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Old September 29th, 2012, 01:53 PM   #91
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Shooting with the AS15 at high bitrates

The Sony HDR AS15 puts out a clean HDMI signal including the sound from the microphone, which means you can record externally. I recorded with the Atomos Ninja2 using *144Mbps* Pro Res. The camera was recording at its native MP4 at *16Mbps*. Both recorded at 108030p. The uploaded file that contains both types of recordings (two scenes) is MP4 108030p at bitrate 26Mbps (combined in Vegas Pro). Thus you can see if there is a quality change if the bitrate were higher than what the camera uses. The internally recorded clip precedes the (original) Pro Res clip for each scene. See any difference?

Sony HDR AS15 Test Video: Comparison of Native 16Mbps Files with 144Mbps Pro Res Files - YouTube
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Old September 30th, 2012, 04:51 PM   #92
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Tested it out today on my car. Does not like heat. Was around 95 here and it keep shutting off. Sony needs a more open case for it.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 05:02 PM   #93
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I wondered about the heat/sun factor. Maybe just painting it white would be an improvement?
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Old September 30th, 2012, 05:30 PM   #94
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Anyone know what the range is for the wifi?
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Old September 30th, 2012, 06:36 PM   #95
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Anyone know what the range is for the wifi?
I walked away about 15 feet and it worked. Also worked inside the car when mounted on the back.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 06:37 PM   #96
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I wondered about the heat/sun factor. Maybe just painting it white would be an improvement?
I might buy another case on drill it out.
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I walked away about 15 feet and it worked. Also worked inside the car when mounted on the back.
Thanks Duane.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 10:56 PM   #98
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I walked away about 15 feet and it worked. Also worked inside the car when mounted on the back.
I used it at 50 feet yesterday.

Yes, the case is a problem and fogging is a problem and I had fits playing with the slo mo mode. It is not a P&S camera IMO.
It also has a lot of potential I think.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 11:36 PM   #99
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I used it at 50 feet yesterday.

Yes, the case is a problem and fogging is a problem and I had fits playing with the slo mo mode. It is not a P&S camera IMO.
It also has a lot of potential I think.
That is one thing I like about my Contour, the rotating lens and mount makes it really easy to find a good position and no need for a case.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 10:17 AM   #100
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I haven't had an issue with fogging yet. I also haven't had heat shut it down yet but I did notice enough heat while shooting some time lapse's that I built a mount that let it be exposed for that.

DIY Open Mount for Sony HDR-AS15 Action Camera - YouTube

So far I've been a little over 20 yards from mine and still been able to run it with the phone but then I've also had interference at less than 5 feet from my blu-tooth ear piece.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 12:08 PM   #101
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Some slow motion tests.

Mounted on my car

My friend also did some with his
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 11:38 PM   #102
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Thanks a lot for those videos Duane. Those sort of shots are what I want one for.
I just had a look at the Action Cam at my local Sony Store and it looks pretty nice but it is a little disappointing that you always need the case! I will definitely be giving my drill a workout if I get one.
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Old October 4th, 2012, 07:49 AM   #103
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Look at Woody's posts Laurence. He came up with a cheap and very usable (I made one) out of case mount.
My only concern about using it out of the case is that on many POV lenses (Especially GoPro) the coating on the lens is extremely soft and easily damaged.

They just don't go to the extra expense of using hard coatings because it's supposed to be used in the case.
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Old October 4th, 2012, 12:10 PM   #104
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Look at Woody's posts Laurence. He came up with a cheap and very usable (I made one) out of case mount.
My only concern about using it out of the case is that on many POV lenses (Especially GoPro) the coating on the lens is extremely soft and easily damaged.

They just don't go to the extra expense of using hard coatings because it's supposed to be used in the case.
Thanks for mentioning that. I did not consider that. I have been using it in the DIY mount quite a bit. I shot another cloud time lapse yesterday and let it run for an hour. Man, it got hot. It didn't shut down but I could not make a fist around it. It was as hot as coffee out of the pot. I shot using the DIY open mount and am glad I didn't try it in the full housing. I would NOT recommend shooting an hour long time lapse in the full housing.

I had originally thought that the heat issue was something internal that would just cause a card not to write or something small like that but this thing can get crazy hot.

cloud time lapse shot for an hour on Sony HDR-AS15 - YouTube
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Old October 4th, 2012, 12:53 PM   #105
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How do you charge the battery in the camera ?
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