Sony HDR-AZ1VR Action Cam Mini with Live View Remote Watch

Sony HDR-AZ1VR Action Cam Mini with Live View Remote Watch

Sony HDR-AZ1VR Action Cam Mini with Live View Remote Watch

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Product Highlights

  • Records 1080p60 Video in XAVC S Codec
  • 120 fps Slow Motion in 720p
  • 11.9MP Photos in 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Splashproof Camera / 16'-Rated Housing
  • Wi-Fi for Remote Monitoring and Control
  • Interval Capture for Time Lapse
  • Takes Photo Bursts up to 8 fps
  • Includes RM-LVR2V Remote
  • Photo / Video GPS Tagging
  • Adhesive Mount and Tripod Adapter
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Sony HDR-AZ1 overview

  • 1Description

The splashproof HDR-AZ1VR Action Cam Mini with Live View Remote Watch from Sony is designed for capturing POV footage of adventures of all kinds. It features 1080p60 recording in the lower-compression XAVC S format at 50 Mbps and also offers a more compressed MP4 mode for extending recording times or to yield a file suitable for Web upload. In addition to video, it also takes 11.9-megapixel still photos with the option for single shot, burst shooting at up to 8 fps, and interval recording for creating time-lapse effects.

The camera itself is inherently water-resistant for use in the rain, snow, or situations where it might get splashed. For use in the water, it features the SPK-AZ1 waterproof housing which can be submerged safely as deep as 16'. Both the camera and the housing are adaptable to a wide range of mounting hardware. A universal 1/4"-20 tripod adapter and an adhesive mount are included and there are a number of separately available mounts that can be used with this camera and other members of the Action Cam line.

The HDR-AZ1VR features Wi-Fi for live-viewing and remote operation using a smartphone or other mobile device, or the included RM-LVR2 Live View Remote Watch. It is also possible to live stream to the Internet when the camera is tethered to a mobile device that has an Internet connection. There camera records to SDHC or SDXC memory cards (XAVC S requires SDXC) and there is a micro-USB port for transferring data to a computer as well as charging.

Wi-Fi Enabled with NFC
A 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection means you can view a live image and operate the HDR-AZ1VR remotely using a smartphone or other mobile device, or with the included RM-LVR2V Live View Remote Watch. It is also possible to live stream from the camera when it is tethered to a mobile device with an Internet connection. NFC technology means you can pair the Action Cam with an NFC-enabled mobile device simply by tapping the two together
RM-LVR2V Live View Remote
The included RM-LVR2V is a wrist-worn remote that allows you to view a live image from the camera as well as operate record start/stop, take photos, use GPS tagging, and more. It also allows fast playback to quickly scrub through your footage with 5, 10, 30, 60 times speed-up possible. Since the remote is waterproof to 15', you can take it pretty much anywhere your camera goes

Note: Wi-Fi connectivity will not work if either the camera or remote is submerged under water
Zeiss Tessar f/2.8 Lens
The Zeiss-designed Tessar lens features an ultra-wide 170-degree angle of view when in interval photo mode or with the SteadyShot feature turned off. The angle of view drops to a still wide 120-degrees with SteadyShot on. An f/2.8 aperture helps ensure the Action Cam receives as much light as possible when shooting under low-light conditions
1/2.3" Back-Illuminated CMOS Sensor
The HDR-AZ1VR's CMOS sensor features back-illumination, which moves the light-gathering circuitry to the back of the chip so that the photosites can be larger and gather more light
BIONZ X Image Processor
After the f/2.8 aperture and back-illuminated sensor, the BIONZ X image processor is the next most important feature in contributing to low-light performance. The processor also enables encoding video in either 50 Mbps XAVC S or high-efficiency MP4 compression while minimizing loss of detail and loss of dynamic range
50 Mbps XAVC S Recording
XAVC S records up to 1080p60 video in 50 Mbps, while wrapping the video in the widely supported .mp4 container for maximum compatible with playback and editing software. There is also an "MP4" mode which uses a much higher compression (3 to 28 Mbps) for extended recording times or smaller files that are more suitable for Web upload

Note: XAVC S recording requires an SDXC (Class 10+) memory card
SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode
With Active Mode, not only does the SteadyShot electronic image stabilization correct for X- and Y-axis shake, it also corrects for pitch and yaw. That is, if the camera angles changes slightly either up or down or side to side

