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Sony HDRAS30V Camcorder

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65g CMOS Jul 2013
Full HD Weight Sensor Type Image Stabiliser Release Date
Get in the thick of it with the Sony HDR-AS30V Action Camcorder in black, the perfect tool for making exciting outdoor movies. Share your adventures Whether you More
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User Reviews Are Good

This video camera has an average user rating of 82% based on 104 user reviews.

Robust

Ten Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was good at resisting water ingress. James S. said in November this year “Underwater has been brilliant would buy again if I ever lose this one” in his review of the Sony HDR-AS30. Mark Lancaster wrote “I do believe the GoPro excells under water compared to this camera.” and scored it 5 stars. Three years ago Mr Owl wrote in his review “The case is brilliant cos it's waterproof so you can use this diving or in water-sports” and rated the Sony HDR-AS30 as very good.

Several customers wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-AS30 was strong and durable. Aidan said in their Sony HDR-AS30 review two years ago “The case is very sturdy” . In November last year E. Prayoga rated it as very good and wrote on Amazon “The roam 2 was a far more rugged camera, had a rotateable lens” in their review of this camcorder.

Several Sony HDR-AS30 owners wrote in their reviews that the product was well made. Cam wrote “Seems very well built” and scored the Sony HDR-AS30 5 stars. Paulo Seth mentioned “The Minoura mount is very steady and well built” in their review of this camcorder yet they only scored the product 1 stars. Swaddy mentioned in their review on Amazon “Think it should have a V at the end of the code as it does have built in GPS” and gave the product an excellent rating.

A number of Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers agreed that it was reliable. K Wren said on Amazon “I was able to improvise with my trusty mini gorillapod (bendy tripod) for test-filming while driving” in their Sony HDR-AS30 review and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

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Good Connectivity

A number of Sony HDR-AS30 owners mentioned in their reviews that it had gps. Three years ago Jennifers Daddy said “*GPS feature works ok.”. Judge Roughneck mentioned on Amazon “The GPS works well” however despite that they only rated it 3 stars. Two years ago Philip Anton wrote on Amazon “The quality is great and with the gps overlay you can put on your video it trumps the go pro” in his review.

A few customers who bought the Sony HDR-AS30 reckoned that it was easy to sync. One customer wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was wifi compatible.

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Nice Design

Some people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good looking. Amy Carroll mentioned in her review “The video was still pretty good, although not as clear as I would have maybe liked.”. A few weeks ago George Osgerby gave it a score of 5 stars and he said on Amazon “The waterproof case that comes with the camera is pretty nice and waterproof”. George Osgerby also said “The audio quality is pretty decent for an action camera”.

A few Sony HDR-AS30 owners who purchased the product concluded that it was a good design. In November last year Forged Piston mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Great quality and design”. Oldbiker rated the product 5 stars and wrote on Amazon two years ago “I really like this camera design could be improved”. Pondering Panda said in their review of this camcorder “I've lost out on footage because of this fairly major design flaw! Good” however despite that they only gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

A number of Sony HDR-AS30 owners who reviewed the product thought it was smooth. Rosen Ivanov mentioned “Uses the "slack" as a sort of buffer to smooth out camera shake”. One person mentioned in their reviews that it was neat. Ben Goulter wrote “The camera is a neat little unit” in his Sony HDR-AS30 review although he gave the Sony HDR-AS30 a rating of 2 stars.

One customer reckoned that this camcorder was ugly. George Osgerby said this month “The only downsides to this camera are the ones you get with most other action camera, no zoom, distortion, not fantastic audio, ugly camera” .

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was ergonomic.

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Good Product Quality

A number of Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. Aidan mentioned two years ago “It has amazing quality” in their review. Ben Goulter wrote on Amazon “The video quality is excellent and sharper than the offering from gopro”. Budyoni D. wrote on Amazon “PC connectivity through build-in wi-fi, good quality of pictures - done couple of time lapse videos from the dedicated "Interval" recording” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30.

Easy to Use

A number of customers who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use. In November last year Amy Carroll said “I was very pleased! The software is also very handy - I thought I was going to have to wait until Monday morning to review the footage & images” and rated this camcorder 5 stars. Two years ago Chris Jefferies said “Now it's something I just keep handy to document any trips or adventures”. E. Prayoga said in their review of this camcorder “The menu system is very simple and easy to use and can easily be configured without reading the manual”.

A few people considered that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Roger said on Amazon “It can even be held relatively easily in the hand - although I find that the shape of the GoPro style camera is easier to hold” in his review of this camcorder.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. G. Robinson said “Why can't I do that? Why is 60fps in slow motion? Other things such as WiFi, GPS and Time Laps work well, many of the settings are fairly basic.”.

One Sony HDR-AS30 owner who bought it reckoned that it was easy to setup. Lee mentioned in his review of the Sony HDR-AS30 on Amazon “You get so much more for your money and setting up multiple cams is super easy with no problems”.

