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Sony HDR-AS30VE Camcorder

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Reasonably Priced

Thirteen customers reckoned that it was good value for money. Budyoni D. wrote on Amazon last year “Great price/quality ratio” and gave this camcorders a rating of 99 out of 100. Budyoni D. also said “Great HD camera with best price/quality ratio”. Cam rated the Sony HDR-AS30VE 99 out of 100 and mentioned two years ago “Loads of accessories can be bought for a good price too” in their review of this camcorders.

Some Sony HDR-AS30VE owners who reviewed the Sony HDR-AS30VE thought it was a bargain for the price. E. Prayoga said “Was just as cheap and cheerful.” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Judge Roughneck said on Amazon “Want a cheap sports camera that's swim-proof or for fitting to a mountainbike.” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30VE nonetheless only gave it a score of 3 stars. Kernow gave the product a score of 99 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “Brilliant little camera, far better than the cheap GoPro copies” in their review.

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Good Product Quality

Several Sony HDR-AS30VE reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was good quality. Aidan said on Amazon “It has amazing quality”. Ben Goulter mentioned in his review of this camcorders in August last year “The video quality is excellent and sharper than the offering from gopro”. Last year Budyoni D. mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30VE on Amazon “Great price/quality ratio” and gave the product a rating of 99 out of 100.

Nice Design

Several Sony HDR-AS30VE reviewers said that this camcorders was good looking. Amy Carroll gave it a rating of 5 stars and she mentioned in August last year “The video was still pretty good, although not as clear as I would have maybe liked.” in her review of the Sony HDR-AS30VE. Fran wrote “I do find it more stylish than a gopro” in her review. George Osgerby said “The waterproof case that comes with the camera is pretty nice and waterproof”.

Four customers concluded that it was a good design. Forged Piston wrote “Great quality and design” in their review. Oldbiker gave it a rating of 99 out of 100 and wrote in their Sony HDR-AS30VE review “I really like this camera design could be improved”. Pondering Panda said in their review on Amazon “I've lost out on footage because of this fairly major design flaw! Good” nonetheless scored the Sony HDR-AS30VE 3 stars.

Some customers said in their reviews that this camcorders was smooth. In August last year Rosen Ivanov mentioned on Amazon “Uses the "slack" as a sort of buffer to smooth out camera shake” in their review of this camcorders and scored the product 4 stars.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-AS30VE was ergonomic.

One Sony HDR-AS30VE reviewer thought it was ugly. In August George Osgerby mentioned in his review “The only downsides to this camera are the ones you get with most other action camera, no zoom, distortion, not fantastic audio, ugly camera” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

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Robust

A few Sony HDR-AS30VE owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was good at resisting water ingress. James S. rated the Sony HDR-AS30VE 5 stars and he mentioned “Underwater has been brilliant would buy again if I ever lose this one”. Two years ago Mark Lancaster and he said “I do believe the GoPro excells under water compared to this camera.” in his review. In August last year Roger and he wrote on Amazon “So, you'll need to fork out another £30-£40 for a decent underwater housing”.

Some people who reviewed it said that it was well made. Cam said “Seems very well built” in their Sony HDR-AS30VE review and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Paulo Seth wrote in their Sony HDR-AS30VE review on Amazon “The Minoura mount is very steady and well built” but in spite of that only scored the product 20 out of 100. Swaddy wrote in their Sony HDR-AS30VE review two years ago “Think it should have a V at the end of the code as it does have built in GPS”.

Some people who purchased it thought it was strong and durable. Two years ago Aidan mentioned on Amazon “The case is very sturdy” and rated it 99 out of 100. E. Prayoga gave the product a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review “The roam 2 was a far more rugged camera, had a rotateable lens”.

Some customers considered that the Sony HDR-AS30VE was reliable. K Wren scored it 4 stars and wrote in their Sony HDR-AS30VE review “I was able to improvise with my trusty mini gorillapod (bendy tripod) for test-filming while driving”.

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Easy to Use

Some Sony HDR-AS30VE reviewers who purchased the product concluded that it was easy to use. Amy Carroll mentioned in her review of the Sony HDR-AS30VE “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”. Chris Jefferies said on Amazon two years ago “Now it's something I just keep handy to document any trips or adventures” in his Sony HDR-AS30VE review. In August last year E. Prayoga mentioned “The menu system is very simple and easy to use and can easily be configured without reading the manual”.

A few people who bought the Sony HDR-AS30VE wrote that it 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”.

One Sony HDR-AS30VE reviewer thought the product had a good interface. Stevel said “Better interface for turning on and off” in their Sony HDR-AS30VE review.

One customer who reviewed this camcorders mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. G. Robinson gave the product a rating of 4 stars and wrote on Amazon “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.”.

