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Sony FDRAX100B Camcorder

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Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product reviewed.com Editor's Choice Les Numeriques.com 5 Star Digital Versus 5 Star lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 5 Star
14.2MP 790g CMOS Jul 2015
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Sony 4K Handycam (FDR-AX100): Unboxing & Overview
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27 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

Amongst camcorders of a comparable type and age, this Sony video camera is one of the most highly awarded.

Digitaltrends.com and Lydogbillede.dk both endorse this big sensor size camcorder and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Lydogbilde.no and Ljudochbild.se both thought that this video camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The expert at Reviewed.com decided that this Sony camcorder was marvellous and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

The experts at two additional expert review sites both wrote that this video camera was good. This camcorder received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and Les Numeriques.com.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Eight experts from sites including Digital Versus, Digitaltrends.com, Les Numeriques.com and Lydogbilde.no have rated this video camera on average 88 out of 100. Video camera experts think this big sensor size camcorder is one of the better camcorders of this type and age.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, FDR-AX100 owners rated this video camera 90%.

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Sony is one of the superior video camera brands according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Sony also has good reviews for its big sensor size video cameras.

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Good Product Quality

Four people who bought it thought it was good quality. Videomaker.com mentioned “Excellent feelbuild quality” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX100. Videomaker.com also said “Excellent build quality, manageable size”. Digitalversus.com mentioned on Digital Versus “A vast array of different functions and offers great picture quality”.

Nice Design

One person who reviewed the product considered that it was a good design. Digitalversus.com wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Digital Versus “It has a good design”.

Robust

Several customers who purchased the Sony FDR-AX100 said that it was well made. Videomaker.com wrote “Read the AX100 ReviewEstablishing a solid workflow can help eliminate wasted time” in their Sony FDR-AX100 review.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two Sony FDR-AX100 owners reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. Videomaker.com said “Good electronic viewfinder”. Videomaker.com also wrote “Builtin adjustable viewfinder”.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony FDR-AX100 owner wrote that this camcorder had a good image stabiliser. Videomaker.com said “Image stabilisation less effective than Sony's BOSS system”.

Good Support

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Sony FDR-AX100 had good technical guidance.

Easy to Use

One person considered that the Sony FDR-AX100 was easy to use. Expert review site Videomaker.com mentioned “If you want full control over the quality of your export, there are some key settings you need to know about”.

Quite Large Screen Size

The FDR-AX100 has a quite large screen size (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. The screen sizes of big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the FDR-AX100 range from 2.3" to 3.5", and the average screen size is 3.1".

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The FDR-AX100 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Full HD

Full HD

The FDR-AX100 is Full HD. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the FDR-AX100 also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The FDR-AX100 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also have an HDMI port.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

At 160 times zoom factor, the FDR-AX100 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The smallest digital zoom of camcorders of a similar age and type to the FDR-AX100 is 2x and the biggest is 1,500x.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The FDR-AX100 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Most big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this Sony video camera support MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo and MS XC-HG Duo and SD memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This video camera has an Optical image stabiliser, which is typical of many camcorders 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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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The FDR-AX100 supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 320 x 240 pixels video resolution supported by most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. In addition, this video camera support video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels. Across all video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the worst video resolution is 320 x 176 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

Across all the camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the FDR-AX100 the movie megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 17MP. With a movie megapixel count of 14.2 megapixels, the FDR-AX100 has a quite high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium battery, which is the most commonly found battery on camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the FDR-AX100 is more than most comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. This Sony camcorder has a Snow scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on camcorders of this spec and age. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Night", "Portrait", "Spotlight", "Sunrise" and "Sunset" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The FDR-AX100 has one of the higher megapixel counts (14.2 megapixels) amongst video cameras of this age. The lowest megapixel count of similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the FDR-AX100 is 2MP and the highest is 17MP.

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5968 X 3352 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the FDR-AX100 is 5968 x 3352 pixels. That's over ten times the maximum image resolution of a 1600 x 1200 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. The best maximum image resolution of all video cameras of this age and type is 6592 x 3712 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony FDR-AX100 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the FDR-AX100 also have a built-in display.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony FDR-AX100 has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than most video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Most camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have a 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution. The maximum video resolution of all video cameras of a comparable type and age to the FDR-AX100 ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best).

