4-547-916-11(1)
Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
This manual describes the basic operation that can be performed with
HDR-AZ1 only.
To use the camera in a variety of ways, you need a smartphone or
tablet supporting a dedicated application, PlayMemories Mobile, or a
separately sold Live-View Remote.
For details, refer to “Read this first” on this manual.
You can download the movie editing PC software “Action Cam Movie
Creator,” limited to this device, from the following URL.
http://www.sony.net/actioncam/support/
See how to use the camera and software at this URL.
•Use an SDXC card faster than Class10 when recording movies in XAVC S.
HDR-AZ1
English
Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the side. Record the serial
number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever
you call your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. HDR-AZ1
Serial No.
Checking the bundled items
Camera (1)
Micro USB cable (1)
Rechargeable battery pack (NP-BY1) (1)
Waterproof Case (SPK-AZ1) (1)
Attachment Buckle (1)
Flat Adhesive Mount (1)
Curved Adhesive Mount (1)
Tripod Adaptor (1)
Set of printed documentation
2
Align the  mark of the battery
with that of the camera
Getting Started
Charging the battery pack
1
Place the battery on the battery
ejection sheet and insert the
battery pack
Insert the battery pack, aligning
the  mark of the battery with
that of the camera and orienting
its printed side, as illustrated
Securely close the cover and slide the lock lever to the LOCK
position. Make sure that the yellow mark on the lock lever is not
visible and the cover is securely closed. Double check that the
battery ejection sheet is not pinched in the cover or sticking out of
the cover. If any foreign matter such as sand gets inside the cover,
the sealing gasket may be scratched, and may result in water
entering the inside of the camera.
To close the cover, perform the operations in step 1 in opposite
order. To eject the battery, pull the battery ejection sheet. There are
chances that the battery may not be ejected if the battery ejection
sheet is stored under the battery. Additionally, this may cause
water leakage.
3
This manual describes the basic operation that can be performed with
HDR-AZ1 only. To use the camera in a variety of ways, you need a
smartphone or tablet supporting a dedicated application,
PlayMemories Mobile, or a separately sold Live-View Remote.
•Installing/how to use PlayMemories Mobile
See the following URL.
http://www.sony.net/pmm/
See also “Connecting to the smartphone” on this
manual.
•How to use Live-View Remote RM-LVR1
(sold separately)
See the instruction manual supplied with RM-LVR1 or
the handbook (PDF).
The instruction manual is released also on the
website.
Access the Sony support page.
http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/Support/
Select your country or region.
Search and download [RM-LVR1] on Sony eSupport.
© 2014 Sony Corporation Printed in China
http://www.sony.net/
1
2
3
Slide the REC HOLD switch and release REC HOLD.
If REC HOLD is released, proceed to step 3.
Press the REC button to start recording.
To stop recording
Press the REC button again.
¦¦ Notes
•Images cannot be played on the camera. To play back images, you need a
smartphone or tablet supporting a dedicated application, PlayMemories Mobile.
•The camera cannot play back audio.
•During periods of extended shooting, camera temperature may rise to a point
where shooting stops automatically.
•The shooting mode setting is set to the Movie mode by default. Change the
shooting settings by using the followings for PHOTO/INTVL recording. For more
information about the operation, refer to the instruction manual on the website.
–– A separately sold Live-View Remote RM-LVR1 (Software version 2.00 or later)
–– A smartphone with PlayMemories Mobile installed
4
Press and hold the Wi-Fi button of the camera after you
hear the camera beep.
After you hear the camera beep again. The camera images will be
displayed in the LCD screen of Live-View Remote, the REC lamp of
Live-View Remote lights up in blue.
¦¦ Notes:
•A text string, with [DIRECT-] abbreviated from the SSID of the camera, will be
displayed on the LCD screen of Live-View Remote.
•Check that the Wi-Fi setting has been set to the single connection when the
SSID is not displayed.
Connecting Live-View Remote to
multiple cameras (up to 5 cameras)
(Multi connection)
1
2
3
4
Turn on the power of the cameras to set the Wi-Fi setting
to the multi connection.
Turn on the power of Live-View Remote.
Set the network settings (connection mode) of Live-View
Remote to the multi connection.
Display the camera registration screen on the LCD screen of
Live-View Remote and shift to the registration standby
mode.
For details on operation, refer to the operating guide of Live-View
Remote.
Wi-Fi setting
Press the Wi-Fi button to switch the Wi-Fi settings of the camera when
connecting to a separately sold Live-View Remote or a smartphone.
•Press the Wi-Fi button of the camera to switch the screen indicator of
the display panel as described below. Icons of available functions will
be displayed.
