

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

          This little camera is a lot of fun. After playing with this for the past few weeks, I have found the highest video quality can be produced with these factors: use 1920x1080 60fps mode; use it without the camera housing; turn off steady shot; shoot video in very good light; and mount the camera.

          Also, if you want great image quality in variable lighting situations, the time lapse function takes great images for high quality video.

          The Action Cam can get higher video resolution quality with a 64Gb SDXC card. And it will allow more shooting option. But if you don't have the software or equipment to post process, and play back in super high quality, it's not really needed. The 1920x1080 at 60fps is plenty good. IMO, it's almost as good as Tememundo soap opera video quality.

          If you do You-Tube, 1920x1080 at 30fps is the standard. This little camera is so much fun, I can't put it down.

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          5.0

          Great action camera

          By Gary

          from South Africa

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Produces High Quality Film

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting
            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

            I recently purchased the Sony HDR-AS100V with the Sony 64GB SDXC micro SD card.The action cam is used to record Dual Sport Motorcycle trips and thus the important features are:* ease of use* Reliability* Quality - video / audio / overall product* Mounting options* Remote control via iPhone* GPSThe Sony ticks all the above and does them well. The action cam remains sealed in its housing and, therefore, remains unaffected by dust, dirt / mud, rain and bugs.Recording in 1080p/60fps in vivid presents stunning video representation and steadyshot is perfect in assisting in the creation of this amazing picture quality, despite the bumps and jolts caused by off-road trails.On the whole, this is the perfect product for my application, but if there is one thing that I would like to have, it would be that the remote control application on the iPhone also include the GPS signal strength indicator so as to ensure that the GPS signal is being picked up before you start recording.The battery life is fine as long as you have spare batteries on longer trips, but generally a fully charged battery offers 90mins or recording time - more would always be better.

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            5.0

            Stable Action Cam

            By toxictabasco

            from Nevada

            About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Image Quality
            • Highly Compatible
            • Image Stabilization
            • Lightweight
            • Produces High Quality Film

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

              I use this for time lapse, dash cam, short videos, and walk around back up cam. What's great about the Sony Action Cam HDR-AS100v are: Stabilization, outstanding image quality, built in GPS, compact size and shape, 3+hour battery life for time lapse, a lot of video formats, even more options with SDXC card, burst shooting with high resolution, easy to operate menu system, easy to mount, large LED display, etc...

              What could be improved: nothing at this time. But if and when the competition makes a move, Sony should 1 up them.

              This Sony Action Cam, produces high quality images, and has a flat picture mode for advanced video editing software. I have posted some vids on You-Tube with little processing and great results. In addition, I have seen all the Action Cam you-tube vids, and those with bad image quality were produced by people who either don't know how to publish videos with clarity, or just want to dis the product. IMO, Sony Action Cam is one of the best POV action cameras to date.

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              4.0

              Wonderful Cam

              By Y.W

              from Greenville, SC

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Probably The Best Image Q
              • Produces High Quality Film
              • Wifi Controll This Func