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony FDR-AX100 is more than most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. This Sony video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the FDR-AX100. The white balance mode "Outdoor" is also found on this video camera.

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9 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

One Sony FDR-AX100 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was not heavy and bulky. Videomaker.com wrote “Big and heavy”.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders that were launched around the same time as the FDR-AX100 do not have an interchangeable lens. The FDR-AX100 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders that are a similar age to the FDR-AX100 are not 3D compatible. The FDR-AX100 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony FDR-AX100 does not have a night mode. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX100 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The FDR-AX100 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the FDR-AX100, the FDR-AX100 does not have a built-in projector.

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Heavy

At 790 grams, the Sony FDR-AX100 is quite heavy compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the FDR-AX100. The weights of big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the FDR-AX100 range from 65g to 3.3kg.

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Only Has Two Cables Included

The FDR-AX100 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of this age and type. This Sony camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on video cameras of this type and age. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this camcorder.

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Only One Micro-USB 2.0 Port

The FDR-AX100 is a one micro-USB 2.0 port camcorder.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony FDR-AX100

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this big sensor size camcorder was released.

Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 12 times zoom factor, the FDR-AX100 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the FDR-AX100.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Shutter Type
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
GPS Function
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Battery Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Waterproof
Shock Proof
Technical Details
Freeze-Resistant
Dust-Resistant

7 Awards

Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product reviewed.com Editor's Choice Les Numeriques.com 5 Star Digital Versus 5 Star Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended ljudochbild.se Especially Recommended lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 5 Star

Expert Reviews

(19)
3 October 2014

When you open an export menu, you are confronted with many options. If you want full control over the quality of your export, there are some key settings you need to know about.Next Lesson:...

Quality 12x optical zoom
HDTV 1080p or 4K (UHD) filming
3 builtin ND filters
Large LCD touchscreen
Many manual and automatic settings
Wide angle not actually that wide
Big and heavy
Only one memory card slot
Image stabilisation less effective than Sony's BOSS system
Excessive rolling shutter at telephoto
26 August 2014

Sony's FDR-AX100 is a good-quality expert camcorder and a great way into the world of 4K recording. Fully-featured, it has a good design, a vast array of different functions and offers great...

Digital Versus

19 June 2014

When it was announced, the AX100 was a one-of-a-kind product. In a few ways, it still is. However, its most interesting new trick can be accomplished by less expensive, more flexible devices....

Reviewed.com

Digitaltrends.com

Digital imaging companies like Sony, Panasonic, JVC, and others are looking at ways to give people new reasons to buy a camcorder. Why cart around a camcorder when your smartphone shoots HD video?... Read more…

21 January 2014

Sony has been at the forefront of prosumer camcorders for a while. We've known many a lower-budget TV show to use a three-chip VX1000 in the past and, more recently, Full HD and, even, 4K... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 14 July 2014 by Rick Bennette
Rick Bennette would recommend the Sony FDR-AX100

The Sony FDR-AX100/B is bigger than any other Handycam yet. It's big enough to look professional next to any consumer camcorder, but not so big that it draws unwanted attention when you want to... Read more…

Reviewed 13 April 2014 by Globe Media
Globe Media would recommend the Sony FDR-AX100 (Verified Purchase)

Being a professional videographer for over 25 years, I owned a ton of professional and semi-professional video cameras. I was always looking for the best possible image quality at a time.... Read more…

Reviewed 15 April 2014 by LanceinLane
LanceinLane would recommend the Sony FDR-AX100

This is the first camera I have ever owned that I've given 5 stars, as it is so revolutionary and well designed. The AX100 creates stunning video that is absolutely gorgeous to look at. Even when... Read more…

Reviewed 30 April 2015 by Dsaffer
Dsaffer would recommend the Sony FDR-AX100

This camera can shoot stunning 4K as well as 1080., the best I've seen for up to 3X as much money.Since I rarely shoot auto, this review is for those who like control over the camera. I have shot... Read more…

Reviewed 11 May 2014 by Mizamook
Mizamook would recommend the Sony FDR-AX100 (Verified Purchase)

I shoot stock video - mostly nature. I've always wanted to have "DSLR quality/detail" and am waiting to upgrade my FS700. This camera comes pretty close, at least at first glance, to "what my eye... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

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