Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sony AS-15 Action Camera Review

This has been my goto camera for several years.  I loved it when I bought it and I love it now.  It is great for everything.  I use it for Skiing, Cycling, Hiking, Backpacking, Kayaking and just playing around.

This camera is definitely larger than the Polaroid Cube I own, but it has many more cool features.  Size can be an issue if you are an ounce weenie like I am.  However, the weight is well worth it in this situation.

This camera has a digital display so you can change the settings and connect to WI-FI amongst other things.  The WI-FI feature is really cool and can be used with Playmemories Mobile, which is Sony's free software.  This software enables you to see the view of the camera on a mobile device, such as, a phone.  This is great when you are trying to get the camera setup, or in line with something.  I use this software quite often.

There is not shortage of accessories for this camera.  I have a bunch of them too.  I highly recommend the Sony Waterproof Case for this or any of the Sony action cams.  I have literally beat the heck out of this camera for years while in the case.  While wearing this camera I've crashed on ski jumps, crashed on my bike and done all sorts of similar things.  IT IS ROCK SOLID when in the case!!!  I have never had a single issue with it.

The video quality is superb.  Take a look at any of the videos in my older posts and you will see.  I shot them at 720P HD.  YouTube tends to have a grainy effect due to streaming so be advised.  I can assure you this camera has incredible video quality.  In fact, I chose this over the GoPro at the time for two main reasons, it was less money, and the video quality was better.

You do have a slight fish-eye effect as expected with any action cam.  It isn't really noticeable in most situations, however.  Unless of course they specifically have a no fish-eye lens.

You may get a slight sun glare if you point it directly in the direction of the sun while the case is on.  I believe this is due to the protective case being made from plastic instead of glass.  This is not an issue if you are not pointing into the sun.  Any action cam with a case over the lens that I've seem to do this.

Sony now has a few big brothers to this camera, and like I said there is no shortage of accessories. Take a look at some of these on my Amazon shop:
The price is definitely right for this camera and if you are in the market for a great inexpensive action camera look no further.  If you want to spend a little more for one of this cameras "Big Brothers" take a look at them in the ads above.  You cannot go wrong with one of these.

The image stabilization for this camera works extremely well, which is my favorite feature.  Oh, I love the helmet mounts, but they are an accessory.  A great feature of this camera is that you can carry multiple batteries and video cards so you can record all day.

To be honest I'm not sure how long the record time is.  It usually lasts until I'm exhausted, which is really good.  You should get a couple hours if not more out of one battery.  I usually record for about 30 minutes at a time then take a break, then get back to it.  By doing this one battery will last me all day, but I always have a backup anyways.  I carry a couple Kingston Digital 32 GB Class 4 microSDHC Flash Card with SD Adapter (SDC4/32GBET)at all times as well.

So if you want to know, do I recommend this camera???  The answer is a HUGE YES!!!  If you are in the market for a great action camera don't know where to start this is a great pick.

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