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Sony HDR-AS30 Camcorder

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65g CMOS Jul 2013
Full HD Weight Sensor Type Image Stabiliser Release Date
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24 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this camcorder rated it as 82%.

Easy to Use

Several Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers who bought the product thought it was easy to use. Last year Amy Carroll wrote “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” in his review of the Sony HDR-AS30. E. Prayoga mentioned on Amazon “The menu system is very simple and easy to use and can easily be configured without reading the manual” in their review of this camcorder.

Three customers who bought it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Roger said on Amazon last year “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” but in spite of that he gave this camcorder a rating of 40 out of 100.

One Sony HDR-AS30 owner who reviewed it thought it had a good interface. Stevel wrote “Better interface for turning on and off” yet they only gave it a score of 2 stars. One Sony HDR-AS30 owner who reviewed the product wrote that it had a good experience. Lee mentioned “So my opinion, go with the HoneMonitor cams as they provide a much better experience for around the same price” in his review.

One Sony HDR-AS30 owner who reviewed it said that it was easy to use the menus. Last year G. Robinson wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 “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 the Sony HDR-AS30 said that it was easy to setup. Lee said on Amazon “You get so much more for your money and setting up multiple cams is super easy with no problems” and rated this camcorder 5 stars.

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Good Battery Life

Several Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers who reviewed the product thought it had a good battery life. K Wren mentioned three years ago “Simply charge the battery, insert a memory card (I use” in their review and rated this camcorder 80 out of 100. Pondering Panda mentioned on Amazon “* Battery life is fair”. Sonic rated the Sony HDR-AS30 5 stars and mentioned “Wifi live viewThis is so much better and more responsive that GoPro, battery hog though”.

Robust

A number of people said in their reviews that this camcorder was good at resisting water ingress. James S. wrote in his review of this camcorder “Underwater has been brilliant would buy again if I ever lose this one”. Mark Lancaster mentioned “I do believe the GoPro excells under water compared to this camera.” . Mr Owl wrote on Amazon “The case is brilliant cos it's waterproof so you can use this diving or in water-sports” in his review of this camcorder.

Four Sony HDR-AS30 owners who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. Cam wrote in their review two years ago “Seems very well built” . Paulo Seth said on Amazon in November last year “The Minoura mount is very steady and well built” in their Sony HDR-AS30 review. Swaddy said two years ago “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 reviewers who purchased the Sony HDR-AS30 agreed that it was strong and durable. Aidan said two years ago “The case is very sturdy” in their review of this camcorder. E. Prayoga said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “The roam 2 was a far more rugged camera, had a rotateable lens”.

Some people who reviewed the Sony HDR-AS30 concluded that it was reliable. K Wren wrote on Amazon “I was able to improvise with my trusty mini gorillapod (bendy tripod) for test-filming while driving”.

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Good Connectivity

A number of Sony HDR-AS30 owners said that the product had gps. Jennifers Daddy mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “*GPS feature works ok.”. Judge Roughneck said on Amazon “The GPS works well”. Philip Anton rated the product 5 stars and he said two years ago “The quality is great and with the gps overlay you can put on your video it trumps the go pro” in his review.

A number of Sony HDR-AS30 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to sync. One person thought it was wifi compatible.

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Nice Design

A number of Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers concluded that it was good looking. Amy Carroll gave it a score of 5 stars and she said “The video was still pretty good, although not as clear as I would have maybe liked.”. Fran wrote in her review of the Sony HDR-AS30 in November last year “I do find it more stylish than a gopro” and scored it 5 stars. George Osgerby scored it 5 stars and he wrote in November this year “The waterproof case that comes with the camera is pretty nice and waterproof”.

Some people wrote that the product was a good design. Last year Forged Piston mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Great quality and design” and scored this camcorder very highly. Oldbiker said two years ago “I really like this camera design could be improved” and scored it very highly. Pondering Panda mentioned on Amazon “I've lost out on footage because of this fairly major design flaw! Good” however despite that they gave this camcorder a score of 60 out of 100.

Some people who purchased it concluded that it was smooth. Rosen Ivanov wrote on Amazon “Uses the "slack" as a sort of buffer to smooth out camera shake” in their review. One Sony HDR-AS30 owner said in their reviews that the Sony HDR-AS30 was ergonomic.

One customer who reviewed it wrote that it was ugly. George Osgerby mentioned on Amazon “The only downsides to this camera are the ones you get with most other action camera, no zoom, distortion, not fantastic audio, ugly camera” and rated it 5 stars.

One customer who reviewed the Sony HDR-AS30 considered that it was neat. In November last year Ben Goulter wrote in his review of this camcorder “The camera is a neat little unit” but he gave it a rating of 2 stars.

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Good Product Quality

Some Sony HDR-AS30 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality. Aidan said “It has amazing quality”. Ben Goulter said “The video quality is excellent and sharper than the offering from gopro” but even so he gave it a rating of 40 out of 100. Budyoni D. wrote on Amazon in November last year “PC connectivity through build-in wi-fi, good quality of pictures - done couple of time lapse videos from the dedicated "Interval" recording” in their review of this camcorder.

