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SonyHDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder
 
4.1

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (17)
  • Image stabilization (17)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Good in low light (9)
  • Great sound (6)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (5)
  • Complicated to operate (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)
  • Poor sound (3)
  • Poor still image (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (11)
  • HD shooting (9)
  • Low light (5)
  • Documentaries (4)
  • Home movies (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (8), Casual user (6), Pro videographer (6), Semi-pro (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Camera for the Money

Bought the camera for a more unusual application, filming shotgun practice and hunts. Super Slow is great, gives great clarity at a very slow speed. Standard HD gives excellent quality. I did...Read complete review

Bought the camera for a more unusual application, filming shotgun practice and hunts. Super Slow is great, gives great clarity at a very slow speed. Standard HD gives excellent quality. I did not go for the AS15 after poor reviews on the wi-fi for Android platforms. The cameras appear identical other than wi-fi.

Fish eye effect is noticeable, distance objects are a bit fuzzy. No zoom is a handicap for what I wanted to do, but no action cam has that. The case is rugged, see other comments on lack of ability to get a mic in the case. The only hardware weakness is the pop-open door to access the ports and memory card. It feels delicate, it may last forever but I can see something breaking on it.

User interface is good, easy to pick up and use. Looking forward to some accessories coming on the market for the camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Doesn't work for me

I bought this Sony Action Cam to record my driving experience in the confines of Corvette. I liked a YouTube video review and thought it would work for me.The choice of 30/60/120fps...Read complete review

I bought this Sony Action Cam to record my driving experience in the confines of Corvette. I liked a YouTube video review and thought it would work for me.The choice of 30/60/120fps was a big factor until I found out that there's only audio in 30fps. The flush-mounted "prev/next" buttons were annoyingly hard to press even with normal-size fingers and even worse with the LCD attached. The hi-def video quality is stunning...up to about 30-feet; beyond that, it's blurry. Never opened waterproof case; got the LCD accessory instead with tripod socket. If you DO want to use the case for the socket and you're in a dry enviro, you'll have to drill holes in the front to get audio.Despite 6-lux rating, night video was good. In-cambattery charging was a pain but for extra $$ you can get an external charger kit with battery and Sony proprietary HDMI cable, all of which you'll need. SteadyShot was effective but defaults to "off" whenever you change a setting; must remember to re-activate it. Included software is useless; can't delete anything from cam. Must FORMAT THE WHOLE CARD--no way to delete single images. Get a large capacity micro-SD card because it is too risky to attempt changing it in the field.The accessories that I needed to make it all work for my application were mostly useless.

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5.0

I would buy this product again and again

By JESSE

from COLLEGE STATION

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

      Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

      i used to action sports

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      • No

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      4.0

      Danged Impressed

      By Deneh67

      from Norman,Oklahoma

      Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

      Admit this was an impulse buy while planning an upcoming beach holiday. But is has already proved fun and valuable in the few weeks I have had it here in landlocked Oklahoma. Easy to setup and use, indestructible so far, and with the 60fps capability I have gotten images that would have been near impossible to get any other way. A spur-of-the-moment purchase Now recommended as a useful addition to almost any imaging tool kit.

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      5.0

      Solid Product at a very reasonable price

      By ABE

      from CA Bay Area

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Must Purchase Accessories

      Best Uses

      • Action Movies

      Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

      Use for white water rafting, zip lines, etc.
      Well built and very compact.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Action Cam... Worth Every Penny

      By JCR

      from Nova Scotia

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Still Image

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

      One word to sum up the Sony HDR-AS10? "Impressive." Well actually the first word that pops up in my head is "Beyond Cute." which is two words, so sue me. But after that, "Impressive." I use the AS10 for so many different things, even non action related outings. Currently I'm obsessed with turning my Rottweiler into a "B.C.C.O. - a Bionic Canine Camera Operator" and mounting this on the Sony Dog Mount. Like others have said, a lot of the faults with this camera have been made good with a firmware update and more varied mounting options. But not everything has been rectified. I'll get to the good aspects about the Sony HDR-AS10 first.

      The Good - 1080 60p with the new v2.0 firmware update is boss. Steadyshot works great. Although only available at 720p, shooting in 120fps is amazing. The super blue, fake looking skies might not be for everyone but the overall picture quality is terrific in decent lighting.