5
Press and hold the Wi-Fi button of the camera.
Check that the power of the camera is OFF.
To turn off the camera, press the ON/OFF button until the POWER
lamp turns off.
4
Connect the camera to an activated computer with the
micro USB cable (supplied).
Lights in orange while charging
Open the cover.
Read this first
Attach accessories to the camera, as required.
For details on the bundled accessories, refer to the
following.
http://rd1.sony.net/help/cam/1415/h_zz/
Press the ON/OFF button to power on.
Parts and controls
POWER lamp/CHG (Charge)
lamp
REC HOLD switch
REC (Movie/Photo) button
REC lamp/LIVE lamp
Lens
Microphones
Tripod adaptor attachment
hole
 (N mark)
NFC: Near Field
Communication
Speaker
IR remote receiver
Display panel
ON/OFF button
Wi-Fi button
Connector cover (USB)
Multi/Micro USB terminal
Supports Micro USB
compatible devices.
RESET button
Memory card insertion slot
Memory card cover
REC/Access lamp
Battery cover lock lever
Battery ejection sheet
Battery storage area
Battery pack cover
SSID label
Recording
Insert the battery pack.
Switch on the Wi-Fi (Single connection: default)
Connect to multiple cameras (Multi connection)
Perform Live streaming (Live connection)
Switch off the Wi-Fi (OFF)
After you hear the camera beep, the camera images will be
displayed in the LCD screen of the remote control, and the REC
lamp of Live-View Remote lights up in blue.
Repeat steps 3 to 5 to connect to the cameras continuously.
¦¦ Notes:
•Register cameras before connection standby mode of the Live-View Remote is
cancelled.
•The WPS method is used for connecting the Live-View Remote to multiple
cameras. If there is another device using the WPS method in the vicinity of the
cameras, the registration may fail. If the registration fails, reconnect by
performing each step again.
Connecting to the smartphone
Connecting to a separately sold Live-View Remote
Slide the lock lever to the OPEN side.
Open the cover from .
Refer to the operating guide of Live-View Remote as well.
Connecting Live-View Remote to the
camera (Single connection)
Micro USB cable
microSD card/
microSDHC card/
microSDXC card
1
2
Turn on the power of the camera to set the Wi-Fi settings
to the single connection (default).
Inserting a memory card
Memory Stick
Micro™ (Mark2)
media
Turn on the power of Live-View Remote to set the network
settings (connection mode) of the remote control to the
single connection.
3
Printed side
Terminal side
¦¦ Notes
•Make sure that the connector cover (USB), the memory card cover and the
battery pack cover are securely closed and any foreign matters are not stuck in
the cover before use. Otherwise, this may cause water leakage.
Android OS
Search for PlayMemories Mobile on Google Play, then install it.
•When using One-touch functions (NFC), Android 4.0 or later is
required.
iOS
Select the SSID of the camera using Live-View Remote.
Insert the memory card properly, confirming each side is facing the
correct direction.
*Use an SDXC card faster than Class10 when recording movies in XAVC S.
Installing PlayMemories Mobile™ on
your smartphone
For details on operation, refer to the operating guide of Live-View
Remote.
Search for PlayMemories Mobile on App Store, then install it.
•When using iOS, One-touch functions (NFC) are not available.
¦¦ Notes
•Update PlayMemories Mobile to the latest version if you have already installed
it on your smartphone.
•The Wi-Fi function described in this Operating Guide is not guaranteed to work
with all smartphones and tablets.
•The operation methods and display screens for the application are subject to
change without notice by future upgrades.
•For more information about PlayMemories Mobile, refer to the following
website.
(http://www.sony.net/pmm/)
Connecting
Android
Turn on the power of this camera to set the Wi-Fi setting to the
single connection (default).
Start PlayMemories Mobile on the smartphone.
Select the SSID, as printed on the sticker attached to the back side of
the battery pack cover.
Input the password on the same sticker (First time only).



Notes on long-time recording
•Camera body and battery may get warm with use – this is normal.
•Avoid using the camera for a long time when holding the camera in
your hand or when it is directly touching your skin. It is recommended
that you use the supplied adhesive mounts or waterproof case, or
optional mount accessories.
•Under high ambient temperatures, the temperature of the camera
rises quickly.
•Leave the camera alone for 10 minutes or longer to allow the
temperature inside the camera to decrease to a safe level.
•When the temperature of the camera rises, the image quality may
deteriorate. It is recommended that you wait until the temperature of
the camera drops before continuing to shoot images.
On the overheat protection
Depending on the camera and battery temperature, you may be unable
to record movies or the power may turn off automatically to protect the
camera. A message will be displayed on the screen of Live-View
Remote before the power turns off or you can no longer record movies.
