Overview: The Sony HDR-AS30V 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 12MP still images. The AS30V 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 AS30V is equipped with a 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS image sensor
with 16.8-million gross pixels and 11.9-million effective pixels for movies and
photos, and 2-million for interval photo recording.
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.
Recording Media: You can record HD video and Still Images onto Memory
Stick Micro (Mark2), microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC memory cards. An 8GB memory card can
hold approximately 35 minutes of video at the highest resolution or about 1350
12MP still images.
Note: Class 4 or higher microSD cards are recommended.
Built-in Wi-Fi: The AS30V 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
(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 AS30V 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-AS30V can record Full HD AVCHD
video (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) with AAC audio. You can choose from six recording resolution
||Highest resolution/smooth image recorded at 2x
||1920 x 1080
||1920 x 1080
||1280 x 720
||Slow motion image recorded at 2x frame rate (no
||1280 x 720
||Super slow motion image recorded at 4x frame rate
||1280 x 720
||640 x 480
Note: The video system can be 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 AS30V can record 12MP JPEG still images with a
resolution of 4608 x 2592 (16:9). You can also take a series of 2MP (1920 x
1080) still photos 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 is reduced to 120°.
SteadyShot is not effective in Super Slow Motion recording mode.
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
Viewing Images: The HDR-AS30V 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 AS30V 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:
||Continuous Recording Time
||Typical Recording Time
Note: The recording and playback time will be shorter
when the Smart Remote Control function is on.
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-AS30V has the following supplied and optional
- 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 AS30V 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
- 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
- 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
Computer Compatibility: The HDR-AS30V 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, as well as
Mac OS X v10.6 - v10.8.