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
|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|
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
- 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
- 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-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