Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini £100 delivered @ vodafone.co.uk
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Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini £100 delivered @ vodafone.co.uk

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Found 17th Feb 2016
Shoot full-HD movies on the go with the Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini featuring SteadyShot technology. Includes a waterproof case, adhesive mount, rechargeable battery pack, micro USB cable and tripod adaptor. (Memory card available separately).

Full 1080HD recording

Waterproof case

Control with your smartphone

Whilst stock last

Less than half price rrp £249

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RRP a bit off as normally about £130 (admittedly from ebay/amazon marketplace) - decent for the money though. Tempted!
Edited by: "thesnowman86" 17th Feb 2016

good price but gopro much better in terms of shape and accessories

Ordered. Great find. It is 250-280 everywhere else. I have been looking for a decent video recorder, I did by the Sony 4K recorder a while ago off amazon before the order was cancelled.

I'm not sure this will cut it as as video recorder that I want to use to capture my little daughter and our experiences as a new family. Or maybe the small size may make it ideal....

Not bad but there are alternatives that are as good and cheaper....

Correction it does do 60fps
Edited by: "busterdan" 17th Feb 2016

Meh, kitvision are much cheaper and also shoot HD

Cristiano

Ordered. Great find. It is 250-280 everywhere else. I have been looking … Ordered. Great find. It is 250-280 everywhere else. I have been looking for a decent video recorder, I did by the Sony 4K recorder a while ago off amazon before the order was cancelled. I'm not sure this will cut it as as video recorder that I want to use to capture my little daughter and our experiences as a new family. Or maybe the small size may make it ideal....



That includes a Remote Viewer though (i.e. portable screen). This doesn't appear to and as pointed out above, is available on eBay/Amazon Marketplace for around £130. I'd imagine that's the only difference between the AZ1 and the AZ1VR you've seen advertised for £250.
Edited by: "callum9999" 17th Feb 2016

dewonderful

Meh, kitvision are much cheaper and also shoot HD



Tempted by this, can you point me in the direction of better/cheaper alternative?

Hope they've resigned the waterproof case! And the camera can't sit level outside a case. Pathetic design. Had to drill vent holes in my Actioncam AS30 w/p case as it always gassed up after 10-12 mins. Yes - tried every other solution. Check the Youtube videos ... I'd go for the tiny Mobius, bought one for a pressie at Christmas
Edited by: "airdsuk" 17th Feb 2016

dadz

good price but gopro much better in terms of shape and accessories



​Why is a gopro a better shape? This would be much better for the majority of mounts, especially helmets. I've an SJ4000, which has a similar form factor to the gopro's and I find it pretty bulky

jimmymac87

Tempted by this, can you point me in the direction of better/cheaper … Tempted by this, can you point me in the direction of better/cheaper alternative?


This is £65 right now:
http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/kitsound-kitvision-escap-hd5w-wifi-action-camera
1080HD, 12MP camera, waterproof case etc

And if you want 1080HD + waterproof case, the good ol' splash is £40
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kitvision-Splash-Waterproof-Mounting-Accessories/dp/B00O23W6LC/
Not great on a bicycle, but great for watersports

The Techmoan website is probably the best place to check out different camera's.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9AE23A7F0C9FDC91

The Gitup2 is his most highly rated at the moment. I already have the Xiaomi Yi camera but started to look at this and the more and more I looked, the more I told myself that I should buy it. However I have just spent the last hour looking at video's on Youtube to compare them to my own Xiaomi Yi video's. Now I know that Youtube is hardly ideal because of the transcoding that it does but it's still an indicator. My conclusion is that the AZ1 video quality just isn't that great. It's still difficulty to judge as most people have fixed it to a bike handlebar etc.... it really needs to go on a helmet to soften some of the vibration.

Here is one of my Xiaomi Yi vids... youtube.com/wat…GcE
Edited by: "busterdan" 17th Feb 2016

Cristiano

Ordered. Great find. It is 250-280 everywhere else. I have been looking … Ordered. Great find. It is 250-280 everywhere else. I have been looking for a decent video recorder, I did by the Sony 4K recorder a while ago off amazon before the order was cancelled. I'm not sure this will cut it as as video recorder that I want to use to capture my little daughter and our experiences as a new family. Or maybe the small size may make it ideal....



