The Sony HDR AS15 Action Cam with WiFi

Started Sep 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Markr041 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,519
The Sony HDR AS15 Action Cam with WiFi

This new tiny cam has a combination of unique features not found on regular camcorders (but some are found on competing action cams). The main ones are:

1. A very wide-angle lens - 15mm (35mm-equivalent).

2. It does interval recording - takes stills at intervals you set from 1 every 5 seconds to one every minute. The stills are 1920x1080, just like video frames. So you can do 1080p time lapse videos, leaving the camera on for hours as it snaps away.

3. It does half-speed slo mo at 60fps 720p and quarter-speed slo mo at 120fps 720p - HD slo mo.

4. With the built in wi fi you can control the camera from your iphone, ipad or android phone or tablet - you can change the settings, view what the camera sees, and start and stop shooting from your device over wifi (it is a direct connection, no need for internet access).

I found it has a clean HDMI out, so you could attach a high bitrate recorder to bypass the camcorders compression.

Here is a first try at a time-lapse video, taken in an airport terminal and at Trafalgar Square in heavy rain (the camera comes with a waterproof case):

Select 1080p.

Each scene represents one half hour of action, reduced to 10-12 seconds each! You can see I did not set the camera quite straight up in the Trafalgar scene. You an also see the result of the wide (170 degrees) view - curves at edges, including that famous column. But it's a fun video.

So, you do not have to be a X-games participant or skydiver to get something from such a camera.

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