Your story... in 4K detail
Experience the new dimension of definition with 4x the image quality of Full HD
Introducing the peerless FDR-AX1 Handycam with professional-caliber XLR mic input and unparalleled image quality. Breaking ground by incorporating new-paradigm 4K/60p video recording and output in an incredibly user-friendly form. Ready to capture the imaginations and eyes of even the most discerning videographers.
Other camcorders typically support formats from SD (720 x 480) to Full HD (1920 x 1080). But the FDR-AX1 supports 4K (3840 x 2160), the extraordinary superior-definition format that delivers about four times the resolution of the Full HD (1920 x 1080) format to capture incredible details that bring images to real, vibrant life.
Unleashing technologies behind 4K image innovation
High-performance G Lens now upholds 4K quality in a handier form
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 colour that puts this groundbreaking Handycam in a class of its own.
Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers multifaceted 4K support
Sony's unique "Exmor R CMOS 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 60 fps.
An image processor identical to a professional camcorder's
An extraordinary image processor, identical to those in 4K camcorders used by professionals, rapidly processes signals transmitted from the CMOS sensor and finalizes images. In fact, in processing the vast 4K data in real time at 60 fps, it achieves four times the resolution of the HD format. Moreover, this processor not only features high-performance noise reduction for truer images and image quality adjustment functions for greater freedom of expression; it's also specially tuned for the FDR-AX1 to deliver image processing performance that accelerates the evolution of handy-type camera recorders.
Advancing to the next world of 4K video recording
The FDR-AX1, the first 4K* resolution Handycam, features a blazingly fast image processor identical to those included in Sony models for professional use. Because the camera can record 4K*/60 fps movies at its full resolution, even images shot while planning or when subjects were moving look extraordinarily smooth, sharp and true to life in playback.
* 3820 x 2160 pixels
XAVC S consumer-use 4K/HD recording format
The AX1 records 4K/HD movies in the XAVC S format, which was developed for consumer use based on the XAVC 4K/HD format suited for professional use. To extend the hours of 4K video capture capacity, XAVC S employs the Long GOP codec of H.264/AVC for video file compression. Moreover, the MP4 container format simplifies the handling of 4K video.
High-quality 50 Mbps HD recording
The XAVC S can record high-quality images at 50 Mbps even during Full HD (1920 x 1080) recording.
Two XQD media slots
This camcorder features the next-generation XQD memory card that supports fast 4K/HD writing/reading that makes high bit-rate recording possible. It's equipped with two XQD media slots and relay recording that make it possible to lengthen movie shooting by switching conveniently between two or more media.
Fine tuning crystal-clear sound with great control and precision
Professional-class audio XLR terminal
In addition to a high-performance internal or built-in microphone, the AX1 features two external XLR mic terminals for connecting other microphones that can also be used to record superior-quality audio together with the movies. You can also mix audio from recordings made using the internal microphone and externally connected microphones, respectively.
Independent zoom, focus and iris rings
Independent zoom, focus and iris rings enable fast zooming, swift focusing and easy focus adjustment.
ND filters give greater control
Three ND filters let you adjust the amount of light entering the image sensor from the lens. Also, the Clear, 1/4 filter, 1/16 filter and 1/64 filter settings give you capability to match shooting conditions, as well as adjust the shutter speed and aperture even on bright, sunny days.
Paint functions for creative expression
The camera lets you combine and adjust any of the five paint functions (white balance, gamma, detail, skin detail, matrix) in the paint menu, so you gain freedom to express a look or style as you like in your movie.