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Sony FDRAX1EB Camcorder

18.9MP 1/2.3 2.4kg CMOS Oct 2013
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18 Reasons For

Good Brand

Sony big total megapixels video cameras have good ratings on average and across all video cameras Sony is one of the superior manufacturers.

Good Size

One customer who reviewed the product thought it was thick. Videomaker.com wrote “Broad dynamic range, excellent color reproduction” . One person who reviewed it considered that it was lightweight.

Reasonably Priced

One person who purchased this camcorder mentioned that it was good value for money. Expert review site Photographybay.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder four years ago “Is really the first of its kind in bringing affordable 4K to the masses with its lightweight XAVC-S codec” .

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the FDR-AX1 is 3". With a display diagonal of 3.5 inches, the FDR-AX1 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The FDR-AX1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the FDR-AX1 also have an image stabilizer.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the FDR-AX1, the FDR-AX1 has an HDMI.

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2160p Supported Video Modes

The FDR-AX1 has a 2160p supported video modes which is better than most similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. Most camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it have a 540p supported video modes.

A 2160p supported video modes is in fact the best video mode amongst all comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

A 480p supported video modes is the worst video mode across comparable types of video camera.

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Two Memory Slotss

The FDR-AX1 has more memory slotss than most of the video cameras of a similar type and age to the FDR-AX1. Most of the big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the FDR-AX1 only have one memory slots, however this video camera has two memory slotss.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an Optical image stabilizer type, which is the most frequently found image stabilizer type on video cameras of this spec and age. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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Electrical Viewfinder Type

This video camera has an Electrical viewfinder type, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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Two Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The FDR-AX1 is a two micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity camcorder. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the FDR-AX1 only have one micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

When compared to other video cameras of this age and spec that we have checked the display resolution (numeric) of, the Sony FDR-AX1's display resolution (numeric) of 1,229,000 pixel is one of the highest. Across all the video cameras that were released more than two years ago the display resolution (numeric)s range from 92,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the FDR-AX1, the FDR-AX1 has a built-in display.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Sony FDR-AX1 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camcorder. The audio formats supporteds LPCM are also supported by this video camera.

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Has Three Cables Includeds

The number of included cables found on the Sony FDR-AX1 is more than most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. This camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The cables includeds "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 590 millimeters, the FDR-AX1 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the FDR-AX1. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders of this age and type is 34mm and the longest is 730mm.

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Has Two White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the FDR-AX1 is more than most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it. This Sony video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the FDR-AX1. The white balance "Indoor" is also found on this video camera.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders of this spec and age.

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9 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The FDR-AX1 is not Full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony FDR-AX1 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Expensive

We think this big total megapixels video camera looks expensive compared to other camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The price range of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is from £51 to £5,220.

Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years is 4, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.6 to 10. At only 1.6, the FDR-AX1 has a fairly low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the FDR-AX1 is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The FDR-AX1 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the FDR-AX1 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The FDR-AX1 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the FDR-AX1 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the FDR-AX1 is not waterproof.

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Very Heavy

The Sony FDR-AX1 is one of the heavier big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX1 (2.4 kilograms) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. Big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX1 have weights of between 65g and 3kg, and the average weight is 600g.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony FDR-AX1

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the FDR-AX1.

Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Sony FDR-AX1 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
GPS (satellite)
Geotagging
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
XLR in
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Lens Hood
Other Features
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Technical Details
Number of Diaphragm Blades

Expert Reviews

19 May 2014

Originally shot in glorious 4k, this downscaled 1080p footage tests the capabilities of the Sony FDR-AX1. Tests include dynamic range, low light, gain, image stabilization, detail, color... Read more…

Helps produce 4K movies
Increases editing options
Broad dynamic range, excellent color reproduction
XLR mics
Focus and exposure assists
New technology not compatible with all supporting hardwaresoftware
Teurer Speicher
30 October 2013

The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 4K camcorder that comes in at a low $4498 price tag and is really the first of its kind in bringing affordable 4K to the masses with its lightweight XAVC-S codec.Sony FDR-AX1... Read more…

17 October 2013

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7 September 2013

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14 March 2014

Das Testergebnis überrascht: Sie müssen keinen 4K-TV besitzen (nur mit HDMI-2.0-Schnittstelle sinnvoll), denn was dieser Camcorder aus Marken-HD-Fernsehern herausholt, ist enorm. So scharf haben...

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User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 4 May 2014 by Number1videoman

I love my Sony 4K Handycam Camcorder FDR-AX1 because it is a great camera for any situation. I can shoot in 4K and still downgrade to 1080p and the quality still looks amazing. I have the option... Read more…

Reviewed 6 December 2013 by LightBrothers

I was chosen to participate in a short film contest at the Napa Valley Film Festival designed to work out the Sony 4k camera. Each filmmaker was given a Sony AX1 and had 55 hours to write and... Read more…

Reviewed 17 November 2013 by Kulwant

Looking for professional Video Camcorder, but unable to decide the format, i.e. HDV, AVCHD, XDCAM or 4K...

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Barcodes 00027242865129, 04905524922455, 05013493241190, 05054230926680

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