Note: The FOV will be 120-degrees with SteadyShot engaged
Interval and Burst Photo Modes
The Interval Mode allows you to create time-lapse video, but capturing JPEG still shots 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds apart. There is also a high-fps burst mode, that takes photo bursts at 2, 5, or 8 fps
SPK-AZ Waterproof Housing Included
The included housing features a depth rating of 16' for shallow underwater use, and will also serve to protect the Action Cam from snow, rain, mud, dust, and more. There is a record start/stop button built into the top of the housing
GPS Tagging
You can tag videos and photo with the coordinates of the location they were taken in. This GPS data can then be viewed as an image overlay when playing back on the camera

Note: For full support, this feature requires firmware version 1.01 or later. Please visit the eSupport section of the Sony website for instructions on updating your firmware
Flexible Mounting Options
The HDR-AZ1VR includes an adhesive mount as well as a 1/4"-20 tripod adapter. In addition, there is a range of accessories for the Sony Action Cam line to cover nearly any scenario. These include helmet mounts, cap clips, handlebar mounts, suction cups, harnesses, and more
In the Box
Sony HDR-AZ1VR Action Cam Mini with Live View Remote Watch
  • NP-BY1 Y Battery for Action Cam Mini
  • RM-LVR2V Live View Remote Watch
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Waterproof Housing for Action Cam Mini aqcxbuyxdwuwxwrydwqtdrdzrsvssvvwyfs
  • Adhesive Mount
  • Tripod Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony HDR-AZ1 specs

    Sensor 1-Chip 1/2.3" CMOS
    Color Filter RGB
    Sensor Resolution 16.8 MP
    Effective Pixels 11.9 MP (16:9 Photo / Image Stabilizer Off)
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 17.1 with SteadyShot OFF on in Interval Photo Mode
    21.8 with SteadyShot ON
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8
    Minimum Focusing Distance 11.9" / 30.0 cm
    Angle of View  170° (with SteadyShot OFF on in Interval Photo Mode)
     120° (with SteadyShot ON)
    System NTSC/PAL
    Recording Media x microSD/HC/XC

    MP4 requires Class for or higher; XAVC S requires an SDXC (Class 10) card

    Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 24/25/30/50/60 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S)
    1920 x 1080p at 50/60 fps (28 Mb/s MP4)
    1920 x 1080p at 25/30 fps (16 Mb/s MP4)
    1280 x 720p at 25/30 fps (6 Mb/s MP4)
    640 x 480p at 30 fps (3 Mb/s MP4)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Slow Motion Mode 120 fps Recorded at 1280 x 720p
    100 fps Recorded at 1280 x 720p
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 11.9 Megapixel, 4608 x 2592 (16:9)
    JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)

    2.1 MP mode used for interval recording

    Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
    Audio Format AAC-LC

    AAC-LC for MP4 mode; LPCM for XAVC S mode

    Status Display Yes
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Speed 1/30 - 1/10000 Second (Video)

    At 30 fps setting

    Interval Recording 1 Second
    2 Second
    5 Second
    10 Second
    30 Second
    60 Second
    Image Stabilization Digital
    Scene Modes Preset: Yes
    Waterproof Depth Rating 16.0' / 5.0 m (Waterproof Housing)
    Lux 6 (at 1/30 second shutter speed)
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 4

    Supports NFC pairing

    Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20

    Via supplied adapter

    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1 x USB Micro-B
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7 VDC, 640 mAh
    Charging Method USB
    Charging Time 2.5 Hours
    Power Consumption Operating: 1.7 W
    Operating Temperature 23 to 104°F / -5 to 40°C
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 1.0 x 1.4 x 2.9" / 24.2 x 36.0 x 74.0 mm
    Weight 1.69 oz / 48 g without battery
    2.22 oz / 63 g with battery
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.3 x 5.1 x 3.2"

