Next month we get the Sony AZ1. And I can tell you I’m very excited. I’ve been looking at a few different action cameras to film Metal Detecting videos. I really didn’t want to haul around a camcorder on a tripod, so a head-mounted solution was ideal. And I do like the GoPro Hero 3+ Black‘s footage and accessories, but the Sony AS100v was cheaper, more streamlined, and has stabilization. And you get all the fun of the AS100v in a smaller package! Which proves you can’t buy any tech because something smaller and better will come out the next month! Compare the difference between the AS100V and the AZ1 here.
When considering the AS100v, I was on the fence about whether to get the wrist live view remote, especially when I could perform the same functions on a cell phone app. But again, with metal detecting mud gets everywhere, so the ability to just rinse it off was key. Sony was able to make the AZ1 smaller by moving the GPS to the wrist remote. So you lose GPS if you just get the camera alone. And I assume you can’t playback video or pictures on it like the AS100 version.
Here are the specs for the new “mini” action cam.
- 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
Now here’s what I really love: This clip! That’s perfect to clip on my baseball cap for metal detecting. Before I was looking at the Sony Universal head mount, but then I couldn’t wear a hat. This clip is just perfect! And it looks like (but not 100% confirmed) Sony moved the mic jack to the back of the camera. So the 1/4 20 adapter (why does Sony use the mini thread!?) doesn’t cover up ports!!!
[Edit] Ok sad news. I learned that the AZ1 just won’t have many ports to cover! They removed the mic jack, the micro HDMI, and composite video port. The remaining port Sony calls a “Multi/Micro USB Terminal.” Does that mean a mic adapter? Time will tell.
Oh yeah, I’m pre-ordering this today. Here’s a couple videos you can drool over till UPS shows up.