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Sony HDR-AS100V/W

Splashproof action video camera with optional Live View remote capability

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    Waterproof case included

 

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by Eric Angevine
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Sony HDR-AS100VR/W with GPS data

Use GPS and the included PlayMemories Home app to get telemetry data from the Sony HDR-AS100V.

Shoot like a pro when you're on the go

The Sony HDR-AS100V goes where most video cameras can't. This action camera's compact chassis is splashproof on its own, but the included plastic housing seals against dust, grime, and mud, and is waterproof to 197 feet. That means you can take it biking, skydiving, surfing, skiing — anywhere your adventures take you. This camera can take it when you want to play rough.

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Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS help you share your adventure

No need to wait to share footage of your good times. The HDR-AS100VR is equipped with Wi-Fi and GPS. The included PlayMemories™ Home software allows you to gather and display helpful information such as speed, route and geotagging telemetry data. NFC (Near Field Communication) technology lets you use a compatible mobile device as a remote control, as well as a Live View screen. NFC also allows quick touch pairing with compatible mobile devices. Sony's optional Live View remote allows you to control up to five AS100VR cameras for a multi-angle shoot that can really dazzle.

Crystal-clear video and still photos

The HDR-AS100V records in crisp 60p resolution, and it captures fast action smoothly. The camera's back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor records sharp images, even in low light situations. The Carl Zeiss® lens offers a wide 170-degree field of view, and the camera shoots both video and stills at 13.5-megapixel resolution. Sony hasn't forgotten about sound, either — there's a built-in stereo microphone under the lens so you can hear as well as you see during playback.

Features:

  • captures HD video in 1080p/60/30 frames-per-second and 720p/30/60/120 fps
  • Wi-Fi-enabled camera shares movies and pictures with compatible Android™ and Apple® smartphones and tablets through free downloadable PlayMemories Mobile™ apps
  • one-touch NFC (Near Field Communication) technology simplifies pairing to compatible Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • control up to 5 HDR-AS100V cameras at the same time using Sony's optional Live View remote
  • built-in GPS adds location and speed information to your videos
  • ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® f/2.8 lens gives a sharp, clear 170-degree viewing angle
  • included rugged, waterproof housing seals against dust, grime, and mud, and is waterproof to 197 feet
  • new splash-proof camera body takes the worry out of weather, even when camera is outside its included housing
  • SteadyShot® image stabilization with active mode helps to cancel the effects of camera shake
  • low light imaging effective down to 6 lux
  • threaded tripod mount is integrated into the waterproof housing
  • snaps high-quality 13.5-megapixel still JPEG images
  • stereo microphone built into chassis
  • interval recording function can be set to 5/10/30/60 seconds
  • records to Memory Stick Micro™ and micro SD/SDHC cards (not included)
Technical Specs:
  • includes camera, battery, adhesive mount, waterproof case, micro USB cable, operating guide
  • includes NP-BX1 lithium ion battery
  • USB port for easy connection to a PC
  • micro HDMI port for easy playback on an HDTV (cable not included)
  • 1"W x 1-7/8"H x 3-1/4"D
  • weight: 2.4 oz. with battery and memory
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size (inches) N/A
Viewfinder None
Total Pixel Count 18.9
Effective Pixel Count for Video 13.5
High-Definition Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Manual Focusing No
Filter Diameter N/A
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Night Imaging No
Image Stabilization Optical
Built-in Video Light No
Built-in Memory None
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery 150 min
Digital Still Camera Features
Effective Pixel Count for Stills 13.5
Built-in Photo Flash No
Still Image Aspect Ratios 16:9
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI Output Micro
Mic Input 3.5mm
Dimensions
Weight With Battery (ounces) 3.2
Width (inches) 1
Height (inches) 1-7/8
Depth (inches) 3-1/4
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 90 Days
Image Sensor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • White action camera/camcorder
  • SPK-AS2 Clear waterproof case (installed)
  • NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion battery (3.6V 1240mAh 4.5Wh)
  • 24" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and micro USB on the other)
  • Attachment buckle
  • Flat adhesive mount
  • Curved adhesive mount
  • Tripod adapter (white)
  • Operating Guide (Eng)
  • Operating Guide (Fren/Span)
  • Warranty sheet (US)
  • Warranty sheet (Canada)

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Features

Overview: The HDR-AS100V is the next generation of Sony Action Cams with advanced recording features. This lightweight, durable digital HD video camera captures your point of view while performing action sports. The camera body itself is splashproof (IPX4), and comes with a waterproof clear plastic case. It can be mounted in a variety of places, using the supplied surface mounts and other optional mounts. The Action Cam can record pro-quality XAVC-S video at very high bit rates, as well as Full HD 1080p MP4 video and 13.5MP still images. The AS100V also has built-in Wi-Fi so you can share your videos wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet or control it remotely.

Image Sensor: The AS100V is equipped with a 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS image sensor with 18.9-million gross pixels and 13.5-million effective pixels for movies and photos.

Lens: The ultra wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens gives you a wide 170° perspective. It has a bright F2.8 aperture, and a 17.1mm focal length (35mm equivalent) for video.

Recording Media: You can record HD video and Still Images onto Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC memory cards.

Note: High-capacity Class 10 or higher microSDXC cards are recommended for recording XAVC-S movies. Class 4 or higher cards are recommended for MP4 movies.

Built-in Wi-Fi: The AS100V has built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n). You can operate the camera via Wi-Fi using the Smart Remote Control function of a smartphone or the optional RM-LVR1 Live View Remote. You can also transfer and display images on to a smartphone or tablet wirelessly via the downloadable "PlayMemories Mobile" app, compatible with iOS (4.3 or later) and Android (4.3 or later). Some Android devices (4.0 or later) can be connected via One-touch Functions via NFC. The Smart Remote Control function allows you to start/stop recording, change shooting mode, and change the SteadyShot and Field Angle settings.