    Sony HDR-AZ1 reviews

    HDR-AZ1VR Action Cam Mini with Live View Remote Watch is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 18.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from WiFi Interference Causes ANT+ Data Dropouts WiFi connection between the camera and the remote causes ANT+ sensors, especially power meters, to have data dropouts. Verified by multiple users on multiple head units and power meters. RC enthusiasts report similar interference problems. Great cam, great features, but cannot recommend until this interference problem is fixed by Sony.
    Date published: 2015-06-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action Cam Mini goes Skiing! My son gave me this combo as a present. The intended use is for in-car videos when instructing at the race track. However, we were in the mountains on vacation, so I took it skiing to try it out. This camera is tiny. The mounts, which are designed for the other cameras in Sony's action cam line, seem bulky considering the small size of this camera. I was surprised to see the included mounts don't have an adjustment for angle. B&H includes an angle mount, which should have been included in the box by Sony. Only negative is this unnecessarily adds to the height of the mount stack, negating the advantages of the small form factor. This camera cries out for some additional creativity from Sony in designing small mounts. I didn't want to put the full assembly on top of my helmet, especially as I wanted the video to be from my line of vision. I just ended up tucking the little camera inside the helmet, between the ear flap and my ear. I skied with it this way two days! It did fall out once skiing and once in the lift line so this not a recommended use, still it gives an idea of the size and weight as the second time it fell out I didn't realize it was gone! (Note: White cameras don't show up well on snow!)I also used it inside the waterproof housing which I fastened to my goggle strap using elastic bands, but the camera was considerably out of plumb. I've ordered their helmet mounts and look forward to trying them.The remote is great. I read some bad reviews of the previous generation remote, but the latest remote has fixed all those complaints. I was easily able to wear it over the arm of my ski parka. The display is easily readable in bright sunlight (think sun and snow, it doesn't get much brighter than that!) It was a little difficult to press the record/stop button with ski gloves, so I usually just used it on the lift where I could take off a glove.The camera was good for about one hour of recording time at the default setting (1080 60p). The remote worked well for stopping recording on the chair lift, then starting it again at the top of the run. The remote's battery lasts longer than the camera's battery. I've ordered another camera battery and charger. The video was quite good. The camera did a good job when going from full sun to shaded areas. On a flat light day there was very little definition in the snow surface, but then there was none to the human eye, either!I left the steady shot enabled. This gave nice video as long as I kept my head fairly still, but when turning my head quickly to check for other skier traffic the video has a mild snap effect as the steady shot tries to keep the image steady until the camera moves 20 degrees or so (170deg FOV native vs 120deg FOV with steady shot on). I think you would get this with any steady shot system so this is not a criticism of the camera. Sony provides the ability to turn off the steady shot but I did not try this mode. Other than the head turning issue, my friends were all very impressed with the stability of the video. There did seem to be a tiny amount of motion artifact in the video of my fellow skiers. Not annoying at all and my audience didn't mention it, but it was noticable to me. I did not experiment with other video settings to see if this would go away with faster frame rates or higher data rates.The audio was a little disappointing. As soon as I would get underway, even at a slow speed, the wind noise overpowered the microphones. This was true whether the camera was inside the housing or bare. It would be nice if there was some way to use a wind filter, but this camera is so tiny it is hard to imagine how to do so without obstructing the lens.Bottom line this is a slick camera. I prefer the handy cam form factor of the Sony (skinny end forward) instead of the point and shoot style (flat side forward) of the go pro. It would be nice if there were some mounting options in addition to the bottom mounted 1/4 socket. I gave it Four stars only because the mounting system included in the box is a little lacking. And, if you buy all the optional mounts which Sony makes you can spend as much as the cost of the camera.I'm tempted to buy another one so I can film from multiple points of view.
    Date published: 2015-01-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little camera Very handy size. Helmet mount it and hat clip it for USPSA matches. The remote is very nice to get a live view of your camera angle.
    Date published: 2015-03-17
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from No microphone input Beware that this unit does not have a microphone input despite all previous models having one. so if you want to plug in a wireless mic or a lapel mic you will not be able to do so. I had to literally buy this cam in order to find this out because Sony's website does not mention anything about microphone input.
    Date published: 2014-10-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from GPS Fail HDR-AZ1 Mini has some cool features. But after weeks of trying, emails with Sony and phone calls, the GPS functions still do not work. For cycling then movies will show -- MPH. It's also still herky jerky video even with stabilization at the highest recording and movie settings. Creating a movie requires an awkward 2 stage process first importing with Memories software, then creating a movie with separate Action software. A high def 10 minute movie takes 2 hours to create.There's no way to control audio, either. In the plastic waterproof case then your recordings will only have certain frequencies that transmit, such as bicycle wheel hub pawls (click click click ...) and no voice.The remote display is also very small.The mounting brackets weigh more than the camera. So does the wristwatch band for the remot.Bottom line, has potential, but in real world use it's buggy and time consuming. Since I can't even make the GPS work as advertised, it's unlikely that live view and other advanced features would be any better.
    Date published: 2014-11-26
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my favorite... Let me begin by saying I did NOT get this from B&H... my first mistake... Second mistake not realizing there might be trouble when the manual for how to use the selfy pole was twice as thick as the manual for the Camera. also nowhere in the manual could either of us find anything about shooting video with it, all it would do is shoot stills. to be honest the manual reminded me of one you found in a 1980's VCR! and the camera, well it seemed like half it's software was missing. It just didn't work out.
    Date published: 2015-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So for everything is great The AZ1 is great, I am only having first world issues with this purchase... no mic jack which will most likely never get used.
    Date published: 2016-09-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from compact I use it on all my rides to document any poosible accidents, like cars cutting me off, etc.
    Date published: 2015-04-27
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