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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
Expert reviews are average
86 Reviews

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Reviews

Good User Reviews

HDR-AS30 owners on average rated this camcorder 82 out of 100. Over 73% of reviewers gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars.

Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Based on 4,270 expert and user reviews (including 101 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its camcorders. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its video cameras compared to other manufacturers. 95% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Expert Reviews Are Average

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


Design

Easy to Use

Seventeen owners thought it was easy to use. Pondering Panda said in their review of this camcorder “Another suggestion is to use swimming-goggle anti-fog spray”. Roger gave the product a rating of 7 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “It's responsive and easy to use” in his review of the Sony HDR-AS30. Pedro Cancelinha wrote “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” in his review of this camcorder.

Two people who purchased this camcorder said that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Two customers who bought the product thought it was easy to use the menus. E. Prayoga gave the product a rating of 7 stars and said on Amazon “The menu system is very simple” in their Sony HDR-AS30 review. G. Robinson wrote in their review of this camcorder 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 customer who purchased it considered that it had a good interface. Two years ago Stevel wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Better interface for turning on and off”. One owner who purchased the product concluded that it was easy to setup. Lee he wrote “You get so much more for your money and setting up multiple cams is super easy with no problems”.

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Good Product Quality

Thirty-three owners concluded that the product was good quality. Two years ago Pondering Panda wrote in their review of this camcorder “* Light * Compact * Reasonable sound and image quality given the specs”. Pondering Panda also mentioned “Fit for purpose in the for the consumer to prosumer bracket - not really for professionals” in their review. Pedro Cancelinha rated the product 7 stars and he mentioned on 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” in his Sony HDR-AS30 review.

Robust

Ten people wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-AS30 was good at resisting water ingress. Roger scored it 6 stars and he said on Amazon “So, you'll need to fork out another £30-£40 for a decent underwater housing” in his review of this camcorder. Mr Owl gave it a score of 8 stars and he wrote “The case is brilliant cos it's waterproof so you can use this diving or in water-sports”. T. Satchwell mentioned in their Sony HDR-AS30 review on Amazon four years ago “Strap the camera onto my helmet and hope for some "Experiences"The cam is waterproof”.

Four customers who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was strong and durable. Two years ago E. Prayoga gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “The roam 2 was a far more rugged camera, had a rotateable lens”. Aidan said “The case is very sturdy” .

Four people who reviewed the product agreed that it was well made. Paulo Seth mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The Minoura mount is very steady and well built” . T. Satchwell gave it a rating of 7 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder “There is a built in mic which is good quality”. Swaddy mentioned three years ago “Think it should have a V at the end of the code as it does have built in GPS”.

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it was reliable. One owner who bought it mentioned that it was easy to damage or scratch.

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Nice Design

Eleven customers wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Roger gave it a rating of 6 stars and he wrote in his review of this camcorder on Amazon two years ago “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”. Pedro Cancelinha mentioned on Amazon “Not only can you see the beautiful detail of the white powder” in his review of this camcorder. T. Satchwell mentioned on Amazon “So getting the mp4 movies off the camera is pretty easy” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30.

Four people mentioned in their reviews that it was well designed. Pondering Panda wrote “I've lost out on footage because of this fairly major design flaw! Good” in their review of this camcorder. Oldbiker wrote on Amazon “I really like this camera design could be improved” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Forged Piston mentioned “Great quality and design”.

Two people considered that this camcorder was smooth. Rosen Ivanov mentioned in their Sony HDR-AS30 review 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” .

One person who reviewed this camcorder wrote that it was ergonomic. One owner who reviewed it concluded that it was neat. Ben Goulter said on Amazon “The camera is a neat little unit”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Three customers said in their reviews that this camcorder was heavy and bulky. Pondering Panda said on Amazon two years ago “* All the mounts have a good chunky feeling of solidity about them” in their Sony HDR-AS30 review and rated it 7 stars.

