Sony FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

Sony FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

Sony FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 4K Ultra HD Video at 30 fps/20MP Stills
  • 1" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • Bionz X Processor
  • Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* Lens
  • 12x Optical Zoom & 24x Clear Image Zoom
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • 0.39" OLED EVF / 3.5" XtraFine LCD
  • High Speed 120 fps Recording
  • Records XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4
  • Wi-Fi / NFC Connectivity
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Sony FDR-AX100 overview

  • 1Description

The black Sony FDR-AX100 Full HD Camcorder brings 4K Ultra HD video to the palm of your hand, delivering resolution four times that of Full HD. The 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor is approximately 8x larger than that of typical camcorders, allowing you to capture cinematic images with shallow depth-of-field for defocused backgrounds. The camcorder features a wide-angle Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom plus 24x Clear Image digital zoom. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode delivers smooth video, and 3-Way-Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother results.

The FDR-AX100 is a versatile camcorder that lets you capture 4K Ultra HD 3840x2160 video at 24 and 30 fps. You can also record Full HD 1920x1080 video in XAVC S, AVCHD, or web-optimized MP4, as well as take high-quality 20 MP still images. Media is recorded to SD or Memory Stick Duo memory cards. For X-AVC S recording, SDXC Class 10 cards are required.

Frame your shots using either the large 3.5" XtraFine LCD touchscreen, or with the high-contrast 0.39" OLED EVF. For connectivity, the camcorder provides a USB 2.0 port, Micro HDMI output, and a Composite Video output. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support lets you use your smartphone or tablet to control the camera, as well as wirelessly transfer files to your mobile device for sharing, and back up data on your computer.

A rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, AC adapter, power cord, HDMI Micro cable, and a USB connection support cable come included. Also included are a lens hood, lens cap, and RMT-835 Remote Commander with battery.

Capture 4K Ultra HD Video
Capture the finest details in 4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution. This camcorder allows incredibly high resolution, to produce vibrant and realistic images. In addition, the fast image processor is the same one employed in professional Sony camcorder models, making it possible to record 60p movies at Full HD resolution for incredibly smooth and sharp playback, with no loss in realism, even when panning the camera and shooting moving subjects.
1" Exmor CMOS Sensor
The camcorder features Sony's first 1.0" Exmor R CMOS sensor. The back-illuminated technology improves low-light sensitivity and combines with Sony's Column A/D Conversion to reduce noise by 50%. This is great when shooting in dimly lit environments such as night landscapes or indoor scenes.
20 MP Still Images
Capture high-quality 20 MP still images, as well as 14.2 MP (16:9) and 15 MP (4:3) images. You can also take 2.1 MP images while recording video.
Versatile Shooting with XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4 Codecs
The FDR-AX100 records Full HD movies in the XAVC S format, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec for compression while saving files in a MP4 wrapper. The highly compressed files allow for longer record times. The camcorder also records in AVCHD, providing high-quality video for HDTV playback and Blu-ray disc burning. Additionally, the camcorder can shoot MP4 HD video, which is ideal for sharing over the internet at up to 28Mbps. Having the ability to switch between all three of three formats makes this camcorder a versatile tool content creation. For the greatest flexibility, you can even record AVCHD and MP4 formats simultaneously.
New Firmware 3.00 Options
With the recent firmware upgrade, free to camera owners with firmware below 3.00, the camera can now record 4K at 100 Mb/s when recording 4K video with the XAVC S codec. Please note that an SDXC UHS-I U3 or higher card is required for 4K 100 Mbps recording. The firmware update also brings to the camera the ability to capture images from XAVC S movie, adjustable trimming frame size when using the Trimming Playback function with XAVC S 4K movies, and improved autofocus performance when tracking a person.
Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* Lens with 12x Optical Zoom
The FDR-AX100 comes equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens. It features a wide 35mm-equivalent focal length of 29mm, making it suitable for capturing landscapes, as well as 12x optical zoom and 24x Clear Image zoom, for getting close to the action.
BIONZ X Processor Enables High Speed 120 fps Recording
The BIONZ X Image processor enables the camcorder to create more naturally vivid and lifelike images with higher resolutions. Detail reproduction technology optimally filters edges and textures differently depending on the scene. It also features area specific noise reduction which swiftly and efficiently analyzes the subject and reduces noise. The image processor also allows you to record at 120 fps for slow-motion playback at 1/5th the speed when played back at 24 fps after post-processing.
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Intelligent Active Mode is an advanced optical Image stabilization technology that corrects camera shake to capture scenes with smoothness and stability. Intelligent Active Mode analyzes video frames and provides compensation with assistance from the BIONZ X image processing engine. Whether recording movies while walking or zooming, you can capture scenes with a higher level of stability.
High Contrast 0.39" OLED EVF
The FDR-AX100 provides a high contrast 0.39" OLED Tru-Finder EVF which reproduces rich color and deep blacks. The optical design of the EVF utilizes four dual-surface aspherical lenses, allowing for a 33° wide viewing angle that is clear from edge-to-edge of the viewfinder.
Large 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD
The 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD screen features a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 921K dot resolution, delivering sharp, bright, and vivid images. The large screen allows you to compose your shots more easily, even when outdoors.
Simple Connectivity to Smartphones via Wi-Fi/NFC
Built-in Wi-Fi/NFC support enables easy connectivity with smartphones for one-touch sharing and one-touch remote control. NFC (near field communication) provides "touch connection" convenience when transferring images to Android smartphones and tablets. You simply touch your NFC-compatible device to the camcorder to establish a connection.
Multi Interface Accessory Shoe
Expand photographic and movie shooting possibilities by attaching optional accessories via the Multi Interface Shoe. Attach an electronic viewfinder, external flash, stereo microphone, or even a compatible remote control via the Multi Terminal.
Additional Features
  • Supports SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo / PRO Duo (Mark 2) memory cards
  • SDXC Class 10 cards are required for UHD 4K and HD X-AVC S formats
  • Built-in ND filters: Off, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
  • Manual focus assist: magnified display, peaking, and tracking focus
  • Built-in speaker (monaural)
  • Premium Closer Voice
  • My Voice Cancelling
  • 7 Picture Effects for video and photos
  • LOW LUX mode
  • Manual iris control
  • Self timer
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Black/white fader effects
  • Face detection
  • CinemaTone Gamma/Color
  • NightShot infrared system
  • Airplane mode
UPC: 027242877542
In the Box
Sony FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder
  • NP-FV70 V-Series Rechargeable Battery Pack (1960mAh, 6.8-8.4V)
  • AC-L200 AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Micro HDMI Cable
  • USB Connection Support Cable
  • RMT-835 Remote Commander
  • CR2025 Battery for Remote Commander
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Operating Guide
  • Limited Warranty (1-Year Parts, 90-Days Labor)
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    Sony FDR-AX100 specs

