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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. Reviewers really like the price and image quality. The portability and size also get good feedback. Reviews are divided on the zoom. Some have doubts about the memory.

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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 also gets good feedback. Many are less positive 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

2017-10

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. Reviewers really like the battery and image quality. The size and portability also get good reviews, but comments 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

2017-10

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.

2015-01

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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...

2015-02

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.

2014-10

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...

2014-09

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.

2014-10

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...

2015-08

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...

2014-12

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.

2016-06

Consumer review by: Davidoo (sony.com)

Just what I needed

 

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

2016-05

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...

2016-04

Product Specifications

Display

Built-in Display: Yes

Features

Colour of product:White
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/10000
Image processor:BIONZ X
Minimum illumination:6
Slowest camera shutter speed:0.03

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite): Yes

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):11.9
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:11.9

Indication

LED indicators: Yes

Lens System

Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.18
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.71

Operational conditions

Protection features:Waterproof
Waterproof: Yes

Packaging Content

Flat surface mount: Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes
Underwater case: Yes
Wrist strap included: Yes

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, MS Micro (M2)

Technical Details

Colour of product:White
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/10000
Image processor:BIONZ X
Minimum illumination:6
Slowest camera shutter speed:0.03

Video

Bitrate at maximum video resolution:50
Full HD: No
Video formats supported:AVC, H.264, MP4, MPEG4

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.4
Height :3.6
Weight:63
Width:2.42

White balance

White Balance:Auto