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Sony HDR-AS100VR Camcorder

£249.99
8.8MP 1/2 93g Dec 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Good expert reviews
Good video quality for an action cam
Good technical features
69 Reviews
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Reviews

Good Expert Reviews

Based on two expert reviews from sites including digitalone.com.sg and stuff.tv this video camera has an average expert rating of 80 out of 100. That puts this camcorder in the bottom 87% of all the camcorders of a similar age and spec.

Average Owner Reviews

On average, HDR-AS100VR owners rated this camcorder 78 out of 100. Over 71% of reviewers gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 81% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Based on 4,268 expert and owner reviews (including 409 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its camcorders. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders compared to other manufacturers. 88% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Features

Good Technical Features

Five people wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Withawye wrote “The GPS and image stabilization are excellent features that depending on your needs may outweigh the extra wide or wide vertical options provided by the others”. Marc4 scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this camcorder on expert website Walmart.com “It has tons of features and super good quality”. Mike Lawrence mentioned in his review of this camcorder “Was a battle between this and a GoPro, this has the better features and the image straight out of the box is far better”.


Design

Good Video Quality for an Action Cam

Twenty-four owners who bought the product reckoned that it was good quality. Stuff.tv said “Good video quality for an action cam”. Expert review site Digitalone.com.sg wrote “The Sony HDR-AS100VR Action Cam rates high on features and great video quality.” yet they gave the product a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Dailyskier mentioned on expert website Walmart.com “I am extremely pleased with the quality of the video that the POV camera takes” in their Sony HDR-AS100VR review.

Easy to Use

Fifteen owners mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use. Dannelh mentioned on expert website Walmart.com “Multiple times when I was using the camera when it was new” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Chiller717 wrote on expert review site Walmart.com three years ago “It is so easy and convenient to use” in their Sony HDR-AS100VR review and scored the product 5 stars out of 5. Thedutchtexan mentioned on expert website Walmart.com “It shows the push pin separate from the handy cam attachment”.

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Brinkwink said on expert website Walmart.com “The menus are simple and to the point”. Jkreid mentioned “Then there are two buttons on the side which are used to flick through the menu and settings.I would highly recommend this camera as it is full of features” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.

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Poor Design

Two people who reviewed this camcorder thought it was not well designed. Stephen Moore mentioned in his review of this camcorder “It has a terrible lens cover design, any water that touches the lens cover, water droplets clings to it badly”.

Rugged, Waterproof Case

Five people who reviewed the Sony HDR-AS100VR said that it was good at resisting water ingress. Cofressi said in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Walmart.com “Underwater sounds picked up easily”. K. Fisher mentioned “The sound is much better without the waterproof case and i would prefer to use it this way on my bike”. Ch0pper911 wrote “Only gripe is that underwater movies don't focus very well” in their review of this camcorder.

Three people concluded that it was well made. Mkbk wrote “Has built in GPS” in their review of this camcorder. They also said “If you're buying this for the built in stabilization” in their review.

Two owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was strong and durable. Stuff.tv scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Rugged, waterproof case” in their review of this camcorder. Species gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “It is sturdy, too”.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Two customers who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it had gps.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Four owners who bought the product said that it was good value for money. Mcyradio mentioned “Exactly what I expected with excellent price” in their review of this camcorder and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Mkbk said “The only reasonably affordable stabilization solution I've found is produced by BorisFX” in their review of this camcorder and rated the Sony HDR-AS100VR 4 stars out of 5. Mykeyreviews mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert website Amazon “This popularity has resulted in there being tonnes of inexpensive third party accessories”.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

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


Power

Good Battery Life

Seven owners who purchased it thought it had a good battery life. Dailyskier said on expert website Walmart.com “The second scratch element is that the battery looses its charge rapidly in cold weather”. Species wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert website Walmart.com “Battery life is decent”. Withawye said two years ago “Great battery life make the Sony a great option if you want something that will record a more typical camcorder image” and rated this camcorder 80 out of 100.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-AS100VR is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder also are Full HD.

There are a number of other Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the HDR-AZ1 (£259.99), the HDR-AS200 (£229.99), or the HDR-PJ340 (£279.99) all from Sony.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Easy to Frame Shots Thanks to Remote Screen

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good screen. Stuff.tv said in their review of the Sony HDR-AS100VR “Easy to frame shots thanks to remote screen” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Miss Knos mentioned in her review of this camcorder on expert website Amazon two years ago “The live view remote has a tiny screen” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Good Quality Lens

Six people concluded that this camcorder had a good image stabiliser. Bikecam53 scored it 5 stars out of 5 and said “Image stabilization is fantastic” in their review of this camcorder. Jadant mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Video quality and stabilization is excellent, Sony has decades of camcorder experience”. Actionman13 wrote “The fish eye lense catches everything in the picture and stabilization is good” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS100VR.

Two owners who reviewed this camcorder considered that it had a good lens. K. Fisher said in their review of this camcorder “EXTRAGot the hard lens cover, really pleased with that” . Three years ago Mykeyreviews wrote on expert review site Amazon “Another big contender (more at Sony's level) is the Drift; this has an entirely waterproof exterior, rotatable lens and extreme ease of access to a microphone port (great for vloggers!”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

The lightest video camera of this type and age is 50g weight, the heaviest is 2.8kg, and the average weight is 370g. The Sony HDR-AS100VR is fairly light (only 93 grams) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the HDR-PJ240 (£209.99) (210g and cheaper), or the HDR-AS30VE (£199.99) (83g and cheaper) both from Sony; or the Sony HDR-PJ340 (£279.99) (215g and higher rated).

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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8.8 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is an 8.8 megapixels sensor camcorder.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger total megapixels then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-AZ1 (£259.99) (11.9MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Camera

Quite Big Minimum Illumination

At 6 lux, the Sony HDR-AS100VR has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera. Similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago have minimum illuminations of between 0.3lx and 15lx.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdras100vrw
Barcodes 00012301818109, 00027242872257, 00805100148894, 07044447782115

Sony HDR-AS100VR Review Sources

To prepare this Sony HDR-AS100VR review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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