Sony Action Cam

77
Engadget
Score
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Sony Action Cam review: a good rugged camera with a few software wrinkles

Summary

Sony's Action Cam is a confident entry into the sports camera market, that is only marred by some easily fixable blemishes.

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Pros
  • Shoots good-quality videoGreat for slow-motionEasy to use
Cons
  • Limited photo modePoor app functionality
Sony Action Cam review: a good rugged camera with a few software wrinkles

Until now, Sony's efforts in the element-stopping sports cam world had largely consisted of handhelds such as the Bloggie Sport HD and the waterproof Handycam. The $200 Action Cam, however, is an all-out hiking-boot-wearing adventurist, with a backpack full of tools and supplies by comparison, that frankly, makes the brand's previous attempts look like they're barely prepared for a school field trip.

A lot of technology can be broken down into numbers. PetaFLOPS, gigahertz and megabytes -- the idea usually being, the more the better. And often that's true. Sometimes, though, what you really need are a couple breaths of fresh air and a healthy shot of adrenaline. And that's where something like Sony's new HDR-AS15 Action Cam shines. It's one of a growing breed of devices that allow us to get our fill of the great outdoors, while still satisfying our gadget fix. With plenty of other competitors lining up to be your sporting partner of choice, however, does the Action Cam have what it takes to keep up? Dive past the break to find out.

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Scores

Engadget

77
 

Breakdown

Portability
8.3
Audio recording quality
7.3
Durability
8.0
Design and form factor
7.7
Video recording quality
7.1
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Specs

Action Cam

Type
Consumer
Form factor
Handheld
Sensor type
CMOS
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Specs

Action Cam

Type
Consumer
Form factor
Handheld
Sensor type
CMOS
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Video

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