Unveiled: Sony New Consumer 4K, Action, and Music Camcorder Models

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Sony has just announced three new consumer video cameras for the fall. The most ground-breaking model is the FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera, which supports 3840 x 2160 4K resolution. The other two new models are the HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder and the HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder. The HDR-AS30V is an update on last year’s HDR-AS10 and HDR-AS15 action camera models, while the HDR-MV1 is a one-of-a-kind compact camcorder designed specifically for capturing high-quality audio to match the Full HD video.

FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera

The FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera is Sony’s first consumer-model 4K camcorder. It affords about four times the resolution of a Full HD 1080p camcorder and is outfitted with a variety of professional controls including independent zoom, focus, and iris rings. The FDR-AX1 features a high-performance image processor and a Back Illuminated 8.3MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor that work in concert to facilitate 3840 x 2160p 4K video recording at 60 fps. This means that you’ll be able to record at the camera’s maximum frame rate—even when shooting 4K video.

The FDR-AX1 supports the XAVC-S 4K/HD recording format, which is usually reserved for professional applications. However, since the XAVC-S codec will save as an MP4 wrapper, you can still create web-friendly videos that can be shared easily on social media sites like YouTube. Another highlight of the XAVC-S recording format is its ability to record images at 150 Mbps in 4K and at 50 Mbps in Full HD. The FDR-AX1 has also adopted a more professional type of recording media, thanks to the inclusion of dual next-generation XQD media card slots. Both XQD card slots support fast 4K/HD writing and reading rates. Plus, you can use the relay recording function to switch between XQD slots and lengthen your recording time.

Another feature that makes the FDR-AX1 a professional-class consumer video camera is its audio-recording capability. It records 2-channel Linear PCM (LPCM) audio with a built-in high-performance stereo microphone. However, the camera also features dual integrated professional-class XLR audio inputs for connecting external microphones. You'll even be able to mix audio tracks from the internal microphone with the audio recorded from any connected external mics. The camera’s other connectivity options include a headphone jack, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI output, an analog A/V output, an accessory shoe, and more. The HDMI output facilitates playback of 4K/60p video on a compatible 4K Bravia LED TV.

The FDR-AX1 supports a variety of shot-enhancing functions and manual control options as well. More experienced videographers will be able to take advantage of the independent zoom, focus, and iris rings. Plus, the camera's viewfinder and LCD monitor employ Peaking, Zebra, and Center Marker functionality for more advanced shot setup and focus options. Other image-enhancing features include three ND filters and five unique Paint functions that will help you achieve a more cinematic aesthetic with your movies. With flexible connectivity options, manual controls, 4K recording capability, professional audio inputs, and an intuitive design, the FDR-AX1 bridges the gap between consumer- and professional-class camcorders. Experienced videographers will be able to produce great video and audio with this model. However, even ambitious beginners will be able to master this camera and capture professional-looking, cinematic 4K video with high-quality stereo audio.

Live footage of the FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera below

