Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 review: Full-size performance in a tiny body

The Good The Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 is smaller and lighter than many competitors; it has excellent video quality with solid electronic image stabilization; the live-view remote lets you wirelessly preview, review and change settings, and has GPS; it has a splashproof body and a removable, rechargeable battery; the included tripod mount gives you plenty of accessory choice.

The Bad Recording at its highest bitrate requires a microSDXC card; changing settings requires a wireless connection to a mobile device or the remote; battery life can be brief; its curved lens isn’t great for underwater use; Wi-Fi connection to the live-view remote is temperamental; using image stabilization reduces its angle of view; the dual-format card slot can be a pain.

The Bottom Line A leaner, lighter version of its top POV camera, the Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 puts big performance in a little package.

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