Note: The camera's Airplane Mode lets you disable all functions related to the wireless applications.

GPS: The AS100V is equipped with a GPS receiver that will record the location information and movement speed while recording movies. The PlayMemories Home software (downloadable from the internet to your PC) allows you to import movies with the GPS log to a computer and view them with a map showing the location information.

Video Recording: The HDR-AS100V can record pro quality video in the XAVC-S Format with LPCM audio, as well as easily shareable MP4 video with AAC audio. You can choose from the following recording resolution options:

Display Recorded Image Resolution Frame Rate
XAVC-S Format
XAVC S 60 Pro-quality XAVC-S recording at high 50 Mbps bit rate 1920 x 1080 60p
XAVC S 30 Pro-quality XAVC-S recording at high 50 Mbps bit rate 1920 x 1080 30p
XAVC S 24 Pro-quality XAVC-S recording at high 50 Mbps bit rate 1920 x 1080 24p
MP4 Format
PS Highest resolution/smooth image recorded at 2x frame rate 1920 x 1080 60p
HQ Highest resolution 1920 x 1080 30p
STD High resolution 1280 x 720 30p
HS 120 High Speed recording/smooth image recorded at 4x frame rate 1280 x 720 120p
HS 240 High Speed recording/smooth image recorded at 8x frame rate 800 x 480 240p
SLOW Slow motion image recorded at 2x frame rate (no audio) 1280 x 720 60p
SSLOW Super slow motion image recorded at 4x frame rate (no audio) 1280 x 720 120p
VGA Standard Resolution 640 x 480 30p
Note: The video system can be set to NTSC or PAL, depending upon the TV system of the country where you use the camera. Some functions are not available with the PAL system.

Still Image Recording: The AS100V can record 13.5MP JPEG still images with a resolution of 4896 x 2760 (16:9). You can also take a series of 2MP (1920 x 1080) still photos at regular intervals. You can choose from 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, and 60 second intervals.

SteadyShot: The camera has built-in SteadyShot for reducing camera-shake when shooting. When the field angle is set to 170°, SteadyShot will be set to Off. When SteadyShot is On, the field angle is reduced to 120°. SteadyShot is not effective in High Speed or Super Slow Motion recording modes.

Underwater Scene Mode: When preparing to shoot underwater using the supplied SPK-AS2 waterproof case, you can activate a special scene mode for underwater shooting. In all other cases, the Normal scene mode should be used.

Viewing Images: The HDR-AS100V has a Micro HDMI connection on the bottom of the camera. You can connect the camera to a TV that has an HDMI input with a Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable (not included). You can play back movies or still images via HDMI, and select them using the Previous and Next buttons on the camera.

Battery Options: The AS100V comes with the NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The battery is charged in the camera via USB, or using the optional AC-UD20 USB charger (sold separately). The Recording, Playback, and Charging time of the batteries (in minutes) are as follows:

Battery Pack Continuous Recording Time Typical Recording Time Playback Time Charging Time
Image Quality HQ VGA HQ VGA HQ VGA Computer AC-UD20
NP-BX1 (supplied) 120 (130) 140 (150) 60 (65) 85 (90) 205 210 245 175
Note: Times in parentheses indicate Wi-Fi remote control function is Off.

Accessories: The HDR-AS100V has the following supplied and optional accessories:

  • Waterproof Case (SPK-AS2): This supplied clear plastic waterproof case allows you to shoot movies in the rain or at the beach. It has a locking case cover with an O-ring seal to maintain its water resistance. Once the AS100V is inserted into the case, you can only operate the Start/Stop button and the PREV and NEXT buttons. To prevent accidental operation, the case has a sliding Hold lever around the Start/Stop button. The case has a standard 1/4"-20 tripod thread on the bottom so you can mount it on the supplied attachment buckle or a tripod.
  • Attachment Buckle/Adhesive Mounts (VCT-AM1): The supplied Attachment Buckle mounts to the Waterproof Case via the 1/4"-20 tripod thread. The Attachment Buckle slides and locks into either of the supplied Adhesive Mounts. The camera comes with a flat Adhesive Mount and a curved Adhesive Mount for applying to different shaped surfaces.
  • Live-View Remote (RM-LVR1): The optional Live-View Remote can be used to operate the Action Cam via Wi-Fi, while you monitor your video on the remote's LCD screen. The remote is waterproof, allowing you to use it in the rain, snow, or the beach.
  • Handlebar Mount (VCT-HM1): The optional Handlebar Mount is used for attaching the Waterproof Case on the handlebar of a bicycle. The mounting plate is adjustable so you can set the camera at the angle you desire.
  • Waterproof Head Mount (VCT-GM1): The optional Waterproof Head Mount kit allows you to attach the Waterproof Case to a strap or headband. The kit consists of a Goggle Mount and a Headband. You can also use your own headband, but it must be 1.5" or narrower in width.
  • Headband Mount (BLT-HB1): The optional Headband Mount lets you wear the camera on your head for an eye-level perspective. The Headband Mount cannot be used with the Waterproof Case, so you cannot use it in wet conditions.

Computer Compatibility: The HDR-AS100V comes with no software, but requires you to download "PlayMemories Home" software from the Sony website. Once you have downloaded the software, you can connect the camera and register it with the software so its functions can be used. "PlayMemories Home" is compatible with Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), and Windows 8/8.1, as well as Mac OS X v10.6 - v10.8.

 
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