Updated 31 Mar 2015

Sony

HDR-AZ1

Snapshot: The Sony HDR-AZ1 weighs 110g when in the case, has image stabilisation and has time-lapse. How well does it perform?

HDR-AZ1
Consumer score
SCORE
Average price

$535

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Test results

Overall score
66
Daylight
?/10
Artificial light
?/10
Low light
?/10
Image stabiliser
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK for shooting in daylight.
  • Has a OK image stabiliser.
  • Comes with case.
  • Does time-lapse.
  • Does slow motion.
  • Can be controlled via mobile.
  • Has a wireless link.

But

  • Just OK for shooting in low light.
  • Poor battery life.
  • Doesn’t have a monitor.
  • Doesn’t have a remote control.
  • Doesn’t have an HDMI output.

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How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Daylight (25 percent) - video quality in daylight conditions
  • Artificial light (25 percent) - video quality in artificial light conditions
  • Low light (25 percent) - video quality in low light conditions
  • Image stabiliser (20 percent)
  • Battery (5 percent)

Key data

Model

Average price
$535

Specifications

Weight (g)
72
Weight in housing (g)
110
Dimensions (cm)
2 x 4 x 7
Dimensions in housing (cm)
3 x 5 x 8
Minimum/maximum operating temperature
-5° / 40°
Water immersion depth (without/with case, m)
Not stated
Ingress protection (IP) rating
IPX4
Submersible case
Included
Highest picture resolution
4608 x 2592
Main video codec
H.264, XAVC-S
Minutes/GB (highest quality)
6
Optical zoom range
1
Digital zoom range

1

Sensor size
1/2,3

Features

Image stabiliser

Yes

Monitor
×
Touchscreen

No

Remote control
×
USB port
HDMI output
×
Microphone input
×
Photo capture
Time-lapse
Slow-motion recording
Autofocus
×
White balance adjustable
×
Dedicated video capture button
Windfilter cut off
×
Mono audio microphone
×
Stereo audio microphone
GPS
×
Wireless link (WiFi etc)
Buttons accessible when in case

Yes

Full display readable in case

Yes

Attachments

Headband or goggle
×
Helmet
Multidirectional mount
×
Surface-mount (non-adhesive)
×
Bike-mount (non-adhesive)

Not tested