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Sony HDR-AS30V: Still Image Quality

Although I got the Sony HDR-AS30V action camera for my bike helmet and don’t like its aggressive video compression, it has the optics for good still pictures (clicky for more dots):

Walkway South View - Sony HDR-AS30V still image

Walkway South View – Sony HDR-AS30V still image

A dot-for-dot crop from the middle at full size:

Walkway South View - Sony HDR-AS30V still image - detail

Walkway South View – Sony HDR-AS30V still image – detail

The thing has absolutely no affordance for hand-holding, so perching it on the Walkway handrail 200 feet over the Hudson required tamping down my usual risk aversion.

Both images have been slightly contrast-tweaked and lightly compressed from the original data, but not by enough to matter here. Generally, I apply ruthless compression to keep the image size under control, so these look a lot better than the usual pix around here.

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