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Sony HDR-AS15

Action-oriented, Wi-Fi®-equipped rugged camera for extreme sports videography

Item #: 158HDRAS15

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I can't believe what I just saw

Maybe you've seen some of the spectacular videos online that feature extreme sports footage. There is nothing more immediately compelling than extreme wide-angle, point-of-view video of people doing something your brain tells you not to do. Personally, I've seen videos of sky-diving, bungee-jumping, and men in aerodynamic "flying squirrel" suits dive-bombing down the fjords of Norway. And while I'm not that adventurous, perhaps you are. If you're a cyclist, water-skier, skateboarder or snow-shoer — if your favorite pastime involves speed, the elements, and skill outdoors — the Sony HDR-AS15 is for you. Strap it on, stick it on a helmet, tie it to your vehicle. I guarantee it will deliver a level of personal involvement you haven't seen before in your videos.

The Sony HDR-AS15 Action Camcorder

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Now take the amazing content you've generated and connect your 'AS15 to an available Wi-Fi® network. Add the available free PlayMemories Mobile™ app from Sony to your Android™ or Apple® smartphone or tablet and you'll be able to transfer and compress movie clips and photos from the camera without cables — then share them over social networks while you're still mopping your sweaty brow.

Rugged and sharp-sighted

The 'AS15 comes standard with a custom-crafted waterproof/dirtproof/dustproof enclosure that is rated down to an impressive 197 feet. That's rugged. Plus, the Exmor® R CMOS sensor and Sony's SteadyShot™ technology will combine to give this camera stable shots and exceptional low light performance.

Savor the moment

What good is a spectacular shot of a freestyle skier leaping over your head without the ability to stretch the moment with impressive slow-motion? While the 'AS15 shoots lush 1080/30p video, it also captures crisp 720p video at 30, 60 and 120 frames per second. The latter two rates, when played back at 30 fps, give you spectacular 2X and 4X slow-motion, so you can explore technique, equipment performance, or simply enjoy the awesome beauty of a well-played moment.

Take it anywhere

This camera is extremely compact and lightweight and mounts virtually anywhere. A large button on the back of the camera (and waterproof enclosure) allows you to start and stop recording with a simple button push, even with gloves on.

Features:

  • captures HD video in 1080p/30 frames-per-second and 720p/30/60/120 fps
    • HD SLOW 2x (1280 x 720, 60p) and HD SLOW 4x (1280 x 720, 120p) shoot slow motion, which is ideal for studying and refining form and technique
  • Wi-Fi-enabled camera shares movies and pictures with compatible Android™ and Apple® smartphones and tablets through free downloadable PlayMemories Mobile™ app
  • ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® 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
  • SteadyShot® image stabilization with active mode helps to cancel the effects of camera shake
  • threaded tripod mount is integrated into the waterproof housing
  • HDMI (micro) output enables live streaming to a compatible monitor
  • snaps 2-megapixel still JPEG images
  • interval recording function can be set to 5/10/30/60 seconds
  • records to Memory Stick Micro™ and Micro SD/SDHC cards (not included)
  • Exmor® R CMOS sensor gives great performance in low-light situations
  • includes camera, battery, adhesive mounts, waterproof case, micro USB cable, manual
Technical Specs:
  • includes NP-BX1 lithium ion battery
  • USB port for easy connection to a PC (cable included)
  • 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: 3.17 oz. with battery and memory
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
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What's in the box?

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  • Black action camera/camcorder
  • Clear waterproof case
  • NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion battery (3.6V / 1240mAh)
  • 37" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and micro USB on the other)
  • Battery tray "X" (installed)
  • Battery tray "G"
  • Attachment buckle
  • Flat adhesive mount
  • Curved adhesive mount
  • Operating Guide
  • Warranty sheet (US)
  • Warranty sheet (Canada)

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Features

Overview: The Sony HDR-AS15 is a lightweight, durable digital HD video camera designed to capture point of view during action sports. It comes with a waterproof clear plastic case, and can be mounted in a variety of places, using the supplied surface mounts and other optional mounts. It can record Full HD 1080p video as well as high quality 2MP still images. The AS15 also has built-in Wi-Fi so you can share your videos wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet.

Image Sensor: The AS15 is equipped with a 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS image sensor with 16.8-million gross pixels and 11.9-million effective pixels.

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 15.3mm focal length (35mm equivalent) for video. If desired, you can set the camera to record at a narrower 120° field angle.

Recording Media: You can record HD video and Still Images onto Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), microSD, and microSDHC memory cards. An 8GB memory card can hold approximately 60 minutes of video at the highest resolution or about 10,500 2MP still images.

Note: Class 4 or higher microSD cards are recommended.

Built-in Wi-Fi: The AS15 has built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n). You can operate the camera using the Smart Remote Control function, or transfer and display images on to a smartphone or tablet wirelessly via the downloadable "PlayMemories Mobile" app (compatible with iOS and Android). The Smart Remote Control function allows you to start/stop recording, change shooting mode, and change the SteadyShot and Field Angle settings.