One customer thought the product had a good experience. Lee wrote “So my opinion, go with the HoneMonitor cams as they provide a much better experience for around the same price” in his review of this camcorder and scored it very highly.

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Good Battery Life

A few customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good battery life. K Wren mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Simply charge the battery, insert a memory card (I use” in their review of this camcorder and gave the Sony HDR-AS30 a score of 80 out of 100. Pondering Panda said on Amazon “* Battery life is fair” but they gave it a score of 3 stars. Last year Sonic wrote in their Sony HDR-AS30 review on Amazon “Wifi live viewThis is so much better and more responsive that GoPro, battery hog though”.

Reasonably Priced

Several Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-AS30 was good value for money. Budyoni D. wrote “Great price/quality ratio” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30. Budyoni D. also said “Great HD camera with best price/quality ratio”. Cam gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned two years ago “Loads of accessories can be bought for a good price too” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30.

A few Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers considered that it was a bargain for the price. E. Prayoga said “Was just as cheap and cheerful.”. Judge Roughneck wrote “Want a cheap sports camera that's swim-proof or for fitting to a mountainbike.” in their review of this camcorder. Kernow gave it a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Brilliant little camera, far better than the cheap GoPro copies” in their review.

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Good Technical Features

A few Sony HDR-AS30 owners who bought it concluded that it had good features. Fran rated it as very good and she wrote in her review on Amazon “Great low light capabilities, good sound, lots of features and I do find it more stylish than a gopro”. Jennifers Daddy said on Amazon “*Low light is good There are other features such as a downloadable app.”. K Wren mentioned “The 'Steady Shot' image stabilisation is, once again, one of Sony's best features”.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Video cameras manufactured by Sony have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just video cameras) and found that Sony also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Quality Lens

Two customers who purchased the Sony HDR-AS30 concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Masterskier wrote in their review on Amazon two years ago “The in camera stabilisation works well and results in smoother hand held shooting than from it's competitors at the expense of narrowing the field of view to 120 degrees”.

One customer who reviewed it considered that it had a good lens. Mr. R. D. Turner mentioned on Amazon “The picture quality is excellent and the selective wide angle lens gives a real sense of perspective” in their review.

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Good Size

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that it was a good depth. Mr. R. D. Turner mentioned in their Sony HDR-AS30 review “The selective wide angle lens gives a real sense of perspective and incredible depth of field”. Roger mentioned in his review of this camcorder “The case is only depth rated to 6m”.

One Sony HDR-AS30 owner wrote in their reviews that the product was thin. Chris Jefferies wrote on Amazon “Also taken it air softing on the side of my facemask which suits it's slim and long profile” in his review. One customer who bought the product considered that it was compact. Pondering Panda wrote in their review of this camcorder “* Light * Compact * Reasonable sound”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony HDR-AS30 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder thought it had a good screen.

One customer who reviewed this camcorder considered that it had a good viewfinder. Kernow said “The picture quality is better than some of the GoPro stuff that I've seen and connecting it to your phone to use as a viewfinder is a clever touch” in their review of this camcorder.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Unlike most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-AS30 which do not have an HDMI port, the Sony HDR-AS30 has an HDMI port.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDR-AS30 has an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years which do not have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the DVR508[pl_2962196_price], and the DVR936[pl_2962203_price] both from Vivitar or the ION S3000[plb_2962199_price] is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-AS30 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age are not Full HD.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think the Vivitar DVR936[plb_2962203_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

The Sony HDR-AS30 is waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-AS30 are not waterproof.

There are a number of other waterproof camcorders currently available which you might also want to consider including the ION S3000[plb_2962199_price], or the Vivitar DVR786[plb_2962201_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-AS30, the Sony HDR-AS30 has a built-in display.

Other video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the DVR936[pl_2962203_price], or the DVR786[pl_2962201_price] both from Vivitar.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony HDR-AS30 is more than most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a cmos sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Memory Stick (MS) Memory Card

Memory Stick (MS) memory card

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Very Small

The average height of comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-AS30 is 110mm, and the heights range from 26mm to 690mm. The HDR-AS30 is fairly small (only 47 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of video cameras of this age and type is 1.8mm, the longest is 110mm, and the average minimum focal length is 23mm. With a minimum focal length of only 2.5 millimeters, the HDR-AS30 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths amongst video cameras of this age.

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Light

When compared to other camcorders of this age and spec, the weight of the HDR-AS30 of only 65 grams is one of the lightest. The lightest video camera of this type and age is 59g weight, the heaviest is 7.5kg, and the average weight is 880g.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the DVR508[pl_2962196_price] (281g), or the DVR936[pl_2962203_price] (140g) both from Vivitar or the ION S3000[plb_2962199_price] (112g) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small

With a width of only 24.5 millimeters, the HDR-AS30 is quite small compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-AS30. The widths of video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-AS30 range from 19mm to 640mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on four expert reviews from sites including Lydogbilde.no, ljudochbild.se, parentesis.com and lydogbillede.dk this video camera has an overall expert rating of 68 out of 100.

