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Sony HDR-AS30VR Live View Remote

Action camera with remote control and mounting system (Black)

5 Reviews

Item # 158HD30VR

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Our take on the Sony HDR-AS30VR Live View Remote

The HDR-AS30V video camera is ready for outdoor use. The Live View bundle includes an equally tough remote control device that can be strapped to your wrist, so you can start and stop your camera even when your hands are busy, or the camera is mounted somewhere difficult to reach. You can place the camera in a fixed location and hit record before you take off, or mount it on a helmet and control it without having to remove it first.

The Sony HDR-AS30 with Live View remote

The Sony HDR-AS30V can be helmet-mounted and controlled remotely with the Live View remote.

A rugged camera and remote

The HDR-AS30V video camera is ready for outdoor use. The Live View bundle includes an equally tough remote control device that can be strapped to your wrist, so you can start and stop your camera even when your hands are busy, or the camera is mounted somewhere difficult to reach. You can place the camera in a fixed location and hit record before you take off, or mount it on a helmet and control it without having to remove it first.

Shoot anywhere, in any weather

This bundle includes Sony's weatherproof housing, which protects the camera against sudden rainstorms or puddle splashes — it's the same case divers use when they take the camera deep underwater. The kit also comes with adhesive mounts that conform to flat or curved surfaces, so all of your bases are covered.

Tag with GPS, share via Wi-Fi

If you're planning a statewide tour or a weekend tearing around mountain paths, the GPS built into the HDR-AS30V will be your best friend. It will keep track of your route, speed and other telemetry data so you can tag the best parts and revisit them any time you like. Better yet, you can use Wi-Fi to share with friends while you're still out and about.


    HDR-AS30V Action Camera:
    • 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
    • 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
    • SteadyShot® image stabilization with active mode helps to cancel the effects of camera shake
      • SteadyShot reduces angle of view to 120°
    • threaded tripod mount is integrated into the waterproof housing
    • snaps high-quality 12-megapixel still JPEG images
    • interval recording function can be set to 5/10/30/60 seconds
    • records to Memory Stick Micro™ and microSD/SDHC cards (not included)
    • Exmor® R CMOS sensor gives great performance in low-light situations
    • includes camera, battery, adhesive mount, waterproof case, micro USB cable, operating guide
    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: 2 oz. with battery and memory
    • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Live View Remote:
    • equipped with NFC pairing and Wi-Fi so you can control your camera wirelessly
    • waterproof to 9 feet
    • wrist strap
    • 2-7/8"W x 2"H x 1"D
    • weight: 2.3 oz.

    Excellent video stabilization, great in low light recording and very easy to use.

    Jose, yorkville, IL

    What's in the Box:

    • Black action camera/camcorder
    • 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
    • Live-View Remote
    • Operating Guide (Eng)
    • Operating Guide (Fren/Span)
    • Warranty sheet (US)
    • Warranty sheet (Canada)
    • Warranty sheet (Live-View Remote)
    • PlayMemories Home update information sheet
    • Notes on the water-proofing
    • Live-View Remote Operating Instructions
    • Live-View Remote Setup Guide

    Sony HDR-AS30VR Live View Remote Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (5 Reviews)

    Sony action cam

    Jose from yorkville, IL on 2/11/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent video stabilization, great in low light recording and very easy to use.

    Pros: Fast start for quick recording. Easy to use. Great night recording. Records in Hd and Ultra HD.

    Cons: Battery only lasts about 2 to 3 hours on continuous recording.

    Sony HDR-AS30VR Live View Remote

    Deejay from College Park, Georgia on 11/23/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great, have a little difficulty operating with gloves on. It does all it is supposed to do



    Sony HDR-AS30VR Live View Remote

    Victor from Puerto Rico on 8/19/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)




    Great vids

    Teselata from Goose Creek, SC on 12/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the remote for viewing the video in real time so that you know if your camera angle is like you want.

    Pros: Remote view, size/weight

    Cons: Limited accessories

    killer camera

    BigChris from Reno, Nv on 10/8/2014

    everything within reason for a action cam. The smartphone control functions are great and the perfect camera for those who do extream stuff and a good vacation camera. Took some great shots while hitting all the water parks

    Pros: works as described and awesome interface with my iphone

    Cons: battery life sucks get the extra batteries.


    Hands-on research

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    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. This HDR-AS30VR "Live-View Remote" package includes the RM-LVR1 Live-View Remote.

    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 options:

    Display Recorded Image Resolution Frame Rate
    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
    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 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 be used.

    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:

    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) 140 175 80 110 205 210 245 175
    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 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 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 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 included 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-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 8/8.1, as well as Mac OS X v10.6 - v10.8.

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