Sony HDR-AS50 Review

January 13, 2017 | Gavin Stoker |


The Sony HDR-AS50 is an affordable way to jump on the action camera bandwagon – as long as you're happy with high definition video, as opposed to 4K footage, and stills quality that reflects the fact that it’s been shot on something a quarter of the size of the average smartphone handset, complete with 1/2.3-inch sensor. 

The camera and supplied underwater housing feels as well built as we’d expect from a brand such as Sony, despite the diminutive proportions. We loved that the waterproof and dustproof housing was included in the bundle, but would have also liked some means of attaching the camera to handle bars or helmet beyond just a provided screw thread for a tripod. That said the camera is so small you can actually cycle – or whatever else – and hand-hold it at the same time.

We’d argue that the Sony HDR-AS50 is more of a success when it comes to shooting video than shooting stills – and we’d wager that moving footage is what anyone would want to use it for in the main. That said, JPEGS from the device aren’t bad and are good certainly as an aide memoire, even if they do require a bit of adjustment in terms of saturation and contrast to get them looking their best. Like most compact devices, bright sunshine and clear skies will be the ideal conditions for the Sony HDR-AS50. 

3.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 4