Summary: This camera Heats up and shuts down fast. The Video Quality is O.K. the Color is Good. Pictures are Average. The time-lapse photography could be better!!! There is a Rattle in the camera which is very annoying if you do any type of action videography. The Rattle is very prominent even in the noisiest situations. Can't access the Camera Menu with the Case on. The sound quality with the case is poor and tiny.
Summary: Just bought mine. Thought it would be a nice action type cam compared to the GoPro Hero3 which I originally wanted but read all the horrible review it got. Took the chance with the Sony's sort comings and thought I could work/see past them. First things that I don't know that I can work around is the still images. The still aspect is very important to me. The still image IQ don't come close to the quality of the Hero2 and or Hero3 images.
Summary: For reference, I have the Sony Action Cam, The GoPro Hero HD 2 and the Hero 3 Silver. The Sony action camera gets the best battery life out of the 3. Approximately 2hrs 30mins-3 hours of recording time. The camera has several glaring issues: No ability to flip video upside down. No ability to mount to side of helmet. No ability to adjust bitrate. The Sony captures at several angles. 120 and 170.
Summary: Camera arrived and was charged 1 time. The battery life was good, as I used it for an entire weekend of shooting. Battery would not charge a second time. Now I have a worthless Sony Action Cam. I'm trying to go through Sony to get it taken care of under warranty, which is moving along albeit very slowly. However, the bottom line is I used my brand new camera for 1 weekend, and now I'm going to spend the better part of a month or two getting this taken care of.
Summary: I bought it after watching some video clips online, and never thought Sony would not have common sense on basic user interfaces and operations. First of all, there is no place to mount or put this thing, unless inside the plastic cage, which degrade the optical and sound quality tremendously. It is not sold as a underwater camera, why it can only be used in that cage, what were they thinking?
Summary: From reading reviews and Sony's website I was given the impression that the camera's inline layout, image quality, and stabilization made it the next sports camera to use. Unfortunately, it is not. My first impression out of the box was wow, it's quite light and the form-factor was good. However, the moment I opened the rear door to install the battery and SD card, I found it flimsy and prone to accidental opening.