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Sony HDRAZ1VR

£259.99
Digitaltrends.com Editor's Choice
A giant 11.9MP 1 video camera with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
11.9MP 1/2.3" Yes 63g Jul 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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Sony HDR-AZ1 Review

With excellent reviews, we have ranked the Sony HDR-AZ1 number 58 across all camcorders.
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114 Reviews + 1 Award
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Good
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Average Features
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4 Years Old
Overall Score
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Why Has it Scored 63?

It has not bad expert reviews and great user reviews with 82% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others. This camcorder has received an "Editor's Choice" award from Digitaltrends.com. Canon video cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer camcorders with better features are available. However this Sony camcorder has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest camcorders 2017.
Customers report good product quality, that it is easy to use and excellent design.
The HDR-AZ1 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)
Has a self-timer
Only 1" optical sensor size
Very low maximum aperture number

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Sony HDR-AZ1 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

One Industry Award

One expert review site said that this Sony video camera was terrific and gave it their highest award. This was from Digitaltrends.com who gave it an "Editor's Choice".

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on 13 expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digitaltrends.com, ljudochbild.se and cnet.com/es/ the average expert rating of this video camera is 75 out of 100.

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Good User Reviews

People who bought this Sony video camera rated this camcorder 84 out of 100 on average. 50 reviewers (84% of all reviewers) gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 82% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report Good Product Quality

17 people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony HDR-AZ1 was good quality.

Very Good Brand

Based on 6,133 expert and owner reviews (including 1,986 verified purchases), Sony has very good ratings for its camcorders. 89% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report That it is Easy to Use

Six customers agreed that it was easy to use and two customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to setup.

Users Report Excellent Design

Three people wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-AZ1 was good looking.

Customers Report That it is Robust

Three customers who reviewed the Sony HDR-AZ1 reckoned that it was well made.

Users Report That it is a Good Size

Two customers who bought it wrote that it was compact.

Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Three people who purchased the product said that it was good value for money.

Customers Report a Good Quality Lens

Two owners said in their reviews that the product had a good image stabiliser.

Users Report Superior Battery Life

Six customers said in their reviews that it had a good battery life.


Value For Money

Average Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews but average features and is over 6 months old, and at £259.99 it is more expensive than 51% of video cameras.

Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Sony HDR-AZ1 and the United Kingdom price of £259.99 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $259.00 (£337.17).

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Features

Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Sony HDR-AZ1's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 2.8mm is in the shortest 5% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature. Across all the video cameras the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 1.8mm to 110mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 29mm.

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Has a Self-Timer

The HDR-AZ1 has a self-timer, unlike 93% of video cameras which do not have a self-timer.

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Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3|1" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders.

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Average Battery Life (max)

The HDR-AZ1's battery life (max) of 2h is pretty average compared to most other video cameras. It is in the longest 43% of all video cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture number of the Sony HDR-AZ1 of only 2.8 is in the lowest 14% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature. The maximum aperture numbers of camcorders range from 1.6 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 4.9.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Sony HDR-AZ1's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 2.8mm is very short compared to most other video cameras. It is in the shortest 4% of all video cameras when ranked by this feature. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of video cameras is 0.5mm, the longest is 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 790mm.

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Waterproof

The HDR-AZ1 is waterproof. 89% of camcorders are not waterproof.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony HDR-AZ1 supports Near Field Communication (NFC). 88% of video cameras do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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4608 X 2592 Still Image Resolution

The HDR-AZ1 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4608 x 2592. That's 56% higher resolution than the most common resolution of 3200 x 2400. The best resolution of all video cameras is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Features Photo Mode

The HDR-AZ1 features photo mode, which is unusual. 76% of camcorders do not feature photo mode.

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Has a Wireless Connection

The Sony HDR-AZ1 has a wireless connection. 87% of camcorders do not have a wireless connection.

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Has a Continuous Shooting Mode

The HDR-AZ1 has a continuous shooting mode, unlike 91% of video cameras which do not have a continuous shooting mode.

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Light

The HDR-AZ1's weight of only 63g is fairly light compared to most other video cameras. It is in the lightest 5% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature. Video cameras have weights of between 50g and 7.5kg, and the average weight is 530g.

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Features Wi-Fi

The Sony HDR-AZ1 features wi-Fi, which is unusual. 77% of video cameras do not feature wi-Fi.

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Tripod Mountable

The HDR-AZ1 is tripod mountable, which is unusual. 86% of camcorders are not tripod mountable.

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Average Total Megapixels

The HDR-AZ1's total megapixels of 11.9MP is pretty standard compared to most other video cameras. It is in the biggest 75% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture Number

The lowest minimum aperture number of video cameras is 1.1, the highest is 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.2. The minimum aperture number of the HDR-AZ1 of 2.8 is quite high compared to most other video cameras. It is in the highest 20% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-AZ1 has an image stabilizer, as do 66% of video cameras.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-AZ1 is Full HD. 73% of camcorders also are Full HD.

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Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camcorder was released in July 2013.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers other hdraz1vrcen, canon hdraz1vr, sony vp846972, sony hdraz1vr
Barcodes 04905524978025, 04905524978087

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