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SONY FDR-AX1 Black 1/2.3" CMOS 3.5" 1229K LCD 20X Optical Zoom 4K Professional Camcorder

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  • Record 4K 3840 x 2160p Video at 60 fps
  • 1/2.3" Exmor R 8.3MP CMOS Image Sensor
  • Sony G Lens with 20x Optical Zoom
  • Built-In Microphone & Dual Pro XLR Jacks
  • Dual XQD Card Slots for 4K Recording

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4K HandyCam Camcorder FDR-AX1

Your Story - In 4K Detail

Tell your story in four times the resolution of Full HD with the 4K camera that's made for everyone. Shoot with the breathtaking quality of XAVC-S 4K/60p and capture professional audio with XLR mic inputs. Even take direct, manual control with zoom, focus and iris rings, plus seven assignable buttons. The groundbreaking power of 4K is ready to capture your imagination — and it's only from Sony. Let the revolution begin.


Capture 4K/60p Video in Ultra HD

Introducing Sony's first consumer 4K (Full HD 4 x 4 resolution, QFHD: 3840 x 2160) video camera. Capture the finest details at incredibly high resolution, to produce vibrant and extremely realistic images. What's more, the blazingly-fast image processor is the same one employed in professional Sony models, making it possible to record 60p movies at the camera's full resolution for incredibly smooth and sharp playback, with no loss in realism, even when panning the camera and shooting moving subjects.


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. XAVC-S uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Long GOP for video and linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in an MP4 wrapper. The XAVC-S codec allows longer recording times within a given media capacity than XAVC, making 4K recording easier and more convenient.


See What You've Been Missing

Sony's 1/2.3" 8.3MP Exmor R® CMOS image sensor is essential to the stunning image quality that the FDR-AX1 achieves. 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. Sony's cutting-edge technology also makes the camera nimble at reading massive 4K data at 60fps.


Built-In Mic with 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. You can also mix audio from recordings made using the internal microphone and externally-connected microphones, respectively.


Legendary Sony G-Lens for Ultra HD

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. Accordingly, the G-Lens is specially tuned to capture qualities of definition and color that put these groundbreaking Handycam® camcorders in a class of their own. In addition, the high-quality lens offers a broad zooming range from wide-angle to 20x optical zoom (31.5 - 630mm), enabling an amazing range of video expression.


Turn Your World into a 4K Canvas

The FDR-AX1 features three ND filters for adjusting the amount of light entering the image sensor from the lens. There are four filter settings: Clear, 1/4 filter, 1/16 filter and 1/64 filter. These filter settings give users the ability to adjust to light conditions, while maintaining desired shutter angle and aperture even on bright and sunny days. Six paint functions (white, offset white, gamma, detail, skin detail and matrix) can be combined and adjusted in the paint menu to create expressive movie styling and cinematic looks.



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Professional Camcorder
3.5" 1229K
Focusing System
Focus System: Contrast AF
AF Modes: Auto/Manual(Ring)
Focus Area: Full range Focus
Manual Focus Assist: Magnified display for precise manual focus; Peaking Display
Minimum Illumination
60P : 4lux(1/30 Shutter Speed); 50P : 3Lux(1/25 Shutter Speed)
White Balance
Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor/Color temp

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.3" CMOS


Optical Zoom
Filter Diameter
Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization


Video Signal Type
4K (UHDTV), ITU standard
Recording Media
Memory Card
Memory Card Support
XQD x2 (for XAVC-S)
Video Recording
Video Format: XAVC- S format MPEG4-AVC/H264

Video Resolution: HD: 1920x1080 60P (50), 1920x1080 30P (50), 1920x1080 24P (50), 1920x1080 50P (50), 1920x1080 25P (50);4K: 3840x2160 60P (150), 3840x2160 30P (100), 3840x2160 30P (60), 3840x2160 24P (100), 3840x2160 24P (60), 3840x2160 50P (150), 3840x2160 25P (100), 3840x2160 25P (60)

Video Actual (Pixel): Approx.8300K pixels
Audio Recording
Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Stereo Microphone, Monoral Speaker
Mic Level Control: Yes(2steps)
Wind Noise Reduction: Yes(Off/On)


USB, HDMI, Composite


Power Supply


Capture 4K/60p video that far exceeds HD resolution

Professional image processor for real-time 4K / 60 fps recording

Built-in mic w/2x additional Pro XLR jacks for external inputs

View 4K 60P video on compatible BRAVIA TVs w/supplied HDMI cable

XAVC-S codec allows extended 4K/HD video recording

Sony G-lens with 20X (31.5-630mm eq.) smooth servo zoom

7x assignable buttons and 3x control rings (focus/iris/zoom)

Zebra, Peaking, Center marker and guide frame

1/2.3" 8.3MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor

3 ND filters and 5 paint functions for expressive cinematic looks

Two XQD card slots for high-speed 4K recording and playback

High-quality XAVC-S up to 150 Mbps 4K / 50Mbps HD recording

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD) & Weight
Approx. 7 7/16 inch x 7 19/32inch x 14 1/4 inch (189mm x193mm x 362mm) (including the supplied battery)
Approx. 5.38 lbs (2440g (Main Unit Only)) 6.11lbs (2770g (including NP-F970))

Package Contents

Package Contents
Sony 4K/60p Handycam Camcorder
Rechargeable Battery Pack(NP-F970) (1)
HDMI Cable (1)
Large eyecup (1)
XQD Card (1)
AC adaptor(AC-NB12A) (1)
USB Cable (1)
Lens hood (1)
License CD-ROM (1)
Battery Charger(AC-VL1) (1)
"Operating Guide"(1)
A/V connecting cable (1)
Warranty (1)
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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    • Return for refund within: 30 days
    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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