Video Recording: The HDR-AS15 can record Full HD AVCHD video (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) with AAC audio. You can choose from five recording resolution options:

Display Recorded Image Resolution Frame Rate
HQ Highest resolution 1920 x 1080 30p
STD High resolution 1280 x 720 30p
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

Still Image Recording: The AS15 can record JPEG still images with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (16:9). Since the camera isn't designed for single image shooting, multiple still photos are taken at regular intervals. You can choose from 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 will be set to 120°. SteadyShot is not effective in Super Slow Motion recording mode.

Viewing Images: The HDR-AS15 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 microHDMI-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 AS15 comes with the NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera will also accept NP-BG1, and NP-FG1 batteries. 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) 140 185 80 110 205 210 245 175
NP-BG1/NP-FG1 105 145 60 85 155 160 185 140

USB Power Supply: When the camera is connected to a computer via USB, you can set the camera to be powered by the connected device. This allows you to operate the camera while it is connected to your computer.

Accessories: The HDR-AS15 has the following supplied and optional accessories:

  • Waterproof Case (SPK-AS1): 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 AS15 is inserted into the case, you can only operate the Start/Stop button. All other settings must be set before placing the camera into the case. 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.
  • 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-AS15 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 XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), and Windows 7 (SP1). For Macs, you can import images from the camera and play them with appropriate supplied software.

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great value

Written By hachimachi808, honolulu, hi on Monday, December 30, 2013

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Picked this up for myself during the black Friday period. For what I paid, it is the best action camera for the price. The features and specs and brand name speak for it. The software update was very easy and now I can do 1080p 60p great for slowing things down when action gets good! Battery life is good. I was able to do a time lapse with 5sec interval shots, it shot for a approx 4 hours before it died(sunrise, I went back to sleep!).

I use the WiFi function regularly rarely have issues connecting with iPad air and sony xperia z smartphone.

Overall if your in the market but don't want to pay a premium for the as30 or gopro lineup get on it!

Pros: Slim, lightweight, battery life, WiFi

Cons: Mounting options are limited but it uses a standard threading so any tripod mount will work.

Really nice action camera for the price

Written By grunner, North Hero, VT on Wednesday, October 02, 2013

I really like this camera. It has great picture quality and is intuitive to use. The WiFi is really handy as it provides a view on your iPod device to "see" what your shooting. I have used this for both video and time-lapse and the results exceeded my expectations. It seems to be very well built, and the picture quality is very good, especially at 60fps. All the features worked flawlessly out of the box. I had read some complaints on difficulty connecting / using the WiFi feature with a iPod -but, it connected fine and consistently for me -but, I only used for setup/review - trying to download pictures is painfully slow and it seems much more practical to simply upload to your computer. Battery life seems typical for this type of device.

Nothing Is perfect and I wish Sony would have provided a means to use the camera on a tripod, without requiring the use of the protective case. However, for a few dollars, I found that a universal cell phone type tripod mount works well to allow you to mount the camera without the protected case. With the case, the form factor is a bit awkward and adds a lot of weight -- too bad it could not have been built such that it would not need the protective case to protect it from the elements -similar to the Polaroid or Contour action cameras.

Sony HDR-AS15 Awesome action cam

Written By Muddy puppy, Chicago, il on Friday, September 27, 2013

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Love this little camera. It's my first action cam and am very impressed by the quality of the Sony. I do have to say that the instructions that are included in the box are almost impossible to read. Your best bet is plugging the cam into your computer and opening up the instruction file thats loaded on the camera itself. The image quality seems to be what I read it would be. For the price this is a great entry level cam that I see no need to improve on.

Pros: quality, lens, ease of use, and battery life.

Cons: instruction booklet.

OK

Written By Escapemax, Trenton, NJ on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Not a bad camera. VGA mode is Blury on a monitor(PC). Std is better.

Pros: Small in size to mount to my Yamaha Majesty, WiFi to connect to Android Tablet

Cons: Sony Mounts are HUGE. No mounting Stud (1/4 x20 Standard camera mount) on Camera. Only on Plastic box. Made my own wooden mount to attach to dash of motorcycle. Battery could last a little longer.

Really small

Written By Jimbo, Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Super small form factor, really easy to set up. Great picture!

Pros: Super small

Cons: mounts on side of head, not in front.

Nice little camera

Written By Doug, Knoxville, TN on Monday, June 10, 2013

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For the price it's a great little camera. It has a new downloadable upgrade that give you a new 1080p 60p. The new upgrade also allows you to turn off the button beep. At the new resolution the camera provides some pretty good video. With the waterproof case on the sound is almost non existent, but what would you expect with the mic behind a plastic waterproof shell. Sony sells an optional lens cover that has a few small holes in it to get your sound back. You won't be able to dive with it on, but fine for snow skiing. If you want professional sound underwater, get a professional camera. For the price though, this camera rocks. It's a little heavy with the waterproof case on, so I guess I'll see how well the mounts work this winter while I'm skiing.

Pros: New 1080p 60p mode with download. Small and compact. Great video.

Cons: Just a little heavy with the waterproof case on.

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1 question already asked

You can't change it, it's burned into the camera's wi-fi. Sony provides a self stick label that you attach to the camera if you wish so you don't loose it. Good news is that you only have to enter the password into your mobile device once, after that whenever you connect to the camera the password is saved (like any other wi-fi network). [ BRUCE  Jan 25, 2014 ]
The WiFi password for the action can? I don't believe you can. So keep your manual! [ Andrew  Jan 25, 2014 ]