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Sony FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camcorder, 20x Optical Zoom, 4.1-82mm Focal Length, G Lens, HD Output, Hi-speed USB 2.0


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Product Highlights

  • Capture 4K/60p video that far exceeds HD
  • XAVC-S codec allows extended 4K/HD video recording
  • 1/2.3 Back-Illuminated 8.3MP Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor
  • Professional image processor for 4K/60 fps recording
  • Sony G-lens with 20X smooth servo zoom
  • 3 ND filters & 5 paint functions for cinematic looks
  • Built-in mic w/2x additional external inputs
  • 7x assignable buttons, 3x control rings (focus/iris/zoom)
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About Sony FDR-AX1

The Sony FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder is the first consumer 4K video camera from Sony. They've used the technology developed for their professional video cameras to create a compact, easy-to-operate 4K consumer model that's designed to make 4K video and professional-quality audio available to the masses. The FDR-AX1's powerful image processor is identical to the high-performance processors found in Sony's professional video cameras. By incorporating an image processor that can handle 4K video at 60 fps into a consumer camcorder, everyone will be able to document important family moments, get creative with friends, record sporting events and capture the world around them in lifelike detail. The FDR-AX1's native 3840 x 2160 4K resolution enables you to create movies with four times as much detail and quadruple the image quality of a Full HD 1080p camcorder. Plus, this model features a back-illuminated 8.3MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor that works in concert with the processor so you can record at the maximum frame rate - even when shooting 4K video. This means that even your high-speed action shots and sports videos will be clear, sharp and detailed.

In order to provide 4K video recording in a consumer model, Sony designed the FDR-AX1 to support 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 easily shared 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. In fact, it can record images at 50 Mbps even when you're shooting in Full HD 1920 x1080 resolution. 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. You'll also be able to quickly transfer footage via SuperSpeed USB 3.0 from your XQD cards to your PC by using an optional XQD reader/writer with a USB 3.0 connection.

Another feature that makes the FDR-AX1 a professional-class consumer video camera is its audio recording capability. It records 2-channel Linear PCM 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. There are 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 autofocus options.

Other image-enhancing features include three ND filters and five unique Paint functions, which will help you achieve a more cinematic aesthetic with your movies. The FDR-AX1 has flexible connectivity options as well. Besides the XLR audio inputs, the camera is equipped with a headphone jack, an HDMI output that will transfer 4K footage to compatible 4K Bravia TVs, a USB 2.0 port for fast data transfers, an analog A/V output, an accessory shoe and more. With the flexible connectivity options, professional-class features, 4K recording capability and ease-of-use, the FDR-AX1 bridges the gap between consumer and professional-class. While experienced videographers will be able to really produce great video and audio with this model, even ambitious beginners will be able to master this camera and capture professional looking, cinematic 4K video with ultra-clear stereo audio.

Sony FDR-AX1 Features

  • Capture 4K/60p video that far exceeds HD resolution: Playback 4K content captured on the AX1 on a compatible 4K TV by simply connecting the two devices with supplied HDMI cable. Thanks to original Sony technology, Sony BRAVIA TVs especially bring out the full quality of 4K/60p recordings
  • XAVC-S codec allows extended 4K/HD video recording: The FDR-AX1 records 4K/HD movies in the XAVC-S format, which was developed for consumer usage based on the professional XAVC 4K/HD format
  • 1/2.3" Back-Illuminated 8.3MP Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor: Its back-illuminated structure featuring wiring layers on the back of a photodiode (light receiving element) dramatically boosts low-light sensitivity for shooting better, more lifelike images even in dim lighting
  • Professional image processor for real-time 4K / 60 fps recording: An extraordinary image processor, identical to those in 4K camcorders used by professionals, rapidly processes signals transmitted from the CMOS sensor and finalizes images
  • Sony G-lens with 20X (31.5-630mm eq.) smooth servo zoom: The "G Lens" advances the Sony heritage of image processing innovation by redefining what an aspheric lens and special low-dispersion glass together can faithfully reproduce
  • 3 ND filters and 5 paint functions for expressive cinematic looks: The AX1 features three ND filters for adjusting the amount of light entering the image sensor from the lens. There are four filter settings: Off (Clear), 1/4 filter, 1/16 filter and 1/64 filter
  • Built-in mic w/2x additional Pro XLR jacks for external inputs: In addition to a high-performance internal microphone, the AX1 features two external XLR jacks for connecting external microphones that can also be used to record superior-quality balanced audio synchronized to the video
  • 7x assignable buttons and 3x control rings (focus/iris/zoom): The AX1 was designed with two start/stop buttons (one on the side of the camera grip and another on the handle) for ease of use while shooting
  • Two XQD card slots for high-speed 4K recording and playback: The AX1 uses XQD media card for smooth, high-speed reading and writing of 4K video and features two XQD media slots
  • View 4K 60P video on compatible BRAVIA TVs w/supplied HDMI cable: Playback 4K content captured on the FDR-AX1 on a 4K TV by simply connecting the two devices with supplied HDMI cable. Thanks to original Sony technology, Sony BRAVIA TVs especially bring out the full quality of 4K/60p recordings
  • Zebra, Peaking, Center marker and guide frame: Have confidence in getting the setting right and not missing he shot. Tools such as Zebra, Peaking, Center Marker and Guide Frame are professional features to enable precise manual control
  • High-quality XAVC-S up to 150 Mbps 4K / 50Mbps HD recording: High quality XAVC-S can be recorded to 150mbps. Additionally, there is also an option to record very high quality Full HD at 50mbps with the FDR-AX1