Optics
Image Sensor 1/2.3" Back Illuminated Exmor R CMOS
Pixel Gross Approx. 18,900,000 pixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 8,300,000 pixels
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Lens Sony G Lens
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot
Aperture f/1.6 - f/3.4
Focal Length 4.1 - 82mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 31.5 - 630mm
Optical Zoom 20x
Filter Diameter 72mm
Minimum Focusing Distance (Wide) Approx. 0.4" (1 cm)
Minimum Focusing Distance (Tele) Approx. 31.5" (80 cm)
Aperture Blades 6
ND Filters Off
1/4
1/16
Jan-64
Control Rings Focus ring
Iris ring
Zoom ring
Recording
Video Signal UHDTV, HDTV
Video Format XAVC-S (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Compatible Formats XAVC-S: MP4 (4:2:0, 150 Mbps, 4K 3840 x 2160/60p)
XAVC-S: MP4 (4:2:0, 150 Mbps, 4K 3840 x 2160/50p)
XAVC-S: MP4 (4:2:0, 60 or 100 Mbps, 4K 3840 x 2160/30p)
XAVC-S: MP4 (4:2:0, 60 or 100 Mbps, 4K 3840 x 2160/25p)
XAVC-S: MP4 (4:2:0, 60 or 100 Mbps, 4K 3840 x 2160/24p)
XAVC-S: MP4 (4:2:0, 50 Mbps, HD 1920 x 1080)
AVCHD: m2ts (4:2:0, up to 28 Mbps, HD 1920 x 1080)
Media Type XQD memory card x 2
Video Resolution 4K: 3840 x 2160p at 60 fps (150 Mbps)
4K: 3840 x 2160p at 30 fps (100 Mbps)
4K: 3840 x 2160p at 30 fps (60 Mbps)
4K: 3840 x 2160p at 24 fps (100 Mbps)
4K: 3840 x 2160p at 24 fps (60 Mbps)
4K: 3840 x 2160p at 50 fps (150 Mbps)
4K: 3840 x 2160p at 25 fps (100 Mbps)
4K: 3840 x 2160p at 25 fps (60 Mbps)
HD: 1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (50 Mbps)
HD: 1920 x 1080p at 30 fps (50 Mbps)
HD: 1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (50 Mbps)
HD: 1920 x 1080p at 50 fps (50 Mbps)
HD: 1920 x 1080p at 25 fps (50 Mbps)
Recording Time (4K) 50 min. with 64GB XQD card (XAVC-S 3840 x 2160/60p, 150 Mbps)
Recording Time (Full HD) 150 min. with 64GB XQD card (XAVC-S 1920 x 1080p/60p,
50 Mbps)
Audio Format Linear PCM (48kHz/16-bit)
Audio Channels 2-channels
Max Microphone Input Level 120 dB SPL
Built-In Microphone Yes (2-channel stereo microphone)
Built-In Speaker Yes (monaural speaker)
Microphone Level Control Yes (2 steps)
Wind Position Yes (On/Off)
Viewfinder
Type 0.45" (1.14 cm)
Backlight Yes
Power Mode Yes
Display
LCD Type 3.5" (8.8 cm) Xtra Fine LCD 3D display
Pixels 1,229,000 pixels
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (wide)
Angle Adjustment (Opening Angle) 180° (max)
Angle Adjustment (Turning Angle) 270° (max)
Backlight Yes (menu)
Coverage 100%
Marker Yes
Focus Control
Focus System Contrast AF
AF Modes Auto
Manual (ring)
Focus Area Full-range focus
Push Auto Focus Yes
Manual Focus Assist Magnified display for precise manual focus
Peaking display
Exposure Control
Metering Modes Multi-segment
Exposure Compensation AE level
AE speed (menu)
Noise Reduction Yes
White Balance Modes Auto
One Push
Outdoor
Indoor
Color Temp
WB Shift Yes
Minimum Illumination (60p) 4 lux (1/30 shutter speed)
Minimum Illumination (50p) 3 lux (1/25 shutter speed)
Auto Iris Control f/1.6 - f/11
Manual Iris Control f/1.6 - f/11
Push Auto Iris Yes
Manual Exposure Assist Zebra pattern display
Connectivity
Memory Card Slot XQD x 2 (for XAVC-S)
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible x 1 (for AVCHD)
SD/SDHC/SDXC x 1 (utility SD slot)
A/V Outputs HDMI output x 1 (HD/4K)
Composite video (RCA) output x 1 (SD)
Analog audio L/R (RCA) output x 1 (SD)
USB Ports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B) x 1
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Host (mass-storage type-A) x 1
Headphone Jack 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini-jack x 1
Microphone Inputs XLR jacks x 2 (line/mic)
DC Input Yes
Remote Terminal Yes
Accessory Shoe Yes
General
Battery Type NP-F970
Power Requirements (Battery Pack)  7.2V
Power Requirements (AC Adapter)  12.4V
Power Consumption Viewfinder (4K): 14.2 W (30p / 60 Mbps)
Viewfinder (HD): 15.4 W (60p / 50 Mbps)
LCD (4K): 14.5 W (30p / 60 Mbps)
LCD (HD): 15.7 W (60p / 50 Mbps)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.44 x 7.6 x 14.25" (189 x 193 x 362mm) including NP-F970 battery
Weight 5.38 lb (2.44 kg) camera only
6.1 lb (2.77 kg) camera and NP-F970 battery

HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder

The HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder is designed specifically for capturing high-quality video and audio. It can record Full HD 1920 x 1080p video at 30 fps and LPCM or AAC stereo audio. For video, it's equipped with a 16MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor and a wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with a 120-degree angle of view. It can also capture HD 1280 x 720p video at 30 fps and it records to the web-friendly MP4 format. The camcorder features a 2.7" LCD monitor as well.

For recording audio, the HDR-MV1 features a 120-degree stereo X/Y microphone array and an external microphone input. It also has a headphone jack for more accurate audio monitoring. You can record audio using the 44.1kHz/16-bit LPCM format or the 48kHz/128kbps AAC format. Plus, the camcorder supports Audio Lip Sync functionality and manual or auto audio-level control. The 2.7" LCD screen features an on-screen meter as well, which you can use to monitor the audio input levels.

For wireless connectivity, the HDR-MV1 features built-in Wi-Fi with One Touch NFC for pairing the camera to your smartphone or tablet. This allows you to use your compatible mobile device as a remote control and a remote monitor. Once you've recorded some footage, you can transfer it to your smartphone via Wi-Fi for immediate uploading to the Internet. There's also a micro-HDMI output and a Multi Terminal USB port that support simultaneous data transfer and charging.

