Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1: Robust Flyweight [Test]

Review: Sony’s microscopic Action Cam Mini can easily play with the store-if you have a spare battery.

Actioncams are popular. Where the sale of traditional compact and video cameras have mastered the dive since the smart phone was a mainstream activity, defying actioncams trend. This year alone, there are in Denmark sold 80% more of the small rugged cameras.

Most Associates GoPro with action-camera, a market which the company single-handedly has created with ultra compact camcorders and a ultrabredt field of vision that swallows the viewers and places them in the actionens Centre.

Sony, however, is no newcomer on the camera front, and the third generation of their actioncam series, is now a microscopic little brother. Sony’s mini realms is called, therefore, to be expected, Action Cam Mini, followed by code name HDR-AZ1.

But even if it is a lilliput, featuring mini on features that belong to the great colleagues. Here you get Wi-Fi, 120 fps slow motion, waterproof shell and 12 megapixels. Enough to satisfy most action-men and-women.

Specifications Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1

Goals: 74 x 36 x 24 mm, 63 grams
Optics: f/2, 8, 170 degree field of vision (120 with digital stabilization)
Shutter speeds: 1/30-1/10,000 sec
Resolution: 11.9 MP EXMOR sensor
Video resolutions: 1080 p: 60/50/30/25/24 fps up to 28 mbps AVCHD or 50 mbps XAVC-S, 720 p/60 p/30 p 120p: up to 28 mbps, VGA 3MBps
Sound: Built-in stereo microphone
Moreover: Wi-Fi, NFC, IPX4-vandfvisende
Included equipment: tripod adapter, 1-helmet mount with quick-release, 1 flattop mount with quick-release, dykkerhus (waterproof to 5 m)
Price: approx. 1,750.0-NOK

 

A mini-mini

When Sony says mini, so does this actually micro. The diminutive House at 74 x 36 x 24 mm do not occupy more than bold lighter, and with a weight of 63 grams including battery and micro-SD card, is the right to have in your pocket.

Although it is easy, it by no means feels fragile. It is plastic Yes, but of the good LEGO-type that can survive even if you were to inadvertently step on it.

At the same time, the House IPX4 water resistant, which means that it also does not fear the rain showers.Minien must be dipped or exposed to salt spray, however, you can fill it with a waterproof housing (SPK-AZ1) approved down to 5 meters depth, which rows to pool-action or a little snorklen.

The water-resistant design means that the battery and all ports are hidden behind watertight doors, giving a little extra hurdle when the micro-SD card, or micro-Usb to charge the battery.

Buttons are small and soft but the main button, REC button, is easy to hit. At the same time, there are several LED light surrounding the camera indicating whether everything is absorbed as it should.

In order to be able to squeeze the little electronics on so little space, Sony has been forced to scrap the tripod mount and using it instead of a smaller screw. A sulkily detail, but fortunately include Sony a little shine to the tripod mount.

Sony, however, again by including two quick-release plates and a bracket that can be glued onto a helmet, and another that can be pasted to any surface. The quick relase is also ekviperet with a Barb which makes the camera not smoking by early. It is ready for action.

Live view with wait times

Actioncams based on their ultravidvinklede fish lenses to make sure that you get it all with the slogan has therefore also been. to a viewfinder is unnecessary, point and shoot – and you get the whole with. Once in a while it might be nice to be able to see exactly what shooting and have Sony two solutions.

Minicam’en houses a Wi-Fi chip that can stream the video or the photos over to your smartphone. Setup should in theory not be harder than keeping the NFC chip up to your mobile and Sony’s Play memories Mobile ‘ app available for download.

Unfortunately, the practice is not nearly as straightforward. You must find a password behind the battery door and even when the two entities has welcomed and know each other, it takes between 5 and 30 seconds to reconnect. Not much speed and action of the field here.

Same småfrusterende drowsiness is experienced when the connection is created. Video-preview is far from being liquid, which ranks just fine for static subjects, but when the hot-tempered movements must be followed, it requires that you predict where your subject will be moving to. But it is always better than just guess, and so it is a pleasure to be able to share his film clips from the field of.

Option two is an acquisition. It is a wireless monitor that can be worn as a watch and which reproduces the actioncam’en looks at a small 1.8 “display. The glasses also knows to sprinkle the GPS coordinates of the video file.

