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Sony FDR-AX100
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Sony FDRAX100B Camcorder

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 Jan 2014
Total Megapixels Full HD Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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25 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

Expert review sites really like this video camera and have given it seven awards.

The reviewers at Digitaltrends.com and Lydogbillede.dk both concluded that concluded that they would endorse this Sony camcorder and gave it their "Recommended" award.

This video camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by both Lydogbilde.no and Ljudochbild.se, both of which said that this big sensor size camcorder was very good.

The reviewer at Reviewed.com wrote that this big sensor size camcorder was excellent and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Digital Versus and Les Numeriques.com both gave this Sony video camera a "5 Star" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on eight expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus, Digitaltrends.com, Les Numeriques.com and Lydogbilde.no the average expert rating of this video camera is 88 out of 100.

Excellent User Reviews

People who bought this video camera rated this camcorder 90 out of 100 on average.

Good Brand

Big sensor size video cameras built by Sony have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just big sensor size video cameras) and found that Sony also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Good Product Quality

A number of people who bought the product considered that it was good quality. Expert website Videomaker.com wrote “If you want full control over the quality of your export, there are some key settings you need to know about” in their review. Videomaker.com also wrote “Excellent feelbuild quality”. Videomaker.com also said “Excellent build quality, manageable size”.

Nice Design

One customer mentioned that the Sony FDR-AX100 was a good design. Two years ago expert website Digitalversus.com said “It has a good design” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX100 and rated the product 5 stars.

Robust

A few Sony FDR-AX100 reviewers considered that the product was well made. Two years ago Videomaker.com said “Read the AX100 ReviewEstablishing a solid workflow can help eliminate wasted time”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good viewfinder. Videomaker.com mentioned in their Sony FDR-AX100 review “Good electronic viewfinder”. Videomaker.com also said “Builtin adjustable viewfinder”.

Good Quality Lens

One customer thought this camcorder had a good image stabiliser. Videomaker.com wrote in their review two years ago “Image stabilisation less effective than Sony's BOSS system” .

Good Support

One person who bought the product thought it had good technical guidance.

Easy to Use

One customer who reviewed this camcorder thought it was easy to use.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The FDR-AX100 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the FDR-AX100.

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Full HD

Full HD

The FDR-AX100 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the Sony FDR-AX100 has an HDMI port.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Camcorders of this age and spec have digital zooms of between 12x and 1,500x. At 160 times zoom factor, the FDR-AX100 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the FDR-AX100.

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Optical Image Stabiliser

The FDR-AX100 has a better image stabiliser type than most video cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camcorder has an Optical image stabiliser, whereas most comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it have a Hybrid image stabiliser. 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 camcorder's image stabiliser type (Optical) is in fact the best image stabiliser type amongst all camcorders that were released around the same time as the FDR-AX100.

A Digital image stabiliser is the worst image stabiliser type amongst similar types of camcorder.

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

The FDR-AX100 has a very high movie megapixel count (14.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the FDR-AX100. Video cameras of a similar type and age to the FDR-AX100 have movie megapixel counts of between 6MP and 15MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 9.3MP.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The FDR-AX100 supports a higher video resolution than most comparable spec camcorders that came out more than a year ago. This Sony camcorder supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution, whereas most video cameras of a similar age and type to it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. In addition, this video camera support a video resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all camcorders that came out more than a year ago.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst supported video resolution is 640 x 360 pixels.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony FDR-AX100 has a built-in display. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the FDR-AX100 also have a built-in display.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of camcorders of this age and spec is 11MP, and the megapixel counts range from 6MP to 24MP. With a megapixel count of 14.2 megapixels, the FDR-AX100 has a fairly high megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FDR-AX100.

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5968 X 3352 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Sony FDR-AX100 is 5968 x 3352 pixels. That's over two times the maximum image resolution of a 4032 x 2272 pixels video camera, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. The best maximum image resolution of all camcorders of a similar type and age to the FDR-AX100 is 6784 x 3816 pixels and the worst is 3840 x 2160 pixels.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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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 video cameras that are a similar age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. The white balance mode "Outdoor" is also found on this Sony camcorder.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

The Sony FDR-AX100 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (only 29 millimeters) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. Big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the FDR-AX100 have minimum focal lengths of between 29mm and 30mm.

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Has Two Cables Included

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

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9 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

One Sony FDR-AX100 owner who reviewed the product reckoned that it was not heavy and bulky. Two years ago Videomaker.com wrote in their review of the Sony FDR-AX100 “Big and heavy”.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The FDR-AX100 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the FDR-AX100 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The FDR-AX100 has a quite small optical zoom (only 12 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. Across all the big sensor size video cameras that were released one year ago the optical zooms range from 10x to 20x.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as 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

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the FDR-AX100, the FDR-AX100 does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The FDR-AX100 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the FDR-AX100, the FDR-AX100 does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The shortest maximum focal length of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the FDR-AX100 is 340mm and the longest is 430mm. The FDR-AX100 has a quite short maximum focal length (only 348 millimeters) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the FDR-AX100.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of video cameras of a similar type and age to the FDR-AX100 range from 0.05lx to 3lx. At 3 lux, the FDR-AX100 has a very big minimum illumination compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released one year ago.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony FDR-AX100

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Released Over a Year Ago

This big sensor size camcorder was released over a year ago.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the FDR-AX100 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Average Weight

At 790 grams, the Sony FDR-AX100 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the FDR-AX100.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
GPS (satellite)
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Handheld Remote Control
Warranty Card
Other Features
Waterproof
Shock Proof
Technical Details
Freeze-Resistant
Dustproof
USB Charging

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

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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

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony pj650, sony pj790, sony rmtvp1, sony pj650v, sony pj790v, sony rmtvp1k
Barcodes 00027242877542, 00689466815382, 04056572579686, 04905524968712, 05013493246171, 05054230862612

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