Sony FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder with 1" Exmor R CMOS Sensor, 12x Optical, 3.5" Touchscreen LCD, Zeiss Vario Sonnar T Lens, Wi-Fi/NFC, 4K HD Video

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About Sony FDR-AX100

The 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 Sony 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 20MP still images. 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.

Sony FDR-AX100 Features

  • Capture the finest details in 4k (Full HD 4x resolution, QFHD - 3840 x 2160). This camcorder allows incredibly high resolution, to produce vibrant and extremely realistic images.
  • The world's first 1.0" CMOS sensor featuring an Exmor R CMOS image sensor technology. With this back-illuminated technology, the sensor doubles light sensitivity and combines with Sony's Column A/D Conversion to reduce noise by half - a great help when photographing in dimly lit environments.
  • Create cinematic video with 14MP resolution sensor (for video) and high quality 20MP still images.
  • The FDR-AX100 records HD movies in the XAVC-S format, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 for video compression and linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in a MP42 wrapper. The highly compressed files allow extensive record times
  • The camcorder also records in AVCHD, ideal for quality video for HDTV 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.
  • Equipped with a newly developed Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens that has cleared a series of tough performance tests. Not only is this 29mm wide-angle lens ideal for capturing grand landscapes, but it covers wide-ranging image expression thanks to maximum 12x optical zoom and 24x Clear Image zoom
  • Users can expand photographic and movie shooting possibilities by attaching optional accessories via the Multi Interface Shoe, including an electronic viewfinder, powerful external flash and stereo microphone. You can also connect with a compatible remote control via Multi Terminal.
  • The new BIONZ X image processor enables the camcorder to create more naturally vivid and lifelike image quality and higher resolution imagery. Its ability to record at 120p enables slow-motion playback at one-fifth the speed in a 24p environment in post-processing.
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Intelligent Active Mode is an advanced optical image stabilization technology that corrects camera shake to capture scenes with phenomenal smoothness and stability.
  • Intelligent Active Mode analyzes video frames and provides compensation with assistance from the new BIONZ X image processing engine.
  • The FDR-AX100 employs high contrast a 0.39" OLED Tru-Finder EVF which reproduces rich color and deep black. A new optical design of the EVF, using four dual-surface aspherical lenses, allows for a 33-degree wide angle view that is amazing clear through the edge of the view finder.
  • The 3.5" (16:9) Xtra Fine LCD screen (921K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene.
  • Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi/NFC control. In addition to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, it also supports NFC providing "touch connection" convenience when transferring images to Android smartphones and tablets.