Good Technical Features

A few Sony HDR-AS30 owners who purchased the product said that it had good features. Three years ago Jennifers Daddy mentioned “*Low light is good There are other features such as a downloadable app.” but in spite of that they scored it 40 out of 100. K Wren scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 “The 'Steady Shot' image stabilisation is, once again, one of Sony's best features”. Techtuber said “Good camera with cool features” in their review of this camcorder.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We checked 3,509 owner and expert reviews for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has good reviews. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its camcorders range.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of Sony HDR-AS30 owners wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-AS30 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” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 however they only scored it 60 out of 100.

One person said in their reviews that it had a good lens. Mr. R. D. Turner wrote on Amazon “The picture quality is excellent and the selective wide angle lens gives a real sense of perspective”.

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Good Size

Two customers who bought the Sony HDR-AS30 concluded that it was a good depth. Mr. R. D. Turner rated this camcorder 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this camcorder three years ago “The selective wide angle lens gives a real sense of perspective and incredible depth of field”. Roger wrote on Amazon in November last year “The case is only depth rated to 6m” in his review but even so he gave the product a rating of 40 out of 100.

One Sony HDR-AS30 reviewer who bought it said that it was compact. Pondering Panda wrote “* Light * Compact * Reasonable sound”. One Sony HDR-AS30 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was thin. Two years ago Chris Jefferies said on Amazon “Also taken it air softing on the side of my facemask which suits it's slim and long profile”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony HDR-AS30 owner who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. Last year Kernow said 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”.

One Sony HDR-AS30 owner who bought it reckoned that it had a good screen.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony HDR-AS30 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec do not have an HDMI port.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony HDR-AS30 has an image stabiliser, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-AS30 do not have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the ION S3000 ($29.99), or the Vivitar DVR936 ($129.99).

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Full HD

Full HD

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

Other Full HD camcorders currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Vivitar DVR936 ($129.99).

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Waterproof

The HDR-AS30 is waterproof, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age are not waterproof.

There are a number of alternative waterproof video cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the ION S3000 ($29.99).

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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 that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-AS30.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the Vivitar DVR936 ($129.99) is also worth considering.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The HDR-AS30 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of this age and spec.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder 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) Memory Card

Memory Stick (MS) memory card

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

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Very Small

At only 47 millimeters, the HDR-AS30 is fairly small compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-AS30. The smallest camcorder of this spec and age is 26mm high and the biggest is 690mm.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of camcorders of this spec and age is 1.8mm, the longest is 110mm, and the average minimum focal length is 23mm. The Sony HDR-AS30 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (only 2.5 millimeters) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Light

Across all the video cameras of this age and type the weights range from 59g to 7.5kg. The HDR-AS30 is very light (only 65 grams) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDR-AS30.

Alternative camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Vivitar DVR936 ($129.99) (140g), or the ION S3000 ($29.99) (112g) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small

Video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-AS30 have widths of between 19mm and 640mm. With a width of only 24.5 millimeters, the Sony HDR-AS30 is quite small compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-AS30.

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11 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 person wrote in their reviews that the product did not have good technical guidance. Amazon Customer mentioned “So it was sent back sorry I can't be of help in this” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30.

Unacceptable Noise Level

A few customers who bought it reckoned that it was not noisy. Rosen Ivanov wrote “There is a "noisy spot" when wind is moving across the front of the case (e.g” but in spite of that they still gave the Sony HDR-AS30 a score of 4 stars. Rosen Ivanov also said “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 HDR-AS30 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-AS30 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

At only 2.5 millimeters, the HDR-AS30 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years. The average maximum focal length of similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-AS30 is 140mm.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the HDR-AS30 is more than most camcorders that have been available for more than two years. The most frequently found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this Sony video camera. The cables included micro usb are also found on this video camera.

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Only Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Sony HDR-AS30 is more than most camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it. The most frequently supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this camcorder. The audio formats MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2 ch are also supported by this video camera.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-AS30, the Sony HDR-AS30 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-AS30 do not have a built-in projector. The Sony 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 Modes

The Sony HDR-AS30 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This Sony video camera has an Underwater scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-AS30. The scene mode "Auto" is also found on this video camera.

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Not 3D Compatible

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

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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 Sony released the HDR-AS30.

Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Lens System
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Waterproof Depth
Video
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB Connector Type
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Version
Headphone Socket
Networking
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Operating System
Lens Focal Range
Interface
Cable
Aperture Range
Audio Recording Format
Other Features
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Dimensions
USB 2.0 Connector
Video Compression Format
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Shutter Speed

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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+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony as30, sony as100, sony as200, sony as30v, sony as100v, sony as200v, sony hdras30, sony hdras100, sony hdras30v, sony fdrx1000, sony hdras30vb, sony fdrx1000v, sony hdras100v, sony snyhdras30, sony snyhdras30k, sony snyhdras30ke, sony snyhdras30ked, sony snyhdras30kedg, sony snyhdras30kedge
Barcodes 00027242282285, 00027242870505, 00027242897694, 00617689595088, 04905524945010, 04905524945027

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