              Cons

              • Complicated Controls

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

              I bought this mainly to record my road trip. Overall this one is truely great and easy to use. Image qualuty is quite good. You could pull out some comparison videos over youtube and figure out how good Sony is doing. But software could be imporved. That's why this cam only has 4 star for now. Pros:1.Wifi control allows you to access living video from the camera. The remote can control up to 5. This is extremely handy. 2.Probably the best image quality you could get out of an action cam at this point, while being reasonably priced. Video comparison could be found on Youtube easily. 3. Sound quality is good. Actually this cam's mic is quite good. I used it to record a video while driving. The music I played in car, my chats with friends, noise coming from outside the car, ...; these are clearly recorded with little distortion. 4. Provides a lot of functions. These can be found on specification pages. The 170 degree view angle is especially useful. Pro mode produces great movie clips. If you had a good mount, the steady could be turned off to gain larger view angle. 5. Comes with lots of accessories. It actually has 3 sticky mounts. I especially like the Tripod Adapter included in the package. This one allows you to release the cam from ball heads and put it back on quicly , without having to re-adjust the tripod and the mount; which allows you to just take the cam away and leave the mount or tripod where it is. Great if you plan to use it as a car-mount cam. Cons:Overall this cam is great but has a few limitations. Sony should be easily improve some of them to make this the best action cam. 1. Sony playmemory app is too limited. I have too little options in this app. I hope I could at least have mode control in the app. Also, I also have to go into my iPhone's wifi settings to manually connnect the cam quick oftenly. 2. Heat up quick. I think it is unavoidable for electronics. But it limits use since action cams are supposed to be exposed under sunlight. 3. Desktop software is strange. The Playmemory home is wired to use. It does a good job but slow. Forst start up it has a media library scan and it freezed the program for 10 minutes... Rendering is also slow. And it does not support editing .mp4 files captures in regular mode. Editing of .mp4 files could be done on other softwares I believe. But Sony should provide a software for this.

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              4.0

              Excellent cam...motion judder issues

              By PiotrBorkowski

              from Johannesburg South Africa

              About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight
              • Produces High Quality Film

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                Perfect size , slides easy into pocket . Great video especially in Pro mode . Good colors . The cam works perfect. Loving it

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                5.0

                Great action camera

                By travelgypsie

                from Mission Viejo, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight
                • Produces High Quality Film

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                  Had to choose between the goprop silver+ and this sony as100v. After testing the Sony I found it so much easier to use and the stabelizer works great. The gps work in iphoto on my mac just like the iphone with a map were it was shot. Just be sure to order the sony micro sdxc uhs-1 which works great in pro mode. Only thing to consider if taking underwater scene is to order the 190 feet case with flat lens ( MPKAS3) or it will be blury. I don't dive so no issue for me but existing case good to 16 feet but bluery under water.

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                  3.0

                  Not as good as GoPro...

                  By Frequent User

                  from Poland

                  About Me Technology Geek

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Grip
                  • Highly Compatible

                  Cons

                  • Poor Image Quality
                  • Unusable 170 Wide Angle

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Outdoors

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                  I know that many people choose between Sony AS100 and GoPro, so maybe few hints from me will help.
                  I chose Sony, as reviews were very good for the camera and image quality was as good or even better compared to GoPro according to YT videos.
                  The product is generally well built and the shape is much better (allows better grip) than GoPro. Unfortunately, the image quality is worse, especially, if you make recordings, photos in low light. Most of the photos and recordings in the 170 wide angle option leave blunt edges with sharp center and the image is noticeably darker. Also, the shutter seems to be slower, which means more blur if objects move. In full light it's a bit better, but far from GoPro. I have comparison, as I exchanged Sony for GoPro in the end and made few shots in the same conditions just to make sure...

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                  4.0

                  As compared to a GoPro

                  By Makofoto

                  from Pasadena, CA

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                        NOTE that the shape of this camera as compared to a GoPro makes it difficult to use for things like Chest mounts, mounted to the front of helmets, inside of car windows, and when you need it to be inconspicuous. A GoPro, especially when used with their FRAME or in a black housing is easier to hide. It IS GOOD for mounting to the side of helmets and it's probably a bit more aero when used on RC places and drones. I also have to add that the first one I got was soft on one side, where as all of the many GoPro's that I've used have been very sharp all over.

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                        5.0

                        A great camera. Easy to use

                        By Alberto Ogando

                        from Buenos Aires Argentina

                        About Me Parent

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Produces High Quality Film

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • HD Shooting
                          • Shooting Outdoors
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                          This product is of very good quality, if you connect to an MP3 with wifi and camera "of the most famous market" can use it as a monitor. The quality of the video and photos are superior, and does not require an expensive micro sd memory, with the most common is doing very well. If you like to go for walks with the family to park, beaches and mountains, do not leave without one of these. You will have the best memories.

