Unveiled: New Sony HDR-AS100V and HDR-AS100VR Action Cameras + Live-View Remote Bundle


Sony’s latest Action Cam announcement includes the impressive HDR-AS100V Action Cam and the HDR-AS100VR Action Cam + Live-View Remote Bundle. Both cameras are the same, but the HDR-AS100VR also comes with Sony’s handy Live-View Remote. The HDR-AS100V is designed for shooting in the mountains, water, or anywhere else action sports occur. It’s ideal for skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, motocross, skydiving, mountain biking, and any other outdoor adventure sports. The lightweight, rugged, wearable action camcorder supports up to Full HD 1080/60p video recording at using the XAVC S format. It also features a 1280 x 720p HD slow-motion mode that captures video at 120 or 100 fps and an 800 x 480p slow-motion mode that captures video at 240 or 200 fps.

Like previous generations of the Action Cam, Sony includes a rugged waterproof housing with the HDR-AS100V. The housing features a tripod mount, but the camera also include a tripod mount accessory so you can mount the camera to a tripod without using the included housing. Plus, the camera is splashproof, so you can use it without the housing—even in rainy weather or splash-prone situations. When the camera is used with the included housing, it’s waterproof to a depth of 16.4’ (5 m). The housing is also shockproof from falls up to 5’ (1.5 m), as well as dirt and dust resistant, which makes the camera nearly impervious to mud, snow, rain, sand, and grime. The HDR-AS100V is equipped with a ZEISS Tessar lens, which supports a wide 170-degree viewing angle and SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode. It has a 1/2.3” Back Illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor as well, which provides excellent low-light performance.

The HDR-AS100V also has built-in Wi-Fi capability and NFC one-touch pairing. This means that Wi-Fi and NFC-enabled smartphones and tablets can easily pair with the Action Cam and pull optimized movies and photos from the camera without a cable. Once the video is copied onto your mobile device, you can use its 3G or 4G mobile broadband connection to email movies to friends and family or upload your footage to social media sites like Facebook and YouTube. Plus, a built-in GPS unit allows you to add a geographical narrative to your movies and photos.

If you buy the HDR-AS100VR Action Cam + Live-View Remote Bundle, you’ll also receive Sony’s convenient Live-View Remote. The Live-View Wireless Remote is a wrist-worn remote control for the Sony Action Cam that allows you to start and stop video recording. It features a built-in LCD screen for monitoring, and connects to the Action Cam via a Wi-Fi/NFC interface that works at distances of up to 16'. For peace of mind when shooting around water, the Live-View Wi-Fi Remote can be safely submerged for up to 30 minutes in water as deep as 9.8'. The Wi-Fi and NFC signals required for monitoring and control, however, will not work if either the remote or the camera is submerged. Users can also control up to five HDR-AS100VR or HDR-AS100V Action Cams at the same time using the Live-View Remote.

Other features of the HDR-AS100V include a mini-HDMI output, built-in stereo microphone, and a memory card slot that supports Memory Stick Micro or microSD/SDHC memory cards. If you’re as serious about capturing quality video as you are about your action sport of choice, then you should definitely consider the HDR-AS100V. The included waterproof housing and optional mounting possibilities make this model flexible and rugged enough for any action sport in virtually any environment.

