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Sony HDRAS30V Camcorder

65g CMOS Jul 2013
Full HD Weight Sensor Type Image Stabilizer 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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Owner Reviews Are Good

Owners have rated this video camera on average 82%.

Reasonably Priced

A few Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers considered that it was good value for money. Budyoni D. said “Great price/quality ratio”. Budyoni D. also mentioned “Great HD camera with best price/quality ratio”. Cam wrote on Amazon “Loads of accessories can be bought for a good price too” and gave it a very good review.

Some people mentioned in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Two years ago E. Prayoga said “Was just as cheap and cheerful.” in their review of this camcorder. In the same month Judge Roughneck mentioned on Amazon “Want a cheap sports camera that's swim-proof or for fitting to a mountainbike.” in their review yet they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Also two years ago Kernow mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 “Brilliant little camera, far better than the cheap GoPro copies” and scored it 5 stars.

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Easy to Use

Several Sony HDR-AS30 owners agreed that it was easy to use. Amy Carroll scored the product very highly and she said in her review of this camcorder “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 wrote “Now it's something I just keep handy to document any trips or adventures”. E. Prayoga rated this camcorder 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “The menu system is very simple and easy to use and can easily be configured without reading the manual”.

Some people who reviewed it mentioned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Two years ago Roger wrote in his review of this camcorder “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-AS30 reviewer said that it was easy to use the menus. G. Robinson mentioned two years ago “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 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder mentioned that it was easy to setup. Lee gave it a rating of 5 stars and he said on Amazon “You get so much more for your money and setting up multiple cams is super easy with no problems” in his review of this camcorder.

One customer concluded that the Sony HDR-AS30 had a good experience. Lee said on Amazon “So my opinion, go with the HoneMonitor cams as they provide a much better experience for around the same price” in his Sony HDR-AS30 review.

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Good Battery Life

Some people who bought it concluded that it had a good battery life. K Wren mentioned “Simply charge the battery, insert a memory card (I use” in their review. Pondering Panda wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 “* Battery life is fair” but even so they only gave the product a score of 3 stars. Sonic wrote on Amazon “Wifi live viewThis is so much better and more responsive that GoPro, battery hog though”.

Robust

Ten Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was good at resisting water ingress. James S. he wrote in his review of the Sony HDR-AS30 on Amazon in January last year “Underwater has been brilliant would buy again if I ever lose this one”. Mark Lancaster wrote “I do believe the GoPro excells under water compared to this camera.” in his review of the Sony HDR-AS30. Mr Owl wrote on Amazon four years ago “The case is brilliant cos it's waterproof so you can use this diving or in water-sports” in his Sony HDR-AS30 review.

Several Sony HDR-AS30 owners concluded that the Sony HDR-AS30 was strong and durable. Aidan said “The case is very sturdy” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30. Two years ago E. Prayoga said “The roam 2 was a far more rugged camera, had a rotateable lens” in their review of this camcorder and scored the product very highly.

A number of people thought it was well made. Cam said on Amazon “Seems very well built” in their review of this camcorder. Paulo Seth mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 on Amazon “The Minoura mount is very steady and well built”. Three years ago Swaddy wrote in their review “Think it should have a V at the end of the code as it does have built in GPS”.

A number of Sony HDR-AS30 owners who purchased the Sony HDR-AS30 agreed that it was reliable. K Wren mentioned four years ago “I was able to improvise with my trusty mini gorillapod (bendy tripod) for test-filming while driving” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 and rated it 80 out of 100.

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Good Connectivity

A few Sony HDR-AS30 owners who reviewed it thought it had gps. Four years ago Jennifers Daddy said on Amazon “*GPS feature works ok.” in their Sony HDR-AS30 review but in spite of that they gave this camcorder a rating of 40 out of 100. Judge Roughneck said “The GPS works well” in their review. Philip Anton said in his Sony HDR-AS30 review on Amazon three years ago “The quality is great and with the gps overlay you can put on your video it trumps the go pro”.

A few Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers who bought this camcorder thought it was easy to sync. One Sony HDR-AS30 owner who bought the Sony HDR-AS30 concluded that it was wifi compatible.

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Nice Design

A number of Sony HDR-AS30 owners concluded that it was good looking. Amy Carroll wrote on Amazon “The video was still pretty good, although not as clear as I would have maybe liked.”. Two years ago Fran mentioned on Amazon “I do find it more stylish than a gopro”. George Osgerby said in his review of the Sony HDR-AS30 on Amazon “The waterproof case that comes with the camera is pretty nice and waterproof” and gave the Sony HDR-AS30 an excellent review.

Some Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was a good design. Forged Piston mentioned in their Sony HDR-AS30 review on Amazon “Great quality and design” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Oldbiker said three years ago “I really like this camera design could be improved”. Pondering Panda mentioned in their review on Amazon “I've lost out on footage because of this fairly major design flaw! Good”.

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the product was smooth. Rosen Ivanov scored it 80 out of 100 and said in their review “Uses the "slack" as a sort of buffer to smooth out camera shake”. One Sony HDR-AS30 reviewer thought it was neat. Ben Goulter mentioned “The camera is a neat little unit” in his Sony HDR-AS30 review.

One person reckoned that it was ugly. Last year George Osgerby said 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”.

One person who reviewed it concluded that it was ergonomic.

