Sony has updated its GoPro esque Action Cam series. The HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini is 30% smaller than previous generations, but comes loaded with a 10.2MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor mated to a performance oriented BIONZ X image processor capable of recording Full 1080p HD video at data rates up to 50mpbs (better than Blu-ray) and up to 120 frames-per-second (may not be full resolution). The 170° field of view ZEISS™ Tessar Lens includes SteadyShot Stabilization for the smoothest possible handheld footage. Splashproof all by itself, a supplied waterproof case extends the Mini Cams aquatic capabilities down to 16 feet.
This new Action Cam Mini is compatible with USTREAM services where you can live stream all the action to friends and family watching online. From Sony's press materials: "To notify intended audiences of live streaming, users can send a group message via SMS that the action is about to commence, and can also monitor number of viewers throughout the process. Streaming video can be recorded directly to an installed memory card as well."
For $100 above the standard model, the HDR-AZ1VR kit adds the RM-LVR2V wrist-mounted LCD live view remote with GPS geotagging and user-friendly editing software.
Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Came Mini Features:
- 11.3MP Exmor R image sensor
- BIONZ X processor
- 170° field of view ZEISS™ Tessar Lens
- SteadyShot Stabilization
- Full 1080p HD Video Recording
- MP4 and XAVC S codes
- Up to 50mbps data rates
- Up to 120 frampes-per-second frame rates
- Splash Proof Camera Body
- Supplied Waterproof case certified to 16 feet (5m)
- Compatible with USTREAM services
Sony HDR-AZ1VR Action Cam Mini kit
Includes everything above, plus:
- RM-LVR2V Live View Remote
- Adjustable Brightness LCD
- Remote log GPS
- Action Cam Movie Creator software
- User-friendly editing software
Optional HDR-AZ1 Accessories
- VCT-BPM1 Backpack Mount
- BLT-CHM1 Clip-on Mount
- VCT-QHM Football Helmet Mount
- NP-BY1 Rechargeable Battery Pack
Sony's HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini will be available this October. The $250 version includes a waterproof case (SPK-AZ1) and standard tripod mount. The $350 HDR-AZ1VR bundle adds the RM-LVR2V Live View Remote and Action Cam Movie Creator software.