      The Bad - No Steadyshot on 170° FOV. Some of the mounts (not intended for water) still needlessly have no access to the microphone input (I'm looking at you LCD Cradle). The poor audio quality inside the included waterproof housing is fine and expected, but the camera rattles inside it. Not a lot, to the point I can't even see it moving inside the case on closer examination, but it happens. It's not like the rattle is a deal breaker though and some scraps of foam can fix this.

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      1.0

      Doesn't work for me

      By Frosty

      from Las Vegas, NV

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Effective Slomo 60120fps
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good Night Lighting
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound

      Cons

      • Complicated To Operate
      • Limited Zoom
      • Must Format To Delete
      • No Backlit Lcd
      • Unstable White Balance

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

        I bought this Sony Action Cam to record my driving experience in the confines of Corvette. I liked a YouTube video review and thought it would work for me.The choice of 30/60/120fps was a big factor until I found out that there's only audio in 30fps. The flush-mounted "prev/next" buttons were annoyingly hard to press even with normal-size fingers and even worse with the LCD attached. The hi-def video quality is stunning...up to about 30-feet; beyond that, it's blurry. Never opened waterproof case; got the LCD accessory instead with tripod socket. If you DO want to use the case for the socket and you're in a dry enviro, you'll have to drill holes in the front to get audio.Despite 6-lux rating, night video was good. In-cambattery charging was a pain but for extra $$ you can get an external charger kit with battery and Sony proprietary HDMI cable, all of which you'll need. SteadyShot was effective but defaults to "off" whenever you change a setting; must remember to re-activate it. Included software is useless; can't delete anything from cam. Must FORMAT THE WHOLE CARD--no way to delete single images. Get a large capacity micro-SD card because it is too risky to attempt changing it in the field.The accessories that I needed to make it all work for my application were mostly useless.

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        5.0

        It is very good for me.

        By Edgard Clément

        from Québec, Canada

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

            In the bush, it is ok.

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            5.0

            Awesome is not the word!!!

            By Moishie D.

            from Brooklyn NY

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                I use it everyday. It easy to use. Plug in play. Very clear. I really love it.
                I would recommend this over all other go pro cameras.
                And thanks B&H for the grat prices!
                Although there is no SD card included. Make sure to get one.

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                • No

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                3.0

                Na média

                By Daniel

                from Rio Grande, Brazil

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Stabilization

                Cons

                • Poor Sound

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                I bought the HDR-AS10 for being Sony and having a lower price than the reference cam action to Gopro. But I thought the set weaker than it should be, the two flaps that open (access to the connectors - and underneath the battery and memory card - back), do not seem to be durable. I liked the the video image, but the sound recording does not track quality. I still plan to use the camcorder in snowboarding lessons, main reason for purchase. I found it very cool style of POV cam.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Solid camera

                By Ash man

                from Salt Lake City

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                  Overall very good. Setting some of the options was a pain, but that's due to the simplification of the input on the camera itself. So simple button input = pain in the butt menus. Other than that, excellent camera.

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                  1.0

                  Terrible All Round

                  By Justin

                  from South Africa

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Condensation Problem
                  • Overheat
                  • Poor Design
                  • Poor Image Quality
                  • Poor In Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • As A Toy

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                  I bought 2 of these last year when they first came out and to be completely honest, they are rubbish. Firstly to mount them on a tripod they have to be inside the underwater housing as only the underwater housing has a tripod mount. A major problem I have found with this is that the underwater housing tends to fog up due to condensation inside resulting in whatever you're filming being unusable.

                  Another problem is that if you leave them on a tripod filming in the hot sun they tend to overheat and turn themselves off thus you cannot actually call them 'Action Cameras' due to their delicate nature as they only like being in the shade.

                  Finally I have found the footage to all be very grainy even in HD 1080 mode except for anything that is within 5 feet of the lens.

                  These are terrible all round from their poor design and terrible recording quality. Never expect to use the footage from these in a professional video. I'd class these more as a toy than the real thing.

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                  5.0

                  You get more than what you pay for

                  By Qway Recordings

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • DECENT IN LOW LIGHT
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                  The HDR-AS10 is a great cam and has awesome video quality. I think it is by far the best action camera you can get for a low price. This Sony cam fits my needs perfectly with its above-average low light video quality and the fisheye lens is only an added bonus!If you are looking for a rugged, yet still high quality handheld cam, then this is the one for you. It also has slow-mo options which look fantastic. Just another great product from Sony!

