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Sony FDR-AX1 4K Camcorder Video Camera Announced, Price, Specs

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Sony has announced the the first consumer 4K video camera, FDR-AX1 4K Camcorder. The Sony FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder capture 4K/60p video that far exceeds HD resolution.

Sony FDR-AX1 4K Camcorder Video Camera features a 1/2.3” 8.3MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor and Sony G-lens with 20X optical zoom (31.5-630mm eq.) and 3-inch LCD.

The Sony AX1 4K camcorder records 4K/HD movies in the XAVC-S format, which was developed for consumer usage based on the professional XAVC 4K/HD format. The FDR-AX1′s native 3840 x 2160 4K resolution enables you to create movies with four times as much detail and quadruple the image quality of a Full HD 1080p camcorder.


Sony FDR-AX1 4K Camcorder Video Camera Price

The Sony FDR-AX1 4K Camcorder Video Camera price is $4,498.00.  The new Sony FDR-AX1 4K Camcorder is available to buy from the camera stores below. The Sony FDR-AX1 4K starts shipping from October 14, 2013. Where to buy Sony FDRAX1 4K Camcorder Video Camera.

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Amazon $4,498.00 Buy Now
Adorama.com $4,498.00 Buy Now

Sony FDR-AX1 4K Camcorder Video Camera Features

  • Capture 4K/60p video that far exceeds HD resolution: Playback 4K content captured on the AX1 on a compatible 4K TV by simply connecting the two devices with supplied HDMI cable. Thanks to original Sony technology, Sony BRAVIA TVs especially bring out the full quality of 4K/60p recordings
  • XAVC-S codec allows extended 4K/HD video recording: The FDR-AX1 records 4K/HD movies in the XAVC-S format, which was developed for consumer usage based on the professional XAVC 4K/HD format
  • 1/2.3″ Back-Illuminated 8.3MP Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor: Its back-illuminated structure featuring wiring layers on the back of a photodiode (light receiving element) dramatically boosts low-light sensitivity for shooting better, more lifelike images even in dim lighting
  • Professional image processor for real-time 4K / 60 fps recording: An extraordinary image processor, identical to those in 4K camcorders used by professionals, rapidly processes signals transmitted from the CMOS sensor and finalizes images
  • Sony G-lens with 20X (31.5-630mm eq.) smooth servo zoom: The “G Lens” advances the Sony heritage of image processing innovation by redefining what an aspheric lens and special low-dispersion glass together can faithfully reproduce
  • 3 ND filters and 5 paint functions for expressive cinematic looks: The AX1 features three ND filters for adjusting the amount of light entering the image sensor from the lens. There are four filter settings: Off (Clear), 1/4 filter, 1/16 filter and 1/64 filter
  • Built-in mic w/2x additional Pro XLR jacks for external inputs: In addition to a high-performance internal microphone, the AX1 features two external XLR jacks for connecting external microphones that can also be used to record superior-quality balanced audio synchronized to the video
  • 7x assignable buttons and 3x control rings (focus/iris/zoom): The AX1 was designed with two start/stop buttons (one on the side of the camera grip and another on the handle) for ease of use while shooting
  • Two XQD card slots for high-speed 4K recording and playback: The AX1 uses XQD media card for smooth, high-speed reading and writing of 4K video and features two XQD media slots
  • View 4K 60P video on compatible BRAVIA TVs w/supplied HDMI cable: Playback 4K content captured on the FDR-AX1 on a 4K TV by simply connecting the two devices with supplied HDMI cable. Thanks to original Sony technology, Sony BRAVIA TVs especially bring out the full quality of 4K/60p recordings
  • Zebra, Peaking, Center marker and guide frame: Have confidence in getting the setting right and not missing he shot. Tools such as Zebra, Peaking, Center Marker and Guide Frame are professional features to enable precise manual control
  • High-quality XAVC-S up to 150 Mbps 4K / 50Mbps HD recording: High quality XAVC-S can be recorded to 150mbps. Additionally, there is also an option to record very high quality Full HD at 50mbps with the FDR-AX1

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Sony FDR-AX1 4K Camcorder Video Camera Specs

