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Sony HDRAZ1VR 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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20 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at Digitaltrends.com said that this camcorder was outstanding and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digitaltrends.com, CNET.co.uk and CNET.com.au the average expert rating of this Sony camcorder is 75%.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this Sony camcorder rated it as superb. Most HDR-AZ1 owners think it is one of the better video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Camcorders manufactured by Sony have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just camcorders) and found that Sony also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Good Product Quality

Some customers who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was good quality.

Good Battery Life

Two Sony HDR-AZ1 owners said in their reviews that this camcorder had a good battery life. Derek he said last year “Battery life was good” in his review. Kirk Wilson wrote in his Sony HDR-AZ1 review “Brilliant little camera, only downside is battery life which is max 1 hour”.

Reasonably Priced

One Sony HDR-AZ1 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was cheap. Expert website Digitaltrends.com said “It performs better than budget models” in their review.

Easy to Use

One person who reviewed it wrote that it was easy to use. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com mentioned in their review “If you want an action camera that's simple to use and delivers great image quality” .

Robust

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

Good Screen / Viewfinder

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

Nice Design

One Sony HDR-AZ1 owner who bought the product concluded that it was a good design. Expert website Reviewed.com said “Overall we like the smaller design of the AZ1 over many action cams.” but in spite of that they scored the product 3 stars.

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-AZ1 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-AZ1 are not Full HD.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

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

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to consider including the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price] which has better reviews.

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Lithium Battery Technology

The HDR-AZ1 has a better battery than most video cameras of a similar type and age to it. This video camera has a Lithium battery technology, whereas most camcorders that were released more than two years ago have a Polymer battery technology.

This video camera's battery (Lithium) is in fact the best battery across all video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-AZ1.

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

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Waterproof

The HDR-AZ1 is waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years are not waterproof.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative waterproof video cameras currently available including the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-AZ1 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-AZ1.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price] which has better reviews.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a cmos sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has One White Balance

The number of white balance modes found on the HDR-AZ1 is more than most camcorders that came out more than two years ago. This Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-AZ1.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDR-AZ1 range from 1.8mm to 110mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 24mm. The Sony HDR-AZ1 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 2.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Light

The weight of the Sony HDR-AZ1 of only 63 grams is one of the lightest amongst camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-AZ1. The weights of video cameras of this age and spec range from 59g to 7.5kg, and the average weight is 880g.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price] (89g) which also has a higher rating.

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8 Reasons Against

Price Has Recently Increased by £46.00

The HDR-AZ1 has increased in price by £46.00 in the last couple of weeks.

Does Not Have an HDMI

The HDR-AZ1 does not have an HDMI, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have an HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have an HDMI including the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDR-AZ1 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDR-AZ1 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-AZ1 is 0.5mm, the longest is 900mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 150mm. At only 2.8 millimeters, the Sony HDR-AZ1 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-AZ1.

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Only Has One Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the HDR-AZ1 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently found cables included is USB, but this cables included is not found on this video camera. The cables includeds micro usb are also found on this Sony video camera.

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Not 3D

The HDR-AZ1 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-AZ1 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDR-AZ1 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-AZ1 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 video cameras of this age and spec also do not have a built-in projector.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-AZ1

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camcorder was released.

Average Battery Life (max)

With a battery life (max) of 2 hours, the Sony HDR-AZ1 has a fairly average battery life (max) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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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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