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Sony FDRAX1EB Camcorder

£3,449.00
18.9MP 1/2 2.4kg Sep 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Good brand
Easy to use
Reasonably priced
10 Reviews
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Reviews

Good Brand

We checked 4,270 owner and expert reviews (including 352 verified purchases) for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically within its big total megapixels video cameras range. 91% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Easy to Use

Three people who purchased the product thought it was easy to use. Lightbrothers mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Walmart.com “Very easy to use, forgiving for us, even in low light”. Lightbrothers also said “A documentary camera - anywhere ease of use and set up time is critical, or following quickly unfolding action” in their review. Lightbrothers also mentioned “The trade off, you have a camera that is ready to go 'as is' and very, very simple to use” in their review.

Nice Design

Two customers who purchased this camcorder thought it was good looking. Lightbrothers mentioned on Walmart.com “Beautiful footage” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars. Lightbrothers also mentioned “The richness and saturation we achieved was beautiful” in their review.

Good Product Quality

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Number1videoman said in their review of this camcorder on Walmart.com “I can shoot in 4K and still downgrade to 1080p and the quality still looks amazing”.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Two owners who purchased the Sony FDR-AX1 reckoned that it was good value for money. Number1videoman gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this camcorder on Walmart.com “Since I have purchased this camera at a great price, I have been gaining more”.


Focus and Exposure Assists

One customer who reviewed the Sony FDR-AX1 wrote that it had a good autofocus. Videomaker.com wrote “Focus and exposure assists” in their review of this camcorder. One person thought it had a good lens. Four years ago Lightbrothers wrote “With the fixed lens, light weight”.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

Camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera have display diagonals of between 2" and 7.6". At 3.5 inches, the FDR-AX1 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available including cheaper video cameras such as the JVC GY-LS300 (£2,701.63).

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

When compared to other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder that we have assessed, the FDR-AX1's display resolution (numeric) of 1,229,000 pixel is one of the highest. The display resolutions (numeric) of big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The FDR-AX1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Sony PXW-X160 (£4,344.99).

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the Sony FDR-AX1 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. The smallest optical zoom of big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder is 1x, the biggest is 25x, and the average optical zoom is 13x.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Sony PXW-X160 (£4,344.99) (25x).

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Supports Wide Angle Lens System

The Sony FDR-AX1 supports wide angle lens system, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The FDR-AX1 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (590 millimeters) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 2.7mm to 730mm.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

Video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.6 and 11, and the average maximum aperture number is 4. At only 1.6, the Sony FDR-AX1 has a fairly low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.1 to 11. With a minimum aperture number of 3.4, the FDR-AX1 has a fairly high minimum aperture number compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The FDR-AX1 supports HDMI, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder.

Other camcorders which support HDMI currently available which you might also want to consider include cheaper video cameras such as the JVC GY-LS300 (£2,701.63).

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also support HDMI including the Sony PXW-X160 (£4,344.99).

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Has an XLR in

The FDR-AX1 has an XLR in. Most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an XLR in.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Sony FDR-AX1 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

There are a number of other Full HD video cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the JVC GY-LS300 (£2,701.63) which is cheaper.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might also be worth looking at include the Sony PXW-X160 (£4,344.99).

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The FDR-AX1 has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. Most video cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best maximum video resolution amongst all camcorders of this type and age.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst maximum video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Weight & Dimensions

Broad Dynamic Range, Excellent Color Reproduction

One customer thought this camcorder was thick. Videomaker.com wrote three years ago “Broad dynamic range, excellent color reproduction”. One owner who reviewed it concluded that it was lightweight.

Heavy

Video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder have weights of between 59g and 3.8kg. The FDR-AX1 is fairly heavy (2.4 kilograms) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The FDR-AX1 features back light compensation, as do most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Storage

Two Memory Slots

The FDR-AX1 has more memory slots than most of the similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder. Most of the big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago only have one memory slots, however this video camera has two memory slots.

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White Balance

Features Onepush White Balance

The FDR-AX1 features onepush white balance. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder also feature onepush white balance.

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Features Outdoor White Balance

The FDR-AX1 features outdoor white balance, as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The Sony FDR-AX1 features indoor white balance. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder also feature indoor white balance.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The FDR-AX1 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The FDR-AX1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The FDR-AX1 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

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Price

Not Cheap

The price range of video cameras of a similar type and age is from £29 to £5,220. We think that this Sony camcorder looks expensive compared to other video cameras of a similar type and age.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The FDR-AX1 does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Sony released the FDR-AX1.


Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony fdrax1ebdiyg, sony fdrax1ebcee, tablet fdrax1e
Barcodes 00027242865129, 04905524922455, 05013493241190, 05054230926680

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