In this case, leave the power off and wait until the camera and battery
temperature goes down. If you turn on the power without letting the
camera and battery cool enough, the power may turn off again or you
may be unable to record movies.
Android (Supporting NFC)
About dust-proof and waterproof performance
Touch the (N mark) of the smartphone against the (N mark) of the
camera.
When PlayMemories Mobile starts, settings are automatically applied
to establish Wi-Fi connection.
•The camera is dust-proof and waterproof (Depth of water 5 m (16
feet), 30 minutes continuously).
For the notes on use of the waterproof case, refer to the instruction
manual on the web.
iPhone
Turn on the power of this camera to set the Wi-Fi setting to the
single connection (default).
Open [Settings] on the smartphone.
Select [Wi-Fi] on the smartphone.
Select the SSID, as printed on the sticker attached to the back side of
the battery pack cover.
Input the password on the same sticker (First time only).
Confirm that the SSID of the camera is displayed on the smartphone.
Return to the Home screen, then start PlayMemories Mobile.




Note on optional accessories
Genuine Sony accessories may not be available in some countries/
regions.
Security in the use of wireless LAN devices
•To avoid hacking, access by malicious third parties, and other
vulnerabilities, confirm that the wireless LAN is always secure.
•It is very important to set up security on a wireless LAN.
•If a problem occurs due to inadequate security measures or due to
foreseeable circumstances, Sony Corporation is not responsible for
any resulting damage.
Note on wireless network function
•We assume no responsibility whatsoever for any damage caused by
unauthorized access to, or unauthorized use of, destinations loaded
on the camera, resulting from loss or theft.
Checking without a sticker
If the sticker is peeled off or becomes difficult to be read, you can recall
your user ID and password by the following procedure.
Insert a charged battery pack into the camera.
Connect the camera to a computer with the micro USB cable
(supplied).
Press the ON/OFF button to turn on the power.
Display [Computer]  [PMHOME]  [INFO]  [WIFI_INF.TXT] on
your computer, then confirm your ID and password.
Live streaming
You can perform the live distribution of movies to an online video
sharing site such as USTREAM by using a smartphone that can tether to
a camera or a Wi-Fi router in the live connection.
For details on operation, refer to “Live streaming with the camera” in
the instruction manual on the website.
http://rd1.sony.net/help/cam/1410/h_zz/
Note on using
Wi-Fi function
•Use the camera in accordance with the regulations of the area of use.
•You cannot use the Wi-Fi function of the camera underwater.
On operating temperatures
The camera is designed for use in temperatures between -5°C and 40°C
(23°F and 104°F). Shooting in extremely cold or hot places that exceed
this range is not recommended.
Specifications
Signal format:
HDTV
Power requirements:Rechargeable battery pack: 3.7 V (NP-BY1)
Multi/Micro USB terminal: 5.0 V
USB charging:
DC 5.0 V, 500 mA
Rechargeable battery pack NP-BY1:
Maximum charge voltage: DC 4.2 V
Maximum charge current: 975 mA
Splash-proof:
IPX4 (based on our tests)
Operating temperature: -5 °C to +40 °C (23 °F to 104 °F)
Storage temperature:-20 °C to +60 °C (-4 °F to +140 °F)
Dimensions (Approx.):
24.2 mm × 36.0 mm × 74.0 mm (31/32 in. × 1 7/16
in. × 3 in.) (W/H/D, excluding protrusions and
excluding the supplied waterproof case)
Mass:
Approx. 48 g (1.7 oz) (main body only)
Total weight in use: Approx. 63 g (2.2 oz) (including the battery pack,
excluding the supplied waterproof case)
•This camera is splash-proof.
The camera body has IPX4 splash-proof performance (based on our
tests).
•Design and specifications are subject to change without notice for
future upgrades.
On trademarks
•Memory Stick and
are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony
Corporation.
•Mac is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. in the United States and other
countries.
•iOS is a registered trademark or trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc.
•Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
•iPhone is a trademark or a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
•Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi logo, Wi-Fi PROTECTED SET-UP are registered trademarks of the
Wi-Fi Alliance.
•The N Mark is a trademark or registered trademark of NFC Forum, Inc. in the
United States and in other countries.
•Adobe, the Adobe logo, and Adobe Acrobat are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other
countries.
•microSDXC logo is a trademark of SD-3C, LLC.
CAN ICES-3 B/NMB-3 B
In addition, system and product names used in this manual are, in
general, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
developers or manufacturers. However, the ™ or  marks may not be
described in this manual.
If you have any questions about this product, you may call:
Sony Customer Information Center
1-800-222-SONY (7669)
The number below is for the FCC related matters only.
