Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 4 out of 5 by withawye Good and Bad
All cameras in this segment have their strengths and weaknesses. The competition is popular but has poor battery life, blows the colors out, and the form factor has its strengths and weaknesses.
I have both the competitor and the Sony with the wrist remote. I would disagree with the other comment on the form factor. The linear orientation is great on a helmet, side of the car, fishing pole, etc All the areas the competition is weak. The perpendicular orientation of the competition is weak in these areas but great against the body or against a flat object. Once again it all depends on how you want to use it.
Chest mount is available. Another mount available for the Sony and not the competitor is the shoulder strap mount that lets you mount the camera to a backpack or camera bag. I haven't purchased it yet but it looks great.
The lack of field of view options can be limiting on the Sony compared to the competition however, the GPS and image stabilization are excellent features that depending on your needs may outweigh the extra wide or wide vertical options provided by the others.
The battery is significantly better on the Sony.
I find the color truer on the Sony but poorer in low light conditions.
The GPS and Image stabilization, wrist remote, and great battery life make the Sony a great option if you want something that will record a more typical camcorder image.
some video the Sony Action Cam on my dogs back. It's a bit too jerky to really evaluate the camera but right now it's all I have.
January 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MMC1 Great cam but needs more mounting acc options
Bought the HDR-AS100 bundle with he live view and its been fantastic so far.
But there's a need for an additional tripod adapter when setting up multiple locations. Really surprised this adapter cannot be bought from Sony.
It would act similar to my tripod plate where once its set I can mount and dismount and not disturb filming angle.
Some portable mounting locations don't use big tripod plates and the small tripod adapter is perfect for such applications.
Please Sony make this accessory available to purchase.
August 23, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Guru22 The camera has a terrible form factor.
The camera has excellent specifications. However, because of the form factor, it is useless as an action. The camera cannot be attached to clothing. To attach the camera, you need to buy additional bulky and heavy mount adapters. For this reason, the small weight of the camera is irrelevant. The camera cannot be used while fishing, hunting, walks in forests and mountains. Fishing line, bushes, tall grass catch on the camera adapters. It is not possible to attach camera onto the windshield of the car, as well as to use it as a dashboard camera. HX-A500H Panasonic camera’s form factor is much better.
December 10, 2014