Poor Support

One Sony HDR-AS30 owner mentioned in their reviews that it did not have good technical guidance. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “So it was sent back sorry I can't be of help in this” although they gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Unacceptable Noise Level

A few Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers who bought the product agreed that it was not noisy. Rosen Ivanov said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “There is a "noisy spot" when wind is moving across the front of the case (e.g”. Rosen Ivanov also said “The slow-mo 720p@120fps is very cool as well, even if a bit noisy due to increased ISO speed”.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDR-AS30 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-AS30 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

Camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDR-AS30 have maximum focal lengths of between 0.5mm and 900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 140mm. With a maximum focal length of only 2.5 millimeters, the Sony HDR-AS30 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths amongst video cameras of this age.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the Sony HDR-AS30 is more than most camcorders of this type and age. The most frequently found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this Sony video camera. The cables included micro usb are also found on this video camera.

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Only Supports One Audio Format

The Sony HDR-AS30 has a greater number of audio formats than most similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most commonly supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2 ch are also supported by this Sony camcorder.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders that were released more than two years ago do not have a night mode. The HDR-AS30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Only Has Two Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Sony HDR-AS30 is more than most video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This video camera has an Underwater scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-AS30. The scene mode "Auto" is also found on this camcorder.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HDR-AS30 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HDR-AS30 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HDR-AS30 do not have a built-in projector. The Sony HDR-AS30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony HDR-AS30

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-AS30 over three years ago.

Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Lens System
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Built-In Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
GPS Function
Design
Colour
Waterproof Depth
Video
Full HD
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
USB Connector Type
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Version
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Operating System
Lens Focal Range
Auto Focus
Photo Mode
Interface
Cable
Aperture Range
The Windows Operating System
USB Connectivity
Audio Recording Format
Mac Operating Systems
Other Features
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
USB Port
HDMI Out Port
Dimensions
USB Cable Included
USB 2.0 Connector
Waterproof
Shock Proof
Video Compression Format
Wireless Connection
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Shutter Speed
Built-In WiFi

Expert Reviews

(6)
20 February 2014

Sony har givet deres populære action-videokamera HDR-AS15 nogle opgraderinger. For det første er undervandshuset mindre end før og giver nu adgang til knapperne på siden af kameraet, så man... Read more…

29 September 2013

P?ynny obraz filmowy Kiedy w poszukiwaniu przygód znajdziesz si? z dala od utartych szlaków, kamera Action Cam ze stabilizatorem SteadyShot pozwoli na nagranie p?ynnego, stabilnego obrazu... Read more…

28 February 2014

Sony har givit sin populära actionkamera HDR-AS15 ett par uppgraderingar. För det första är undervattenshuset mindre än det gamla vilket gör att man kommer åt knapparna på utsidan av... Read more…

4 April 2014

Esta cámara está hecha para la aventura, para los deportes extremos y sobre todo acuáticos. Si eres fanático del surf, alpinismo, automovilismo, paracaidismo o cualquier otra actividad en la...

Su diseo ultra porttil, la simplicidad en su funcionamiento y su funda que la hace a prueba de agua, adems de que graba video en Full HD para brindar la mejor calidad de imagen, ayudada por el lente C
Su estabilizador reduce las tomas borrosa
No cuenta con un visor para tener una buena referencia de lo que ests grabando o fotografiando, lo tienes que adquirir por separado
18 December 2013
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User Reviews

(80)
Reviewed 11 August 2016 by Irishsmile
(Verified Purchase)

Very happy with purchase!

Reviewed 10 August 2016 by James S.
(Verified Purchase)

One of the best cameras I've bought so easy to use and I have been using for a few years now. Underwater has been brilliant would buy again if I ever lose this one.

Reviewed 5 June 2016 by Joe
(Verified Purchase)

Good value for money...

Reviewed 12 January 2016 by George Osgerby
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera not for action but just as a camera I can use and not worry about if I drop it, and it has don a great job at that. I've owned it for just over a year and I've took it all... Read more…

Reviewed 17 December 2015 by Jb
(Verified Purchase)

Great value item...

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+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers as200v, sony as30, sony as200, sony as30v, sony as100, sony as100v, sony as200v, sony hdras30, sony hdras30v, sony fdrx1000, sony hdras100, sony hdras30vb, sony fdrx1000v, sony hdras100v, sony snyhdras30, sony snyhdras30k, sony snyhdras30ke, sony snyhdras30ked, sony snyhdras30kedg, sony snyhdras30kedge
Barcodes 00027242282285, 00027242870505, 00027242897694, 00617689595088, 04905524945010, 04905524945027

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