Sony HDR-AS100V & HDR-AS100VR
Sensor 1/2.3” (7.77mm) Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS
Processor BIONZ X image processor
Pixel Gross Approx. 18.9MP
Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 13.5MP (16:9)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Lens ZEISS Tessar Lens
Viewing Angle (with SteadyShot)  120°
Viewing Angle (without SteadyShot)  170°
Aperture F2.8
Focal Length without SteadyShot
(35mm Equivalent)
Focal Length with SteadyShot (35mm Equivalent) 21.8mm
Minimum Focus Distance 11.8" (30cm)
Focal Distance 2.8mm
Image Stabilization SteadyShot with Active Mode
Recording Media MicroSD/SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Memory Stick Micro Memory Card
Video Resolution XAVC S: Full HD 1920 x 1080/60p
XAVC S: Full HD 1920 x 1080/50p
XAVC S: Full HD 1920 x 1080/30p
XAVC S: Full HD 1920 x 1080/25p
XAVC S: Full HD 1920 x 1080/24p
MP4 PS: Full HD 1920 x 1080/60p
MP4 PS: Full HD 1920 x 1080/50p
MP4 HQ: Full HD 1920 x 1080/30p
MP4 HQ: Full HD 1920 x 1080/25p
MP4 STD: HD 1280 x 720/30p
MP4 STD: HD 1280 x 720/25p
MP4 Slow: HD 1280 x 720/120p
MP4 Slow: HD 1280 x 720/100p
MP4 Slow: 800 x 480/240p
MP4 Slow: 800 x 480/200p
MP4 VGA: SD 640 x 480/30p
MP4 VGA: SD 640 x 480/25p
Still Image Resolution JPEG 13.5MP
Audio Format Stereo
Exposure System
Metering Modes Multi-segment
Exposure Settings Auto
Scene Modes Auto, Underwater
Noise Reduction Yes
White Balance Mode Auto
Minimum Illumination 6 lux
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
Drive System
Shutter Speeds Auto Control Range 1/30 - 1/10,000 sec (30 fps)
Convenience Features
Date / Time Stamp Yes
Media / Battery Indicator Yes (recordable time) / Yes (remaining capacity)
Multiple Language Display English
Advanced Features
Waterproof To 16.4' (5m) when using included
SPK-AS2 Housing
Dustproof Yes (when using included SPK-AS2 Housing)
Shockproof To 5' (1.5m) when using included SPK-AS2 Housing
Airplane Mode Yes
Wi-Fi Yes (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz band)
NFC (Near Field Communication) Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
Embedded GPS Yes
Interfaces Mini-HDMI output x 1
USB Multi Terminal x 1
Micro-USB 2.0 (mass-storage) port x 1
AV composite video output x 1
1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo microphone input x 1
Built-In Microphone Yes (stereo mic)
Built-In Speaker Yes
Battery Type NP-BX1 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
Dimensions (WxHxD) 0.9 x 1.9 x 3.2" (24 x 47 x 82mm)
Weight 2.36 oz (67 g)

Sony Live-View Remote
Wi-Fi Range 16' (4.9m)
Battery Life Approx. 240 minutes
Depth Rating 9.8' (3m) for up to 30 minutes
Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Dimensions 2.8 x 2 x 0.8" (72 x 50 x 21mm)
Weight 2.3 oz (63 g)

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I have just bought the HDR-AS100VR was using it to video a meeting. It ran out in 35 minutes which shocked me. I have understood  now to have GP{S and Wi-fi switched off to extend the video time. Should I use a differnet recording speed. I don't understand the differences but imagine STD (Standard) would be the best compromise? Can you help?

Hi Rob -

The SD recording mode will allow you to record longer as more memory will be available but will not really affect the battery life appreciably.  GPS and Wi-Fi are big power drains.  Have back-up batteries available and ready to go.

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Thanks for that Mark! Do I really need to by Sony's AC adaptor for charging the camcorder or can I use the adaptor I have for my Iphone and Ipad?

Hi Rob -

Almost any 5 volt  2.1 amp  USB charger should work.

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Hello Mark

Thanks for that. However, your anwser is slightly oblique in terms of my specific question. I don't see Apple expressing their adaptors in terms of volts, but rather, amps. So do you happen to know if the regular adaptor I have for my Iphone and Ipad will work. I don't want to blow my Camcorder. 

Hi Rob -

I understand your concern, Rob.  Be aware that my answers are based on experience with this camera and many USB AC adapters, but the safest route is to use the SONY recommended accessories only: 

Sony X-Series Battery and USB Charger Kit

We have also tested:

Xuma USB Wall Charger

iLuv - IAD217 Premium Quick Charge Compact Triple USB AC Charger

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My my hdr-az only stays on a couple of minutes.  The battery dies pretty quickly.  I have  a battery charger but it only stay on a short time.  How long should I charge my battery.

Hi John -

A full charge typically takes about 2-3 hours via USB, depending upon how deeply the battery is discharged.  You may need a new battery:

Sony - NP-BX1/M8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1240mAh)   Or you may want to purchase a new battery and charger: The Sony Cyber-shot Battery and Charger Accessory Kit contains the BCTRX Battery Charger and one NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack. This additional battery and compact charger are ideal for traveling and for extending the effective battery power of your camera. This charger can deliver a full charge within 90 minutes. 