WARNING
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock,
1) do not expose the unit to rain or moisture.
2) do not place objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on the
apparatus.
Do not expose the batteries to excessive heat such as sunshine, fire
or the like.
CAUTION
Battery pack
If the battery pack is mishandled, the battery pack can burst, cause a
fire or even chemical burns. Observe the following cautions.
•Do not disassemble.
•Do not crush and do not expose the battery pack to any shock or force such as
hammering, dropping or stepping on it.
•Do not short circuit and do not allow metal objects to come into contact with
the battery terminals.
•Do not expose to high temperature above 60°C (140°F) such as in direct sunlight
or in a car parked in the sun.
•Do not incinerate or dispose of in fire.
•Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium ion batteries.
•Be sure to charge the battery pack using a genuine Sony battery charger or a
device that can charge the battery pack.
•Keep the battery pack out of the reach of small children.
•Keep the battery pack dry.
•Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by Sony.
•Dispose of used battery packs promptly as described in the instructions.
AC Adaptor
Use the nearby wall outlet (wall socket) when using the AC Adaptor.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet (wall socket)
immediately if any malfunction occurs while using the apparatus.
Battery charger
Even when the CHARGE lamp of this battery charger is off, the power is
not disconnected. If any trouble occurs while this unit is in use, unplug
it from the wall outlet (wall socket) to disconnect the power.
Even if your camera is turned off, AC power source (mains) is still
supplied to it while connected to the wall outlet (wall socket) via the AC
Adaptor.
For customers in the U.S.A. and CANADA
RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
Lithium-Ion batteries are recyclable.
You can help preserve our environment by returning your
used rechargeable batteries to the collection and
recycling location nearest you.
For more information regarding recycling of rechargeable
batteries, call toll free
1-800-822- 8837, or visit http://www.call2recycle.org/
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking Lithium-Ion
batteries.
This equipment complies with FCC/IC radiation exposure limits set forth
for an uncontrolled environment and meets the FCC radio frequency
(RF) Exposure Guidelines and RSS-102 of the IC radio frequency (RF)
Exposure rules.
This equipment has very low levels of RF energy that are deemed to
comply without testing of specific absorption ratio (SAR).
For Customers in the USA
Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: HDR-AZ1
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment must not be co-located or operated in conjunction with
any other antenna or transmitter.
CAUTION
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly
approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this
equipment.
Note
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits
for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to
correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
–– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
–– Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
–– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
–– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The supplied interface cable must be used with the equipment in order
to comply with the limits for a digital device pursuant to Subpart B of
Part 15 of FCC Rules.
For Customers in Canada
This device complies with Industry Canada licence-exempt RSS
standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this
device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation
of the device.
For Customers in Europe
Notice for the customers in the countries applying EU
Directives
Manufacturer: Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 108-0075
Japan
For EU product compliance: Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger
Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany
Battery pack
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Hereby, Sony Corporation, declares that this equipment is in compliance
with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of
Directive 1999/5/EC. For details, please access the following URL:
http://www.compliance.sony.de/
Notice
If static electricity or electromagnetism causes data transfer to
discontinue midway (fail), restart the application or disconnect and
connect the communication cable (USB, etc.) again.
This product has been tested and found compliant with the limits set
out in the EMC regulation for using connection cables shorter than 3
meters (9.8 feet).
The electromagnetic fields at the specific frequencies may influence
the picture and sound of this unit.
Disposal of waste batteries and electrical and electronic
equipment(applicable in the European Union and other
European countries with separate collection systems)
This symbol on the product, the battery or on the
packaging indicates that the product and the battery shall
not be treated as household waste. On certain batteries
this symbol might be used in combination with a chemical
symbol.
The chemical symbols for mercury (Hg) or lead (Pb) are added if the
battery contains more than 0.0005% mercury or 0.004% lead. By
ensuring these products and batteries are disposed of correctly, you
will help prevent potentially negative consequences for the
environment and human health which could otherwise be caused by
inappropriate waste handling. The recycling of the materials will help to
conserve natural resources.
In case of products that for safety, performance or data integrity
reasons require a permanent connection with an incorporated battery,
this battery should be replaced by qualified service staff only. To ensure
that the battery and the electrical and electronic equipment will be
treated properly, hand over these products at end-of-life to the
applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic
equipment. For all other batteries, please view the section on how to
remove the battery from the product safely. Hand the battery over to
the applicable collection point for the recycling of waste batteries. For
more detailed information about recycling of this product or battery,
please contact your local Civic Office, your household waste disposal
service or the shop where you purchased the product or battery.
For Customers in Singapore