One person who bought it considered that it was compact. One customer thought it was thin. 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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Light

With a weight of only 65 grams, the HDR-AS30 is very light compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. The weights of camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera range from 65g to 7.5kg, and the average weight is 1.2kg.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Five people reckoned that the product had good features. Techtuber mentioned two years ago “Good camera with cool features” in their review of this camcorder. Jennifers Daddy mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon four years ago “*Low light is good There are other features such as a downloadable app.”. K Wren wrote in their review of this camcorder “The video picture quality is superb and the 'Steady Shot' image stabilisation is, once again, one of Sony's best features”.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was noisy. Rosen Ivanov scored it 7 stars and mentioned “The slow-mo 720p@120fps is very cool as well, even if a bit noisy due to increased ISO speed” in their Sony HDR-AS30 review. Rosen Ivanov also mentioned “There is a "noisy spot" when wind is moving across the front of the case (e.g” in their review.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HDR-AS30 supports HDMI. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also support HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available including the JVC GZ-VX700BUS, the ION Air Pro Lite ActION, or the Sony PMW-200 ($5,329.99) which has better reviews.

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Has a Microphone in

The HDR-AS30 has a microphone in, as do most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HDR-AS30 has a composite video out, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The HDR-AS30 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera also have a headphone outputs.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-AS30 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the JVC GZ-VX700BUS, the Sony HDR-TD20VE, or the Thinkware TW-X500.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera is 1.8mm and the longest is 110mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 2.5 millimeters, the Sony HDR-AS30 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of video cameras that have been available for more than two years is 160mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 2mm to 650mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 2.5 millimeters, the HDR-AS30 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The HDR-AS30 has one of the lower maximum aperture numbers (only 2.8) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age. The maximum aperture numbers of similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder range from 1.8 to 22.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture Number

The Sony HDR-AS30 has a fairly high minimum aperture number (2.8) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera. The minimum aperture numbers of camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder range from 1.1 to 4.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-AS30 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

There are a number of alternative Full HD video cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including the HDR-CX260V, or the PMW-150 ($29.00) both from Sony or the ION Air Pro Lite ActION which has 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 the most commonly found maximum video resolution on video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One owner said in their reviews that it had a good screen.

One owner who bought the Sony HDR-AS30 said that it had a good viewfinder. Kernow scored it 6 stars and wrote 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” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30.

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Good Quality Lens

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Masterskier said on Amazon “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 this camcorder and scored it 7 stars.

One customer concluded that this camcorder had a good lens. Mr. R. D. Turner said “The picture quality is excellent and the selective wide angle lens gives a real sense of perspective” in their review of this camcorder and gave this camcorder a score of 6 stars.

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Other Features

Waterproof

The HDR-AS30 is waterproof. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also are waterproof.

We compared this video camera to all the other waterproof video cameras and we think the S3000, and the Air Pro Lite ActION both from ION or the Panasonic HX-A1ME which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Wireless Connection

The HDR-AS30 has a wireless connection, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Features USB Connectivity

The Sony HDR-AS30 features USB connectivity. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder also feature USB connectivity.

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Features Photo Mode

The Sony HDR-AS30 features photo mode. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera also feature photo mode.

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Features Auto Focus

The Sony HDR-AS30 features auto focus. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also feature auto focus.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HDR-AS30 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Features Wi-Fi

The HDR-AS30 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Six owners who reviewed the product concluded that it had gps. Philip Anton said on Amazon “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 on Amazon “It has GPS” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 and rated it 5 stars. Three years ago Velgor said in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30 “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 owners who bought the product mentioned that it was easy to sync. One person mentioned in their reviews that it was good in terms of connectivity.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Nine people who purchased it mentioned that it had a good battery life. Pondering Panda mentioned “* Battery life is fair” in their review of the Sony HDR-AS30. T. Satchwell mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The battery seem to last me a couple of days”. Sonic scored it 5 stars and wrote “Wifi live view This is so much better and more responsive that GoPro, battery hog though” in their review of this camcorder.


Support

Poor Technical Guidance

One customer who bought the product thought it did not have good technical guidance. Amazon Customer said in their Sony HDR-AS30 review on Amazon “So it was sent back sorry I can't be of help in this”.


Camera

Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The HDR-AS30 has one of the bigger minimum illuminations (6 lux) amongst video cameras of this age. Across all the camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder the minimum illuminations range from 0.02lx to 1,400lx.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This video camera was released in April 2017.

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