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Sony HDRAZ1W Camcorder

$243.16
11.9MP 1/2 63g Jul 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
One industry award
Good quality
Reasonably priced
40 Reviews + 1 Award
Digitaltrends.com Editor's Choice
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Reviews

One Industry Award

This camcorder received an "Editor's Choice" award from review websites Digitaltrends.com who wrote that this video camera was marvellous.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, CNET.com.au, webnews.it and CNET.co.uk the average expert rating of this video camera is 75 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

Owners have rated this medium total megapixels video camera on average 89%. Over 73% of reviewers gave this camcorder the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 75% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Based on 4,270 expert and owner reviews (including 383 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its video cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its medium total megapixels camcorders range. 88% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Good Quality

Eight owners mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Produces High Quality Film” in their review of this camcorder. Expert website Digitaltrends.com said “If you want an action camera that's simple to use and delivers great image quality” and gave the product a rating of 6 stars. Two years ago Keith wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Superb video quality compared to GOPro almost in all aspect”.

Robust

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was well made. Mag wrote “The picture quality is excellent and with the built in steady shot, makes watching footage a pleasure” in their review of the Sony HDR-AZ1.

Nice Design

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was well designed. Two years ago expert review site Reviewed.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “Overall we like the smaller design of the AZ1 over many action cams.” and scored this camcorder 6 stars.

Easy to Use

Two people who reviewed the Sony HDR-AZ1 concluded that it was easy to use. Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of the Sony HDR-AZ1 “Easy To Use”.

Tripod Mountable

The HDR-AZ1 is tripod mountable, as are most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Five customers who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it had a good battery life. Derek wrote “Battery life was good”. This year Arunas said on Amazon “Still using it, quality super, just battery life about 1h” in their Sony HDR-AZ1 review. Kirk Wilson mentioned in his review of this camcorder “Brilliant little camera, only downside is battery life which is max 1 hour”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

One person who purchased this camcorder thought it was compact. Skatefast mentioned in their review of this camcorder “This Sony shoots really great video and is super compact” .

Light

With a weight of only 63 grams, the HDR-AZ1 is very light compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera. Comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera have weights of between 50g and 3.3kg, and the average weight is 400g.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (310g and cheaper), or the Sony HDR-AS100VR (93g and cheaper).

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person said in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-AZ1 is Full HD. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera also are Full HD.

There are a number of alternative Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Sony HDR-AS100VR, or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 which is cheaper.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ340 ($269.97).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-AZ1 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 2.8 millimeters, the Sony HDR-AZ1 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder is 1.8mm, the longest is 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 2.8 millimeters, the HDR-AZ1 has a very short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. Similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 2.7mm and 2,300mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 630mm.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 34. The HDR-AZ1 has one of the lower maximum aperture numbers (only 2.8) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HDR-AZ1 supports near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera also support near Field Communication (NFC).

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Features Wi-Fi

The Sony HDR-AZ1 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Still Image

Has a Continuous Shooting Mode

The HDR-AZ1 has a continuous shooting mode. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this video camera also have a continuous shooting mode.

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Other Features

Features USB Connectivity

The Sony HDR-AZ1 features USB connectivity, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Waterproof

The HDR-AZ1 is waterproof, as are most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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Has a Wireless Connection

The Sony HDR-AZ1 has a wireless connection, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Features Photo Mode

The HDR-AZ1 features photo mode. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder also feature photo mode.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Sony HDR-AZ1 has a self-timer. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera also have a self-timer.

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Price

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Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

The HDR-AZ1 has a pretty standard battery life (max) (2 hours) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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