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Sony HDR-AS100VR Camcorder

8.8MP 1/2 93g Dec 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Good expert reviews
Good video quality for an action cam
Poor technical guidance
69 Reviews
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Reviews

Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camcorder is 80% based on two expert reviews from sites including digitalone.com.sg and stuff.tv. That puts this Sony camcorder in the bottom 93% of all the video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Average User Reviews

On average, people who bought this video camera rated it as 78 out of 100. 30 reviewers (71% of all reviewers) gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 81% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 4,270 expert and user reviews (including 383 verified purchases) for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically within its medium total megapixels camcorders range. 88% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Good Video Quality for an Action Cam

Twenty-four owners who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was good quality. Stuff.tv mentioned three years ago “Good video quality for an action cam” nonetheless they only scored it 1 stars. Expert website Digitalone.com.sg mentioned “The Sony HDR-AS100VR Action Cam rates high on features and great video quality.”. Dailyskier said in their review of this camcorder three years ago “I am extremely pleased with the quality of the video that the POV camera takes” .

Easy to Use

Fifteen owners who bought it reckoned that it was easy to use. Dannelh wrote “Multiple times when I was using the camera when it was new” in their Sony HDR-AS100VR review and rated it 5 stars. Chiller717 mentioned in their Sony HDR-AS100VR review on Walmart.com “It is so easy and convenient to use”. Three years ago Thedutchtexan said on Walmart.com “It shows the push pin separate from the handy cam attachment” in their review of this camcorder.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Brinkwink gave it a rating of 7 stars and said “The menus are simple and to the point”. Jkreid mentioned “Then there are two buttons on the side which are used to flick through the menu and settings.I would highly recommend this camera as it is full of features” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS100VR.

One customer wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Rugged, Waterproof Case

Five people concluded that this camcorder was good at resisting water ingress. Cofressi mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Underwater sounds picked up easily” . K. Fisher said in their Sony HDR-AS100VR review on Amazon three years ago “The sound is much better without the waterproof case and i would prefer to use it this way on my bike”. Ch0pper911 wrote on Amazon “Only gripe is that underwater movies don't focus very well”.

Three customers who purchased it considered that it was well made. Mkbk rated this camcorder 7 stars and mentioned “Has built in GPS”. Mkbk also mentioned “If you're buying this for the built in stabilization” in their review.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was strong and durable. Stuff.tv mentioned “Rugged, waterproof case” nonetheless they only gave it a score of 20 out of 100. Species wrote two years ago “It is sturdy, too” in their review of this camcorder.

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Poor Design

Two people who reviewed the product considered that it was not well designed. Stephen Moore wrote on Amazon “It has a terrible lens cover design, any water that touches the lens cover, water droplets clings to it badly”. One owner who purchased this camcorder wrote that it was not good looking.


Features

Good Technical Features

Five owners wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Withawye scored the product 8 stars and mentioned on Walmart.com “The GPS and image stabilization are excellent features that depending on your needs may outweigh the extra wide or wide vertical options provided by the others” in their Sony HDR-AS100VR review. Two years ago Marc4 said “It has tons of features and super good quality”. Mike Lawrence mentioned in his review of this camcorder “Was a battle between this and a GoPro, this has the better features and the image straight out of the box is far better” and scored it 9 stars.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it had gps. One customer reckoned that it was easy to sync.


Power

Good Battery Life

Seven owners said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Dailyskier wrote on Walmart.com “The second scratch element is that the battery looses its charge rapidly in cold weather” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS100VR. Species gave it a score of 6 stars and said “Battery life is decent” in their Sony HDR-AS100VR review. Withawye scored the product 7 stars and wrote in their Sony HDR-AS100VR review on Walmart.com “Great battery life make the Sony a great option if you want something that will record a more typical camcorder image”.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-AS100VR is Full HD. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also are Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including the Sony HDR-AS200 ($221.97) which is cheaper; or the HDR-AZ1 ($243.15), or the HDR-PJ340 ($269.97) both from Sony which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Easy to Frame Shots Thanks to Remote Screen

Two owners who purchased this camcorder considered that it had a good screen. Stuff.tv wrote “Easy to frame shots thanks to remote screen”. Miss Knos mentioned “The live view remote has a tiny screen”.

One owner who reviewed it thought it had a good viewfinder. Andykart mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Very easy to use with amazing results! Steady shot system is incredible and removes all camera shake, picture colours are crisp and vivid, colour view finder on remote is great” and rated the product 6 stars.

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Good Quality Lens

Six customers who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Bikecam53 wrote in their Sony HDR-AS100VR review “Image stabilization is fantastic” and gave it a score of 8 stars. Jadant said in their review of this camcorder “Video quality and stabilization is excellent, Sony has decades of camcorder experience”. Actionman13 wrote in their Sony HDR-AS100VR review “The fish eye lense catches everything in the picture and stabilization is good” and gave this camcorder a rating of 7 stars.

Two customers who purchased it said that it had a good lens. K. Fisher mentioned “EXTRAGot the hard lens cover, really pleased with that” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS100VR. Three years ago Mykeyreviews said in their review of the Sony HDR-AS100VR “Another big contender (more at Sony's level) is the Drift; this has an entirely waterproof exterior, rotatable lens and extreme ease of access to a microphone port (great for vloggers!” although they scored the product 3 stars.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

The average weight of medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder is 400g. The HDR-AS100VR is one of the lighter video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder (only 93 grams) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

Other camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the HDR-PJ240 (210g and cheaper), or the HDR-AS30VE (83g and cheaper) both from Sony; or the Sony HDR-PJ340 ($269.97) (215g and higher rated).

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Good Size

One owner concluded that the Sony HDR-AS100VR was heavy and bulky. Guru22 gave it a rating of 5 stars and said on Walmart.com “To attach the camera, you need to buy additional bulky and heavy mount adapters”. One owner wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was a good body shape. Two years ago Withawye wrote “Great against the body or against a flat object” in their review of this camcorder.

One customer who purchased it mentioned that it was easy to carry around. Mkbk scored the product 8 stars and wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “The ADPBH1 is small, light and easy to adjust”.

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Support

Poor Technical Guidance

Two owners who reviewed the Sony HDR-AS100VR said that it did not have good technical guidance. Aturzan said “As a matter of fact the instruction manual is also totally useless” in their review of this camcorder. One owner said in their reviews that this camcorder did not have good customer support. Pilot said “It is totally undermined by the problems and by Sony's customer support”.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was noisy. Mkbk mentioned “All you can hear is pedal or engine noise - useful for monitoring the health of your engine” in their review of this camcorder.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-AS100VR in April 2017.


Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdras100vrw
Barcodes 00012301818109, 00027242872257, 00805100148894, 07044447782115

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