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                  5.0

                  So light, that it flies!!, great quality

                  By crayt4

                  from Puebla, Pue. Mexico.

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound
                  • Poor Sound Wwater Case

                  Best Uses

                  • Aerial Videography
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                  I use it in a cuadropter for aerial videography, and even with the waterproof case, it doesn't destabilizes the whole rig. The quality of the images are very superior to that of the GoPro Hero, an the ability to change between 120 and 170 degrees of view is an extra. I recommend this camera even for event videography because of the head use that you could take from it and leave 2 hands free for photo or other uses.

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                  3.0

                  Regular Camera

                  By Raúl Licea

                  from Querétaro México

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom
                  • Poor In Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                  Is image noisy in sunny days.

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                  • No

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                  2.0

                  Terrible quality, not thought through

                  By tyboulder34

                  from Denver, CO

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Stabilization

                  Cons

                  • Complicated To Operate
                  • Limited Zoom
                  • Poor build quality
                  • Poor Design
                  • Poor Image Quality
                  • Poor In Low Light
                  • Poor Sound
                  • Poor Still Image

                  Best Uses

                  • I Wouldn~'~~t Use This

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                  I just purchased this hoping for performance similar to the GoPro 2. The CZ reference is total marketing fabrication. The image is grainy even in perfect light conditions. The camera's back door is loose after 2 gentle uses. The splash-proof housing is weak, poorly designed and ready to break. The menu on the camera is insanly frusterating and onyl uses 2 buttons to navigate everything. I don't have any idea how this camera is rated above 3 stars. Nothing about it is good, and I'm a huge Sony fan (I've owned 3 of their DSLR's and many P&S cameras), so I was hoping this would be a surprise hit. I'd rather not go with a GoPro so it looks like I better do my own research. The reviews on here re: action cam's seem to be skewed towards the positive-- strange.

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                  5.0

                  Excelent product

                  By Troglobio

                  from Cypress, TX

                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                  I am a nature lover and I go caves like Sotano de la Golondrinas so I want to recorder this kind of experinces. This product is great because I have to have my hands free and it allows me be free

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                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  Good Camera for the Money

                  By Eric

                  from Piedmont, North Carolina

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                    Bought the camera for a more unusual application, filming shotgun practice and hunts. Super Slow is great, gives great clarity at a very slow speed. Standard HD gives excellent quality. I did not go for the AS15 after poor reviews on the wi-fi for Android platforms. The cameras appear identical other than wi-fi.

                    Fish eye effect is noticeable, distance objects are a bit fuzzy. No zoom is a handicap for what I wanted to do, but no action cam has that. The case is rugged, see other comments on lack of ability to get a mic in the case. The only hardware weakness is the pop-open door to access the ports and memory card. It feels delicate, it may last forever but I can see something breaking on it.

                    User interface is good, easy to pick up and use. Looking forward to some accessories coming on the market for the camera.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good little camcorder

                    By Jim the Runner

                    from Denver, CO

                    About Me Casual User

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                          I used this camera for a fall recumbent riding video I put on youtube. I used the headband mount for use without the waterproof case. I was impressed with the video and I like that it doesn't come out as warm as the drift which looks a little yellow sometimes. I love the on button. Easy and no guessing once you learn to recognize the on and off sounds. The audio seemed decent as well. Actually the audio was very good for the winds I was facing.Some cons:Lens is not rotatable.Tripod mount only on water proof case.Once in the the waterproof case, the camera is no longer lighter than a drift or contour.Great video, but lacking in terms of mounting options.

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                          5.0

                          the best just buy fastt

                          By bulos

                          from israel nazareth

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                          this is the best camera i see it hust buy it

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                          5.0

                          best camera

                          By someone

                          from isreal

                          Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                          really this is the best buy buy buy!!1

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                          5.0

                          Remarkable HD footage.

                          By 248 pencils

                          from Detroit, Michigan

                          About Me Pro Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting
                            • Indoors/Low Light

                            Comments about Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder:

                            I needed footage of a couple indoor water slides, so I ordered the AS10 since it came complete with a waterproof case. The video was exactly what I was looking for - the capacity for 60 and 120 fps slow-mo was a bonus.I see they've just introduced a monitor (for $) to make it possible to see your footage immediately. That's on my Christmas list.

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