    Camera
    Sensor 1 x 1" Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
    Processor BIONZ X
    Color Filter System RGB
    Pixel Gross Approx. 20.9 million pixels
    Optics
    Lens Type Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T*
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 29 to 348mm
    Maximum Aperture 2.8 - 4.5
    Aperture Blade 7 blades
    Minimum Focus Distance Wide: 0.4" (1.0 cm)
    Telephoto: 39.4" (100.0 cm)
    Zoom Optical: 12x
    Clear Zoom: 18x (4K), 24x (HD)
    Digital: 160x
    Filter Size 62 mm
    ND Filters OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
    Recording
    System NTSC
    Recording Media Memory Stick Pro Duo (Mark 2)
    Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
    SD/SDHC/SDXC: Class 4 or higher; class 10+ SDXC card required for recording XAVC S, SDXC UHS-1 U3 or higher card required for 4K 100 Mb/s recording
    Video Format UHD 4K
    XAVC S
    3840 x 2160p / 30 fps
    3840 x 2160p / 24 fps

    High Definition
    XAVC S
    1920 x 1080 / 60 fps
    1920 x 1080 / 30 fps
    1920 x 1080 / 24 fps
    AVCHD
    1920 x 1080p / 60 fps
    1920 x 1080p / 24 fps
    1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
    1440 x 1080i / 60 fps

    MP4
    1280 x 720p / 30 fps
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    4:3
    Slow Motion 120 fps
    Still Image Resolution Max Effective Resolution: 20 Megapixel

    JPEG: 14.1 Megapixel, 5024 x 2824 (16:9)
    JPEG: 15 Megapixel, 4464 x 3352 (4:3)
    Microphone Built-in Zoom Microphone (stereo)
    Audio Format MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch 48kHz/16bit (XAVC S 4K only)
    Dolby Digital 2ch
    Dolby Digital 5.1ch
    Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator (AVCHD only)
    Dolby Stereo Creator (AVCHD only)
    Microphone Level Control 31 steps
    Display
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size (Diagonal) 3.5"
    Pixel Count 921,000
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Rotation Opening Angle: 90°
    Turning Angle: 270°
    Viewfinder
    Screen Size (Diagonal) 0.39"
    Features
    Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot with Active mode (Wide to Tele)
    Shutter Speed Not specified by manufacturer
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Indoor
    Kelvin temperature
    Onepush
    Outdoors
    Creative Effects Yes
    Built-in Mic Yes
    Built-in Speaker Yes, monaural
    Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
    NFC Yes
    Accessory Shoe 1x Multi Interface Shoe
    Manual Controls Assignable dial:
    Exposure
    AE Shift
    WB Temperature
    WB B-A
    WB G-M Set
    Tripod Mount 1/4"
    Input/Output Connectors
    Inputs 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Input (Jack)
    Outputs 1x HDMI D (Micro)
    1x Composite Video (out)
    1x USB 2.0
    1x Bravia Sync
    1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Output (Jack)
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    General
    Languages Brazilian Portuguese
    Canadian French
    English
    Spanish
    Battery NP-FV70 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    6.8-7.2 VDC
    1960 mAh
    Charging Method AC adapter
    USB
    Power Adapter 5.0 VDC
    Dimensions 3.5 x 3.3 x 8.8" / 9.0 x 8.4 x 22.4 cm
    Weight Approx. 32.3 oz / 915 g (with NP-FV70 battery)
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    Package Weight 3.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.6 x 6.7 x 5.5"

