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SonyHDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder with WiFi
 
4.4

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (51)
  • Great picture quality (44)
  • Image stabilization (44)
  • Good in low light (29)
  • Great sound (26)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (8)
  • Poor sound (7)
  • Poor still image (6)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Complicated to operate (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (30)
  • HD shooting (20)
  • Home movies (18)
  • Movies/short films (17)
  • Documentaries (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (20), Enthusiast (15), Semi-pro (12), Pro videographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (54), 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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5.0

Camera + Accessories +Right Tech Support

By Timothy

from Minneapolis Minnesota

About Me Video Enthusiast

Pros

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

Cons

  • Tiny Lcd Screen

Best Uses

  • Chamber Music
  • Weddings/Events

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

Use Camera for Chamber Music - Need HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder - Sony - ECM-DS70P - Mic for Minidisc - GO PRO Jaws Clamp - You can use a SMART PHONE to Monitor Film using WIFI ( I don't because I don't want any other SMART Phone cutting in ) I use 10 Inch LCD using MDMI Connections - safe & Secure -- Camera Setting Go to the Best B&H Photo ( Mr. SHAYA ) The Best Tech PRO --- B&H PHOTO -- Best advise & and Tech Support you will need do to Tiny LCD Screen on SONY HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder for settings.

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5.0

looks fine

By The Best

from Texas

About Me Semi-pro Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Image Stabilization

Cons

  • Complicated To Operate

Best Uses

  • Travel

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

it is a great product, pretty small, and light, its really cheap and looks durable. The setting are kinda hard to use at first but i think if you do it often you'll get use to it.

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5.0

excellent product for an excellent price

By Zanamix

from Asuncion, Paraguay

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Sound
  • Great Zoom

Cons

    Best Uses

    • HD Shooting
    • Movies/Short Films

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

    excellent 1080 movies and wide angle

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    • No

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    4.0

    Exceed expectation

    By Toorak6

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

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

    Excellent quality images. Easy to setup including connecting to wifi. If only have GPS and able to record sound in casing but guess have to pay more for AS30.

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    • No

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    5.0

    HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder

    By Alex

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Ios App Could Use Work

    Best Uses

    • HD Shooting
    • Travel

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

    Works great, WiFi though a bit flaky, once connected, works too.
    Quality of the picture is great, battery life is awesome!
    Overall, very pleased with the product and for the price this just cant be beaten.

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    3.0

    I really want to like this little cam...

    By Grant

    from Washington the State

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Seems like this cam should be a breeze to operate, but the documentation is so dismal that I am having trouble figuring any of the setup menus. The manual was obviously written in a foreign language (Japanese probably) and the translation is poor. The foldout paper manual is unintelligible, the pdf version is readable but poorly translated. Foreign companies have been in the US market for a couple of generations or more. You might imagine a company like Sony could figure this out by now

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          5.0

          The most versatile platform available!

          By Tom

          from Oklahoma City, OK

          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

            • Action
            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Travel

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

            This camera is the most versatile I've used to date. With so many inexpensive options to mount this camera, there is no excuse for why you couldn't create the shot you're looking for. I wore myself out trying to out do each new shot from the last.

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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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              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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