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Sony FDR-AX40
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Sony FDR-AX40 Camcorder

8.57MP 1/2.5 610g CMOS May 2016
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The top-flight 4K Handycam makes movies more magical. Balanced Optical SteadyShot and Fast Intelligent AF are reassuringly responsive. Surround sound recording enhances natural dimension.... More
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15 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Medium sensor size video cameras produced by Sony have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just medium sensor size video cameras) and found that Sony also has good ratings across its entire range.

4K Ultra HD HD Type

The FDR-AX40 has a 4K Ultra HD HD type which is better than most camcorders that came out around the same time as it. Most camcorders that were released around the same time as it have a Full HD HD type.

A 4K Ultra HD HD type is actually the best HD type amongst all video cameras that were launched around the same time as the FDR-AX40.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst HD type is Full HD.

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Just Released Seven Months Ago

Sony only released the FDR-AX40 seven months ago.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony FDR-AX40 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other recently released comparable spec video cameras.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The FDR-AX40 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the FDR-AX40 also have an HDMI port.

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1/2.5" Optical Sensor Size

The FDR-AX40 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.5". That's over two times the optical sensor size of a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size. 5.76 x 4.29mm. Across all comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the FDR-AX40 the optical sensor size ranges from 1/5.8" to 1/2".

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Optical Image Stabiliser

The Sony FDR-AX40 has an Optical image stabiliser which is better than most video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Most camcorders that have been around for a comparable time 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.

An Optical image stabiliser is actually the best image stabiliser type across all video cameras that have been on the market for the last year.

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

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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 video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders that came out in the last 12 months, the Sony FDR-AX40 has a built-in display.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The FDR-AX40 supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution which is higher than most camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it. Most similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it support a 640 x 480 pixels video resolution. This camcorder also support video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels. The video resolution of all similar spec video cameras that were released in the last 12 months ranges from 640 x 360 pixels to 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium battery, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that came out in the last 12 months.

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

The average movie megapixel count of video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the FDR-AX40 is 5.3MP. When compared to other latest similar spec camcorders that we have assessed, the movie megapixel count of the Sony FDR-AX40 of 8.29 megapixels is one of the highest.

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Very High Megapixel Count

Across all the recently released similar spec video cameras the megapixel counts range from 2.2MP to 8.3MP. When compared to other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the FDR-AX40, the megapixel count of the Sony FDR-AX40 of 8.29 megapixels is one of the highest.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The FDR-AX40 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months. This Sony camcorder has an Outdoor white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. The white balance mode "Auto" is also found on this video camera.

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BIONZ Image Processor

This camcorder has a BIONZ X image processor, which is typical of many new video cameras.

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10 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Most video cameras that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX40 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

The FDR-AX40 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the FDR-AX40 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most latest similar spec camcorders are not 3D compatible. The FDR-AX40 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The FDR-AX40 does not have a night mode. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the FDR-AX40 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other latest camcorders, the Sony FDR-AX40 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other latest comparable spec camcorders, the FDR-AX40 does not have a built-in projector.

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Only 3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Sony FDR-AX40 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's 9% less maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 4032 x 2272 pixels. Across all camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the FDR-AX40 the best maximum image resolution is 5440 x 3056 pixels and the worst is 2304 x 1296 pixels.

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Very Big

The smallest medium sensor size camcorder that has been available for the last year is 59mm high, the biggest is 81mm, and the average height is 72mm. When compared to other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the FDR-AX40, the height of the Sony FDR-AX40 of 80.5 millimeters is one of the biggest.

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Very Big

Across all the new similar spec camcorders the depths range from 50mm to 170mm, and the average depth is 110mm. When compared to other newly released medium sensor size video cameras that we have assessed, the depth of the Sony FDR-AX40 of 166.5 millimeters is one of the biggest.

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Very High Minimum Aperture

When compared to other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for the last year that we have checked, the minimum aperture of the FDR-AX40 of 2 is one of the highest. The lowest minimum aperture of recently released similar spec camcorders is 1.8 and the highest is 2.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony FDR-AX40

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the FDR-AX40 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for the last year.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 610 grams, the Sony FDR-AX40 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 250 times zoom factor, the FDR-AX40 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other recently released camcorders.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Sony FDR-AX40 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other new medium sensor size video cameras.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that were released in the last year.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
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)
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
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
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
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
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
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
Cables Included
Handheld Remote Control
Warranty Card

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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