Sony AZ1 Action Camera Mini POV HD Video Camera
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- Sony's smallest splash-proof Action Cam
- SteadyShot image stabilization conquers bumps and blur
- Control Action Cam via phone or up to 5 w/ Live-View Remote
- 5 video modes (1080/60p @50Mbps HD and 2x slow motion)
- Built-In stereo mic for quality sound recording
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|Item Dimensions||3.00 x 0.97 x 1.06 inches||2.36 x 1.65 x 0.98 inches||1.16 x 1.86 x 3.27 inches||2.32 x 1.57 x 0.91 inches||3.37 x 0.96 x 1.87 inches|
|Item Weight||1.25 lbs||2.26 ounces||3.20 ounces||—||2.93 ounces|
Sony's smallest splash-proof Action Cam
From the Manufacturer
POV HD Camcorder
Grab every shot with the Action Cam that fits where others can’t. You’ll get super smooth video even on bumpy terrain with SteadyShot image stabilization, and control it all from the wrist-attached Live-View Remote. Want your friends to come along for the ride? Broadcast your video live via Ustream as you’re barrelling down the mountain.
The new Action Cam Mini: Smaller and lighter
Our Action Cam Mini won’t weigh you down. The slender, splashproof design is about two-thirds the size of our previous Action Cams – so there’s less wind and water pressure when you’re filming.
Relax, it’s splashproof
The HDR-AZ1 easily shrugs off water, thanks to a splashproof design. With an IPX4-class rating, this Action Cam can stand up to showers, spray, and snow as soon as you remove it from the box.
Take full command of your Action Cam
Turn compatible smart phones and tablets in to remote control viewing devices via Wi-Fi with One Touch Near Field Communication (NFC). When using Live View Remote RM-LVR2. Now you can frame your shot, change the shooting modes, turn on GPS, and control up to 5 Action Cams with the use of a single Live View Remote. RM-LVR2 is available via the HDR-AZ1VR Live View Remote Kit only.
SteadyShot beats bumps and blur
Advanced SteadyShot image stabilisation compensates for various kinds of blur, especially the rapid vibrations caused by fast action like motocross or skiing.
Built-In stereo mic for quality sound recording
A built-in stereo microphone allows you to capture all the exciting sounds of your adventure
Broadcast your video live via Ustream as it happens
Share the adventure as it happens via UStream. Now your circle of friends and family can share the excitement in real time by simply logging in to UStream from anywhere.
Ultra wide up to 170° pro quality ZEISS S lens
With an ultra-wide angle professional ZEISS lens, you will increase your perspective (up to 170-degree viewing angle) while you venture out on breathtaking views of dynamic terrain to include ski slopes and mountain trails.
Exmor R CMOS sensor for excellent low light performance
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor.
Action Cam Movie Creator
Action Cam Movie Creator – a new editing application optimised for Action Cam use – lets you add to the fun of editing and sharing your movies.
2014 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, Exmor R, SteadyShot and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance. Carl Zeiss and Vario-Tessar are registered trademarks of Carl Zeiss Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.
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The picture and video quality are very good in reasonable lighting situations.
The super-wide lens makes it easy to point and shoot.
There are some nice built-in video and photo options for action shoots.
The armor case is well made and lets sound come through.
The wrist remote works great and it's built-in battery lasts through about three of the camera batteries. [update the firmware]
The Android app works well on my Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus.
The 1080p @ 60fps and 720p @ 120fps settings make for some very smooth action shots
Has adjustable burst still shooting modes.
It is super tiny and light.
The default WI-FI password is actually half way decent, unlike some others.
The infinite focus is great for video applications. It is always in focus.
Some Areas of Concern:
The armor case should have been equipped with a flat front lens for underwater shooting.
There is no way to view or change the shooting mode without a phone or wrist remote; lacks a "mode" button or indicator on the camera.
There is no way to drop the still image rez... you are stuck at 11.x MP.
There is significant lens edge distortion that begins out past about the 90 degree viewing angle.
It does not come with much in the way of mounts. You must buy a kit separately.
The battery life on the camera is not great, so buy some extras... they are cheap.
The camera cannot stream via USB, it can only charge/download. It would be super nice to use as a webcam... but not possible.
So far, the videos and stills have been coming out great. I use it for motorcycle riding, biking, mtn climbing, hunting and fishing. I recommend this camera mainly for non-diving sports due to the curved armor lens and shallow depth rating. If you stay on or above the water line, such as surfing or kayaking, it should do very well. I'm glad Sony has jumped into this market.
Buy one of these go pro "Go Pro Tripod Screw Adapter" for your Sony Action Camera, to get into all the amazing go pro tripod mounts clips holders....hours of shopping opportunities smile.
Update: so far I've bought many go pro items to work with this camera: tri pod adapter, fast mount plates, pivot arm, suction cup mount for the car...and you can buy A remote controlled drone helicopter for $50 to $300, for your aerial shots smile... a Velcro wrist camera mount...there are even steady cams available for under a hundred...
there was a really bad review about the wrist LCD controller, "live view remote" in the reviews on the Last model of this camera... for an extra $100 I'm glad I bought the "live view remote"....works... looks great Nice TOY.... smile
No problem setting up the camera with my Galaxy note 3 as a remote.... The Sony Play Memories software for getting video off of the camera to your computer via USB is OK, not great not bad, free download, you can do limited video editing with Play Memories... I use and do Like Sony Vegas video editing software a lot....
AND the Sony Action Camera is beautiful, usually I could care less if hardware looks good...this camera, it's beautiful...
if I find the time will update.... smile cheers
I got it with the Live view remote and I am very happy so far. I got a link from an aquaintance for an 64GB SDXC card that works and only costs 17.99, and I am happily recording in Pro mode (XAVC ?). I will see how it holds up to a beating from paintballs and first strike rounds very soon, but as a load of the guys already have Sony Action cams running without anything but the hard lens protector (optional accessory), I am expecting good results.
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