Rated 5 out of 5 by JADANT GoPro step aside, Sony is here to claim the throne
I have used the GoPro and was thoroughly disappointed. I went out and purchased the Sony HDRAS100VR/W. USer interface is simple and easy to use, very intuitive spent 10 minutes or less with the manual and I was off to Disneyland with it. The wrist mounted live view remote is very functional and the quality is excellent, but it would be nice if the camera could handle multiple connections at once, giving the option of multiple mobile device users to pair to the device and be able to see the same live video stream. Video quality and stabilization is excellent, Sony has decades of camcorder experience and it shows. Don't waste your time searching for alternatives and go with the Sony POV action cam.
September 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by species Good design and engineering
Market is dominated by another brand whereas simply there is no comparison between their product and the Sony action cam.
To begin with, the design is smart, things are placed in places they are supposed to be at (lens, buttons, etc). Battery life is decent, and the Live Remote is an amazingly useful device. I use it on my motorcycle with gloves with no problems. It is sturdy, too.
Looking at this product and comparing it to the other action cameras that I have used in the past, I can really tell that the designers' and engineers' time at Sony was well spent. I was also surprised by how well Sony's software worked. Both on PC and on my android phone! Am I crazy for Sony products? Not at all. Does this product delivers what it promises? Absolutely, with no flaws!
Well done Sony!
April 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by acousticmtl One major stock glitch
I got the AS100VR. The only thing that really bothers me is that the GPS light seen on top stays on all-the-time even if you turn the GPS off. The red light is so bright AND hot that it will definitely be a battery drain, further fogging issues galore and for night shooting the red actually goes through your thumb being so darn bright. It will definitely be an issue when others get the unit. Sony please fix this as I may even return it just because of this as it is definite defect in my book. Firmware 2.0 here we come..hopefully
Was hoping it was just an isolated problem with mine but is apparent stock as I have found other videos showing it on. You need to fix this ASAP Sony.
Having the AS15 I was really excited about this and it is a great product but.
March 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DailySkier Fantastic Product
I am extremely pleased with the quality of the video that the POV camera takes. The link to the remote control though does at times loose its connection. My greatest frustration with the remote control is that whoever designed the strap has never used the item in the winter. Simply put, the strap is not long enough to go over a ski jacket cuff. Sony needs to design an extension to the strap to overcome this short fall.
The second scratch element is that the battery looses its charge rapidly in cold weather. I can accept this and manage the challenge by placing the camera in an inside pocket when I am not videoing.
I would recommend this product over any of the competitors as the video that is produced is superior and more stable.
December 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chipster Excellent POV Combination
The video quality is typical for Sony, excellent. The wrist remote works well in most circumstances. The only time it lost connection was when I was above water and the camera was on a pole more than about three feet under water. The two quickly reconnected when the camera was closer to the surface.
I was concerned about the small wrist display, but with the camera's wide field of view I could see enough to know the camera's position.
I used the camera at Great Wolf Lodge water park and it worked flawlessly. I probably looked a little silly with the camera on my right wrist and the remote on my left, but it worked well for me and I was able to get great video shots of grandkids.
Another use was at Northwest Trek. I did a helmet mount. The helmet mount is okay, but next time I'll rig up a shoulder mount. No camera can be chest mounted because of the safety harness.
I have tried probably half the extra functionality of the camera, such as the "Interval Photo Recording." What I have tried works as advertised.
My only caution is to plan extra time for setup and a change of setup. There are many adapters and mounts, which means you can adapt to most any video situation, but it takes time to do so. I think Sony should try for fewer and more universal adapters.
Yes, I like it. I like it enough that I'm considering buying a second Sony Action Cam. I want the two cams set facing in opposite directions, one for recording where the action is going and the other for recording the face of the subject. I'm that impressed.
September 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by ActionMan13 Great Action Cam
Great camera! Bought this for a cruise and took it everywhere. Snorkeling, zip lining, water slides, or just strapped to my back pack strap. I just wish it had a zoom. The fish eye lense catches everything in the picture and stabilization is good.
September 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BrinkWink Great Product!
This is a great product. The video quality far surpasses what I expected. The menus are simple and to the point. This is truly a product for people that just want to shoot great video simply!
March 28, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Nikkinik Disappoint with Remote and App on phone
I have used Gopro. The remote of Gopro have only 2 bottoms but can cover every function on camera and can change to each mode by one bottom. and have all information that you need. and can setting everything like you do on camera.
Sony have 6 bottoms. But USELESS. If you want to change mode from camera to VDO, you must use 3 Bottoms with 5 times press. Can you imagine? If the user is on Motorcycle, how can they switch from VDO mode to Photo shoot.
Because of setting at camera have many step to access to the function that we want. So app in phone is very helpful to use for setting. App for Gopro in Iphone can set all of setting in camera that is very convenience. But App for AS100 can only take and save photo/video can't be setting anything in camera
I believe you can upgrade FW, please make it reasonable and useful
September 15, 2014