I bought the as100v for the exact same reason and it's great. There brilliant for just chucking in your pocket and taking on days out.
I've made some great movies of holidays (littlun under water, going down flume slides, fair rides etc) birthdays, days out, time lapses etc.
Littlun loves to watch the movies as well. Was also great When me and the Mrs want on titan zip wire and bounce below. Great vids and memories.

I picked up a tomtom camera while The half price plus cash back was available. Can't fault it so far.

airdsuk

Hope they've resigned the waterproof case! And the camera can't sit level … Hope they've resigned the waterproof case! And the camera can't sit level outside a case. Pathetic design. Had to drill vent holes in my Actioncam AS30 w/p case as it always gassed up after 10-12 mins. Yes - tried every other solution. Check the Youtube videos ... I'd go for the tiny Mobius, bought one for a pressie at Christmas



My AS30V "gassed" up too, but I bought a pack of demisting strips whack 3 of them in the case, dry them on a radiator over night & not had an issue since!

Also quite like the shape for side mounting, got an elasticated helmet mount (with silicon stuff on the inside edges, so stays nice & steady) which means you can give it to your mates & they can film you as you stack it on the box rail!

these Sony cams are better than gopro in terms of video quality and the stability achieved with steadyshot on is incredible these are great i have the as200v theres some youtubers who did side by side reviews of these and the sonys are better in most aspects over the gopro 4.
checkout the video review and don't forget to turn up the quality in utube to 1080.
youtu.be/gBB…uPY

worthinger

I picked up a tomtom camera while The half price plus cash back was … I picked up a tomtom camera while The half price plus cash back was available. Can't fault it so far.



those looked great (I dont know how good they perform) I was interested in one but price is always the main factor and the offer I found my Sony on was ridiculous.

goemon

those looked great (I dont know how good they perform) I was interested … those looked great (I dont know how good they perform) I was interested in one but price is always the main factor and the offer I found my Sony on was ridiculous.



I paid 120 for the premium pack after cash back. Another bargain on hukd.

looks nice piece of kit

£219.99 with the live view option http://www.wiggle.co.uk/sony-az1-mini-action-camera-with-live-view-remote/?lang=en&curr=GBP&dest=1&sku=5360682907&ci_src=18615224&ci_sku=5360682907uk&utm_source=google&utm_term&utm_campaign=UK_PLA_Accessories&utm_medium=base&utm_content=mkwid%7CsllepUNdf_dc%7Cpcrid%7C67090793462%7Cpkw%7C%7Cpmt%7C%7Cprd%7C5360682907uk

This model posted here is great for this price of £100

I have the av30, brilliant camera and love the GPS for skiing, but shape is a little awkward and accessories are a lot more due to it not being the go-pro. I side mount on my helmet and when very bumpy it jumps around a little, doesn't really work chest mounted like the goPro

Fair price at £100 as this is smaller and lighter though.

Can you buy just the live view remote at a later point in time?

fatal3rror

Can you buy just the live view remote at a later point in time?




Yes, but its £100+ solo - amazon.co.uk/Son…ony

goemon

these Sony cams are better than gopro in terms of video quality and the … these Sony cams are better than gopro in terms of video quality and the stability achieved with steadyshot on is incredible these are great i have the as200v theres some youtubers who did side by side reviews of these and the sonys are better in most aspects over the gopro 4. checkout the video review and don't forget to turn up the quality in utube to 1080.https://youtu.be/gBBBWuR-uPY



If that video link you posted is anything to go by then the Sony is shocking when used under water.

So if you are looking for an action camera to use whilst on holiday in the pool and so on then don't bother with the Sony.

You can monitor the output on your mobile (dunno about iphones) via the free app.

Nope tried moisture absorbing pads, didn't work for me. And loads of others too. Only problem is, there are no radiators 'in the field' when you've got to break the seal and open the case, to change the battery (equivalent spares are about £7 if I remember) or card, etc.

