One thing Sony really pushes on its cameras is the SteadyShot image stabilization, which in theory this gives it a let up over GoPro–since GoPro doesn't offer any stabilization. However, the stabilization is digital (not optical) and simply crops the image a bit to level out the image while taking away quality in the process. In previous Sony action cams, we've hardly noticed a difference and nothing has changed with the X1000V. Additionally, SteadyShot isn't an option for the top modes such as 4K/30p, 1080/120p, and 720/240p, limiting it to modes that are less desirable anyway.
The HDR-AZ1 is 30% smaller than other Sony Action Cams and weighs just 2oz. with full HD 1080p/60, image stabilization, a Zeiss lens and a BIONZ X processor. An optional wrist remote lets you preview footage and control the camera.
When using the case, the X1000V is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof, like most action cams. However, like other Sony action cams we've reviewed, it's only waterproof in relatively shallow water–32 feet to be exact. This is pretty weak when compared to the GoPro which can plunge over four times as deep–up to the deepest depths allowed to most recreational divers.