Rated 5 out of 5
by Fisheerman I wanted great quality and Sony has it.
I used the Sony camcorder mostly while deep sea fishing last Summer.
I have great action pictures of my fishing trips from when I left the harbor at 6;00 am, watching the sun peek over the horizon, fighting the many fish we caught, and the return trip at the end of the day. It gives me such detailed footage that I can share with friends and family. Thank you very much Sony for helping me make an excellent choice.
January 22, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5
by TheDutchTexan Buyer beware, start stop button will not last!
I bought this camera to replace my HDR-AS15, which still worked flawlessly after a year of hard use. I noticed on the first HDR-AS100v I had the start stop button was hard to push, and with the handy-cam attachment I had to push reasonable hard to get the camera to start or stop recording.
My first HDR-AS100 had a optical malfunction, and was replaced under warranty. The second one I received worked better than the first, and I noticed the button was a lot easier to push too. This lasted all of 3 months, then it became harder to push, and eventually this resulted in reducing my AKA-LU1 handy cam attachment to a 99 dollar paperweight.
The record button has a major design flaw in it, otherwise it would continue to function like it did from new. I am extremely distraught that my second HDR-AS100 is giving me so much trouble, and cost me my AKA-LU1 handycam attachment in the process. I think it is only a matter of time before I can't turn the camera back on. I have to push really hard at this point.
The video quality is stellar, but build quality? If the guts from this camera where in the housing from the HDR-AS15 it would have been the perfect camera. But instead they are in a splash proof housing that is unfortunately not designed for everyday use.
If you are going to use it every once and a while it's a great camera I am sure. But for daily use? Prepare to be as disappointed as I am. $299 dollars... 1 exchange (and hopefully another, I re-upped the protection plan from the place I bought it at). and a whole lot of headache...
If you click on the picture below it shows you the plastic arm that pushes the little button to turn recording on and off. This plastic arm is undoubtedly the culprit. In the HDR-AS15 this arm is straight, and seems to be cast out of a sturdier plastic.
Buyer beware! If you plan to use this daily, it will start to fight your index finger tooth and nail whenever you turn it on or off.
November 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by AlaskaVideoAdventures My First Sportcam
GPS and WiFi. No viewfinder. My iPhone works as a remote control and a monitor too, courtesy of the free app, which is handy for checking camera aim. Sony sells a wrist remote/monitor, as well as a cradle featuring a flip out screen, but I wanted to use the camera some before deciding how best to use it and what accessories to buy.
The quality of the video in "pro" mode is stunning with good light. The attached photo is a screen shot from a video recorded while driving 50mph: note the shadows of the concrete barriers and the sliver of light shining through the cracks and onto the pavement, as well as the texture of the pavement.
Low light performance is adequate. Several sequences I shot around a campfire looked very good.
There are also settings for 120fps at 720p and 240fps at 400p. The 720 looks good, the 400 is too small for a "great" picture but the 240fps is fun for experimenting in high-speed video. With either higher frame rate lighting becomes more critical.
I have not used the still or time-lapse modes yet.
The "Pro" mode indicates a 50Mbps data rate, and several of the class 10 cards on the market are advertised between 40-45Mbps. I read a review somewhere in which a customer mentioned a problem with their class 10 card in pro mode, and the data rate probably has something to do with this. After doing some research (I wanted to be able to buy memory locally) I bought a Lexar 64GB micro SDXC class 10 card and it works well.
April 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jperk HDR-AS100V
The as100 works great, steady shot is a wonderful addition not avail on the gopro. heres a short time lapse
June 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RyClark Happy to own this
Tested it out last week in Tawas, MI. Took it fishing on Lake Huron. Weather was cold and winds made the water choppy. It held up just fine and took awesome videos and pictures.
I haven't used the time lapse yet and read it wasn't as good as the GoPros. However the positives of AS100 far outweighs the GoPro Hero 3+ black edition (i owned one and returned it due to firmware update issues). I love the AS100 Action cam's remote view via wrist device or smart phone. I also love the stabilization. It truly enhances the video quality. The only thing I'm concerned about is the battery life. It seems to go quick so I purchased a back up battery.
Thank you Sony for making a great product. I am telling everybody about this great product. Keep up the good work! Tomorrow we start our world tour - Niagara Falls, Toronto to catch a train to Vancouver (hope to catch epic footage of the Rockies), San Francisco, Chicago, Tampa, LA, Philippines, Burma, Atlanta and finally Dubai. I may update later on w my Youtube link.
May 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by onthemove HDR-AS100 - Sony keeps upgrading
I own a sony HDR-AS15, AS30 & the AS100. These are all great little cams. I was not planning on an additional camera, so soon, but when Sony released the HDR-AS100 that does not require the outer case for light water (Splashproof), that was the upgrade I had been waiting for. The waterproof cases that came with the AS30 & AS100 were an improvement in less bulk than the case that came with the 15 but they still added extra bulk to a small profile design. With the AS100 I don't fear getting caught out in the rain, or being splashed with a water gun from a kid, regardless of if the camera is out, on, and recording - or in my pocket for storage. My other remaining complaint is that Sony needs to design the case so that an extra part is not required to mount to a standard camera mount. I want that built into the case. Some call it a gimmick, some say it is the industry standard of tomorrow. 4k recording would have generated 5 stars.
October 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JoelS Most advanced
Let me start by saying that I was a proud owner of a Hero GOPRO 2, but I have to say that its limitations, and that of its successor, the GOPRO 3, made me look seriously at the SONY POV. This is a wonderful device. It IS small, and unlike the GOPRO, it fits well in the palm of your hand. The video is markedly better. The sound is markedly better. The WIFI is great. I love that it transfers the images to my iPhone - and easily to my iMac as well. Drawbacks? Sure. I would love a zoom feature, but in the balance of things is that really crucial? I carried this and took movies of my daughters graduation from high school, mounted it on my car for a ride up the coastal highway, and remotely turned it on to capture a sunrise off my balcony the other morning. What more do you want?
May 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SonyShooter16 Great Purchase
I have had this camera for a few months now. I have taken it on vacation to the Bahamas, which I used it every day. The video quality is amazing. The only thing I don't like is you need a accessory to add it to a universal tripod mount, all tripod accessories come with the camera. The water proof case housing is easy to use and handle under water. This is great little camera to have when you want to travel light. The image stabilization is my favorite feature, especially when I was on a speed boat hand holding it at 60 mph. I would recommend buying 32g or higher memory card and one extra battery. I did and I was always ready to either take pictures or video while on vacation.
September 27, 2014