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Digitaltrends.com Editor's Choice
63g CMOS Jul 2013
Full HD Weight Sensor Type Image Stabiliser Release Date
Small, tough and ready for action, the Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Camcorder is perfect for recording all your adventures. Smooth recording Enjoy smooth footage even with the most rugged of action thanks... More
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21 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The expert at one expert review site wrote that this video camera was excellent and gave it their highest award. Digitaltrends.com gave this Sony video camera an "Editor's Choice" award.

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camcorder is 75 out of 100 based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digitaltrends.com, CNET.co.uk and CNET.com.au.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

HDR-AZ1 owners on average rated this video camera as marvellous. This means that users think this Sony camcorder is one of the better video cameras of a comparable age and spec.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 3,509 user and expert reviews for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically within its camcorders range.

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Good Product Quality

A few Sony HDR-AZ1 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony HDR-AZ1 was good quality. This year Mag gave the product an excellent review and wrote “The picture quality is excellent and with the built in steady shot, makes watching footage a pleasure”. In October last year Digitaltrends.com wrote “If you want an action camera that's simple to use and delivers great image quality” in their Sony HDR-AZ1 review.

Good Battery Life

Two customers concluded that it had a good battery life. In October this year Derek said in his review of the Sony HDR-AZ1 on Amazon “Battery life was good” and scored it very highly. Kirk Wilson wrote “Brilliant little camera, only downside is battery life which is max 1 hour” in his review of this camcorder and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Easy to Use

One customer concluded that this camcorder was easy to use.

Robust

One person considered that the product was well made.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it had a good screen.

Nice Design

One customer who bought this camcorder reckoned that it was a good design. Reviewed.com said in their review of this camcorder “Overall we like the smaller design of the AZ1 over many action cams.”.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDR-AZ1 has an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-AZ1 which do not have an image stabiliser.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price].

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-AZ1 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago are not Full HD.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price].

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Waterproof

The Sony HDR-AZ1 is waterproof, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age are not waterproof.

If you want a camcorder that is waterproof then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price].

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Lithium Battery

The Sony HDR-AZ1 has a better battery than most video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This video camera has a Lithium battery, whereas most video cameras of this age and type have a Polymer battery.

A Lithium battery is actually the best battery amongst all similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst battery is Polymer.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-AZ1 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in display.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in display which you might also want to look at including the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price].

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the HDR-AZ1 is more than most video cameras of this age and spec. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of this age and type.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a cmos sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of camcorders of this type and age is 1.8mm, the longest is 110mm, and the average minimum focal length is 23mm. The HDR-AZ1 has a quite short minimum focal length (only 2.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-AZ1.

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Small

The average height of camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-AZ1 is 110mm. With a height of only 36 millimeters, the HDR-AZ1's height is one of the smallest amongst camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Small

Comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-AZ1 have widths of between 19mm and 640mm. At only 24.2 millimeters, the HDR-AZ1 is very small compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-AZ1.

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Light

The average weight of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-AZ1 is 880g, and the weights range from 59g to 7.5kg. With a weight of only 63 grams, the HDR-AZ1 is very light compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an HDMI Port

Like most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-AZ1, the Sony HDR-AZ1 does not have an HDMI port.

Other camcorders which also have an HDMI port that you might want to look at include the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony HDR-AZ1 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-AZ1 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The HDR-AZ1 has a fairly short maximum focal length (only 2.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDR-AZ1. The maximum focal lengths of camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-AZ1 range from 0.5mm to 900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 140mm.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The HDR-AZ1 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. The most frequently found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this Sony video camera. The cables included micro usb are also found on this video camera.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDR-AZ1 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDR-AZ1 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-AZ1 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years, the HDR-AZ1 is not 3D compatible.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture

The HDR-AZ1 has a quite high minimum aperture (2.8) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have minimum apertures of between 1.1 and 4.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-AZ1 is 0.02lx and the biggest is 1,400lx. The Sony HDR-AZ1 has one of the bigger minimum illumination (6 lux) amongst camcorders of this age.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-AZ1

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camcorder was released over three years ago.

Average Battery Life

The Sony HDR-AZ1 has a fairly typical battery life (2 hours) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Lens System
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Waterproof Depth
Video
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
Networking
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Lens Focal Range
Interface
Cable
Aperture Range
Audio Recording Format
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Dimensions
Video Compression Format
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Shutter Speed

1 Award

Digitaltrends.com Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(25)
3 March 2015

Overall we like the smaller design of the AZ1 over many action cams, but the downgrade in performance that comes with it isn't worth the cut in size. Even simply as an action cam, the fact that it...

25 February 2015

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...

Digitaltrends.com

31 October 2014

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

30 October 2014

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

30 October 2014

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

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User Reviews

(10)
Reviewed 4 March 2015 by Hejnfelt

I only shoot in XAVC-S 1080p/60 and in this mode the camera delivers amazing video quality. My gripe is with the lack of FOV adjustment. 170 degrees is much too wide for most applications and the... Read more…

Reviewed 27 December 2014 by Rood Dog
Rood Dog would recommend the Sony HDR-AZ1 (Verified Purchase)

Hands down superior to GoPro which I have also. Modified it to fit the DJI Phantom UAV and it is great. No jello effect, don't need the gimbel assembly with good flying skills. Great Stills and... Read more…

Reviewed 1 September 2015 by Skatefast
Skatefast would recommend the Sony HDR-AZ1 (Verified Purchase)

This camera it really cool. I was originally looking at a GoPro but could not justify the price. This Sony shoots really great video and is super compact. I bought it just to play around with.... Read more…

Reviewed 2 August 2016 by Derek
(Verified Purchase)

This is a great little camera. Superb video and still shots. Despite this being sold as an action camera, we used this last week on a trip to London - Museum, Palace, Sea Life, Big Ben etc. - we... Read more…

Reviewed 12 May 2016 by Kirk Wilson
(Verified Purchase)

Brilliant little camera, only downside is battery life which is max 1 hour but that's not an issue for myself...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony az1, sony az1v, sony az1vr, sony hdraz1, sony hdraz1v, sony hdraz1w, sony hdraz1wt, sony hdraz1vr, sony hdraz1vrw, sony hdraz1wtg, sony hdraz1vrwc, sony hdraz1wapm8700, sony hdraz1wapm8600, us electronics hdraz1, us electronics hdraz1w, sony asonhdraz1vakaaf1, sony asonhdraz1wrmlvr2k1
Barcodes 00027242284166, 00027242284173, 00027242879638, 00027242879676, 00083922911548, 00490561006465, 00646791366699, 00646791366835, 00646791367955, 00646791371136, 00646791371266, 00689466805673, 00689466805697, 07426701216206

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