TONS of adaptors, extensions, suction pad mounts, brackets, elbows, adhesive pads, etc available very cheaply to use with/convert it to the gopro mount system on eBay bangood, etc. You dont specificallyneed the expensive Sony system. Including a chest mount shoulder strap system - I've got one. ~£8 delivered. And the Sony case has a standard tripod mount fitting too, so is quite handy.
Edited by: "airdsuk" 18th Feb 2016

Heat added, bought one. Good price really. Its the base model but not a problem for me. Looking for a replacement for my Contour ROAM2 and even in a few short years the specs of action cameras seem to have changed massively for the better. Obviously it all depends on what you need an action camera for - cyclists, surfers, bikers etc. So everyone's got an opinion on what's the best. But I've read and seen numerous reviews on the Sony cams and they are very good - the Sony range is a handful of cameras but some if not all of the internals are shared across the range. I assume Vodafone have a returns policy so in the unlikely event of not liking it can always take it back. Or it turns in to a birthday / Christmas present for someone. Specs of this camera can be seen here sony.co.uk/ele…kit

dadz

good price but gopro much better in terms of shape and accessories



Completely subjective. For me GoPro is the worst possible shape.

busterdan

Not bad but there are alternatives that are as good and cheaper.... … Not bad but there are alternatives that are as good and cheaper.... Correction it does do 60fps



Does up to 120fps at 720P.
Edited by: "boychicken" 18th Feb 2016

jimmymac87

Tempted by this, can you point me in the direction of better/cheaper … Tempted by this, can you point me in the direction of better/cheaper alternative?



Have a Google or better still have a look on YT for reviews of the Sony Action cams and they get very good reviews. This model shares most of it's internals with the range topping X1000V so can't be that bad. There will be many cheaper options, but doubt any will compare to this or the likes of GoPro.

dewonderful

And if you want 1080HD + waterproof case, the good ol' splash is … And if you want 1080HD + waterproof case, the good ol' splash is £40http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kitvision-Splash-Waterproof-Mounting-Accessories/dp/B00O23W6LC/Not great on a bicycle, but great for watersports



God awful video image quality though.

worthinger

I picked up a tomtom camera while The half price plus cash back was … I picked up a tomtom camera while The half price plus cash back was available. Can't fault it so far.



The TomTom Bandit? Quite a bit more money, £250'ish are they? For me personally the weight put me right off. The Sony AZ1 is 63g the TomTom Bandit 190g. I currently have a Contour ROAM2 on a helmet mount and that's 145g and just about ok.

boychicken

The TomTom Bandit? Quite a bit more money, £250'ish are they? For me … The TomTom Bandit? Quite a bit more money, £250'ish are they? For me personally the weight put me right off. The Sony AZ1 is 63g the TomTom Bandit 190g. I currently have a Contour ROAM2 on a helmet mount and that's 145g and just about ok.



After cash back I paid £120 for the premium pack. Absolute bargain. The weight doesn't bother me - it's very well made. And stuck on the top of my motorbike helmet I don't notice it.

boychicken

The TomTom Bandit? Quite a bit more money, £250'ish are they? For me … The TomTom Bandit? Quite a bit more money, £250'ish are they? For me personally the weight put me right off. The Sony AZ1 is 63g the TomTom Bandit 190g. I currently have a Contour ROAM2 on a helmet mount and that's 145g and just about ok.



And from the sony supplied spec that weight is for the camera alone:

http://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/actioncam/hdr-az1-kit/specifications

Unless the waterproof case weighs nothing at all as it's specified as 63g with and without. The Bandit is rainproof out of the box and with the additon on the dive lens is waterproof to c.30m
Edited by: "worthinger" 18th Feb 2016

worthinger

And from the sony supplied spec that weight is for the camera … And from the sony supplied spec that weight is for the camera alone:http://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/actioncam/hdr-az1-kit/specificationsUnless the waterproof case weighs nothing at all as it's specified as 63g with and without. The Bandit is rainproof out of the box and with the additon on the dive lens is waterproof to c.30m



Aye, the case will definitely weigh something in our atmosphere. The AZ1 is suitable to use without the waterproof case in the rain for example - read / saw this in a review just can't recall which. Obviously if your were to submerge it in water then the case would be needed.