    Sony FDR-AX100 reviews

    FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 84.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from REMOTE ZOOM CONTROL If you need a zoom control for this camera, this is what I did: I got the Acebil RMC-1AVR with the adapter cable (Sony VMCAVM1) and it works perfectly on my new Sony FDR-AX100 4K camcorder, should work well with any new Sony that has the multi function remote port (basically a mini usb).This remote will do fairly slow zooms as well as fast zooms. Does not jump from one speed to another as far as I can tell so far. I already had a remote tripod from Sony with a Lanc connector that had broken off. I attached this unit over top of the handle and it works fine, it also fits my manfrotto tripod and monopod at well as my glidecam 2000.
    Date published: 2014-10-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing 4K camcorder with helpful Pro Features!!! I am so pleased to have gotten this camcorder. I use it to record classes, lectures and live concerts and it provides very clear picture with awesome manual exposure physical buttons as well as great manual/autofocus features. The 4K video is stunning and the fact that it records audio in uncompressed PCM wave broadcast format is incredibly time saving, if you are a musician wanting to get really good audio from your videos without having to do that in post. I've owned several camcorders from Canon, Panasonic and Sony and this is the best so far. I can't wait to see what SONY is going to do next in the 4K segment.
    Date published: 2016-02-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4K for 2K I am using this camera to capture higher res HD. The unit is light weight and small. A little slow on the startup or switching from one Codec to another. Digital zoom x160 it amazing! 20 Meg Photos are very good! Battery Life on the NP-FV100 is almost a full day of shooting on and off all day. Audio quality is the best of any camcorder in there line. Does not distort in auto mode.Very impressive in LOW light! When it get grainy it looks like film grain! Very nice. Things not so great! ND filters reduce the available monitor brightness. Small zoom rocker. Also the auto exposure button needs to be out from behind the flip LED screen. Over all I love it! Well worth $ so far.
    Date published: 2014-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Run and gun workhorse! I am not a videography expert. I have a small business videoing high school/junior sports. This camera consistently produces beautiful video with very little adjustments. The automatic functions are awesome. For example, the auto white balance is very accurate. Menus are straightforward and easy to use. The build quality of the camera is excellent. I purchased the more powerful Panasonic DVX200 in an effort to get 4k at 60p for $4,000 +. Months later, I struggle to get the Panasonic to perform as reliably and as well as the AX100. I highly recommend this camera!
    Date published: 2016-11-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality I was a little worried about buying this camera as I didn't see any reviews or test videos on youtube of sporting events. The reason I wanted this was to tape my son's soccer matches and develop recruiting videos for colleges. I will tell you the 4K videos are EXCELLENT. The coach was as shocked as I was with the video quality. The only real downside is the massive size of the file in 4K. HD video file size is slightly smaller but you can see the quality difference. Overall I'm glad i purchased this camera.
    Date published: 2015-05-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from terrific camcorder and camera I'm hugely impressed by fdr-ax100. This device is a marvel of technology and design. I love it so much that we will buy two more devices for our production studio. I tried Panasonic gh4 and was so disappointed by its poor image quality I had to return it. This Sony represents terrific value and for videography and doubles as very competent photography camera. I really like its controls layout and even more the final image quality. Camera had great image stabilization, if you understand how to use it properly. I can easily shoot with it without a tripod B-rolls, battery life is impressive, it takes remotely controlled Sony tripods, it has awesome lens and can take inexpensive auxiliary lenses too. In short this is the device I've been waiting for.
    Date published: 2014-08-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT LITTLE CAMCORDER Very impressed with the 4K picture. Low light capture is very good also. I found that closing the flip out viewfinder and pressing the small finder to my eye area provided the most stable hand held recordings. My only complaint is that when you press the record button to end a recording the record light flashes for 2-3 sec. and is STILL recording until it stops. This is the first time I've ever encountered this in a Sony camcorder. Once I got used to this quirk I was really happy with this purchase. I also found the zoom range to be exceptional.
    Date published: 2016-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Purchase Ever!!! I've been chasing storms for over a decade and purchased this camera to go along with my D610 that I use for photography. Well I've chased a couple hurricanes with this camera and got it absolutely soaked and it shot flawless footage and works fine afterwards. By far the best video camera I've ever had! The quality is great too, even on my 1080 laptop screen in 4k it looks awesome! Night mode is very useful as well, especially in dark situations, it allows you to see things that you normally wouldn't be able to see even with your own eyes. 10/10 would purchase again.
    Date published: 2017-09-18
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