Interbike: Sony shrinks their POV Action Camera with the AZ1VR

Awesome image quality, sound and image stabilization now comes in a much smaller package

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Both Sony Cameras Side View

Sony now has two Action Cameras, the AS100V and the small AZ1VR. They are shown in the photo side by side, illustrating how small the AZ1VR is. The bigger AS100V weighs in at 92 grams and costs $298. The small AZ1VR is 62 grams and costs $249.

The main difference between the two, is the big one has more battery life and can take still photos at 13.1 megapixels. The smaller one takes photos at 11.9 megapixels.

Both Sony Cameras Front View

Good news is video quality, sound and image stabilization are still category leading for POV cameras. Sony is most proud of their image stabilization though, as they claim no one in the category rivals them. It makes the video so much more viewable in a wide variety of applications.

There are now an array of mounts and accessories, like a wrist-held remote and monitor. These connect via Wi-Fi and can take the place of a smart phone for live-viewing of the video.

Sony Camera With Wrist Band Remote

The Details
  • Record up to 1080 60p (50 Mbps) Video
  • Capture 13.5MP stills with Photo Mode, 11.1 MP for the smaller AS1VR
  • Built-in GPS & Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Splash-resistant body with standard tripod mount
  • Included housing is waterproof to 16.4′
  • SteadyShot Image Stabilization, considered the best in the POV category
  • HDMI Output & Stereo Microphone Input, standard mic records in stereo
  • $298 (AS100V) and $249 (AZ1VR) MSRP
Sample video by Tony Hawk

For more information visit www.sony.com.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.


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  • Andrew says:

    I has the previous model the HDR-AS15 with wifi and it was plagued with battery jostling issues. Hopefully they worked that out. The quality was good but the camera was unmountable without the huge plastic case, much like the gopro. I now own a contour and am very happy with its low form factor for helmets. The AS15 felt like a lead sail overhead in its huge case.

    • Shredman says:

      The larger of the 2 still looks pretty big. I’ll stick with my Contour too. It’s low profile, rotatable lens and great image are awesome.

  • Francis Cebedo says:

    >> Contour is good hardware. But it is 4 year old technology.

    The small Sony is much smaller and has way better color, low light, sound and stabilization and waterproofing. Plus you get the remote LCD and phone viewing.

    If you already have another camera, Buying a new one is always a tough choice. But if you’re in the market for a new one, there’s no comparison.

    • Jamal Warner says:

      Well said Francis . I love my Contour, but I recently had to go with a Gopro 3+…. I couldn’t have says it better… Bear firm factor it there by far. But a lot changes inside these cameras in 4 years. That’s a lifetime in camera technology

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