Camera Type Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder
Imaging Sensor 1/2.3″ back-illuminated Exmor R(R) CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross Approx.18900K pixels
Effective Picture Resolution(movie) Approx.8300K pixels
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Microphones – Max input level 120dB SPL
Media Type XQD Memory Card x 2
Video Format XAVC S format
Video Mode(Resolution) 4K:
3840×2160 60P (150)
3840×2160 30P (100)
3840×2160 30P (60)
3840×2160 24P (100)
3840×2160 24P (60)
3840×2160 50P (150)
3840×2160 25P (100)
3840×2160 25P (60)
1920×1080 60P (50)
1920×1080 30P (50)
1920×1080 24P (50)
1920×1080 50P (50)
1920×1080 25P (50)
Movie Recording Rate 4K
150: Approx.150Mbps
100: Approx.100Mbps
60: Approx.60Mbps
50: Approx. 50Mbps (Average Bit Rate/VBR)
Video Actual (Pixel) Approx.8300K pixels
Video Signal UHDTV
Progressive Mode 4K:60p,50p30p,25p,24p Progressive recording
HD:60p,50p30p,25p,24p Progressive recording
Audio Format Linear PCM 2ch(48kHz/16bit)
Microphone/Speaker Built-in Stereo Microphone
Monaural Speaker
Mic Level Control Yes(2steps)
Wind Position Yes(Off/On)
Lens Type G Lens
Lens Stabilization Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
Aperture F1.6 – F3.4
Optical Zoom 20x
Focal Distance f=4.1 – 82.0mm
f=5/32-3 7/32inch
Focal Length(35mm equivalent) f=31.5-630mm
f=1 15/64-24 51/64inch (Movie Mode)
Filter Diameter 72mm
2 27/32inch
Minimum Focus Distance Approx.1cm(Wide),Approx.80cm(Tele)
Approx.13/32inch(Wide),Approx.31 1/2inch(Tele)
Aperture Blade 6 blades
ND Filter OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Focus Ring Yes
Zoom Ring Yes
Iris Ring Yes
Viewfinder Type 0.45type
VF Backlight Yes
VF Power Mode Yes
LCD Type 3.5″ Xtra Fine LCD 3D display(1,229K) Wide(16:9)
Angle Adjustment Opening Angle:max.180 deg., Turning Angle:max.270 deg.
LCD Backlight yes (Menu)
Coverage 100%
Marker/Grid Display Marker
Focus System Contrast AF
AF Modes Auto/Manual(Ring)
Focus Area Full range Focus
Push Auto Focus yes
Manual Focus Assist Magnified display for precise manual focus
Peaking Display
Metering Modes Multi-segment
Exposure Compensation AE level/AE Speed (Menu)
Noise Reduction Yes
White Balance Mode Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor/Color temp
WB Shift Yes
Minimum Illumination 60P: 4lux(1/30 Shutter Speed)
50P: 3lux(1/25 Shutter Speed)
Auto Iris Control F1.6 – F11.0
Manual Iris Control F1.6 – F11.0
Push Auto Iris Yes
Manual Exposure Assist Zebra Pattern Display
Manual/Auto Lens Cover Manual
Handle Zoom Speed Yes
Erase/Protect Yes/-
Media/Battery Indicator Yes(recordable time)/Yes(icon)
On Screen Main Indicators Intelligent Auto Status
Zoom Position
Recording/Playback/Editing Media
Recording Status
Recording Mode
Recording Image Quality(HD/STD)
Multiple Language Display English
Traditional Chinese
Audio Recording Mode Linear PCM(WAV)
LINE IN Yes(Audio only)
Low Cut Filter Yes(Audio only)
Audio Level Display Yes
Cinematone Yes
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
View & Index Thumbnail
x.v.Color Yes
Assignable Button Yes
Paint Yes
Status Check Yes
Color Bar Yes
Memory Card Slot XQD x2
(for XAVC S)
Memory Stick Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible x1(for AVCHD)
(Utility SD slot)
STD Output Composite Video Out(AV CABLE(sold separately))
HD Output HDMI Out(supplied)
4K Output HDMI Out(supplied)
USB Port(s) mini-B/USB2.0 Hi-speed/mass-storage, TypeA/USB2.0 Hi-speed /Host
Headphone Jack Stereo Minijack
Line Input (Analog Audio) XLR
Microphone Input XLR
Remote Terminal Remote terminal
HDMI Terminal Yes
Accessory Shoe Yes
Battery Type NP-F970
Power Consumption 4K: 14.2W (30P,60Mbps) (in View Finder Operation)
HD: 15.4W (60P,50Mbps)
Power Consumption (in LCD Operation) 4K: 14.5W (30P,60Mbps)
HD: 15.7W (60P,50Mbps)
Power Requirements Power Requirements
Gain Control Auto/Manual
Imaging Sensor Recording pixels Max. 18 900 000 pixels (photo, 16:9)
Imaging Sensor Effective Approx. 8 300 000 pixels(movie, 16:9)
Panel blank 8.8cm(3.5 type) Xtra Fine LCD display(1229K) Wide(16:9) w/TruBlack technology
Dimensions(Approx.) 189 x 193 x 362 mm / 7.44 x 7.59 x 14.25″ (W x H x D including supplied battery)
Weight(Approx) 2440 g / 8.46 oz (Main unit only)
Total: 2770 g / 97.70 oz (NP-F970)