Sony FDR-AX100 4K Handycam

Sony FDR-AX100 4K Handycam

Sony FDR-AX100

Sony has announced two new Handycam camcorders, each with 1” image sensors at CES 2014. A veritable show stopper, the FDR-AX100 is capable of recording 4K Ultra HD video at 30 frames per second and Full HD 1080p at up to 60 fps. The second camera, the HDR-CX900 has a practically identical design and feature set, sans the 4K recording mode. Both cameras represent a significant step forward for Sony’s consumer level camcorders.

The FDR-AX100 and HDR-CX900’s Exmor R CMOS sensors are among the largest in any consumer level video camera. At 1” diagonally, they are slightly larger than Super 16mm film and should enable comparable depth of field. This is the same sensor size as Sony’s popular stills camera, the DSC-RX100, which was also well known for his video quality. These sensors are currently unique among camcorders in this category, and only prosumer-level, interchangeable lens cameras offer a larger sensor.

Paired with the built-in 12x Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens, these cameras will render a 35mm equivalent of 29-348mm. The lens also features a 7 blade iris, a maximum aperture of f/2.8-4.5 and a minimum focus distance of 0.4” (1 cm). Truly courting the prosumer market, both cameras also offer built-in ND filters in four increments (1/4, 1/16, 1/64 and 0 ND).

These cameras are among the first to utilize Sony’s XAVC S recording format, which supports resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 4K Ultra HD at 24p and 30p frames per second. While only the FDR-AX100 has a 4K recording mode, both cameras are capable of recording 1920 x 1080 resolution video at 24p and 60p frames per second. When shooting in the XAVC S 4K mode, the FDR-AX100 records 2 channels of 48kHz, 16bit MPEG-4 Linear PCM audio. Other recording modes use either the Dolby Digital 2 or 5.1 channel audio formats. In addition to audio and video, these cameras are also capable of –Read more: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/video/hands-reviews/sony-fdr-ax100-4k-handycam?BI=4906

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