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Mark could you help me with this question I need to know about Dive doors like AKA DR1 or AKADDX1 or complete cases for the HDR-AZ1 for under water film 

At this time there is not a dive door or housing that will allow the HDR-AZ1 to go deeper than 16’.

como le hago para configurar la camara para el live mode ? me puede explicar alguien

Hola Chris -

 Para configurar la camara para el live mode, por favor consulte el manual de instrucciones para más detalles :

Si usted tiene preguntas adicionales,por favor mandenos un e-mail a si tiene mas preguntas.

if I'm recording using wifi with my cell phone and the cell phone is turned off or close the application to save battery, the camera stops recording or continue recording until the rec button is pressed.

This action cam have AV composite video output x 1 but the cable isn´t included.

Please. I wanto to know if you have this opcional cable, the cost, the model, type of connector, etc.


Hi Fabian -

The Sony VMC-15MR2 Handycam A/V Cable connects your Sony Handycam camcorder directly to your TV or HDTV, so you can view your footage on the big screen. The 5' cable is compatible with all Handycam camcorders that are equipped with a Multi Terminal input.

Enjoy Your Videos on the Big Screen
Use this cable to connect your Handycam camcorder directly to your HDTV, SDTV or other compatible display

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Fantastic Camera!  Yet, I want to be able to burn DVDs from my footage.  What settings do I use to be able to burn a DVD later?  I tried the 1080P-30 and 1080P-60 but when I tried to burn a disc the software PMH stated wrong format.  At one point I did manage to burn a disc but the disc would only play in a computer and not a stand along DVD player.  Any directions on this would be appreciated

Hi Milton -

For DVD recording you will need to convert this footage down to standard definition for playback on a DVD player.  I recommend this software:

Adobe Premiere Elements 12 for Mac and Windows is a versatile and intuitive editing and organizing program for managing a complete digital video workflow. Beginning with a wide range of editing and enhancement capabilities, Elements 12 presents a breadth of unique tools and effects for automatically optimizing the look and feel of videos and sequencing and sharing finalized movies.

Burning to an H.264 format will offer you better quality results but will playback on bluray players only (not DVD players).

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Hi There

what headmount can be used for the Sony Action Cam AS100V?

Hi Sofia -

The Sony Headband Mount for Action Cam lets you capture hands-free Full HD video with your Sony Action Cam. Just mount the camera in the Headband Mount and you're ready to go. This easy to use, light weight mount is ideal for skiing, skateboarding, hiking, running, cycling, snowboarding and more.

Take high-definition video virtually anywhere you go by simply attaching the Sony Action Cam to your head via the Headband Mount
This easy to use, light weight mount allows you to record in a variety of active lifestyle past times such as hiking, running, cycling and skateboarding

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i am wondering if anyone knows how to display speed information on the video playback of the sony HDR AS100V i have tried a couple times with no luck. I am just wondering if there is a software update or something i must take before i can use this function. as of right now i can enter map view playback thru playback memories software but will only show me where i was located it will not display anything else.if anyone can give me some tips would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Timmifsud -

This information should be displayed next to the resolution in the viewfinder when the "PRO" function is chosen:

You can set the image resolution and frame rate for shooting movies. Image qualities that can be set depend on the [PRO] setting 

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Can anybody help me out with some questions?

1. I am looking for a mount outside the car. The Sony-suction mount (PFVCTSC1) looks like it's not for outside the car (guide). I want to record outside the car. Is there an alternative?

2. next problem is to power on/off the cam if outside the car, or motorbike. The GoPro has a remote, with 2 buttons (power on/off, and record on/off). For now I'm afraid I have to connect to my phone (works great) and this way the cam is constantly on (and probably empty) when I want to record something.

Hope someone can help me out...!! Thanks :-)

Hi Guido -

The included mount will surely perform well on any clean, smooth surface - inside or outside a vehicle.  Unfortunately there is no solution for remote power on and off.

Here is an alternate mount for your consideration:

The DDMOUNT MINI Fat Gecko Mini Camera Mount from Delkin Devices is a locking suction cup camera mount that makes video and photography possible from almost any smooth surface, especially when size and weight are critical--on surfboards, motorcycles, wakeboards, ATVs, helmets, windows and more. With an adjustable joint and a 3" extension bar, it's also easy to set up shots over a windshield, around an instrument panel, over a binding, or anywhere else where a standard tripod or camera mount wouldn't work.

