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Sony FDR-AX1 Camcorder

$4,399.99
18.9MP 1/2 2.4kg Sep 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Sony has good camcorder reviews
Easy to use
Good value for money
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Good Value for Money

Two Sony FDR-AX1 owners considered that the product was good value for money.

Number1videoman wrote in their review of this camcorder on Walmart.com three years ago “Since I have purchased this camera at a great price, I have been gaining more”.


Reviews

Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Sony is one of the better rated camcorder manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Sony also has good ratings for its big total megapixels video cameras.


Design

Easy to Use

Three Sony FDR-AX1 owners who bought the Sony FDR-AX1 considered that it was easy to use.

Lightbrothers gave this camcorder a score of 9 stars and wrote 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.

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Good Looking

Two Sony FDR-AX1 reviewers who purchased it wrote that it was good looking.

Four years ago Lightbrothers said on Walmart.com “Beautiful footage” in their Sony FDR-AX1 review and gave the product a score of 8 stars. Lightbrothers also wrote “The richness and saturation we achieved was beautiful” in their review.

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Good Quality

One person considered that the Sony FDR-AX1 was good quality.

Number1videoman scored the product 7 stars and wrote on Walmart.com “I can shoot in 4K and still downgrade to 1080p and the quality still looks amazing”.


Good Lens

One customer said in their reviews that this camcorder had a good lens.

Lightbrothers wrote in their Sony FDR-AX1 review on Walmart.com four years ago “With the fixed lens, light weight”.

Good Autofocus

One person who reviewed it considered that it had a good autofocus. Videomaker.com wrote “Focus and exposure assists”.


Weight & Dimensions

Lightweight

One person said that this camcorder was lightweight.

Thick

One customer who bought it thought it was thick. Videomaker.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder three years ago “Broad dynamic range, excellent color reproduction” .

Heavy

The lightest video camera of this age and type is 59g weight and the heaviest is 3.8kg. With a weight of 2.4 kilograms, the FDR-AX1 is quite heavy compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX1 is 3.1", and the display diagonals range from 2" to 7.6". The FDR-AX1 has one of the larger display diagonals (3.5 inches) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age.

There are a number of alternative 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including the JVC GY-LS300 ($2,595) which is cheaper.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

The FDR-AX1 has a very high display resolution (numeric) (1,229,000 pixel) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the FDR-AX1. The display resolutions (numeric) of camcorders of this spec and age range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 640,000 pixels.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony FDR-AX1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FDR-AX1 also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an image stabilizer including the Sony PXW-X160 ($3,789.97).

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the Sony FDR-AX1 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the FDR-AX1. The average optical zoom of similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the FDR-AX1 is 13x.

If this video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Sony PXW-X160 ($3,789.97) (25x).

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Quite 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 big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FDR-AX1. Video cameras that were released more than two years ago have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 2.7mm and 730mm.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The FDR-AX1 has one of the lower maximum aperture numbers (only 1.6) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. Across all the video cameras of a similar spec and age to the FDR-AX1 the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.6 to 11.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture Number

The FDR-AX1 has one of the higher minimum aperture numbers (3.4) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX1 the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.1 to 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.6.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the FDR-AX1, the FDR-AX1 is Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including cheaper video cameras such as the JVC GY-LS300 ($2,595).

If you would prefer a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to look at the Sony PXW-X160 ($3,789.97).

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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 the 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution found on most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

This video camera's maximum video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is actually the best maximum video resolution amongst all comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the FDR-AX1.

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

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The FDR-AX1 supports HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders which support HDMI and we think the JVC GY-LS300 ($2,595) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI and we think the Sony PXW-X160 ($3,789.97) is also worth considering.

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Storage

Two Memory Slots

Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the FDR-AX1 only have one memory slots, however the FDR-AX1 has two memory slots.

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Other Features

Not Waterproof

The FDR-AX1 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the FDR-AX1 are also not waterproof.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

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


Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers fdrax1ebcee
Barcodes 00027242865129, 04905524922455, 05013493241190, 05054230926680

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