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Sony HDR-AS30 Camcorder

65g CMOS Jul 2013
Full HD Weight Sensor Type Image Stabilizer Release Date
Reasonably priced
Good product quality
Average expert reviews
86 Reviews

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Reviews

Average Expert Reviews

Based on four expert reviews from sites including ljudochbild.se, Lydogbilde.no, lydogbillede.dk and parentesis.com the average expert rating of this video camera is 68 out of 100.

Good User Reviews

On average, based on 104 user reviews this video camera has an overall user rating of 82 out of 100. 45 reviewers (73% of all reviewers) gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars.

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 4,268 expert and owner reviews (including 103 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its video cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically within its camcorders range. 95% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Twenty-four people said in their reviews that it was good value for money. Two years ago Pondering Panda wrote “After-market batteries are cheap” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 but in spite of that they scored this camcorder 3 stars out of 5. Three years ago R1bob1 mentioned “Brilliant size and price” and gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Mr. R. D. Turner rated it 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this camcorder “Only recently with the GoPro Hero 3 Camcorder - White Edition and this have HD high frame rate recordings been affordable”.

Four owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was expensive. Sonic gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned two years ago “It would be a risk damaging your expensive phone”. In the same month Fran gave this camcorder the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and she wrote on expert website Amazon “The current price of 130 pounds for this camera is very good if you consider how expensive rivals are selling for”. In the same month Kun mentioned “Very view accessories and expensive, not as easy as go pro to get” in their review of this camcorder.

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Design

Easy to Use

Seventeen customers who purchased it agreed that it was easy to use. Pondering Panda mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Another suggestion is to use swimming-goggle anti-fog spray”. Two years ago Roger wrote “It's responsive and easy to use” in his review of this camcorder but even so he gave it a rating of 2 stars out of 5. Pedro Cancelinha gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned in his review of this camcorder “The camera itself was also very easy to use on the slopes as all you have to do is press a big button at the back”.

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Two people who purchased the product agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Two years ago E. Prayoga mentioned on expert website Amazon “The menu system is very simple”. G. Robinson said on expert website 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.” and gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5.

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Good Product Quality

Thirty-three owners who reviewed this camcorder mentioned that it was good quality. Pondering Panda wrote on expert website Amazon “* Light * Compact * Reasonable sound and image quality given the specs”. They also said “Fit for purpose in the for the consumer to prosumer bracket - not really for professionals” in their review. Pedro Cancelinha wrote on expert review site Amazon “Ease of use and picture quality! So after lots of research - mostly on youtube - I was able to compare various cameras in terms of accessories”.

Robust

Ten people said in their reviews that the product was good at resisting water ingress. Roger wrote two years ago “So, you'll need to fork out another £30-£40 for a decent underwater housing”. Mr Owl said on expert review site Amazon “The case is brilliant cos it's waterproof so you can use this diving or in water-sports” in his Sony HDR-AS30 review and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. T. Satchwell wrote “Strap the camera onto my helmet and hope for some "Experiences"The cam is waterproof” in their review of this camcorder and scored it 80 out of 100.

Four owners who reviewed it concluded that it was strong and durable. E. Prayoga mentioned “The roam 2 was a far more rugged camera, had a rotateable lens” in their review of this camcorder. Aidan wrote on expert website Amazon “The case is very sturdy”.

Four people considered that it was well made. Paulo Seth said “The Minoura mount is very steady and well built”. Four years ago T. Satchwell mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Amazon “There is a built in mic which is good quality” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Three years ago Swaddy wrote in their review of this camcorder “Think it should have a V at the end of the code as it does have built in GPS”.

Two owners wrote that the product was reliable.

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Nice Design

Eleven owners who purchased it reckoned that it was good looking. Roger mentioned “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” in his review of the Sony HDR-AS30 but despite that he only gave this camcorder a rating of 40 out of 100. Pedro Cancelinha said in his review of this camcorder “Not only can you see the beautiful detail of the white powder” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. T. Satchwell mentioned “So getting the mp4 movies off the camera is pretty easy”.

Four customers who purchased this camcorder thought it was well designed. Pondering Panda wrote on expert review site Amazon “I've lost out on footage because of this fairly major design flaw! Good”. Oldbiker said “I really like this camera design could be improved” . Forged Piston wrote on expert review site Amazon “Great quality and design” in their review of this camcorder.

