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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sony's New HD Action Camcorder (HDR-AS10 and HDR-AS15)

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The new Sony HD Action Camcorder

Yesterday, Sony announced their very own GoPro and ADIXXION like HD action camcorder: the HDR-AS10. There's also a WiFi enabled version available, the HDR-AS15, which costs around $70 more and will work with the free PlayMemories Mobile™application. It allows users to instantly share their content to a smartphone and also allows control of the camera with any compatible device.

Sony's small but rugged HD action camcorder

This little POV (Point-of-View) camera with included battery, only weights around three ounces and about the only button you'll find on it, is the record button ("Press-n-Go" recording function). So it's extremely easy to use and you can just let the camera do its magic. The HDR-AS10 and HDR-AS15 are equipped with an ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens that can capture all the action up to Full HD 1920 x 1080p at 30p, in a 170-degree wide field view with pin-sharp clarity. Other convenient features of the camera are "Press-n-Go" recording, HDMI connectivity and a built-in stereo microphone.

Included waterproof housing and universal tripod mount

The camera comes with two adhesive mounts for securely attaching it to most surfaces and a rugged waterproof housing (waterproof down to a depth of 197' / 60m) and has an universal tripod mount. The housing also makes the camera dirt and dust resistant and very versatile.

Looking at the specs of this new Sony POV (Point of View) HD action camcorder, I think this camera ticks all the right boxes. I can't wait to see this little camera in action!

Product Highlights

  • Capture Full HD 1920 x 1080/30p Video
  • Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • Rugged Design & Built-In WiFi Capability
  • Waterproof Housing with Tripod Mount
  • Waterproof Housing Good to 197' (60 m)
  • Wide Angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • HD Slow Motion Mode at 60 or 120 fps
  • HDMI Output & Built-In Stereo Microphone
  • Memory Stick Micro & MicroSD/SDHC Slot

Pre-order today at B&H: 

HDR-AS10 - $198.00
HDR-AS15 - $268.00

Expected availability: September 30, 2012.

