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Sony HDR-AZ1
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Sony HDRAZ1W Camcorder

Digitaltrends.com Editor's Choice
63g CMOS Jul 2013
Full HD Weight Sensor Type Image Stabilizer 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

This Sony video camera received an "Editor's Choice" from Digitaltrends.com who decided that this video camera was marvellous.

Average Expert Reviews

Thirteen experts from sites including CNET.com, Digitaltrends.com, CNET.co.uk and CNET.com.au have rated this video camera on average 75%.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

This camcorder has a superb average owner rating based on 10 owner reviews. This means that users think this video camera is one of the better video cameras of a comparable spec and age.

Good Brand

We checked 3,510 expert and owner reviews for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically for its video cameras.

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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, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-AZ1 do not have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price].

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Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-AZ1 which are not Full HD, the HDR-AZ1 is Full HD.

If you are looking for a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price].

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Waterproof

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

Video cameras which are waterproof that might be worth considering include the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price].

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Lithium Battery

The HDR-AZ1 has a Lithium battery which is better than most video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. Most comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it have a Polymer battery.

A Lithium battery is in fact the best battery amongst all camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

A Polymer battery is the worst battery amongst similar types of video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the HDR-AZ1 has a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative video cameras 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 camcorders of this type and age. This Sony video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-AZ1.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a cmos sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

Across all the camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HDR-AZ1 the minimum focal lengths range from 1.8mm to 110mm, and the average minimum focal length is 23mm. With a minimum focal length of only 2.8 millimeters, the Sony HDR-AZ1 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths amongst video cameras of this age.

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Small

When compared to other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-AZ1, the HDR-AZ1's height of only 36 millimeters is one of the smallest. The heights of video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 26mm to 690mm, and the average height is 110mm.

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Small

The width of the HDR-AZ1 of only 24.2 millimeters is one of the smallest amongst camcorders of this age and type. Video cameras that were released more than two years ago have widths of between 19mm and 640mm, and the average width is 94mm.

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Light

At only 63 grams, the HDR-AZ1 is very light compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The lightest video camera that was released around the same time as the HDR-AZ1 is 59g weight, the heaviest is 7.5kg, and the average weight is 880g.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an HDMI Port

Like most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years, the HDR-AZ1 does not have an HDMI port.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have an HDMI port including the Sony HDR-AS200[plb_2962230_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of this age and spec do not have an interchangeable lens. The HDR-AZ1 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of video cameras of this age and spec is 140mm. The Sony HDR-AZ1 has a quite short maximum focal length (only 2.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-AZ1.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the HDR-AZ1 is more than most video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most commonly found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this Sony camcorder. The cables included micro usb are also found on this camcorder.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-AZ1, the Sony HDR-AZ1 does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-AZ1 are not 3D compatible. The Sony HDR-AZ1 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDR-AZ1 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not have a built-in projector.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture

The HDR-AZ1 has one of the higher minimum apertures (2.8) amongst video cameras of this age. The lowest minimum aperture of video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-AZ1 is 1.1 and the highest is 4.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-AZ1 is 42lx. At 6 lux, the HDR-AZ1 has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-AZ1.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-AZ1

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-AZ1 over three years ago.

Average Battery Life

At 2 hours, the HDR-AZ1 has a pretty average battery life compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-AZ1.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Lens System
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Built-In Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer Delay
GPS (satellite)
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Video
Full HD
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Continuous Shooting Mode
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Other Features
Lens Focal Range
Photo Mode
Interface
Cable Type
Aperture Range (F-F)
USB Connectivity
Audio Recording Formats
Smooth Slow Record
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) (photo Mode)
USB Port
Dimensions (WxDxH)
USB Cable
Waterproof
Shock Proof
Video Compression Formats
Wireless Connection
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Shutter Speed
Built-In WiFi
Dustproof
Self-Timer

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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