Sony HDR-AS100V Action Cam

The Good High bitrate recording and a bunch of extra features like GPS make this Sony's best Action Cam so far, with good still image and audio quality added to the mix. A new tally light on the top of the camera makes it easy to see when you're recording.

The Bad The live view remote can't be used for photo or video playback, and a microSDXC card is needed for high bitrate recording. Exposure during regular 28Mbps video recording is uneven, while water tends to cling to the front of the waterproof case.

The Bottom Line Built-in image stabilization and high bitrate recording make this Sony's best Action Cam yet, but there are still a few usability quirks remaining.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Image quality 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Sony tackles the GoPro giant with the AS100V

In the world of action and sports cameras, the GoPro Goliath has been challenged by many wannabe Davids over the years.

Contour, Drift and iOn have tried to carve out a niche but it's Sony that is trying to make the biggest dent in the GoPro armour with its Action Cam models.

Opting for a shotgun-style design rather than the boxy form of the GoPro, this latest model from Sony dubbed the AS100V bears many of the same physical traits as its predecessors.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $300
  • Brand Sony
  • Type Camcorder
  • Weight 2.36 oz
  • Digital Video Format H.264, XAVC S
  • Optical Sensor Type Exmor R CMOS
  • Features Auto Backlight Compensation, BRAVIA Sync function, RGB primary color filter, USB charging, auto power save, built-in speaker, date/time stamp, digital noise reduction, high-speed recording, takes photos while movie recording
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