sobota, 7 marca 2015

Sony or Go Pro? Sony Action Cam AS30V with GPS and WiFi review and comparisions.

Yesterday I've bought the Sony Action Cam. The main purpose was to not pay too much and have the picture stabilized. The camcorder is water resistand and has a "steady" function which I were missing in other sports cameras. Even go pro 3 isn't equipped with video stabilization. And -whats important -the price 220$ is reasonable.
Before the purchase I didn't have any other cams in my hand, but I watched a lot of youtube videos. The stabilization is really adorable. Please watch this ..
movie in about 1:42 (when the author turns on steady function):

Watch for example go pro3 and sony as30v. The difference is shocking! The jelly effect is gone! Of course we cannot set the angle to 170 degrees in steady mode. 
It's because the stabilization algorithm uses both sides of image to generate steady video, so the record is 120 deg. wide. For me it's even better, it's more like first person view and less like fish person view ;-)

Another steady shot example, also really cool. Most important thing starts from 2:48:

Oh i forgot about brilliant sound system in Sony! Check this comparision SONY VS GO PRO at about 4:10

Movie is about AS100V, but sound is the same in AS30V. In the same movie at 7:20 you can clearly see the difference in image stabilization between go pro and sony.
Here are some specs:

Specifications (from

  • LCD Screen Size (inches) : None
  • Viewfinder : None
  • Total Pixel Count : 16,800,000
  • Effective Pixel Count for Video : 11,900,000
  • 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 : Digital
  • Built-in Video Light : No
  • Built-in Memory : None
  • Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery : 140 min
  • USB Port : USB 2.0 High Speed
  • HDMI Output : Micro
  • Mic Input : 3.5mm
  • Dimensions : 1.0″W x 1.9″H x 3.3″D
  • Weight With Battery : 2 oz.

Features (from

  • 1080/60p action video camera with Wi-Fi® and GPS
  • SteadyShot™ image stabilization reduces blur
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® with one touch NFC connection for remote control and viewing via smartphone
  • Built-in GPS plots location and calculates telemetry
  • 6 video modes including 1080/60p HD and 4x slow motion
  • Ultra wide 170° pro quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens
  • Exmor® R CMOS sensor with enhanced sensitivity for beautiful images
  • Ruggedized, waterproof housing with universal tripod mount included
  • Remote control operation with optional Live View Remote
  • Capture amazing high quality 12MP still images in photo mode
  • Built-In stereo mic for quality sound recording
  • Thin, light-weight, slim design
  • Memory Stick Micro™ and Micro SD/SDHC compatible
  • HDMI® output for easy file transfer