Sony HDR AS20 Action Camera Review
Here I am reviewing the Sony HDR AS20 action camera.
The AS20 is one of Sony's entry-level action cameras and goes head-to-head with gopros entry-level hero plus action camera.
The form factor of the Sony AS20 is very different from gopros and other action cameras.
It almost looks like two cylinders stacked on each other and then encased in plastic. It weighs about the same as the gopro .without its waterproof housing and is made from the smooth plastic. The lens is positioned on this little protrusion at the end of the body and is right above the pair of stereo microphones.
Its controling interface is on the right hand face. The camera can be turned on by holding down the record button which is on the rear face, and you can toggle through menus using the previous and next buttons on the right hand face. There's a recording lock slider button on the rear face. The battery and microsd card live under a slide open compartment under the record button.
There's a covered compartment on the bottom which houses a multi connector microusb port to charge the camera and connect it to a computer. A micro HDMI port and an even stranger 3.5 millimeter microphone jack for connecting an external microphone to the camera. Not exactly sure how that's useful for an action cam of this size but it is there if you ever happen to need.
It like other action cams it comes standard with a waterproof housing that is waterproof up to 16 feet underwater. The housing is pretty rugged and snaps securely around the camera.
It also has a quarter-twenty female thread. So we don't need any extra adapters to mount it. The form factor of the AS20 is a blessing and a curse. And mounting it sideways messes up the video you record. So you're kind of limited in how you can mount the AS20. There square measure but countless mounting accessories obtainable for the camera.
Wi-Fi and Apps:
The AS20does come quipped With Wi-Fi so you can remotely control and set up your shot the app does work but it's glitchy nd tends to hang it's definitely usable but by no means superbly smooth companion apps have never really been Sony's Forte when it comes to recording formats.
It records 1080p at 60 and 30 frames per second .it also records 720p at 30-60 and even 120 frames per second for super slow motion video. It records in the mp4 file format and can record files in both of the NTSC or PAL format. It an also snap 12 megapixel stills and has a built-in intervalometer for time lapses.
A moving car to see how it would handle fast-moving action ootage we then strap the camera to the front fender of the car and try to get some close-range footage of the tire in motion as you can see here. In both cases the footage was shot in 1080p at 60 frames per second. And in both cases the footage was extremely disappointing. The footage lacked any dynamic range whatsoever everything appeared muddy and lacked and sharpness and detail. And even in 1080p at 60 frames per second. The video didn't appear smooth like 60 frames per second are actually upposed to look. The colour reproduction was good .but the lack of sharpness and dynamic range spoiled the footage overall.
Now this quality might have been acceptable a few years ago but in today's crowded actioncam market it's well below average overall thoughts about the Sony HDR AS20. Sonly has tried hard to cram the AS20 with lots of useful and not so useful features while selling the camera at an affordable price point when it lounch iit’smost vital feature video quality Sony looks to possess incomprehensible the mark by an extended shot.
We definitely cannot recommend the AS20 to anyone in the market for a budget action camera.
On paper all these specs and features seem absolutely amazing; however this is where the story takes a turn for the worse we first strap the AS 20.
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