Two owners considered that it was smooth. Rosen Ivanov wrote two years ago “It uses a narrower field of view (120 instead of 170) and uses the "slack" as a sort of buffer to smooth out camera shake”.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Five owners said in their reviews that it had good features. Techtuber wrote “Good camera with cool features”. Four years ago Jennifers Daddy said in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 “*Low light is good There are other features such as a downloadable app.” however they rated the product 2 stars out of 5. K Wren scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “The video picture quality is superb and the 'Steady Shot' image stabilisation is, once again, one of Sony's best features” in their review of this camcorder.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Three customers thought the product was heavy and bulky. Pondering Panda said on expert website Amazon two years ago “* All the mounts have a good chunky feeling of solidity about them” in their review of this camcorder.

Light

Video cameras of this spec and age have weights of between 65g and 7.5kg. When compared to other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera that we have assessed the weight of, the HDR-AS30's weight of only 65 grams is one of the lightest.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it was noisy. Rosen Ivanov mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The slow-mo 720p@120fps is very cool as well, even if a bit noisy due to increased ISO speed”. They also said “There is a "noisy spot" when wind is moving across the front of the case (e.g” in their review.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was July 2013 when Sony released the HDR-AS30.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-AS30 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also are Full HD.

It may also be worth considering one of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including the HDR-TD20VE, the HXR-NX30, or the HDR-XR520E all from Sony which all of have better reviews.

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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 camcorders of this age and spec.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Sony HDR-AS30 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Other video cameras which support HDMI currently available which you might want to look at include the HDR-TD20VE, or the HXR-NX30 both from Sony or the JVC GZ-VX700BUS which all of have better reviews.

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Has a Microphone in

The HDR-AS30 has a microphone in. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have a microphone in.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HDR-AS30 has a composite video out. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder also have a composite video out.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The HDR-AS30 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years also have a headphone outputs.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-AS30 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this video camera and we think the JVC GZ-VX700BUS, the Sony HDR-TD20VE, and the Polaroid ID975HD which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The HDR-AS30 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 2.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 220mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 2.5mm to 650mm.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

At only 2.8, the HDR-AS30 has a fairly low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The average maximum aperture number of camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder is 7.8.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of 2.8, the HDR-AS30 has one of the higher minimum aperture numbers amongst camcorders of this age. Video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.1 and 4.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 1.8mm and 46mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 19mm. The Sony HDR-AS30 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 2.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HDR-AS30 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera.

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Features Wi-Fi

The HDR-AS30 features wi-Fi. Most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago also feature wi-Fi.

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Other Features

Has a Wireless Connection

The HDR-AS30 has a wireless connection, as do most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Waterproof

The HDR-AS30 is waterproof, as are most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative waterproof camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HX-A1ME, or the ION S3000 which both of have better reviews.

Video cameras which are waterproof that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HX-A100 (£124.76).

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Features Photo Mode

The Sony HDR-AS30 features photo mode, as do most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Features USB Connectivity

The Sony HDR-AS30 features USB connectivity. Most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also feature USB connectivity.

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Features Auto Focus

The HDR-AS30 features auto focus, as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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Good Quality Lens

Two customers said in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Masterskier mentioned “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” but in spite of that they only scored this camcorder 3 stars out of 5.


Camera

Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

At 6 lux, the HDR-AS30 has a quite big minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. The smallest minimum illumination of video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera is 0.02lx and the biggest is 6lx.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Six people who purchased the product agreed that it had gps. Philip Anton said on expert website Amazon three years ago “I use it on my motorbike and the quality is great and with the gps overlay you can put on your video it trumps the go pro”. T. Satchwell wrote four years ago “It has GPS”. Velgor mentioned on expert review site Amazon “I filled a 16GB memory card using full HD with GPS turned on and it didn't run out, so fit for purpose so far”.

Two people who purchased the Sony HDR-AS30 concluded that it was easy to sync.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Nine owners who purchased it reckoned that it had a good battery life. Pondering Panda mentioned on expert review site Amazon “* Battery life is fair” but they only rated this camcorder 60 out of 100. T. Satchwell wrote on expert review site Amazon “The battery seem to last me a couple of days” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Sonic said “Wifi live view This is so much better and more responsive that GoPro, battery hog though”.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony snyhdras30kedge, sony hdras30vr, sony hdras30vb, sony as30v
Barcodes 00027242282285, 00027242870505, 00617689595088, 04905524945010, 04905524945027

Sony HDR-AS30 Review Sources

To prepare this Sony HDR-AS30 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 139,208 product attributes, 23,752 camcorder reviews and 1,754,400 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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