The compact and rugged Sony HDR-AS10 HD Action Camcorder is designed for point-of-view (POV) shooting during action sports including skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, motocross, skydiving, mountain biking and other outdoor adventure sports. The lightweight, wearable action camcorder weighs only 3.2 oz (90 g) and it supports up to Full HD 1920 x 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second (fps). It also supports other shooting modes including a 2x and 4x Slow Motion Video Mode. The 2x Slow Motion Mode supports 1280 x 720p video capture at 60 fps and the 4x Slow Motion Mode supports 1280 x 720p video capture at an amazing 120 fps. Having 120 frames per second to break down video frame-by-frame makes the 4x Slow Motion Mode a valuable tool for both movie making and review of your tricks, line, form and technique.
Sony includes a ruggedized waterproof housing with the HDR-AS10. The waterproof housing has a universal tripod mount and is waterproof down to a depth of 197' (60 m). It is also dirt and dust resistant, which makes the camera nearly impervious to mud, snow, rain, sand and grime. The HDR-AS10 also comes with two adhesive mounts that securely attach to most flat and curved surfaces.
The HDR-AS10 is equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens that supports an ultra-wide 170° viewing angle. The camera also has a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor, which supports superb low light performance and Full HD video. To compensate for camera shake that's typical when shooting POV sports action, the Sony action camera features SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode. SteadyShot uses an innovative 3-way shake-canceling function to reduce blur caused by camera shake.
Other convenient features on the HDR-AS10 include "Press-n-Go" recording, HDMI connectivity and a built-in stereo microphone for capturing high-quality audio to go along with the Full HD video. The "Press-n-Go" recording function allows you to press a large start/stop button just once to begin recording, and the HDMI output lets you playback your footage on a large HDTV screen in 1080p Full HD resolution. The camera is also outfitted with a Memory Stick Micro and microSD/SDHC memory card slot for recording directly onto a memory card.
Compact & Rugged Full HD Video Action Camcorder
The Sony HDR-AS10 is a rugged, wearable Full HD video camcorder. Weighing in at just 90 grams (with battery), this compact and lightweight unit allows you to capture your adventures on the mountain, in the water and anywhere else life may take you as the action happens
High-Quality Full HD 1080p Recording
The HDR-AS10 offers 1920 x 1080p high-definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full HD quality. It supports playback via HDMI with a compatible HDTV for stunning clarity, incredibly detail and smoother playback of your video
Includes Ruggedized Waterproof Housing with Universal Tripod Mount
The HDR-AS10 ships with a ruggedized, waterproof housing with universal tripod mount that is built to handle extreme environments, allowing you to concentrate on safety and composition while capturing Full HD videos. Within the housing, the camera is waterproof down to 197' (60 m) and has dirt and dust resistant seals that help make it nearly impervious to mud, snow, rain and grime
SteadyShot Image Stabilization Reduces Blur
SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture
Ultra-Wide Angle Carl Zeiss Lens (170° FOV)
With an ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, you will increase your perspective (170° viewing angle) while you venture out on breathtaking views of dynamic terrain to include ski slopes and mountain trails
2x & 4x Slow Motion Video Modes in HD
Extreme sports athletes and enthusiasts will enjoy HD Slow 2x (1280 x 720p at 60 fps) and HD Slow 4x (1280 x 720p at 120 fps) modes that shoot slow motion, which is ideal for studying and refining form and technique. For traditional shooting methods, the camcorder also offers several different resolutions to suit your needs including Full HD 1920 x 1080p at 30 fps, HD 1280 x 720p at 30 fps and SD VGA 640 x 480p at 30 fps
Exmor R CMOS Sensor for Superb Low Light Performance
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain thanks to Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions
Simply "Press-n-Go" with Large Start/Stop Button
Operation of the Sony HDR-AS10 is as simple as pressing a large, easy-to-press start/stop button. Just press the button and you're shooting the adventure of a lifetime
Memory Stick Micro & MicroSD/SDHC Compatible
The HDR-AS10 features a memory card slot that accepts Memory Stick Micro (M2) and microSD/SDHC (class 4 or higher) type memory cards. Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of expandable memory via the memory card (sold separately) that is most convenient and offers maximum compatibility with most computers
Built-In Stereo Microphone
A built-in stereo microphone allows you to capture all the exciting sounds of your adventure
HDMI Output
Using the camera's HDMI output, you'll be able to share your video footage with friends and family on your HDTV (HDMI cable not included)
Includes 2 Adhesive Mounts for Flat & Curved Surfaces
Hands-free shooting is at your disposal. Mount your HDR-AS10 easily and securely to most flat and curved surfaces with the two included adhesive mounts

SensorCMOS (Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor)
LensFixed Focus
Recording MediaMemory Stick PRO, microSD/SDHC  (Memory Stick Micro)
Video FormatHigh Definition
1920 x 1080p (30 fps)
High Definition
1280 x 720p (120/60/30 fps)
Standard Definition
640 x 480p (30 fps)
Still Image ResolutionNot Specified By Manufacturer
Audio Format2-Channel Stereo
Image StabilizationOptical (SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode)
Built-in MicYes (Stereo Microphone)
Built-in SpeakerNo
Built-in Light/FlashLight - No
Flash - No
Tripod Mount1/4" (Waterproof Housing with Universal Tripod Mount)
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs1x HDMI A (Full Size)
1x USB 2.0
Microphone InputNo
Headphone JackNo
System RequirementsWindows

BatteryRechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (WxHxD)Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight3.17 oz / 90 g


  1. Nice post. Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15 Review is offered price is $269.99 for Wi-Fi model and $200 for the non Wi-Fi model. It cannot sit upright without help of waterproof casing and you need the waterproof casing because it allows you to use it 60 degrees under water.

  2. Nice posting "Extreme Sports Camcorder " .I have no words. THIS IS AMAZING!! Congrats!!