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Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera

I always wanted a GoPro [1] camera, but I can’t justify spending so much money on a extreme-action video camera because I might not use it often.

I saw the Sony HDRAS20 Action Video Camera [2] and Sony 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card [3] being sold as a bundle on Amazon for US$97 (S$128). It is not Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day but rather sort of a pre-black Friday deal. I bought it because it was a very good deal despite it does not ship to Singapore directly.

I shipped it through my favourite freight forwarder, HopShopGo [4], and after using the black Friday’s coupon code PPSECURE2014 (20% off International Shipping + Free Upgrade to Express delivery) on HopShopGo, I paid just US$12.52 (S$17).

In total including shipping, I paid a total of US$109.52 (S$144).

Bought it on the 27th November 2014 and it was shipped out the next day. HopShopGo received it on 6th December 2014 and it got shipped out on 8th December 2014. I received it 3 days later on 11th December 2014. I just love DHL Express Shipping!

In Singapore, the Sony HDR-AS20 [5] alone is already retailing for S$299 and the Sony 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card [6] is retailing for S$23.

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Box Front [7]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Box Front

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Box Back [8]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Box Back

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Box [9]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Box

Features

You can use the PlayMemories Mobile (iOS) [10] or PlayMemories Mobile (Android) [11] app with the Sony HDRAS20 Action Video Camera since it has built-in wi-fi!
Box Contents

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Box Content [12]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Box Content

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - NP-BX1 Battery Front [13]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – NP-BX1 Battery Front

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - NP-BX1 Battery Back [14]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – NP-BX1 Battery Back

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - VCT-AM1 Flat Adhesive Mount Front [15]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – VCT-AM1 Flat Adhesive Mount Front

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - VCT-AM1 Flat Adhesive Mount Back [16]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – VCT-AM1 Flat Adhesive Mount Back

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - VCT-AM1 Curved Adhesive Mount Front [17]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – VCT-AM1 Curved Adhesive Mount Front

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - VCT-AM1 Curved Adhesive Mount Back [18]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – VCT-AM1 Curved Adhesive Mount Back

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - VCT-AM1 Attachment Buckle Front [19]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – VCT-AM1 Attachment Buckle Front

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - VCT-AM1 Attachment Buckle Back [20]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – VCT-AM1 Attachment Buckle Back

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Side [21]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Side

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Side [22]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Side

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Front [23]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Front

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Back [24]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Back

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Bottom [25]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Bottom

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Top [26]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Top

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Open [27]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – SPK-AS2 Waterproof Case Open

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Side [28]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Side

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Side [29]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Side

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Front [30]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Front

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Back [31]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Back

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Back Open [32]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Back Open

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Top [33]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Top

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Bottom [34]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Bottom

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Bottom Open [35]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Bottom Open

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera [36]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera

Specifications

Sony 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card

Sony 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card - Packaging Front [37]
Sony 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card – Packaging Front

Sony 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card - Packaging Back [38]
Sony 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card – Packaging Back

Sony 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card - Packaging Contents [39]
Sony 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card – Packaging Contents

Sony 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card [40]
Sony 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card

The quality of the photos taken by the Sony HDRAS20 is pretty good for day and night shots. But for low light conditions, it didn’t perform really well. Check out three sample photos I have taken below. Click on the image to enlarge to the original quality.

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Day Shot [41]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Day Shot

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Night Shot [42]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Night Shot

Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera - Low Light Room Shot [43]
Sony HDRAS20/B Action Video Camera – Low Light Room Shot