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Sony FDR-AX40 Camcorder

8.57MP 1/2.5 610g CMOS May 2016
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16 Reasons For

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sony has good average ratings for its medium sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other manufacturers.

4K Ultra HD HD Type

The FDR-AX40 has a 4K Ultra HD HD type which is better than most new comparable spec camcorders. Most recently released similar spec video cameras have a Full HD HD type.

This camcorder's HD type (4K Ultra HD) is in fact the best HD type across all video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FDR-AX40.

A Full HD HD type is the worst HD type amongst similar types of camcorder.

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Just Released Seven Months Ago

This Sony camcorder was only released seven months ago.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The FDR-AX40 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the FDR-AX40 also have an image stabiliser.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The FDR-AX40 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX40.

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1/2.5" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the FDR-AX40 is 1/2.5". That's over two times the optical sensor size of a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. 5.76 x 4.29mm. Across all comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the FDR-AX40 the worst optical sensor size is 1/5.8" and the best is 1/2".

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Optical Image Stabiliser

The FDR-AX40 has an Optical image stabiliser which is better than the Hybrid image stabiliser found on most latest similar spec camcorders. 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.

This video camera's image stabiliser type (Optical) is actually the best image stabiliser type amongst all similar spec video cameras that have been available for the last year.

The worst image stabiliser type across comparable types of video camera is Hybrid.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec camcorders that were launched in the last year.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder is MicroSDXC.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The FDR-AX40 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony FDR-AX40 supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1440 x 1080 pixels video resolution supported by most new comparable spec video cameras. This camcorder also support a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels. The worst video resolution of all similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the FDR-AX40 is 640 x 360 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium battery, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

The movie megapixel counts of similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the FDR-AX40 range from 2.2MP to 8.3MP. When compared to other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the FDR-AX40, the movie megapixel count of the FDR-AX40 of 8.29 megapixels is one of the highest.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony FDR-AX40 has a higher maximum video resolution than most video cameras that have been on the market for the last year. This video camera has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution, whereas most latest similar spec video cameras have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution. Across all recently released similar spec camcorders the best maximum video resolution is 3680 x 2760 pixels and the worst is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Very High Megapixel Count

When compared to other camcorders that have been available for the last year, the FDR-AX40's megapixel count of 8.29 megapixels is one of the highest. Video cameras that are a similar age to the FDR-AX40 have megapixel counts of between 2.2MP and 8.3MP.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony FDR-AX40 is more than most comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it. This Sony video camera has an Outdoor white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on latest medium sensor size camcorders. The white balance mode "Auto" is also found on this camcorder.

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BIONZ Image Processor

This video camera has a BIONZ X image processor, which is the most commonly found image processor on video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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10 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Most medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for the last year are not Full HD. The FDR-AX40 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FDR-AX40 do not have an interchangeable lens. The FDR-AX40 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony FDR-AX40 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that were released in the last year are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony FDR-AX40 does not have a night mode. Most of the other latest medium sensor size camcorders also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most medium sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the FDR-AX40 are not waterproof. The FDR-AX40 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony FDR-AX40 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the FDR-AX40 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Only 3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the FDR-AX40 is 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's 9% less maximum image resolution than a 4032 x 2272 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. The best maximum image resolution of all new similar spec camcorders is 5440 x 3056 pixels and the worst is 2304 x 1296 pixels.

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Very Big

The heights of similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for the last year range from 59mm to 81mm. The FDR-AX40 is very big (80.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the FDR-AX40.

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Very Big

When compared to other latest medium sensor size camcorders that we have checked the depth of, the FDR-AX40's depth of 166.5 millimeters is one of the biggest. The depths of newly released similar spec video cameras range from 50mm to 170mm.

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Very High Minimum Aperture

Medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for the last year have minimum apertures of between 1.8 and 2, and the average minimum aperture is 1.9. With a minimum aperture of 2, the FDR-AX40 has a very high minimum aperture compared to most of the other recently released video cameras.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony FDR-AX40

Average Screen Size

The FDR-AX40 has a fairly average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for the last year.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 610 grams, the FDR-AX40 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the FDR-AX40.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 250 times zoom factor, the FDR-AX40 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the FDR-AX40.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Sony FDR-AX40 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other recently released comparable spec video cameras.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on new medium sensor size camcorders.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical 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
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Shutter Type
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Aspect Ratio
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
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

Expert Reviews

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony fdrax40, sony fdrax40b, sony fdrax40t, sony fdrax40ti, sony fdrax40bc, sony fdrax40tic
Barcodes 04548736021242, 04548736021259

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