Universal 1/4" tripod camera mount
Extendable height with 360° tilt, turn & rotation
Locking suction attaches securely to any smooth, flat, non-porous surface
Rugged construction holds up in extremes
Quickly move cameras from surface to surface

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Thanks Mark for the reply! I will have a look..! Don't want to lose the camera while driving! :-)

The AS100VR comes with the remote which can also be purchased separately. It is like a wristwatch.  You can view the live video form the AS100V, it will pair with any as100V that has it's wifi on within a 30-40 foot distance. You can control the camera and view live footage but you cannot view already recorded footage. It can be worn just like a wrist watch with the record button right on the face.  It recharges with the same usb cord design used for the as100v.

When attaching anything especially to the outside of a vehicle be especially sure it is a sturing clap or otherwise tied connection- strong velcro might work. There are all kings of platforms and you can also use an array of the gopro mounts too. You can even make your own so long as it is the correct thread size/hole size to screw into the hole or buy a tap to creat your own threads in existing drilled out metal.

bad bad choice. I will punish SONY by not buying anything else from this company for the rest of my life. The housing provided with the kit (spk-as2) as the one I bought extra (spk-as1) cannot record underwater (ONLY blurry images, because of the door design). So, brilliant SONY makes a new flat door AKA-RD1A but sells it again (not for free if you have already paid for the useless housing). So you buy the new flat door and you think everything is OK. NO! with a dive to 22m (says up to 60m) the door takes water inside the housing. SO STAY MILES AWAY

Try cutting off or removing the lens from the one pack and bonding in a new flat lens with silicon seal. You are proably viewing the inside of a fogged lens and or it's reflection from the inside of the case. Test the final build for water tightness at the depth you want to go to prior to placing in the camera. Always allow the silicon rubber to cure at least a good 24  hours each application.

Sony has problems with the lens. Read the following thread...
I have just recordet worthless blurry images om my vacation at the Great Barrier  :-(

you mentioned it's a AS-100V,but the problem is,it's a AS-15V,thats a different model ............

I don't have NFC and playmemories does not work on my phone, keeps shutting down.

Is there any other way I can connect to my phone?

Hi lacmac -

 Pleas double check that you are using the latest version of the SONY PlayMemories Mobile App and that your phone is compatible. The camera must connect to the phone via Wi-Fi or NFC pairing.

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I want to record in PRO on my HRD AS100V...I found a SanDisk Ultra 64GB Micro SDXC I Class 10....will this work...i also see there are this exact same memory card but instead of "ultra" they are branded as "Extreme Plus" or "Extreme".....what is the difference...thanks this forum has helped SOOOO much more than the wasted 2 hours i spent on phone with Sony. :)

Just the speed is different,and yes ,it will work.I'm using the Extreme Pro 64gb.


Does anybody know if this camera can be operated via a laptop using wifi rather than the live view remote ?



If you would be kind enough to answer two questions for me please.

Will the accessories ( mounts, grips ) from the GoPro fit the Sony HDR AS 100V  ?

GoPro has an adapter or converter it seems but its in a sealed packet so I cant test it until I buy it. I have some great GoPro accessories I would still like to use.

I will be away from computers, internet and electricity for 2 weeks and need to dump the info from my memory cards every day. I can bring extra batteries but extra cards is not that cost effective. I will be using a tablet to monitor the camera via wifi but its internal memory s only 32 GB as well. People are telling me that I cannot connect a 500 GB external hard drive to a tablet but logic tells me otherwise. Have you any ideas or imput as to how I can manage to do this or get around this without carrying a laptop as well.

Thanks and great forum.

1: The GoPro accessories use the GoPro 3 prong mount. They will not work for the Sony cameras.

2: It will depend on the tablet you are using for compatibility with an external drive. If you email we can check options for you.

I use quite a few of the gopro mounts of all kinds with my as100v with not problem. Sometimes you have to use other connectors depending upon what you like to do. Also yes  you most likely can use a 500 gig harddrive with your tablet. Also you can connect to the phone via wifi. Micro SDXC 128 class 10 or better speed is another good option for the flash media.  By default the As100v can hook to either the mini tripod size mount or fullsize tripod mount.  This camera has lots of good options.  You can keep it powered with an external clean usb recharger plug that puts out a good current.  It won't film if it's plugged to any kind of data usb port like your pc or tablet.