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Good Connectivity

Several customers who purchased it concluded that it had gps. Jennifers Daddy said on Amazon three years ago “*GPS feature works ok.” in their review of this camcorders. Judge Roughneck wrote on Amazon “The GPS works well” in their review of this camcorders but even so only rated the product 60 out of 100. Two years ago Philip Anton gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned in his Sony HDR-AS30VE review on Amazon “The quality is great and with the gps overlay you can put on your video it trumps the go pro”.

One person reckoned that the Sony HDR-AS30VE was easy to sync. One customer who bought it thought it was wifi compatible.

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Good Technical Features

Some Sony HDR-AS30VE owners said in their reviews that it had good features. Fran wrote “Great low light capabilities, good sound, lots of features and I do find it more stylish than a gopro”. Jennifers Daddy mentioned on Amazon “*Low light is good There are other features such as a downloadable app.” nonetheless only gave it a score of 2 stars. K Wren scored the product 4 stars and wrote “The 'Steady Shot' image stabilisation is, once again, one of Sony's best features”.

Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

On average Sony video cameras have good ratings as do all camcorders built by Sony.

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Good Battery Life

Seven Sony HDR-AS30VE reviewers who purchased it considered 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 Sony HDR-AS30VE review. Pondering Panda mentioned in their review of this camcorders in August last year “* Battery life is fair”. Sonic said on Amazon “Wifi live view This is so much better and more responsive that GoPro, battery hog though”.

Good Size

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that it was a good depth. Roger wrote in his review last year “The case is only depth rated to 6m”. The Steel Remains mentioned on Amazon “The selective wide angle lens gives a real sense of perspective and incredible depth of field” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30VE.

One Sony HDR-AS30VE reviewer who purchased it considered that it was compact. In August last year Pondering Panda said in their Sony HDR-AS30VE review on Amazon “* Light * Compact * Reasonable sound” yet only gave the Sony HDR-AS30VE a score of 3 stars.

One Sony HDR-AS30VE reviewer thought the Sony HDR-AS30VE was thick. Last year Otto mentioned in his review of this camcorders “Scuba, has the bonus of not being wide on as a go pro, just waiting for a smartwatch to control it”.

One customer who purchased this camcorders said that it was thin. Two years ago Chris Jefferies mentioned on Amazon “Also taken it air softing on the side of my facemask which suits it's slim and long profile” in his review of the Sony HDR-AS30VE.

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Good Quality Lens

Several customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. K Wren wrote in their review of this camcorders on Amazon “The video picture quality is superb and the 'Steady Shot' image stabilisation is, once again, one of Sony's best features”. Two years ago Masterskier wrote “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” in their Sony HDR-AS30VE review.

One person wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-AS30VE had a good lens. The Steel Remains mentioned “The picture quality is excellent and the selective wide angle lens gives a real sense of perspective”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer wrote that the Sony HDR-AS30VE had a good viewfinder. Kernow and mentioned in their review “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”.

One person concluded that it had a good screen.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the HDR-AS30VE is more than most comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-AS30VE.

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Memory Stick (MS) Memory Card

Memory Stick (MS) memory card

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14 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One customer said in their reviews that the product did not have good technical guidance. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this camcorders “So it was sent back sorry I can't be of help in this”.

Unacceptable Noise Level

Several customers wrote in their reviews that it was not noisy. Rosen Ivanov said in their Sony HDR-AS30VE review “There is a "noisy spot" when wind is moving across the front of the case (e.g”. Rosen Ivanov also mentioned “The slow-mo 720p@120fps is very cool as well, even if a bit noisy due to increased ISO speed”.

Not Full HD

The HDR-AS30VE is not Full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-AS30VE are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The HDR-AS30VE does not have an image stabiliser, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDR-AS30VE also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The HDR-AS30VE does not have an HDMI port, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony HDR-AS30VE does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-AS30VE does not have a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDR-AS30VE do have a built-in display.

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Only Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the HDR-AS30VE is more than most camcorders of this age and type. 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 camcorder.

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Not Waterproof

The HDR-AS30VE is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDR-AS30VE are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony HDR-AS30VE does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-AS30VE also do not have a night mode.

It is worth considering alternative video cameras which also have a night mode including the Transcend DrivePro 200[plb_2962204_price], or the HP F-500[plb_2962207_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has Two Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the HDR-AS30VE is more than most video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Sony camcorder has an Underwater scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on camcorders of this age and spec. The scene mode "Auto" is also found on this video camera.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders that have been available for more than two years are not 3D compatible. The Sony HDR-AS30VE is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDR-AS30VE does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-AS30VE also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ420[plb_1583936_price].

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The HDR-AS30VE has a fairly big minimum illumination (6 lux) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-AS30VE. The smallest minimum illumination of similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-AS30VE is 0.02lx and the biggest is 1,400lx.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony HDR-AS30VE

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Sony released the HDR-AS30VE.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdras30, sony hdras30v, sony hdras30ve, sony hdras30vec, sony hdras30vece, sony hdras30vecen
Barcodes 04905524945027

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