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Small wonder: New Action Cam Mini from Sony gives you a great new point of view

Press Release   •  Sep 03, 2014 15:00 GMT

·  Smallest ever Action Cam Mini at just 63g is approximately 2/3 size and weight of existing models[i] and goes wherever adventure takes you

·  New wrist-mounted Live-View Remote with GPS

·  Fabulous Action Cam Mini picture quality with ZEISS Tessar® lens, Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and advanced SteadyShot™ image stabilisation

·  Live internet video streaming via USTREAM™ allows you share your experiences with friends immediately and free Action Cam Movie Creator software[ii] enables you to simply create a stunning video

Sony’s smallest ever Action Cam, the HDR-AZ1VR, brings you sensational Action Cam picture and sound quality in a tiny full HD video camera that’s all ready for adventure.

Whether you’re off on your travels, embarking on a mountain trek, riding your bike or just walking around, the new Action Cam Mini captures fabulous point-of-view footage, wherever you’re headed. Tipping the scales at just 63g[iii], the HDR-AZ1 is just 2/3 the size of its Action Cam siblings but squeezed into its tiny dimensions, you’ll find many of the same leading Sony technologies such as advanced SteadyShot and delivers eye-popping Full HD pictures, crisp stereo sound and great features that have made the Sony Action Cam famous. With the ability to capture high bit-rate recording at 50mbps in XAVC S and a 170° wide angle lens, the power of the HDR-AZ1 belies its small size.

Action Cam Mini’s tough, IPX4 equivalent splash-proof design shrugs off torrential rain or muddy puddles. And if your taste for adventure is even more extreme, the supplied waterproof case protects the camera from accidental bumps and drops, sand, grit and immersion to depths of 5m[iv].

Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1VR package comes complete with the brand-new RM-LVR2V Live-View Remote[v]. This handy wrist-mounted commander with screen not only lets you view shots, but also fully control and adjust settings, playback and delete footage whilst the camera is mounted on your head or handlebars. It is also able to control up to 5 cameras if you’re looking for a dramatic multi POV video. The remote now logs GPS data that’s transferred to the camera while you’re on the move and it is through moving this GPS tracking capability to the remote that Sony has been able to achieve the downsizing it was aiming for in the AZ1.

When you’re back home, the new Action Cam Movie Creator software allows you to make stunning video easily with intuitive operations. You can enjoy a wide selection of editing functions such as speed and distance overlays to add extra depth to your videos. It’s a great way to re-trace every twist and turn of that bike trek or half-marathon and with the ability to shoot high frame rate recording at 120 fps, you can make beautiful and smooth slow-motion footage.

The camera’s back-illuminated Exmor RTM CMOS sensor is teamed with a premium ZEISS lens and Sony’s powerful BIONZ XTM processor for fabulously vivid, detailed images – even if you’re shooting in fading light at the end of a long day. Advanced SteadyShot[vi] realizes stable and beautiful images whether you’re walking or experiencing the rapid vibrations when riding a motorcycle.

The HDR-AZ1VR can stream live video of your adventures to the world via a live streaming site such as USTREAM, right while it’s happening[vii]. You can send a message via SNS when starting the live streaming to alert friends that the action is about to commence, see the number of viewers and record the streaming video to a memory card.  

An expanded range of accessories gives more options than ever for using Action Cam Mini while you’re out and about. The VCT-BPM1 Backpack Mount attaches the camera securely to the strap of a rucksack[viii]. The BLT-CHM1 is a clip-on style Head Mount Kit that fixes the camera firmly to a cap for the perfect point-of-view shooting solution. The SPK-AZ1 Waterproof Case means that you don’t have to worry about splashes and the NP-BY1 Rechargeable Battery Pack eliminates the worry of running out of charge. The ACC-TRDCY Accessory Kit combines a battery and USB charger and there’s also a choice of four specially-tailored Action Cam Mini kits, with all the extras needed to suit your lifestyle – whether you’rea biker, snowboarder or just hungry for thrills.

The Action Cam official website which will feature product updates and product videos will launch imminently and can be accessed at http://www.sony.net/actioncam

The new HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini from Sony is available to pre-order now from www.sony.co.uk. It’s on general sale in Europe from October 2014.

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HDR-AZ1VR - technical specifications

Image sensor

1/2.3-type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with 11.9 megapixels (effective, approx.)

Image processor

BIONZ X

Video formats

XAVC S: 

1920x1080 60p/50p(50Mbps)

1920x1080 30p/25p(50Mbps)

1920x1080 24p(50Mbps)

MP4: 

PS:   1920x1080 60p/50p (28Mbps),

HQ:  1920x1080 30p/25p (16Mbps),

STD: 1280x720 30p/25p (6Mbps)

SSLOW: 1280x720 120p/100p (6Mbps)

VGA:   640x480 30p/25p (3Mbps)

HS120(HS100): 1280x720 120p/100p (28Mbps)

Lens type

ZEISS Tessar® F2.8

Angle of view

SteadyShot OFF: approx. 170°

SteadyShot ON: approx. 120°

Image stabilisation

SteadyShot

Audio

Stereo microphone

GPS

Yes[ix]

Terminals

Multi/Micro USB Terminal (Supports Micro USB compatible devices)

Wi-Fi/NFC

Yes (One-touch remote)

Dimensions

WxHxD 24.2 x 36.0 x 74.0 mm (approx.)

Media card compatibility

MP4: Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), Memory Stick Micro™ (Mark 2)

XAVC S: Micro SDXC Memory Card (Class 10)

Weight

Approx. 63g (with supplied battery)

RM-LVR2 (supplied with HDR-AZ1VR) - specifications

Key features

GPS,WiFi, Waterproof to 3m

Weight

Approx. 98g (with belt)

Dimensions

WxHxD 72.3mm x50.2mm x20.8mm (approx.)

Terminals

Multi/Micro USB Terminal (Supports Micro USB compatible devices)


[i] Approx 63g including battery. 2/3 the size of the HDR-AS100V Action Cam

[ii] Downloadable from http://www.sony.net/actioncam/support/

[iii] Approximate weight including battery

[iv] Up to 5m and 30 minutes continuous underwater performance enables the user to capture water based activities such as surfing and kayaking. The focus operation is not compatible with underwater activities such as snorkelling.

[v] RM-LVR2V is not sold separately.

[vi] To the same levels as the HDR-AS100V

[vii] Video resolution is 1280×720 or 640×480. Requires registration to a video streaming site and Wi-Fi connectable smartphone (tethering) or Wi-Fi network environment.

[viii] The VCT-BPM1 Backpack Mount attaches the camera securely to the strap of a rucksack

[ix] Embedded in RM-LVR2V remote, not in HDR-AZ1 body


Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world.  Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $75 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.  Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net/


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