Optics
Sensor Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS
Effective Pixels 16,000,000
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
Viewing Angle 120°
Recording
Video System NTSC
Recording Media MicroSD/SDHC
Memory Stick Micro
Video Format MP4
Video Resolution Full HD 1920 x 1080p (30 fps)
HD 1280 x 720p (30 fps)
Microphone Recording Angle 120°
Audio Channels 2-channels (stereo)
Audio Formats AAC (48kHz/128 kbps)
LPCM (44.1kHz/16-bit)
Display
Display Type LCD
Screen Size 2.7" (6.9 cm)
Pixels 460,000
Connectivity
Interfaces Micro-HDMI output x 1
USB Multi Terminal x 1
1/8" (3.5mm) stereo microphone input x 1
1/8" (3.5mm) stereo headphone output x 1
Wireless Connectivity Built-in Wi-Fi
One Touch NFC (Near Field Communication)
Built-In Microphone Yes (X/Y stereo mic)
Built-In Speaker Yes
General
System Requirements PC & Mac compatible
Battery Type Lithium-Ion

HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder

Last year, Sony announced their first truly rugged action cameras, the HDR-AS10 and the HDR-AS15. This year, they’ve followed up with the HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder. The HDR-AS30V is designed for shooting in the mountains, water, or anywhere else action sports take place. It’s ideal for skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, motocross, skydiving, mountain biking, and any other outdoor adventure sports. The lightweight, rugged, wearable action camcorder supports up to Full HD 1920 x 1080p video recording at 60 fps. It also features a 2x Slow Motion Mode that supports 1280 x 720p HD video capture at 60 fps and a 4x Slow Motion Mode that supports 1280 x 720p HD video capture at 120 fps. Play back your 120-frames-per-second footage at 30 fps for super-slow-motion shots to highlight your action shots, or to review your tricks, form, and technique.

Sony includes a rugged waterproof housing with the HDR-AS30V. The waterproof housing has a universal tripod mount and is waterproof down to a depth of 197 feet (60 m). It is also dirt and dust resistant, which makes the camera nearly impervious to mud, snow, rain, sand, and grime. The camera is equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, which supports a wide 170-degree viewing angle and SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode. It has a Back Illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor as well, which supports superb low-light performance.

Like the HDR-MV1, the HDR-AS30V has built-in Wi-Fi capability. This means that Wi-Fi-enabled mobile phones and tablets can pull optimized movies and photos from the HDR-AS30V without a cable. Once the video is copied onto your mobile device, you can use its 3G or 4G mobile broadband connection to email movies to friends and family or upload your footage to social media sites like Facebook and YouTube. The HDR-AS30V features One Touch NFC connectivity as well, which facilitates easy pairing with your mobile device. A built-in GPS unit allows you to add a geographical narrative to your movies and photos.

Other features of the HDR-AS30V include a Mini-HDMI output, built-in stereo microphone and a memory card slot that supports Memory Stick Micro or microSD/SDHC memory cards. If you’re as serious about capturing quality video as you are about your action sport of choice, then you should definitely consider the HDR-AS30V. The included waterproof housing and optional mounting possibilities make this model flexible and rugged enough for any action sport in virtually any environment.

While the HDR-AS30V is an update on a similar action camera from last year, the other two models announced are truly new and one-of-a-kind offerings from Sony. For more information on any of the models discussed in this announcement, please check out the B&H website or stop by the SuperStore in Manhattan. You can also inquire about these video cameras by calling a B&H sales professional at 1-800-606-6969 or chatting with us in Live Chat expert.

Optics
Sensor Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
Viewing Angle  170°
Image Stabilization SteadyShot with Active Mode
Recording
Video System NTSC
Recording Media MicroSD/SDHC
Memory Stick Micro
Video Resolution PS: Full HD 1920 x 1080p (60 fps)PS: Full HD 1920 x 1080p (60 fps)
HQ: Full HD 1920 x 1080p (30 fps)
STD: HD 1280 x 720p (30 fps)
2x Slow: 1280 x 720p (60 fps)
4x Slow: 1280 x 720p (120 fps)
VGA: SD 640 x 480p (30 fps)
Still Image Resolution 12MP
Audio Format Stereo
Connectivity
Interfaces Mini-HDMI output x 1
USB Multi Terminal x 1
1/8" (3.5mm) stereo microphone input x 1
Built-In Microphone Yes (stereo mic)
Built-In Speakers No
Wireless Connectivity Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in GPS
One Touch NFC (Near Field Communication)
General
Housing (Waterproof) To 197' (60 m)
Housing (Shockproof) To 5' (1.5 m)
System Requirements PC & Mac compatible

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The FDR-AX1 is basically the HXR-NX5U that shoots 4k. A lot of features missing at this price. No super slow motion, no 35mm sensor, no 3G HD-SDI. I'm dissappointed in Sony. Expected much more. This is almost a step back from the NX5U, actually a lateral move from the NX5U as the NX5U does have HD-SDI where this newer model does not. Seems they swapped HD-SDI for 4k and jacked the price up for it.

when will the sony HDR-MV-1 music camera be available for shipping?

i want that camcorder bui aom in tanzania how about transport

Hi Daniel -

These cameras may shipped to Tanzania via UPS.  Simply add the camera to our on-line shopping cart to calculate shipping and delivery to Tanzania.

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