Action Cam Mini also has only a tiny screen with 4 icons to indicate battery and card mode and whether Wi-Fi’en is enabled. Do you want to change in the settings, there is therefore no way around either the smart phone or remote control.

Good, short film

To capture the outside world allied itself with optics specialist Zeiss Sony by giving the Action cam mini a f/2.8 Tessar optics.

The image field is at 170 degrees which is a true Fisheye, with its distorted edges, but at the same time creates the first person’s views characterising GoPros and actioncams in General.

You can record for up to full HD at 60 images which good liquid videos, even when it goes wild for one. Are you adroit with a video editing program, you can simultaneously use the videos to interesting time-lapses or slow motion effects.

Screws you resolution down to HD (720 p) the frequency can be increased up to 120 fps, which provides up to 5 x slow motion without stutters. The video is of course not nearly as detailed as in full HD, but the colors are beautiful.

The actual video quality also depends on the selected bitrate, which is an expression of how compressed the files are. Are you using the correct micro-SDXC cards, you can achieve up to 50 mbps, which is more than twice than what smartphones provide.

Here is the Action Cam Mini, however, very picky with the choice of map. You should ensure that your micro-SD card is at least 64 GB, formatted in exFAT and supports UHS-3 before you can shoot in the highest XAVC-S option.

You can define where colorful results should be, but the white balance is fully automatic. Only feature here, is an underwater mode which is ideal for snorkeling trip.

Results are generally convincing, with good colors and a quick ability to adjust contrast and lighting. I suspect, however, Zeiss Optics core to have been dragging their feet, for crunching sharp is the video never, especially not at the edges.
It POPs in particular face when flipped photos where the 12 megapixel large photos so missing a shot details. Fortunately, the good colors and good dynamics and contrast continue to find.

Audio captured by two MICS in front, which generally makes it well and manages to keep wind noise in Ave. parabola is you must on the waterproof, will the sound quality significantly deteriorates.

When darkness falls on Sonyen is not incompetent, but the noise gets quick poured grits over the recordings when light levels are under normal indoor lighting. As with most actioncams, the results are clearly best in daylight.

Sony includes a digital stabilization, ensuring less shaky footage, but trims the field dramatically to 120 degrees. It gives a completely different perspective, but sometimes creates some unnatural Jolt that makes that I prefer the full angle mode.

The last potential dealbreaker is battery life. The small goal makes the battery is compact, which limits the life drastically – with both Wi-Fi and highest video resolution ends filming after just 22 minutes. Turn on Wi-Fi from and neddrosler solution, you can approach an hour of footage. In time-lapse mode, it was to small 2000 photos with 2 second interval before minien gave up.

Action Cam Movie Creator

When skiing, surf or bike ride is in the box stops the possibilities not there. You can edit your movies in Sony’s free desktop application ‘ Action Cam Movie Creator ‘.

It is a simple piece of software that provides few but useful features. Thus, you can easily cut and crop your videos or add slow motion effects. You can simultaneously make exciting multi-view videos where up to four videos put together, with each their field of vision or with the remote control’s GPS data.

However, I do miss a few options to get more out of the footage. A de-fish feature to correct the crumb recordings will be welcome, along with the ability to add filters to the footage.

A small compromise

With a price tag around the 1,750.0-DKK puts Sony’s mini camera at the low end of the Centre square among actioncams. For the money you get a robust unit that does not intend to give up under even the worst conditions.

The camera is so light and compact that it is easy to carry everywhere. When the videos at the same time, is both beautiful and colorful, seems Action cam mini saved for your next adventure.

However, there are a few bigger buts. I riles me above that Sony has not made sure to include a better optics in the camera. One could also call for højopløste 4 k videos, but the reality is that the optics with the fine Zeiss-surname cannot deliver the necessary resolution.

When the battery at the same time do not keep long and the wireless connection is not particularly fast and reliable, I have a hard time fully recommend mikrokameraet.

We therefore ends on 4 ½ out of 6 stars.

Note: Sony Action Cam mini is available in bundle together with Sony’s latest flagship Xperia Z3 + up to 25.June. for 5,499.0-NOK.

 

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