Sony HDR-AS15
Sony HDR-AS15
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Sony HDR-AS15 Recommended Silver Best Buy 5 Star Recommended
A multi award winning 16.8 megapixel 1 video camera with average features
16.8MP 1/2.3" Yes 65g Sep 2012
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Sony HDR-AS15 Review

With very good reviews but mediocre features, we have ranked the Sony HDR-AS15 number 351 across all camcorders.
79 Reviews + 6 Awards
Average Features
4 Years Old
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 40?

It has not bad expert reviews and very good user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this video camera to others. This camcorder has received six awards including a "Best Buy" award from plus two other sites and a "Recommended" award from plus one other site. Panasonic video cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer camcorders with better features are available. However this Sony camcorder has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest camcorders 2017.
Customers report excellent product quality, superior battery life and a good quality lens.
The HDR-AS15 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Full HD
Only 1" optical sensor size
Does not support PictBridge

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Sony HDR-AS15 In-Depth Analysis


Six Industry Awards

Expert review sites rave about this Sony camcorder and have given it six awards.

This video camera was given a "Best Buy" award by websites, and all of whom concluded that this Sony video camera would make a great purchase.

The editors of websites and both thought that concluded that they would endorse this Sony camcorder and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The writer at one other expert review site decided that this video camera was very good. gave this Sony video camera a "Silver" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on 24 expert reviews from sites including, Digital Versus, and this video camera has an average expert rating of 72 out of 100.

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Good User Reviews

On average, HDR-AS15 owners rated this video camera 81 out of 100. 31 reviewers (73% of all reviewers) gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Sony Has Very Good Camcorder Reviews

We checked 6,121 owner and expert reviews (including 1,979 verified purchases) for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has very good ratings. We also found that Sony has very good ratings specifically within its camcorders range. 88% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Good Product Quality

11 people wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-AS15 was good quality.

Customers Report Superior Battery Life

Three customers thought it had a good battery life.

  • Would be nice if the battery lasted longer or if they had an option to leave it plugged in to a constant power source so you could record longer…
    JYSANDS ( - December 2014
  • The camera records beautifully and the battery life is excellent.
  • Battery life is excellent…

Customers Report a Good Quality Lens

Two owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

Four customers said in their reviews that it was easy to use.

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Six owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good value for money.

Users Report Excellent Design

Two customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was good looking.

  • It just needs a few design tweaks and feature fixes to make it stand out even more… October 2012
  • Some design shortcomings may be enough to put off some potential buyers… April 2013
  • The battery life is low and there are issues with the design…
  • + Smooth white balance / exposure adaptation…
  • The conclusion is that the domed waterproof casing lens has not been designed to compensate for the diffraction of light when underwater…
  • The camera records beautifully and the battery life is excellent.
  • Sound quality is another thing that happens to be pretty spot on, with the only limitations to it depending on the mounting style…

Customers Report it is Robust

Three owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was good at resisting water ingress and two owners said in their reviews that this camcorder was well made.


Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-AS15 is Full HD, as are 73% of camcorders.

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The Sony HDR-AS15's weight of only 65g is quite light compared to most other camcorders. It is in the lightest 5% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature. The lightest video camera is 50g weight, the heaviest is 7.5kg, and the average weight is 530g.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-AS15 has an image stabilizer. 66% of camcorders also have an image stabilizer.

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Fairly Big Total Megapixels

The Sony HDR-AS15's total megapixels of 16.8MP is in the biggest 10% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature. The smallest total megapixels of video cameras is 0.3MP, the biggest is 210MP, and the average total megapixels is 8.2MP.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The effective megapixels (movie) of the HDR-AS15 of 11.9MP is in the highest 8% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature. The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of camcorders is 0.41MP, the highest is 5,100,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 23,000MP.

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Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3|1" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on camcorders.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most other camcorders, the Sony HDR-AS15 does not support PictBridge. 97% of camcorders do not support PictBridge.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The average effective megapixels (image) of all camcorders is 5.8MP, with the lowest being 1.1MP and the highest being 26MP. The HDR-AS15's effective megapixels (image) of only 2MP is in the lowest 10% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature.

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Features Wi-Fi

The Sony HDR-AS15 features wi-Fi. 77% of video cameras do not feature wi-Fi.

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Supports HDMI


The HDR-AS15 supports HDMI, as do 67% of camcorders.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The HDR-AS15 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth noting that 86% of camcorders also do not have a built-in flash.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market since September 2012.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony aac3001snyhdras15b, sony hdras15golf, sony hdras15b, hdras15ride
Barcodes 00027242280656, 00027242854833, 00060739020106, 00905524902167, 04905524901016, 04905524902167

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