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SonyHDR-AS100V POV Action Cam
 
4.4

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (28)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Produces high quality film (25)
  • Durable (22)
  • Highly compatible (16)

Cons

  • Complicated controls (3)
  • Poor interface (3)

Best Uses

  • Shooting outdoors (28)
  • Travel (26)
  • HD shooting (23)
  • Documentaries (12)
  • Home movies (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (18), Film professional (7), Parent (7), Technically challenged (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32), Yes (3)

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

 

Do not use under water.

I purchased this camera for my 70th birthday. I purchased the optional underwater housing. It is supposed to be good down to 160 feet. I hooked the camera in the housing to a...Read complete review

I purchased this camera for my 70th birthday. I purchased the optional underwater housing. It is supposed to be good down to 160 feet. I hooked the camera in the housing to a down rigger ball on my fishing boat. The first two times we brought the camera up, the results were exciting. The third time was a disaster. The housing was full of salt water. The camera was dead. The LED panel was grey.
The housing looked normal. The latch was locked The O ring looked good. Sony says there is no warranty because it was used in salt water.

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5.0

Very good camera

By Space

from Wisconsin

Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

I bought this camera as a Christmas present for myself. The free three day shipping was great and came right on time. This camera is very good and I would recommend it to anyone. It can shoot 1080p 60fps (max) and also shoots high speed recording. It takes 13.5MP stills and can also take time lapse. The image quality that comes out of this camera is very good and looks great on a laptop. However, Sony's editing software is good but not great. It is kinda hard to get used to after using GoPro Studio. Another feature this camera has is GPS tracking. This is cool and adds to the videos a lot. Also, the mobile app works good although it is quite basic. It allows you to start/stop recording and change modes and that's about it. The only problem I had with camera is it took a long time to charge out of the box (note that this is only the first charge, all charges after that will be much faster). Overall , this is a great camera for less than $.

 
5.0

Excelente c�mara

By Alvarosti

from Chile

Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

Muy buena autonom�a de la bater�a, excelente calidad de imagen, excelente relaci�n precio calidad.

 
5.0

Great value

By Christine

from Vermont

Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

Very pleased with both the video and audio quality.

 
5.0

Best action cam

By Mars

from newjersey

About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • 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 cam for all my outdoor sports...it has loads of accessories, attachments to secure the cam to a helmet , surfboard , kayak , bike, etc. it's compact ,easy to use and pairs up easily to your phone. so far so good! no complaints yet...

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Bad design for under water

    By kty

    from New York

    Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

    Standart under water case cap lens section is not flat. This is the reason under water photo quality very bad. Device has auto focuse feature which is not in go pro. But this feature can not work with standard case cap. Camera can not make focuse with rounded cap. After sending an email to Sony , I see that Sony knows this design error. And their solution is asking you buy a new case with flat lens on the cap. If Sony knows this problem they should mentioned on the box . And we can compare other device cost with knowing this hidden cost.And Sony did not answer my second reply them.IF YOU WANT TO TAKE PHOTO UNDER WATER THIS IS NOT RIGHT CAMERA.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    HDR AS 100 V

    By OSBORNST

    from SOUTH FLORIDA

    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:

      MY SON HAS A GOPRO I HAVE THE SONY AS 100 THE SONY IS BY FAR EASIER TO USE GIVE A BETTER QUALITY PIC AND AUDIO WOULD RECOMMEND THE AS 100 HAND DOWN

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Better that GoPro Hero4

      By Professional Filmmaker

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Film Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

        I use this camcorder to work on traffic videos... on the road, freeways, highways adn it works better than GoPro Hero4...

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice camera

        By Ryan from WV

        from Martinsburg, WV

        About Me Parent

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

            Works great!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Took it to Africa it worked great

            By Biocrt

            from Evans, GA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Alignment Of Sd Card

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

            I used this product while in Southern Africa so I could video tape and be free to shoot photos at the same time. I got it a couple of days before I left and found it easy to learn to use. The only thing I had to be careful of was to make sure the mini SD card was properly inserted. It held its charge well and in 21 days I only charged it 3 times. I am pleased with this purchase and the quick turn around time for shipping at B&H Photo.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            excelente produto

            By rogerio

            from sao paulo, Brazil

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Poor Interface

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

            Equipamento adquirido para uso em viagem ao USA. turismo.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Do not use under water.

