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Sony HDRAZ1VR Camcorder

£259.99
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 Sony camcorder was given an "Editor's Choice" award by websites Digitaltrends.com who concluded that this video camera was brilliant.

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this video camera is 75% based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, CNET.com.au, webnews.it and CNET.co.uk.

User Reviews Are Good

The average user rating of this medium total megapixels video camera is 89 out of 100 based on 19 user reviews. Over 73% of reviewers gave this video camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 75% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We checked 4,268 owner and expert reviews (including 409 verified purchases) for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has good ratings. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders. 88% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

Price Has Gone Up by 2% (2%)

There was a cheaper price of £214.11 on Amazon UK 33 days ago.

Reasonably Priced

Four owners who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was good value for money. Expert website Digitaltrends.com rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this camcorder “It performs better than budget models”. Two years ago Skatefast mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “As always, BH Photo is great to deal with” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. Michael Earl gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote on expert review site Amazon “If you get a good price Id recommend getting one against a go-pro just for the price difference”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Five owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good battery life. In April last year Derek wrote “Battery life was good”. Arunas gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-AZ1 on expert website Amazon “Still using it, quality super, just battery life about 1h”. In April last year Kirk Wilson said in his review of this camcorder “Brilliant little camera, only downside is battery life which is max 1 hour”.


Design

Good Quality

Eight people who purchased it considered that it was good quality. Website Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this camcorder three years ago “Produces High Quality Film” . Two years ago expert review site Digitaltrends.com wrote “If you want an action camera that's simple to use and delivers great image quality”. Two years ago Keith mentioned “Superb video quality compared to GOPro almost in all aspect”.

Easy to Use

Two people wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Easy To Use” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

Tripod Mountable

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

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-AZ1 in July 2013.


Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

At 2 hours, the Sony HDR-AZ1 has a fairly typical battery life (max) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2h battery life camcorders currently available including the Sony HDR-AS200 (£229.99) which is cheaper.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-AZ1 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also are Full HD.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including cheaper camcorders such as the HDR-AS100VR (£249.99), or the HDR-AS200 (£229.99) both from Sony.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Sony HDR-PJ340 (£279.99).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including cheaper video cameras such as the Sony HDR-AS200 (£229.99).

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Sony HDR-AZ1 of only 2.8 millimeters is one of the shortest amongst similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera. The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera range from 2.7mm to 2,300mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 690mm.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 1.1 to 6.8, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.3. The HDR-AZ1 has one of the higher minimum aperture numbers (2.8) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Sony HDR-AZ1 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 2.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 1.8mm, the longest is 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm.

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Still Image

Has a Continuous Shooting Mode

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

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

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

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Other Features

Features USB Connectivity

The HDR-AZ1 features USB connectivity, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Waterproof

The Sony HDR-AZ1 is waterproof, as are most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Other waterproof video cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-AS200 (£229.99) which is cheaper.

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Has a Wireless Connection

The HDR-AZ1 has a wireless connection. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a wireless connection.

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Features Photo Mode

The HDR-AZ1 features photo mode, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HDR-AZ1 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Wi-Fi

The HDR-AZ1 features wi-Fi. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also feature wi-Fi.

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Weight & Dimensions

Light

The weights of video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder range from 50g to 2.8kg, and the average weight is 370g. The HDR-AZ1 is one of the lightest medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder (only 63 grams) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age.

Other video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£200.99) (310g and cheaper), or the Sony HDR-AS100VR (£249.99) (93g and cheaper).

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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11.9 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is an 11.9 megapixels sensor camcorder.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony asonhdraz1wrmlvr2k1, sony asonhdraz1vakaaf1, sony hdraz1wapm8700, sony hdraz1wapm8600, sony hdraz1wtg, sony hdraz1vrw, sony az1vrw
Barcodes 00027242284166, 00027242879638, 00027242879676, 00083922911548, 00490561006465, 00646791366699, 00646791366835, 00646791367955, 00646791371136, 00646791371266, 07426701216206

Sony HDR-AZ1 Review Sources

To prepare this Sony HDR-AZ1 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,208 product attributes, 23,752 camcorder reviews and 1,754,400 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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