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Sony HDR-AZ1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 516 reviews of Sony HDR-AZ1. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and image quality. The portability and size are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical reviews about the memory. There are some mixed reviews about the zoom.

usability, size, portability, image quality, price

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-AZ1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-AZ1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Sony HDR-AZ1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the image quality. The durability is also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive opinions about the reliability.

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96% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-AZ1VR Action Cam Mini Camcorder with Wi-Fi and Live View Remote Wrist Strap - WhiteSony HDR-AZ1VR Action Cam Mini Camcorder with Wi-Fi and Live View Remote Wrist Strap - White

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-AZ1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 105 user reviews of Sony HDR-AZ1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the battery and image quality are on the whole positive. The size and portability also get good feedback, whereas reviews are divided on the zoom.

usability, portability, size, image quality, battery

96% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony AZ1 Action Camera Mini POV HD Video CameraSony AZ1 Action Camera Mini POV HD Video Camera

Nov, 2017

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Expert review by: Les Shu (digitaltrends.com)

Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 review

 

If you want an action camera that's simple to use and delivers great image quality, the Sony AZ1 is a no brainer.

If you want an action camera that’s simple to use and delivers great image quality, the AZ1 is a no brainer. It isn’t overly complicated, and it performs better than budget models. GoPro offers a cheaper Hero model that costs only $130, but the AZ1 has...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 review

 

Consider Sony's Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 to be a streamlined version of the Action Cam HDR-AS100V , its top-of-the-line POV camera.

The Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 is smaller and lighter than many competitors; it has excellent video quality with solid electronic image stabilization; the live-view remote lets you wirelessly preview, review and change settings, and has GPS; it has a...

Recording at its highest bitrate requires a microSDXC card; changing settings requires a wireless connection to a mobile device or the remote; battery life can be brief; its curved lens isn't great for underwater use; Wi-Fi connection to the live-view...

A leaner, lighter version of its top POV camera, the Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 puts big performance in a little package.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

Sony HDR-AZ1

 

Sony has updated its GoPro esque Action Cam series. The HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini is 30% smaller than previous generations, but comes loaded with a 10.2MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor mated to a performance oriented BIONZ X image processor capable of...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: Chance Kinney (chipchick.com)

First Impressions: Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1VR With Live View Remote

 

GoPro really got in and cornered the market on POV action cams, to the point where it's been a little difficult to find high-end alternatives. That changed this year with the release of the much-improved Sony Action Cam, which was bound to be a strong...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Ali Jennings (techradar.com)

Sony HDR-AZ1VR review

 

Sony's ultra small action camera with live view remote

Live View remote included ; High quality XAVC S Format recording ; SteadShot image stabilization

120fps only available at 720p ; Battery life limited ; No socket for external audio

The AZ1VR is competitively priced and as a feature packed action camera with live view remote it's hard to beat.

Jan, 2015

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com.au)

Sony Action Cam Mini review: Terrific performance in a tiny package

 

Consider Sony's Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 to be a streamlined version of the Action Cam HDR-AS100V, its top-of-the-line POV camera.

The Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 is smaller and lighter than many competitors; it has excellent video quality with solid electronic image stabilization; the live-view remote lets you wirelessly preview, review and change settings, and has GPS; it has a...

Recording at its highest bitrate requires a microSDXC card; changing settings requires a wireless connection to a mobile device or the remote; battery life can be brief; its curved lens isn't great for underwater use; Wi-Fi connection to the live-view...

A leaner, lighter version of its top POV camera, the Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 puts big performance in a little package.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: (which.co.uk)

Sony HDR-AZ1 review

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Sony pitches the Sony HDR-AZ1 as a smaller, lighter action camera, two-thirds the size of its previous models but still waterproof, dustproof and shockproof, not to mention capable of shooting shake-free Full HD video. It's a beautifully designed...

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: Jusam (sony.com)

Action cam

 

Light and small, can be hold in hand or stativs. Handheld control unit makes use simpel and easy.

Jun, 2016

Consumer review by: Davidoo (sony.com)

Just what I needed

 

Very happy with it, connects easy to your mobile delivers great pictures/videos

May, 2016

Consumer review by: R08mky (sony.com)

Great little camera

 

Been looking at the Sony cameras for a while, seen a good deal on the mini one(albeit without the remote) so bought it. It's so small and light, fits on the underside of my full face helmet so well. The video quality is superb and the play memories app...

Apr, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Battery

Battery voltage:3.7

Display

Built-in display: Yes

Features

Color of product:White
F-number (relative aperture):2.8
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/10000
Image processor:BIONZ X
Minimum illumination:6
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
Shock proof:Y
Slowest camera shutter speed:0.03 / 0.0333

GPS Performance

GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):11.9
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:11.9

Indication

LED Indicators: Yes

Lens System

Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.673 / 0.858
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.673 / 0.858

Networking

Wi-Fi: Yes

Operational Conditions

Protection features:Dust resistant, Shock resistant, Splash proof, Water resistant / Waterproof
Waterproof: Yes

Packaging Content

Bike mount:Y
Cables included:Micro-USB
Flat surface mount:Y
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes
Underwater case: Yes
Universal mount:Y
Wrist strap included:Y

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB

Still Image

Maximum image resolution:4608 x 2592
Photo mode: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC, MS Micro (M2)

Technical Details

Color of product:White
F-number (relative aperture):2.8
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/10000
Image processor:BIONZ X
Minimum illumination:6
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Shock proof: Yes
Slowest camera shutter speed:0.03 / 0.0333

Video

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:50
Full HD:No / Yes
HD type:Full HD
HD-Ready: Yes
Maximum frame rate:120
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080p
Video compression format:AVC, H.264, MP4, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVC,H.264,MP4,MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.91
Height:1.42
Weight:1.69 / 2.22
Weight (including battery):2.22
Width:0.953

White Balance

White Balance:Auto