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SonyHDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi
 
4.4

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (46)
  • Great picture quality (40)
  • Image stabilization (38)
  • Good in low light (25)
  • Great sound (22)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (7)
  • Poor sound (7)
  • Poor still image (6)
  • Poor in low light (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (27)
  • Home movies (18)
  • HD shooting (17)
  • Movies/short films (16)
  • Documentaries (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (17), Enthusiast (14), Semi-pro (11), Pro videographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better value than GoPro

Bought this on sale and received in a timely fashion. Found website - Updated to 60p and worked flawlessly. Chose Sony because of the side by side comparisons with GoPro on YouTube and the...Read complete review

Bought this on sale and received in a timely fashion. Found website - Updated to 60p and worked flawlessly. Chose Sony because of the side by side comparisons with GoPro on YouTube and the ultimate price point. Own 2 now with Sony accessories. Use with an iPhone for frame composition. Hit record and go. Recently attached to a dragster's roll bar with a Manfrotto clamp and footage looks great. For the price and the excellent video you can't go wrong. If you can get these on sale buy as many as you can because these are basically the same (the guts of the camera) as the new model introduced. Just update to 60p yourself.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not ready for primetime

I was really excited when I heard the camera was coming out. I even preordered. Once I got the camera the excitement turned to disappointment before even testing it out. Once I saw...Read complete review

I was really excited when I heard the camera was coming out. I even preordered. Once I got the camera the excitement turned to disappointment before even testing it out. Once I saw the underwater casing you need in order to have it work with the suction cup car mount I couldn't believe the flaw in the design. The microphone input is completely covered in the casing. In order to get around this problem I took out my red sharpee and a drill to make the input usable.

The Next problem is the WIFI connection does not work as it should. The preview only works the very first time you find the connection and enter the camera password. The rest of the times it will find it but can't generate a preview, but can transfer video or LOW quality stills to your device (iPhone 5). Ok I found a work around for this too, I got to the race track selected forget this connection and then added it again with password. Next problem, at Daytona I wasn't about to mount a camera outside of the car so inside windshield seemed like the best solution. Now my video is upside down. Final Cut to the rescue for the firmware shortcomings.

For Motorsport use stick with what works, the contour plus or go pro. This camera is not yet ready for prime time. Not until more mounting solutions are out that don't block your mic input and wifi preview works. A few more options like flipping video and higher quality still would be nice also. Sony KNEW what they were up against stepped up to the plate and bunted when they easily could of hit it out of the park!

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4.0

Solid Camera

By Stu the DJ

from St Catharines, Canada

About Me Video Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • HD Shooting
  • Travel

Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

I use this camera for all kinds of things, including recording some of my DJ sets. Everything is good except the 2hr battery life. That's a little to short to be a 5 star product to me. Otherwise, excellent. Good value and amazing image stabilization.

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5.0

A welcome gift...

By Laura Walnut

from San Luis Obispo, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Video

    Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

    My nephew was thrilled to get this for his birthday...

    So far he's only used it from his skateboard but is excited for ski season to start so he can make lots more videos!

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    • Yes

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    4.0

    Great product

    By Photographe au Québec

    from Québec

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

    I use this product for fun
    Many possibilities, and control by wifi with iphone

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    • No

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    5.0

    good quality

    By Michelleguo

    from Ca

    Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

    I ordered one sony camcorder. It was shipped quickly and service is good.
    The device is good, I like this website.

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    5.0

    Good

    By Rex

    from Boston

    Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

    Very good

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    4.0

    Great deal for the price

    By Jeff

    from Oklahoma

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Battery Life
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

    Camera works great with very clear video in and out of the water. Only issue does not come with video card.

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    • No

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    5.0

    It's Great

    By DMS

    from Arkansas

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

      Been using these since 2012 and currently have 5. They work well for a wide array of uses. Make sure you do the firmware update to allow for 1080 60P. It records at a higher bitrate and that makes a big difference.120 degree FOV with steadyshot turned on works remarkably smooth when walking or even flying the camera on a pole or copter.However I now prefer 170 degree FOV because the image is sharper. 120 appears to be crop-zoomed and while it's less distorted (fish-eye), it's also noticeably less sharp.The 120FPS is pretty useful as well for slow motion stuff. Too bad it's limited to 720.The audio is surprisingly good.These things are so inexpensive it's truly a no-brainer. Just go get one and have fun. I also recommend the LCD CASE AKA LU1 and the Skeleton case. Both of which help greatly depending on the type of shooting you are doing.

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      5.0

      Works well, amazing value

      By Harris

      from New York

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

        For $[$]I think this camera is a no brainier. Very easy to control especially after the firmware update. Video quality is pretty good; image stabilization really works. I'm using this with the optional audio enhanced door, and sound quality while using the water proof housing is more than acceptable.

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        5.0

        Great camera!

        By Nate Smith

        from Guatemala City, Guatemala

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Mounts Available
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Standard Tripod Mount

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

            The Sony HDR-AS15 is a great camera. With the newest firmware update it shoots in 1080/60. It makes great videos and the interval/time lapse mode is great. I wish it took photos more often than every 5 seconds, but it still turns out great. The sound is excellent!! It's so much better than the other action cameras out there. It's a shame to put it in the waterproof case because you sacrifice some of that great sound. I personally love to put it in the skeleton case. It is great. Overall, I don't know that I would change anything about the camera. It's awesome.

