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Sony HDR-AZ1

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Digitaltrends.com Editor's Choice
A powerful and spectacularly light weight 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with an industry award
1x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 11.9MP 1" Jul 2013
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Sony HDR-AZ1 Review

With excellent features and reviews, we have ranked the Sony HDR-AZ1 number 36 in water resistant camcorders and number 242 across all camcorders.
89
Reviews
114 Reviews + 1 Award
91
Features
Fully-Featured
62
Age
4 Years Old
74
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 74?

It has good expert reviews and very good user reviews with 82% of buyers recommending this video camera to others. This camcorder has received an "Editor's Choice" award from Digitaltrends.com. HP camcorders 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 2018.
Customers report good product quality, that it is easy to use and excellent design.
The HDR-AZ1 has some great features:
Bigger than average total megapixels
Lighter than average
Larger than average optical sensor size
Has an image stabilizer

Sony HDR-AZ1 Video Reviews

Sony HDR-AZ1 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

One Industry Award

This video camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by website Digitaltrends.com who said that this Sony camcorder was astonishingly good.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on 13 expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digitaltrends.com, ljudochbild.se and cnet.com/es/ this video camera has an average expert rating of 75%.

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Good User Reviews

This camcorder has an average user rating of 84 out of 100 based on 101 user reviews. 50 reviewers (84% of all reviewers) gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 82% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report Excellent Product Quality

17 customers wrote in their reviews that it was good quality.

Sony Camcorders Have Very Good Reviews

Based on 9,817 expert and user reviews (including 2,796 verified purchases), Sony has very good reviews for its camcorders. 91% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report That it is Easy to Use

Six customers mentioned that the product was easy to use and two customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to setup.

Customers Report Nice Design

Three owners who reviewed the Sony HDR-AZ1 agreed that it was good looking.

Users Report That it is Robust

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was well made.

Users Report That it is a Good Size

Two people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was compact.

Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Three owners agreed that it was good value for money.

Customers Report a Good Quality Lens

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser.

Customers Report Good Battery Life

Six people who bought it concluded that it had a good battery life.

Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Sony camcorder was released in July 2013.

Features

Bigger Than Average Total Megapixels

The total megapixels of camcorders range from 0.3MP to 50MP, and the average total megapixels is 7.8MP. The HDR-AZ1's total megapixels of 11.9MP is in the biggest 26% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of the HDR-AZ1 of only 1x is in the smallest 19% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature. The optical zooms of video cameras range from 1x to 70x, and the average optical zoom is 19x.

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Lighter Than Average

The weight of the HDR-AZ1 of only 63g is very light compared to most other video cameras. It is in the lightest 4% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature. The lightest video camera is 50g , the heaviest is 7.5kg, and the average weight is 570g.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Resolution

This camcorder has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders.

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Larger Than Average Optical Sensor Size

The optical sensor size of the Sony HDR-AZ1 of 0.435" is larger than 81% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature. The optical sensor sizes of camcorders range from 0.12" to 1.8", and the average optical sensor size is 0.37".

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Average Maximum Battery Life

The HDR-AZ1's maximum battery life of 2h is pretty standard compared to most other video cameras. It is longer than 64% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-AZ1 has an image stabilizer, as do 69% of camcorders.

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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 over five times the resolution of a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most common resolution supported by video cameras. Across all video cameras the resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4912 x 3680 (best).

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Features Photo Mode

The Sony HDR-AZ1 features photo mode. 80% of camcorders do not feature photo mode.

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Tripod Mountable

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

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Bigger Than Average Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of all camcorders is 0.35m, with the smallest being 0.0005m and the biggest being 20m. The closest focusing distance of the Sony HDR-AZ1 of 0.3m is bigger than 80% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature.

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Waterproof

The HDR-AZ1 is waterproof, which is unusual. 91% of video cameras are not waterproof.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony HDR-AZ1 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), unlike 87% of camcorders which do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Has a Self-Timer

The HDR-AZ1 has a self-timer, unlike 92% of camcorders which do not have a self-timer.

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Has a Continuous Shooting Mode

The HDR-AZ1 has a continuous shooting mode, which is unusual. 93% of camcorders do not have a continuous shooting mode.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture number of the HDR-AZ1 of only 2.8 is lower than average when compared to most other camcorders. It is in the lowest 19% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature. Across all the camcorders the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.6 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 5.

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Features Wi-Fi

The Sony HDR-AZ1 features wi-Fi. 76% of camcorders do not feature wi-Fi.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-AZ1 is Full HD. 70% of camcorders also are Full HD.

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Higher Than Average Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of all camcorders is 2.3, with the lowest being 1.1 and the highest being 22. The Sony HDR-AZ1's minimum aperture number of 2.8 is higher than average when compared to most other camcorders. It is in the highest 14% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.

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Has a Wireless Connection

The Sony HDR-AZ1 has a wireless connection, which is unusual. 89% of camcorders do not have a wireless connection.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sony asonhdraz1vakaaf1, sony hdraz1wapm8600, sony hdraz1wapm8700, sony hdraz1wtg

Barcodes:

00027242284173, 00027242879638, 00490561006465, 00646791367955, 00646791371136, 00646791371266, 04905524977936, 07426701216206

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