Hi B&H, 

Can the HDR-AS100 do hdmi clean feed, eg into a live video switcher, and can you have hdmi plugged in when when the tripod mount is on?


Hi Kingsley -

This camera does not offer a clean, live, HDMI output.  Although the HDMI port is on the bottom of the camera it may positioned far enough to the rear so that the tripod head clears the HDMI port.

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Hi, does anyone knows if I can use hdr-as100v's GPS to track a route w/o recording video?  I want to keep GPS on during a whole enduro route (replacing the batt if necessary) and recording videos only from time to time. Is this possible?  Thanks

Hi Gerardo -

Unfortunately the SONY HDR-AS100V/R does not offer this feature.  The GPS is active only during the recording mode.  It cannot be used like a continuous tracking GPS device.  This product will track continuously:

The Land Air Sea GPS Tracking Key Pro is a pocket-sized vehicle-tracking device that constantly receives signal from 24 Department of Defense satellites and records every second, within 2.5 meters accuracy. The unit records time of departure, speeds traveled, time of arrival along with addresses, and duration of stops, storing every second of travel activity up to 100 hours in the non-volatile flash memory.

Equipped with the LAS Past-Track software, the GPS Tracking Key Pro uses Google Earth for displaying data as reports, animated street views, and satellite images. Compatible with Windows 7, 2000, XP, and Vista operating systems, the tracking device allows you to conveniently transfer the data to a computer via USB port.

The Tracking Key Pro can be powered by 2 AA batteries (up to 80 hours), the main power supply of the vehicle (hardwired) or via its 12V cigarette lighter. The built-in motion detector sends the tracker into sleep mode after 2 minutes of non-movement, and saves battery life.

With a strong magnet (located at the bottom), the GPS tracker can be mounted in, on, or under the vehicle and other metal surfaces. Some of the applications for the Tracking Key Pro include monitoring company vehicles, police investigations, and teen tracking.

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Hi, thanks for the info.  I've 2 more questions please:
-  what micro SD (32gb) do you recommend? should it be a =>30Mb/s or would a 10Mb/s be sufficient for 1090p?
-  what other make/model (lower value) can you recommend for continuous tracking and GE compatible? Such as Garmin's eTrex 10 or is thte any better in that price class?

Thanks and regards from Chile,

Hi Gerardo -

The Sony - 32GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card with microSD Adapter is fine for use with this action cam.

Unfortunately we do not offer a Garmin GPS device, or similar, at a lower price than the LandAirSea GPS Tracking Key I offered in an earlier response.

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Hi Mark, I'm trying to turn my HDR-AS100V into Pro Mode using a SanDisk Extreme 64Gb SDCX card, but it won't amd Media flashes. Shouldn't this SDXC card work?  Thanks & regards

Gerardo Bredfeldt wrote:

Hi Mark, I'm trying to turn my HDR-AS100V into Pro Mode using a SanDisk Extreme 64Gb SDCX card, but it won't amd Media flashes. Shouldn't this SDXC card work?  Thanks & regards

Hi Mark, i have the same problem with the same SDXC...


Hi Gerardo -

Sony does specify:

"Micro SD/SDHC (SDXC) Memory Card class 10 is necessary for recording in XAVC S format." 

So certainly if the card or camera is not defective - the card you are using should work.  If possible, try another similar card.  Also contact SONY technical support for thorough troubleshooting of the camera.

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Hi Gerardo -

Sony does specify:

"Micro SD/SDHC (SDXC) Memory Card class 10 is necessary for recording in XAVC S format." 

So certainly if the card or camera is not defective - the card you are using should work.  If possible, try another similar card.  Also contact SONY technical support for thorough troubleshooting of the camera.

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micro sd capacity 32gb -64gb wich one.

Hi Ahmet -

This camera accepts microSD/SDHC cards up to 32GB.

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I'd like to know how to know how to turn the camera unit off!

Hi Krelly -

To turn on the camera, press the PREV or NEXT button.

IMPORTANT: If the camera is inside the waterproof case, the PREV and NEXT buttons cannot be accessed without first taking the camera out of the case. If you do not want to take the camera out of the case, you can press the START/STOP button instead to turn on the camera and begin recording immediately.

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