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Good Product Quality

Several Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers thought the Sony HDR-AS30 was good quality. Aidan said on Amazon “It has amazing quality” in their review of this camcorder and scored the Sony HDR-AS30 very highly. Two years ago Ben Goulter he wrote “The video quality is excellent and sharper than the offering from gopro” in his Sony HDR-AS30 review. Budyoni D. gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote “PC connectivity through build-in wi-fi, good quality of pictures - done couple of time lapse videos from the dedicated "Interval" recording”.

Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

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

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Good Technical Features

A few Sony HDR-AS30 owners reckoned that it had good features. Jennifers Daddy wrote in their Sony HDR-AS30 review “*Low light is good There are other features such as a downloadable app.”. K Wren said on Amazon “The 'Steady Shot' image stabilisation is, once again, one of Sony's best features” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 and rated the product 80 out of 100. Techtuber wrote on Amazon “Good camera with cool features” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 and scored it 80 out of 100.

Good Quality Lens

A few customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good image stabiliser. Masterskier mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 “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” yet they gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.

One Sony HDR-AS30 owner who reviewed the Sony HDR-AS30 thought it had a good lens. Mr. R. D. Turner mentioned “The picture quality is excellent and the selective wide angle lens gives a real sense of perspective”.

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Good Size

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that it was a good depth. Mr. R. D. Turner mentioned on Amazon “The selective wide angle lens gives a real sense of perspective and incredible depth of field”. Roger mentioned on Amazon two years ago “The case is only depth rated to 6m”.

One customer who bought the product thought it was thin. Chris Jefferies gave the Sony HDR-AS30 a rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his Sony HDR-AS30 review on Amazon “Also taken it air softing on the side of my facemask which suits it's slim and long profile”.

One Sony HDR-AS30 reviewer who bought it concluded that it was compact. Pondering Panda wrote on Amazon “* Light * Compact * Reasonable sound” in their review nonetheless they gave the Sony HDR-AS30 a rating of 3 stars.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person who reviewed it considered that it had a good screen.

One Sony HDR-AS30 reviewer considered that the Sony HDR-AS30 had a good viewfinder. Two years ago Kernow mentioned in their review on Amazon “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” and scored it 5 stars.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-AS30 is Full HD, unlike most of the other video cameras of this age and type which are not Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including the Hero 3[pl_2666018_price], or the Hero 4[pl_2666283_price] both from GoPro or the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The HDR-AS30 has an HDMI, unlike most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago which do not have an HDMI.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-AS30 has an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-AS30 which do not have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price].

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Waterproof

The HDR-AS30 is waterproof, unlike most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-AS30 which are not waterproof.

We compared this camcorder to all the other waterproof camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-AS30 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-AS30.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price] which has better reviews.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a cmos sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on video cameras of this age and type.

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Memory Stick (MS) Compatible Memory Cards

Memory Stick (MS) compatible memory cards

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

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Has One White Balance

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony HDR-AS30 is more than most camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-AS30.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Sony HDR-AS30 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 2.5 millimeters) amongst camcorders of this age. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-AS30 is 1.8mm and the longest is 110mm.

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Light

The weights of camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-AS30 range from 59g to 7.5kg, and the average weight is 880g. When compared to other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-AS30 that we have checked the weight of, the Sony HDR-AS30's weight of only 65 grams is one of the lightest.

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13 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on four expert reviews from sites including Lydogbilde.no, ljudochbild.se, parentesis.com and lydogbillede.dk the average expert rating of this camcorder is 68%.

Poor Support

One customer who purchased it thought it did not have good technical guidance. Two years ago Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “So it was sent back sorry I can't be of help in this” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 however despite that they rated the product 5 stars.

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two Sony HDR-AS30 owners who reviewed the product mentioned that it was not noisy. Rosen Ivanov said on Amazon “There is a "noisy spot" when wind is moving across the front of the case (e.g” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 but even so they still rated the product 4 stars. Rosen Ivanov also wrote “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 Sony HDR-AS30 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-AS30 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 2.5 millimeters, the Sony HDR-AS30 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-AS30. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-AS30 is 150mm.

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Only Has One Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the HDR-AS30 is more than most camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly found cables included is USB, but this cables included is not found on this Sony camcorder. The cables includeds micro usb are also found on this camcorder.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The HDR-AS30 has a greater number of audio formats than most similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is WAV, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats supporteds MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2 ch are also supported by this camcorder.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-AS30, the Sony HDR-AS30 is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony HDR-AS30 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-AS30 do not have a built-in projector. The HDR-AS30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Only Has Two Scene Modess

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

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-AS30 the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.1 to 4. At 2.8, the HDR-AS30 has a fairly high minimum aperture number compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-AS30.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

At 6 lux, the Sony HDR-AS30 has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDR-AS30. Across all the comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago the minimum illuminations range from 0.02lx to 1,400lx, and the average minimum illumination is 41lx.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony HDR-AS30

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this Sony camcorder was released.

Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Lens System
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Built-In Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
GPS (satellite)
Design
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Video
Full HD
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
USB Connector Type
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Version
Headphone Connectivity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Other Features
Compatible Operating Systems
Lens Focal Range
Auto Focus
Photo Mode
Interface
Cable Type
Aperture Range (F-F)
Windows Operating Systems Supported
USB Connectivity
Audio Recording Formats
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Other Features
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) (photo Mode)
USB Port
HDMI Out
Dimensions (WxDxH)
USB Cable
USB 2.0 Connectors
Waterproof
Shock Proof
Video Compression Formats
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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