Sony FDR-AX1 Specifications

Camera Type
7igital 4K Video Camera Recorder
Imaging Sensor
1/2.3" back-illuminated Exmor R(R) CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross
Approx.18900K pixels
Effective Picture Resolution(movie)
Approx.8300K pixels
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Microphones - Max input level
120dB SPL
Media Type
XQD Memory Card x 2
Video Format
XAVC S format
Video Mode(Resolution)
3840x2160 60P (150)
3840x2160 30P (100)
3840x2160 30P (60)
3840x2160 24P (100)
3840x2160 24P (60)
3840x2160 50P (150)
3840x2160 25P (100)
3840x2160 25P (60)
1920x1080 60P (50)
1920x1080 30P (50)
1920x1080 24P (50)
1920x1080 50P (50)
1920x1080 25P (50)
Movie Recording Rate
150: Approx.150Mbps
100: Approx.100Mbps
60: Approx.60Mbps
50: Approx. 50Mbps (Average Bit Rate/VBR)
Video Actual (Pixel)
Approx.8300K pixels
Video Signal
Progressive Mode
4K:60p,50p30p,25p,24p Progressive recording
HD:60p,50p30p,25p,24p Progressive recording
Audio Format
Linear PCM 2ch(48kHz/16bit)
Built-in Stereo Microphone
Monaural Speaker
Mic Level Control
Wind Position
Lens Type
G Lens
Lens Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
F1.6 - F3.4
Optical Zoom
Focal Distance
f=4.1 - 82.0mm
f=5/32-3 7/32inch
Focal Length(35mm equivalent)
f=1 15/64-24 51/64inch (Movie Mode)
Filter Diameter
2 27/32inch
Minimum Focus Distance
Approx.13/32inch(Wide),Approx.31 1/2inch(Tele)
Aperture Blade
6 blades
ND Filter
OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Focus Ring
Zoom Ring
Iris Ring
Viewfinder Type
VF Backlight
VF Power Mode
LCD Type
3.5" Xtra Fine LCD 3D display(1,229K) Wide(16:9)
Angle Adjustment
Opening Angle:max.180 deg., Turning Angle:max.270 deg.
LCD Backlight
yes (Menu)
Marker/Grid Display
Focus System
Contrast AF
AF Modes
Focus Area
Full range Focus
Push Auto Focus
Manual Focus Assist
Magnified display for precise manual focus
Peaking Display
Metering Modes
Exposure Compensation
AE level/AE Speed (Menu)
Noise Reduction
White Balance Mode
Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor/Color temp
WB Shift
Minimum Illumination
60P: 4lux(1/30 Shutter Speed)
50P: 3lux(1/25 Shutter Speed)
Auto Iris Control
F1.6 - F11.0
Manual Iris Control
F1.6 - F11.0
Push Auto Iris
Manual Exposure Assist
Zebra Pattern Display
Manual/Auto Lens Cover
Handle Zoom Speed
Media/Battery Indicator
Yes(recordable time)/Yes(icon)
On Screen Main Indicators
Intelligent Auto Status
Zoom Position
Recording/Playback/Editing Media
Recording Status
Recording Mode
Recording Image Quality(HD/STD)
Multiple Language Display
Traditional Chinese
Audio Recording Mode
Linear PCM(WAV)
Yes(Audio only)
Low Cut Filter
Yes(Audio only)
Audio Level Display
Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
View & Index
Assignable Button
Status Check
Color Bar
Memory Card Slot
XQD x2
(for XAVC S)
Memory Stick Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible x1(for AVCHD)
(Utility SD slot)
STD Output
Composite Video Out(AV CABLE(sold separately))
HD Output
HDMI Out(supplied)
4K Output
HDMI Out(supplied)
USB Port(s)
mini-B/USB2.0 Hi-speed/mass-storage, TypeA/USB2.0 Hi-speed /Host
Headphone Jack
Stereo Minijack
Line Input (Analog Audio)
Microphone Input
Remote Terminal
Remote terminal
HDMI Terminal
Accessory Shoe
Battery Type
Power Consumption
4K: 14.2W (30P,60Mbps) (in View Finder Operation)
HD: 15.4W (60P,50Mbps)
Power Consumption (in LCD Operation)
4K: 14.5W (30P,60Mbps)
HD: 15.7W (60P,50Mbps)
Power Requirements
Power Requirements
Gain Control
Imaging Sensor Recording pixels
Max. 18 900 000 pixels (photo, 16:9)
Imaging Sensor Effective
Approx. 8 300 000 pixels(movie, 16:9)
Panel blank
8.8cm(3.5 type) Xtra Fine LCD display(1229K) Wide(16:9) w/TruBlack technology
189 x 193 x 362 mm / 7.44 x 7.59 x 14.25" (W x H x D including supplied battery)
2440 g / 5.4 lbs (Main unit only)
Total: 2770 g / 6.1 lbs (NP-F970)
Mfr #

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Arturo D  what is the performance in extrem low light conditions, what about noise?. this camerawork well with final cut?
JEFFREY B  Excellent In Low Light. Does Not Pick up to bad of background noise when using shotgun. Yes Final Cut Is Good.
Arturo D  what is the performance in extrem low light conditions, what about noise?. this camerawork well with final cut?
JEFFREY B  Excellent In Low Light. Does Not Pick up to bad of background noise when using shotgun. Yes Final Cut Is Good.
Arturo D  what is the performance in extrem low light conditions, what about noise?. this camerawork well with final cut?
JEFFREY B  Excellent In Low Light. Does Not Pick up to bad of background noise when using shotgun. Yes Final Cut Is Good.
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