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Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby paulo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:23 pm

I just picked up one of these today for $299 in the Sony Store. This is their first release I believe. I couldnt get them cheaper os.
http://www.sony.com.au/product/hdr-as15
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All the specs tend to suggest they are every bit as good as the gopro Hero2 and even out-perform them in some aspects. lens quality, low light performance, weight, shutter speed for super slomo, stereo mic.
They have wifi built in and the smart phone app to configure, control them and even rip video and stills off on the fly is available, unlike the one gopro has been promising. With $140 for the wifi backpack and controller they are also signifigantly cheaper that the gopro
I wonder if they will live up to the hype.
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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby Marty75 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:46 pm

Good buy Paul. Saved yourself about 100 bucks mate!

Let us know how she performs.

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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby kevinnugent » Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:20 pm

Does this have the fisheye effect that the GoPro does (I dislike that aspect of them)?
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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby Nativeman » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:09 pm

Paul

So waiting for your review, it would be a dear option for me as I would have to buy the camera and an i Phone....this might be the reason why I need one.
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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby Nbh00d » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:31 pm

Saw a few youtube video comparing both products and there is no doubt that the Sony performs better in low light situation. This can meant better video quality during sunrise & sunset period when we are on the water. The other thing I notice is the Sony seems to also have the upper hand on the stability mode.
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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby ozfactory » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:49 pm

So for $299 it came with the water proof housing?
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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby Bretto » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:01 pm

I wonder what the expected battery life is?
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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby paulo » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:44 pm

WP housing, two stick on mounts and the wp housing has a std tripod mount.
Sony youtube vid said battery life close to 3hrs. The box says 140mins.
It only shoots in NTSC, No PAL
No 2 sec interval on multishot stills
It says only 2megapixel stills. That seems very low when handheld wp cameras are at 16.
Sel, you dont need an iphone, android works fine.
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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby keza » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:38 am

Hero3
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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby paulo » Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:29 am

indiedog wrote:Great video Kez.

The Sony seems to lack a little in the stills department. 2MP is not much. Polarizer available for it Paulo?

Brad, not that I know of. Yes the stills capability (lack of) is amazing given its competitors and the available technology. I never use that feature so didnt worry. I was more interested in the included wifi but to be honest, without the waterproof one touch remote gopro has, its fairly useless for what we do. Who has the time to dick round with a smartphone when there's a rampaging foe on the other end of the line?
After a couple of goes I find it a better quality video than the H2 but after having read the specs for the imminent GoPro Hero 3 last night, I would be saving my shekels for one of those. Even at $399 the Black model looks worth the upgrade for all the new features.
The three model range sux. I suspect its a matter of a software upgrade from bottom to top model. :? :twisted:
I have shied away from Apple products for this reason and here I am being milked by GoPro <sigh>
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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby Bretto » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:02 pm

paulo wrote:...Even at $399 the Black model looks worth the upgrade for all the new features.


That's the yankie price. The chances of your stock retail store doing the GPH3 Black for that price are pretty remote I reckon.

I'm tossing up whether to wait after seeing that clip. Although there is probably some post capture editing done, the quality would still be amazing. I wonder when they'll be available in Australia.
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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby keza » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:12 pm

I've only just been given my H2 (birthday from group of friends) and haven't tried it on the yak yet.
I'm waiting to get the wifi back first. The phone will be good for checking your framing but then just use the remote.
Coming from a stills background, I'm attracted to the time lapse. I tried it whilst away and reduced the size to 5mp.
I think I reduced the quality a bit much before uploading but here you go:

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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby BIGKEV » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:24 pm

Hey Brad,

I just got myself one of those 'lifeproof' cases for the iPhone, so you could use one of these to do the wifi thing and keep your phone dry if it is a fruity variety.

My reason for the lifeproof is because I have killed so many GPS units the wife is hesitant to let me buy another one so I downloaded the navionics app for the phone and to date have been quite impressed with its functionality. I also bought the arm strap for the lifeproof case too, so that I can keep the phone secure and close at hand. They also do a floating case or you can get a bar mount that you could probably adapt for mounting on the yak somewhere.

In regards to the gopro, i still prefer the extra battery pack and a big sd card. This gives about 4hrs worth of footage anyway and I rarely go out for much longer than that anyway, so almost as funcitonal as operating the unit sporadically with wifi really as I probably wouldn't change settings, just turn on or off.

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Re: Move over GoPro - Sony HDR-AS15

Postby keza » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:29 pm

I have the same case Kev and always have my phone on the yak.
I'll use the phone to make adjustments as the remote is just as small as the info on the camera but bigger on the phone.
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