Sony FDR-AX100 Specifications

Imaging Sensor
1" (13.2mm x 8.8mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
BIONZ X image processor
Pixel Gross
Approx.20.9M pixels
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Media Type
SDXC Memory Card(Class 10) [XAVC S]; Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2);Memory Stick XC-HG Duo; Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card(Class 4 or Higher)
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
20.0 megapixels (JPEG)
Still Image Size 16:9
Movie Mode: 20.0 megapixels 16:9 (5024 x 2824); Photo Mode: 20.0 megapixels 16:9 (5024 x 28242)
Still Image Size 4:3
Photo Mode: 15.0 megapixels 4:3 (4464 x 3352)
Video Mode
XAVC-S: MPEG4-AVC/H264; AVCHD ver.2.0 compatible:MPEG4-AVC/H.264; MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Video Resolution
XAVC-S 4K: 3840x2160/30P, 24P; XAVC-S HD: 1920x1080/60P, 30P, 24P;AVCHD:1920x1080/60p(PS),24p(FX,FH),60i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i(HQ,LP); MP4: 1280x720 30p
Video Actual (Pixel)
Approx.14.2M pixels(16:9)
Video Signal
HDTV, NTSC color, EIA standards
Photo Capture from Movie
2.1megapixels16:9 (1920x1080)
Dual Record
Audio Format
MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch(48kHz/16bit) [XAVC S 4K only]; Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator [AVCHD only]; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator [AVCHD only]
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monaural Speaker
Dual Video Recording
Mic Level Control
Yes (31steps)
Still Image File Format
DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Wind Noise Reduction
Yes (On/off)
Lens Type
Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T
Lens Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Filter Diameter
Minimum Focus Distance
Aperture Blade
7 blades
Direct Manual Focus
Clear Image Zoom
4K: 18x; HD: 24x
ND Filter
OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
LCD Type
3.5" Xtra Fine LCD display(921K) (16:9) touch screen
Angle Adjustment
Opening Angle: max.90 deg., Turning Angle: max.270 deg.
Brightness Control
Yes (Menu)
Grid Display
Grid Line
Focus System
Contrast AF
AF Modes
Auto / Manual (Touch Panel / Dial)
Focus Area
Full range Focus / Spot Focus
Manual Focus Assist
Magnified display for precise manual focus; Peaking Display, Tracking Focus
Metering Modes
Multi-segment / Spot
Exposure Compensation
AE Shift (Dial/Touch Panel)
Exposure Settings
Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel); Manual (Dial / Menu)
Noise Reduction
White Balance Mode
Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor / WB Temp
Auto Iris Control
Backlight Compensation
Yes (Auto)
Gain Control
Manual Exposure Assist
Zebra Pattern Display
Manual Iris Control
WB Shift
Yes(G7-M7 15steps, A7-B7 15steps)
Drive Mode
Photo Mode: Single-shot/Self-timer
Manual / Auto Lens Cover
Lens Cap
S/S Zoom button on LCD
Yes (Touch Panel)
Self Timer
Red-Eye Reduction
Yes (On/Off)
Fader Effect(s)
White / Black
Media/Battery Indicator
Yes (recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes(recordable time, remaining capacity)
Power Save Mode
Still Image Playback Options
Slide Show
Video Playback Options
Highlight Playback (AVDHD Movie Only); Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase); Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
Built-in USB Cable
Yes (USB Charge Available)
Multiple Language Display
English; Brazilian Portuguese; Canadian French; Spanish
Picture Effects
Remote Control
Self Recording
Assignable Dial
Yes (Exposure /AE Shift / WB Temp. / WB B-A / WB G-M Set)
Tracking Focus
AGC Limit
Airplane Mode
Audio Level Display
CinemaTone Gamma/Color
Face Detection
Golf Shot
Yes [AVCHD only]
Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Intelligent Auto
Portrait / Baby / Walk / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low light / Auto Wind Noise Reduction
NightShot Infrared System
Premium Closer Voice
Priority Setting (for Face Detection)
Smile Shutter technology
Dual Capture / Always On / Off
Smooth Slow Rec
Yes [AVCHD only]
Built-In (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band)
Memory Card Slot
SDXC Memory Card(Class 10) [XAVC S]; Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2);Memory Stick XC-HG Duo; Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card(Class 4 or Higher)
SD Output
Composite Video Out (AV CABLE (sold separately))
HD Output
HDMI Out (micro)(supplied)
USB Port(s)
Type A (built-in) / USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
PhotoTV HD
Headphone Jack
Stereo Minijack
Microphone Input
Stereo Minijack
Direct Copy
Yes [AVCHD only]
Accessory Shoe
Yes (Multi Interface Shoe)
HDMI Terminal
Yes (HDMI micro)
Power Requirements
6.8V/7.2V (battery pack); 5.0V (AC Adapter)
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)

Sony FDR-AX100 Reviews

Reviewed by 1 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Little Guy


from Bothell, WA

XAVC S 4K and HD are amazing. ND filters are very helpful (ND2 and ND3 affect color slightly). Manual Control buttons are well designed. EVF is great. Monitor is very high quality. Power consumption is improved (battery time is very good). The SDXC chamber should be in the bottom of the camcorder so there is no need to open the monitor in some occasions. The monitor should have a latch to prevent it from opening inadvertently or due to gravity. Digital ZOOM should be limited up to the useful level only. Lens barrel distortion should have been minimized more. Faster focusing response for panning. Gain should go lower than -3dB for a very sunny day due to ND2 and ND3 effects.

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