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Overall Score

Sony HDR-AS30

An enormous 12MP 1 video camera with average features but high running costs
12MP 1/2.3" Yes 65g Jul 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date

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Sony HDR-AS30 Review

With very good reviews but average features, we have ranked the Sony HDR-AS30 number 251 across all camcorders.
75
108 Reviews
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Average Features
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4 Years Old
Overall Score
45
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 45?

It has great user reviews but average expert reviews with an average overall rating of 73%, based on 108 reviews. 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 video cameras 2017.
Customers report superior product quality, that it is easy to use and it is fairly priced.
This Sony camcorder has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Has a wireless connection
Waterproof
Only 1" optical sensor size
Very low maximum aperture number

Sony HDR-AS30 Video Reviews


Sony HDR-AS30 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on four expert reviews from sites including parentesis.com, ljudochbild.se, Lydogbilde.no and lydogbillede.dk this video camera has an overall expert rating of 68 out of 100.

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Good Owner Reviews

This video camera has an average owner rating of 82% based on 104 owner reviews. Over 73% of reviewers gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars.

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Users Report Excellent Product Quality

Nine people who bought it reckoned that it was good quality.

Users Report That it is Easy to Use

Six people considered that this camcorder was easy to use.

Sony Has Very Good Video Camera Reviews

We checked 6,133 owner and expert reviews (including 1,986 verified purchases) for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has very good ratings compared to other manufacturers. 89% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report That it is Fairly Priced

Seven customers wrote that it was good value for money.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Five customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was good looking and two people who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was smooth.

  • There are a few design flaws though…
    Ben Goulter (Amazon) - January 2015
  • One ergonomic mistake is that the camera has a rounded base, meaning that it won't stand up on it's own! This is further compounded by the fact that the camera doesn't have any kind of mount attachment point…
    Roger (Amazon) - May 2015
  • Rubbish! The min interval in the camera is 5 seconds and if you are riding fast that means a huge gap (not a smooth transition…
    Paulo Seth (Amazon) - January 2015
  • The only downsides to this camera are the ones you get with most other action camera, no zoom, distortion, not fantastic audio, ugly camera…
  • The camera seems to have pretty good low light performance too, now don't get me wrong it still looks grainy…
  • Is still pretty bad…
  • The audio quality is pretty decent for an action camera…
  • The waterproof case that comes with the camera is pretty nice and waterproof…
  • 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…
    Rosen Ivanov (Amazon) - February 2015
  • Not only can you see the beautiful detail of the white powder…

Users Report Superior Battery Life

Three customers said in their reviews that the product had a good battery life.

Users Report That it is Robust

Three customers who reviewed it considered that it was good at resisting water ingress and two people who reviewed it concluded that it was strong and durable.

  • So, you'll need to fork out another £30-£40 for a decent underwater housing…
    Roger (Amazon) - May 2015
  • Has a curved front anyway meaning that any video shot underwater is blurred…
    Roger (Amazon) - May 2015
  • Strap the camera onto my helmet and hope for some "Experiences" The cam is waterproof…
    T. Satchwell (Amazon) - November 2013
  • It isn't diving proof, don't get me wrong you could take this on a log flume or out in a storm…
  • Even with the provided waterproof case it fits easily in the palm of my hand (or pocket)…
    velgor (Amazon) - April 2014
  • It would be a risk damaging your expensive phone…
    Sonic (Amazon) - March 2015
  • Seems very well built…
    cam (Amazon) - April 2014
  • The case is very sturdy…
    Aidan (Amazon) - May 2014
  • If you ride a bike in town or ski, or skydive or climb or even just run around with the kids then a go anywhere camcorder is a good toy to have…

Features

Has a Wireless Connection

The Sony HDR-AS30 has a wireless connection, which is unusual. 87% of video cameras do not have a wireless connection.

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Waterproof

The Sony HDR-AS30 is waterproof. 89% of camcorders are not waterproof.

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Light

The HDR-AS30's weight of only 65g is quite light compared to most other video cameras. It is in the lightest 5% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature. Video cameras have weights of between 50g and 7.5kg, and the average weight is 530g.

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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 video cameras.

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Features Photo Mode

The Sony HDR-AS30 features photo mode. 76% of video cameras do not feature photo mode.

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Has a Microphone in

The HDR-AS30 has a microphone in, which is unusual. 77% of video cameras do not have a microphone in.

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Features Auto Focus

The HDR-AS30 features auto focus, unlike 89% of video cameras which do not feature auto focus.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the video cameras the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.6 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 4.9. The maximum aperture number of the HDR-AS30 of only 2.8 is quite low compared to most other video cameras. It is in the lowest 25% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HDR-AS30 supports Near Field Communication (NFC). 88% of camcorders do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Features Wi-Fi

The Sony HDR-AS30 features wi-Fi, which is unusual. 77% of video cameras do not feature wi-Fi.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-AS30 is Full HD. 73% of video cameras also are Full HD.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the HDR-AS30 of only 2.5mm is in the shortest 3% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature. Across all the video cameras the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 0.5mm to 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 790mm.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-AS30 has an image stabilizer, as do 66% of video cameras.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture Number

The lowest minimum aperture number of video cameras is 1.1, the highest is 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.2. The HDR-AS30's minimum aperture number of 2.8 is in the highest 15% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Fairly Big Total Megapixels

The average total megapixels of all camcorders is 8.2MP, with the smallest being 0.3MP and the biggest being 210MP. The total megapixels of the HDR-AS30 of 12MP is in the biggest 23% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Video cameras have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 1.8mm and 110mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 29mm. The HDR-AS30's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 2.5mm is very short compared to most other video cameras. It is in the shortest 3% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.

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Supports HDMI

HDMI

The HDR-AS30 supports HDMI. 67% of video cameras also support HDMI.

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Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Sony video camera has been on the market since July 2013.


Product Identifiers

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

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