Think as I mentioned in a previous reply these are always so subjective. Out of interest where did you get the Bandit from? And this was one very useful action camera review I found - gizmag.com/act…71/

boychicken

Aye, the case will definitely weigh something in our atmosphere. The AZ1 … Aye, the case will definitely weigh something in our atmosphere. The AZ1 is suitable to use without the waterproof case in the rain for example - read / saw this in a review just can't recall which. Obviously if your were to submerge it in water then the case would be needed.Think as I mentioned in a previous reply these are always so subjective. Out of interest where did you get the Bandit from? And this was one very useful action camera review I found - http://www.gizmag.com/action-cam-comparison-2015/39771/



I bought it from Currys just before christmas. Half price at 180 with 60 cashback. That's why there are lots for sale on ebay. Its very well made and the in camera editing is excellent - not that I do much, i wear it as an insurance against poor driving when on my mbike.

I suspect that this Sony is not even shower proof without the case - if it's not dust proof I wouldn't trust it in the rain.

worthinger

I bought it from Currys just before christmas. Half price at 180 with 60 … I bought it from Currys just before christmas. Half price at 180 with 60 cashback. That's why there are lots for sale on ebay. Its very well made and the in camera editing is excellent - not that I do much, i wear it as an insurance against poor driving when on my mbike.I suspect that this Sony is not even shower proof without the case - if it's not dust proof I wouldn't trust it in the rain.



Missed that deal, would have had one at that price. Without boring everyone the Sony AZ1 without case states it's rated to IPX4 - which is defined as justelation.com/ipx…ed/ so think I'll be using the case with it most of the time.

I'm wanting a camera to record my child on holiday / birthdays etc is this the best at this price range or is there anything slightly cheaper?
something small, light, waterproof, decent recording to play back.
Thanks in advance

Kentjo

I'm wanting a camera to record my child on holiday / birthdays etc is … I'm wanting a camera to record my child on holiday / birthdays etc is this the best at this price range or is there anything slightly cheaper? something small, light, waterproof, decent recording to play back.Thanks in advance



I'd say certainly have a look at some of mine & worthinger's replies!! The Sony ticks all the boxes, £100 is not much really for an action camera. There might be cheaper, but that might be at the expense of quality or features.

kris1234

if you wish to buy camera with live view remote ask john lewis for the … if you wish to buy camera with live view remote ask john lewis for the price match.Link here John Lewis set: Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini Camcorder, HD 1080p, 11.9MP, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS Waterproof Case and Live View Remote for £279.95 but they will price match.This is email I have received earlier today :Thank you for your price match request for the Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini Camcorder, HD 1080p, 11.9MP, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS Waterproof Case and Live View Remote.I have looked into your request and will be happy to match the price of £100 for the Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini Camcorder, HD 1080p, 11.9MP, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS Waterproof Case and Live View Remote (product code 82967006) seen at Vodafone.To place this order with us please visit our website. When you have received your items and are satisfied with your purchase, please let me know by return email.



I submitted a request. Lets hope it works. Just wondering if you knew the cheapest price for this version from any UK seller

Won't be using for action as such... no need for strapping onto a helmet etc

boychicken

Missed that deal, would have had one at that price. Without boring … Missed that deal, would have had one at that price. Without boring everyone the Sony AZ1 without case states it's rated to IPX4 - which is defined as http://justelation.com/ipx-ratings-described/ so think I'll be using the case with it most of the time.




I think you mean IP rating first digit solid ingress second digit moisture ingress: IP64 etc.

I didn't see any claims to a 4 rating without the waterproof case on the Sony site - I did see statements that the item is not able to focus underwater. So waterproof case is for use when not submerged.
Edited by: "worthinger" 18th Feb 2016
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