Sony HDR-AS100VR
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A classic 8.8MP 1 video camera, but with inferior features and high running costs
8.8MP 1/2.3" Yes 93g Dec 2012
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Sony HDR-AS100VR Review

With excellent reviews, we have ranked the Sony HDR-AS100VR number 154 across all camcorders.
105 Reviews
Missing Some Features
4 Years Old
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 37?

It has not bad expert reviews and good user reviews with 82% of buyers recommending this video camera to others. Canon video cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
This camcorder is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer video cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest camcorders 2017.
Customers report product quality, it is easy to use and it is robust.
This Sony camcorder is missing some features:
Only 1" optical sensor size

Sony HDR-AS100VR Video Reviews

Sony HDR-AS100VR In-Depth Analysis


Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this video camera is 80% based on two expert reviews from sites including and

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User Reviews Are Average

Owners have rated this video camera on average 78 out of 100. 30 reviewers (71% of all reviewers) gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 82% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Customers Report Superior Product Quality

Nine customers wrote in their reviews that it was good quality.

Users Report That it is Easy to Use

Eight customers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use.

  • It is so easy and convenient to use…
  • It shows the push pin separate from the handy cam attachment…
  • So app in phone is very helpful to use for setting…
    Nikkinik ( - September 2014
  • The live view remote is also a neat & handy…
    MyKeyReviews (Amazon) - November 2014
  • Controls could be a little easier to use…
    Mapr ( - February 2015
  • The remote control with live video feed that can be worn as a watch is so much better than having to hold your smart phone in front of your face, although the small screen does make it difficult to see sometimes when the light is shining on it…
  • The menus are simple and to the point…
  • Having the remote display and controls makes it very easy to use and confirm framing…
    Mapr ( - February 2015
  • Not sure why Go Pro is always talked about when this for me is as good quality and the remote makes it easier to use?
    Willgill (Amazon) - April 2015
  • Awesome clarity and really easy to use…

Sony Has Very Good Video Camera Reviews

Based on 6,133 user and expert reviews (including 1,986 verified purchases), Sony has very good ratings for its camcorders. 89% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report That it is Robust

Three customers concluded that the product was good at resisting water ingress.

  • If you're buying this for the built in stabilization…
    MkBk (Amazon) - July 2014
  • It is sturdy, too…
  • Underwater sounds picked up easily…
  • Only gripe is that underwater movies don't focus very well…
    Ch0pper911 (Amazon) - February 2015
  • So this camera is no good in, Swimming pools, rain or snow…
    Stephen Moore (Amazon) - September 2014
  • The remote let in water after only three uses in a shallow swimming pool and despite being shown as suitable for use underwater, you cannot, apparently, use the camera underwater in the supplied underwater case (the camera is unable to focus, so all shots come out blurry…
    Pilot (Amazon) - July 2014

Users Report a Good Quality Lens

Two owners who bought this camcorder agreed that it had a good image stabiliser.

  • If you're buying this for the built in stabilization and you want to mount it on anything that moves don't bother – it is useless as is most stabilization software when the camera is in motion…
    MkBk (Amazon) - July 2014
  • Image stabilization is fantastic…
  • The lens has now come loose…
    Stephen Moore (Amazon) - September 2014
  • It has a terrible lens cover design, any water that touches the lens cover, water droplets clings to it badly…
    Stephen Moore (Amazon) - September 2014

Customers Report Excellent Battery Life

Three customers who purchased this camcorder concluded that it had a good battery life.

Value For Money

Mediocre Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews but mediocre features and is over 6 months old. However at £249.99 it is cheaper than 51% of video cameras.


Average Total Megapixels

The HDR-AS100VR's total megapixels of 8.8MP is relatively typical compared to most other camcorders. It is in the biggest 63% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-AS100VR is Full HD. 73% of video cameras also are Full HD.

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Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3|1" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders.

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Very Light

Across all the video cameras the weights range from 50g to 7.5kg, and the average weight is 530g. The weight of the HDR-AS100VR of only 93g is in the lightest 13% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This Sony camcorder has been on the market since December 2012.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdras100vr, sony as100vr

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