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            5.0

            Awesome camera awesome deal!!

            By Ehart34

            from Michigan

            Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

            I was a little hesitatant because of the super great price, so I paid with PayPal and decided to take a chance, I couldn't have been more happy with the results, best deal around, and great quality just as described and fast shipping

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            5.0

            Excellent Camera

            By Jeremy Lewis

            from Buffalo, NY

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • Poor In Low Light
            • Poor Sound

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

            Bought to record a behind the scenes, "reality" style web series. Using it in tandem with a GoPro Hero 3 Silver edition, and it outperforms the GoPro considerably. The image is clearer, brighter colors and far less noisy. The included accessories work great as well. The menus are super simple to navigate and the Wi-Fi app functions great. The battery life is about 2-3 hours, depending on your settings. With the latest firmware update you have more options for system settings and can record at 1080p, 60FPS, which is only available otherwise in the much more expensive GoPro Hero 3 black. The only flaws I kind find are it's poor low light performance(That's kind of a given) and sound (also a give) All in all, for under $ , this is a great little camera.

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            5.0

            Great little camera

            By Kev The MTB Biker

            from Southern Maryland

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor Still Image

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

            good looking video.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great little camera

            By Phil

            from Florida

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor Still Image

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

            For about half the money of a GoPro, this camera delivers the goods. In wide mode it is at least as sharp as a GoPro, and has a couple of other advantages; wi-fi viewing on your iPhone is almost instant, and you can use the micro-HDMI out to connect a monitor when shooting. Plus it has some image stabilization which is very helpful. Does not shoot high quality stills, however. I often mount it on top of a DSLR to give a symultaneous wide shot.

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            5.0

            Excellent teeny tiny HD Camcorder

            By Andrea

            from Asheville, NC

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

            I am using this camcorder for a weekly videocast (which really only needs to be played on YouTube, smallish screen), on a tripod (and we'll also eventually use underwater for family beach trips, and possibly on a headband at some point). I love that it has such vibrant color and the fish-eye sort of view, so a great deal of the room is seen. When I received this in the mail I was shocked at how tiny it is. Much smaller than I'd expected. IMPORTANT NOTE FOR TRIPOD USERS: I did have to purchase the additional skeleton case that allows me to attach to my tripod AND have access to the external mic input on the bottom of the camera, which was about $ -something here on B&H, a must-have if you want to use a tripod AND an external mic. So, now this will suit my needs perfectly.

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            4.0

            Great picture quality

            By ProVideoGuy

            from New York area

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

              The AS15 offers fantastic picture quality. The colors match my other Sony gear well (HXR-NX3). Although mounting options are limited, you can rig it many ways with gaff tape and a little creativity. The menu is basic and simple... once you understand it. I thought it could do time-lapse video, but apparently it only takes interval stills that you must stitch together on a video timeline to create a time-lapse. Maybe that's how GoPro's work too? I'm thrilled with the quality for the cost. The micro SD card it difficult to insert correctly because the slot is made to accept a Sony card too. Sony should give up on offering proprietary cards and just go with popular SD or MicroSD only. I also wish you could disable the "beep" when operating the menu. The wifi control works great! Fantastic for setting up your shot and monitoring. No regrets buying this little guy.

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              5.0

              VIRTUAL REALITY RECORDING ON A BUDGET

              By GuySonic

              from Sutherlin, Oregon USA

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

                Used the camera Velcro'd to the right side of my custom Stereo-Surround mic's headband. Plugged in my mic into the Action Camera's external mic jack and took it out for a test. See/hear the results for yourself:[@]

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                4.0

                Excellent, Practical and Sharp

                By Emad

                from Keller, TX

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Movies/Short Films

                Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

                Sharp Lens
                Easy to use.
                V. Light

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                • No

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                5.0

                Better than GoPro

                By Honey Badger

                from Shawnee,OK

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Movies/Short Films

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

                  IMO i think this camera has more usable features and has better quality video than it's closest compeditor.I have used for about 30 motorcycle videos and it has surpassed my expectations.Sound recording is only hampered by the fact it is in the warer prof case.

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                  5.0

                  Great little device

                  By Kevin

                  from Hilton Head

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

                  • POV

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

                  great action cam. Great picture and clarity, light and easy to use. Software is a little glitchy but its great to be able to orient the camera to actually shoot what you want.

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                  4.0

                  Decent Action-cam, not disappointed

                  By Nate

                  from SF, CA

                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                  • Not Great Underwater

                  Best Uses

                  • Outdoor events games
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi:

                  This is my first action-cam. I was initially undecided between GoPro3+ and this one. After hearing many issues about GoPro3+ so I picked Sony HDR-AS15 instead. Pretty decent for beginners. About half of GoPro cost. You can control your cam with smart-phone. I would recommend to install anti-fog sheet with it. Overall, good quality video. I used it during my snorkeling trip in Hawaii. For underwater recording, the video quality is just ok, not impressive. For sound, don't expect to be great, especially when using a water-proof housing.

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