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                          4.0

                          SDXC Card Required

                          By Wes

                          from Sugar Land, TX

                          About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Poor Interface

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • Home Movies
                          • Shooting Outdoors
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                          for XAVC S video. Won't work with any other so don't try buying high speed SDHC cards. On the other hand, mp4 files look really good. I wish, though that the designer had put the controls on the left side like almost all video cameras are designed. Trying to control the camera on a dashboard for example is difficult. Get a spare battery and the lens cover, too. Lots of accessories with the camera so you don't need much else.

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                          5.0

                          Nice device

                          By Jim

                          from Oklahoma City

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Produces High Quality Film

                          Cons

                          • Exposure Control Desired

                          Best Uses

                          • HD Shooting
                          • Shooting Outdoors
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                          The video quality is very good. "Splash resistance" without need for the waterproof case is a good touch. I appreciate that I can use my smartphone both to control as well as monitor the camera in use.

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                          5.0

                          -My Sony HDR-AS100 POV Action Cam

                          By Joltin

                          from New York City, NY

                          About Me Parent, Technically Challenged

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Lightweight
                          • Produces High Quality Film

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Shooting Outdoors
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                            So far I've used my action cam while cycling through the streets of NYC and around Central Park, as well as while in-line skating around the city. When I first watched what I shot, I was extremely impressed at how steady and sharp the picture was!! I used the waterproof headband mount and I was very surprised that it was not uncomfortable as I was concerned that it might be. Next I plan to mount the camera to my helmet, hopefully on the side and not on top. I also look forward to taking this under water -- I'll be in the Bahamas in August so that'll happen for sure.

                            Also I didn't buy the wrist monitor option, and wanted to but didn't want to spend the extra $, but when I downloaded the app to my iPhone, I had a bigger monitor that now controlled the camera and showed what the camera sees -- really awesome!!!

                            Nothing I'm unhappy about so far -- really glad I bought this and not the GoPro or other brands -- Sony really makes great video products, which is what I usually buy.

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                            4.0

                            Mixed emotions

                            By Black River Armorer

                            from Gulf Coast States

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • High Quality Film In Pro
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Mp4 Image Is Not Verygood

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting
                            • Shooting Outdoors

                            Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                            I was (and am) sorely disappointed in the MP4 video quality of this camera. It is little if any better than my much cheaper Midland XTC.That alone made me very reluctant to purchase a high dollar ([$]) SDXC card. You have to use a SDXC card to use the PRO mode of the Sony HDR-AS100V. But i purchased one anyway.The difference in the MP4 mode and the PRO mode is night and day. Basically, there is nothing HD about the MP4 image beyond 10 or 15 feet from the lens. In the PRO mode, at 50 yds, you can see the needles on a pine tree vs seeing a blur at the same distance in the MP4 mode.White balance? White balance is not mentioned in the manual. Since it isn't mentioned, i don't know if it exists. If it is AWB, it does not work very well. Shooting from an ATV on a trail in the woods on a bright sunny day, Transitioning from shaded area to a bright sunlit area, you get major white washout. It doesn't last very long, but is very annoying.

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                            5.0

                            Great camera

                            By Tom Gavish

                            from Israel

                            About Me Film Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Lightweight
                            • Produces High Quality Film

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • HD Shooting
                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                              Have it for a few days, so far very happy with the test results, pretty nice image in low light, easy control

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                              5.0

                              Sony HDR AS 100V

                              By JLYENT

                              from Smithtown, NY

                              About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Produces High Quality Film

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • HD Shooting
                                • Home Movies
                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                                This camera works great. The video is flawless. I took several videos with it and it is as clear as being there. I would highly recommend it and also buy the add on lcd that this camera snaps in to.

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                                5.0

                                Very nice action cam

                                By Bernard

                                from Newport Beach, CA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Android App Works Well

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Documentaries
                                  • Shooting Outdoors
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                                  So far so good. Like all action cams, it takes a little bit of experience to aim the camera the right way. I am using the Android apps and it works nicely as remote view finder.I have used "the other popular action cam" and so far the Sony is as good if not better for slighly less $$$.

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