I know it's unusual to start a review with the weight, but, this is so tiny and light that I thought I should mention it straight away. It's 63 grammes. In old money I know a 100 grammes is less than a quarter of sweets. This little gem weighs about half the weight of my iPhone.
Out of the box I was able to use it straight away. Simply popped in a SanDisk Extreme Plus 64GB MicroSDXC SanDisk SDSDQX-064G-U46A Extreme Plus 64 GB 80 MB/s MicroSDHC Card Class 10 UHS-I with SD Adapter
(TIP:Make sure is says U1 at the top NOT U3. U3 reads at a fast speed but writes at a slow speed. 30MBs END OF TIP)
It recorded superb video at 120fps. It's also got a 'steady shot' feature which meant I had no blur and even quite shakey video gave clear results. Having said that, it's essential as most people will be using this type of camera for speedy adventures such as cycling, skiing or skateboarding.
It's slender, sleek, sexy and more. (I couldn't think of more S words.)
It's not a major bad. It's just that this looks elegant, even sexy. It looks like a gadget from the future. But the accompanying wrist display doesn't look as charming. It's not ugly. It's just not in the same class as this beauty.
Officially it's called the 'Live View Remote'. It has a cute little screen and allows you to control the Camera. You can see the angles, playback, pause or even delete unwanted expeditions. But the strap!
Would it put me off buying? No, but I'd like it to look prettier. (A bit like I'd like my wife to be prettier.) I can live with it.
The quality of what you capture is remarkable. I know it's got a "Carl Zeiss lens, Exmor R CMOS and BIONZ X image processor" and the result is impressive. It's so good I think you could actually make an action film with this. I tried this skiing. I should say I'm not the best skier in the world but going over the bumps, and lumps and eventually falling were all captured beautifully.
I'd had a chance to use a Go Pro Hero4 GoPro HERO4 - SILVER EDITION - ADVENTURE
and was impressed at the quality. I couldn't fault it. The Sony is equivalent in many respects but I think it just wins in terms of image quality. Not by miles. One isn't good and the other bad. Both are excellent. I just think the Sony is a little better.
I've used the PlayMemories app before and wasn't disappointed. Using my iphone I could start recording remotely. I was also able to get the clips I'd taken onto my phone. Edit them and upload them onto facebook and youtube within minutes.
It comes with a case to make it waterproof. It was fine in rain and snow without it, but the case allows filming Under Water. This isn't really my thing. I tried it in the bath. No leakage.
When I placed it in my hand I couldn't believe how light and lovely it was. It's what can only be called, "beautiful." I like it in white too. Sometimes with small gadgets they can look a bit tacky and cheap. This is the opposite. Although small, it looks a 'top end' piece of kit.
Whether you're using this for action sports, the dashboard, the bedroom it's the most mobile, high quality camera there is. (As of November 2014) Battery life is OK. I got about an hour. As a consequence I am going to get an extra battery Just-In-Case.
If you're after a light, small action camera look no further. I hope this was helpful. Any questions, post a comment and I'll try to help.