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Sony FDR-AX1
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Sony FDR-AX1 Camcorder

18.9MP 1/2.3 2.4kg Sep 2013
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18 Reasons For

Good Brand

Sony big sensor size video cameras have good reviews on average and across all video cameras Sony is one of the better rated manufacturers.

Good Size

One Sony FDR-AX1 reviewer who purchased it reckoned that it was lightweight. One customer wrote in their reviews that the Sony FDR-AX1 was thick. Videomaker.com said “Broad dynamic range, excellent color reproduction”.

Very Large Screen Size

When compared to other video cameras of a similar age and type to the FDR-AX1 that we have assessed, the Sony FDR-AX1's screen size of 3.5 inches is one of the largest. Big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FDR-AX1 have screen sizes of between 2.3" and 3.5", and the average screen size is 3.1".

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The FDR-AX1 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the FDR-AX1.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The FDR-AX1 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the FDR-AX1.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the FDR-AX1, the FDR-AX1 is Full HD.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The FDR-AX1 has one of the bigger optical zooms (20 times zoom factor) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The smallest optical zoom of big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the FDR-AX1 is 1x, the biggest is 40x, and the average optical zoom is 14x.

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This video camera has an Optical image stabiliser, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to it. 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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Two Memory Card Slots

The Sony FDR-AX1 has more memory card slots than most of the video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the FDR-AX1. This video camera is a two memory card slot camcorder compared to most of the comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the FDR-AX1 which only have one memory card slot.

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2160p Video Mode

The FDR-AX1 has a 2160p video mode which is better than the 480i video mode found on most comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

This video camera's video mode (2160p) is actually the best video mode across all camcorders of this type and age.

The worst video mode amongst similar types of video camera is 480p.

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Two Micro-USB 2.0 Ports

The FDR-AX1 has more micro-USB 2.0 ports than most of the camcorders of a comparable age and type to the FDR-AX1. Most of the similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX1 only have one micro-USB 2.0 port, however this video camera has two micro-USB 2.0 ports.

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Very High Display Resolution

The display resolution of the FDR-AX1 of 1,229,000 pixel is one of the highest amongst video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The average display resolution of comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the FDR-AX1 is 610,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 91,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the FDR-AX1, the Sony FDR-AX1 has a built-in display.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony FDR-AX1 has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution found on most camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The maximum video resolution of all comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the FDR-AX1 ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best).

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the FDR-AX1 is more than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this camcorder.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony FDR-AX1 is more than most video cameras of this age and type. This Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders that have been available for more than two years. The white balance mode "Indoor" is also found on this camcorder.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the FDR-AX1 is more than most video cameras of this age and type. This Sony camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the FDR-AX1. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

Video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the FDR-AX1 have maximum focal lengths of between 34mm and 730mm. With a maximum focal length of 590 millimeters, the FDR-AX1 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths amongst camcorders of this age.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony FDR-AX1 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FDR-AX1 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The FDR-AX1 has one of the lower maximum aperture values (only 1.6) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. Video cameras of a similar type and age to the FDR-AX1 have maximum aperture values of between 1.6 and 10, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the FDR-AX1, the FDR-AX1 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The FDR-AX1 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the FDR-AX1 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FDR-AX1 do not have a built-in projector. The FDR-AX1 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Heavy

With a weight of 2.4 kilograms, the FDR-AX1 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the FDR-AX1. The lightest big sensor size camcorder that was launched more than two years ago is 65g weight and the heaviest is 3.3kg.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture

Across all the camcorders that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX1 the minimum apertures range from 1.1 to 11. At 3.4, the FDR-AX1 has a quite high minimum aperture compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the FDR-AX1.

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Very Big

Video cameras of this spec and age have widths of between 23mm and 230mm, and the average width is 88mm. The Sony FDR-AX1 is one of the biggest big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago (189 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age.

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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 big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

This big sensor size camcorder has been on the market for over three years.

CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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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 that came out more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Display
Screen Size
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
GPS Function
Geotagging
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
PCM Digital Audio
Ports & Interfaces
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Memory Card Included
Other Features
Aperture Range
Technical Details
Number of Diaphragm Blade

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 ├╝berrascht: Sie m├╝ssen 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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony fdrax1
Barcodes 00027242865129, 00617689595262, 04905524922455, 05013493241190, 05054230926680

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