            By wbchinook

            from Blaine WA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Pros

            • Great When It Worked

            Cons

            • No Warranty Under Water U
            • No Warranty When Used Wig

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

              I purchased this camera for my 70th birthday. I purchased the optional underwater housing. It is supposed to be good down to 160 feet. I hooked the camera in the housing to a down rigger ball on my fishing boat. The first two times we brought the camera up, the results were exciting. The third time was a disaster. The housing was full of salt water. The camera was dead. The LED panel was grey.
              The housing looked normal. The latch was locked The O ring looked good. Sony says there is no warranty because it was used in salt water.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Better than the GoPro hero 3+

              By The_SamIAm

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Parent, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Complicated Controls

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

              Its a simple to use and highly effective.
              i made the jump from Go Pro and I am very glad i made this jump.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best small HD video camera around

              By Theprof

              from Georgia

              Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

              I was very impressed with the quality of the picture from this Action Cam. Great clarity, excellent sound and ultra small. I espesially enjoyed the IPhone control and monitoring of the image.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great to Use for kids

              By Ho

              from S.korea

              Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

              Fit all kinds of activities scuba ski parasail, etc
              Small light very satisfied

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Little Action Cam

              By D

              from near San Jose, CA

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                I like it because it is slimmer than 'the other' popular action cam. It has more features for less money, the options menu is more intuitive, and the quality is great. I do like the wifi and hooking it up to hand held devices I have to see and control the action in HD is great. Glad i purchased it :)

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Good camera but fisheye lens kills it

                By Mister E

                from Los Angeles,CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comes With Waterproof Hou
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Produces High Quality Film

                Cons

                • Complicated Controls
                • Only 15 Ft Of Waterproof
                • Poor Interface

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                Overall, this is a great camera. It records fantastic video at 1080p. The 60 fps was gorgeous and sound was pretty good. My biggest issue with the camera has to be the fisheye lens. It warps everything on the side. I know this is what I should have expected but it was too much for me. I am looking into a newer go-pro to avoid this problem.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Big improvement over AS10/15

                By ispeedonthe405

                from Orange County, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Produces High Quality Film
                • Really Easy To Use
                • Stable Image

                Cons

                • Navigating The Menus

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                Having done a multi camera shoot with the AS15, I can without a doubt say the image quality out of the AS100V is substantially improved. While the color of the image (especially blues) is a bit more 'enhanced' than I like (in comparison to the GoPro Hero3+), I'm noticing substantially less overly enhanced skies giving an unnatural and occasionally green tinged appearance.

                The optics appear to have been improved, with images looking noticeably sharper without chromatic aberrations that plagued the last cameras based on my use. While images are sharp, they're not overly and unnaturally sharpened like the AS15, where edges would exhibit extreme aliasing.

                The added benefit of the 50mbps XAVC is certainly welcome (over the 28mbps limit of the previous cameras), but I haven't spent enough time with this to comment with certainty.

                The ability to use all the previous accessories is certainly welcome, and I think Sony did an great job here. Enough that I may trade in my GoPro3+ now. Always though the Playmemories app was substantially better than the GoPro app.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Features, portability, and Pictures in 1

                By Nelson the Father

                from Torrance, CA

                About Me Parent

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                  Some people go surfing. Some people go mountain biking. Some people sky dive. Well, I have a kid who's just starting to crawl and a 2 dogs he loves to chase around the house. I wanted a wide angle lens to capture the fun he has while being able to download and iMessage the photos to my family.

                  The Sony HDR-AS100V POV action cam serves all of those purposes.
                  - GPS is convenient when loading the photos and time tagging
                  - Sony WIFI connection is simple and I can upload photos to my phone in an instant
                  - I no longer have to carry a 'waterproof' case for my iPhone and worry about leaks. This one just does the job
                  - Wide angle for selfies is awesome!

                  The only issue I have is the recording time for photos. I have the ULTRA PLUS microSD that should have 30MB/s. There have been other ones on sale with 40MB/s, but the speed of recording photos isn't quick enough

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This was a gift.

                  By Me

                  from Longmont, CO

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                  Gift recipient seems to like it.

                  (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great camera!

                  By mhoque

                  from Herndon, VA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam:

                  Awesome camera! Really fun to use.

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