AX100 4K Expert Handycam®

AX100 4K Expert Handycam®

FDR-AX100 4K Handycam® with a 1.0 inch Exmor R® CMOS sensor, ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T* optics, NFC, and Wi-Fi®
AX100 4K Expert Handycam<sup>®</sup>

4K opens your eyes to a new era of excitement

The FDR-AX100 supports 4K (3840 x 2160), the superior-definition format that delivers about four times the resolution of Full HD. It lets you capture incredible detail and bring images to vibrant life.

29 mm wide-angle ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T* lens

ZEISS® lens is fine-tuned specifically for the 4K image standard. Ideal for capturing grand landscapes, it also provides up to 12x optical zoom and up to 24x Clear Image Zoom to allow wide-ranging image expression.Definition is even sharp in the corners of the frame, thanks to the 11 group/17 element lens that incorporates AA (advanced aspherical) and ED lens elements.

Exmor R® CMOS sensor delivers multifaceted Full HD support

The FDR-AX100 features a large Exmor R® CMOS sensor with a light-receiving area that is approximately 4.9 times larger than 1/2.88 type image sensor. This newly employed sensor enhances image clarity, reduces noise even when shooting in dark environments, and enables image expression that takes full advantage of background defocusing. No.1 image sensor manufacturer for digital cameras and video recorders.*Based on Sony research-April 2012 to March 2013 (50% market share.

Advanced BIONZ X image processing engine for higher speed and peerless quality

The advanced BIONZ X image processing engine features higher technology than in the previous generation of BIONZ to achieve more faithful reproduction, more naturally vivid and lifelike image quality, and higher resolution capabilities. This Handycam® model is equipped with several new features that take advantage of the higher speed processing capabilities. These include By Pixel Super Resolution, Motion Shot Video, Optical SteadyShot and Dual Video Recording.

Support for longer recording time of 4K movies in XAVC S format

XAVC S is the format for recording 4K/HD movies, which was developed for consumer usage based on the professional XAVC 4K/HD format. It supports HD 50 Mbps so that consumers can record high-resolution movies even in a heavily movement shot.

Support for HD high bit-rate

XAVC S is the format for recording 4K/HD movies, which was developed for consumer usage based on the professional XAVC 4K/HD format. It supports HD 50 Mbps so that consumers can record high-resolution movies even in a heavily movement shot.The use of MP4 playback devices and software does not guarantee that data can be played back in all modes.

High-frame-rate shooting at 120p* and HD resolution

The FDR-AX100 supports high-frame-rate shooting at HD image quality (1280 x 720 pixels). Its ability to record at 120 p enables slow-motion playback at one-fifth the speed in a 24 p environment when post-processing is applied. This capability opens the door to various uses, such as checking the form of rapidly moving athletes. Only available when recording movies in the XAVC S format.

Easy TV viewing via single HDMI cable

4K movies recorded on the FDR-AX100 can be played on a 4K monitor or Full HD monitor* by simply connecting the camera via bundled HDMI cable. 4K monitors support up to 4K resolution at 30p. Requires 1920 x 1080 setting in HDMI output settings menu.

Lens Ring

The lens ring enables smooth, natural adjustment of focusing or zooming depending on which mode you select via convenient button.

Manual Dial

The manual dial on the side of the body allows swift and easy adjustment of the iris, gain (ISO) and shutter speed.

Built-in ND Filters

A choice of selectable Clear, 1/4 filter, 1/16 filter or 1/64 ND (Neutral Density) filters adjusts light levels entering the lens. This gives video-makers the freedom to precisely control shutter speed and aperture for greater creative possibilities. In conjunction with the camcorder's large image sensor, it allows creation of beautifully smooth 'bokeh' background defocus effects without increasing shutter speed even if you're shooting outdoors in sunny conditions.

Full HD playback on Full HD TV

You can also enjoy Super-sampled Full HD playback on your HD TV which automatically down-converts 4K footage to very high quality 2K (Full HD), using the enormous amounts of 4K data.

TRILUMINOS Color. A breathtaking way to relive your fondest memories.

The supports Sony's "TRILUMINOS® Color," allowing you to view photos and movies in rich, natural colors on any TV equipped with a "TRILUMINOS® Display." The expanded color gamut lets you immerse yourself once again in those unforgettably colorful moments, from the complex shades in a shimmering blue sky to the natural tones of a rosy complexion.

Trimming playback of 4K movies on TVs

By touching the display panel users can trim the image and display only the section around the touched area as a Full HD movie.

Simultaneously record maximum-quality movies and ready-to-share MP4 movies

Record two movies at the same time ― one in the maximum-quality XAVC S or AVCHD format and another in the MP4 format. The XAVC S format is available in the FDR-AX100 and HDR-CX900. The FDR-AX100 can record 4K movies in the XAVC S format.

Simple wireless connectivity with smartphones and more

Connect wirelessly with your phone, tablet or TV Built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC lets you wirelessly transfer movie clips and photos from Handycam® to your smartphone or tablet at a single touch. To get started, just download the free PlayMemories Mobile app for your iOS or Android device. Touching Handycam® with your NFC-enabled mobile device also activates Smart Remote Control. Start and stop recording with your mobile - it's ideal for nightscape shooting that you want to avoid blur caused by operation button pressing, group scenes or solo performances when you don't want to run from the camcorder back into the scene once recording's started. Wi-Fi® also allows wireless playback of content stored on Handycam® on your networked TV (DLNA renderer compatible TV and access point are required: not compatible with XAVC S format).

Picture Effect

Creativity comes easy with FDR-AX100 thanks to Picture Effect with seven total effects-such as Toy Camera, Soft high key, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Partial Color, High contrast monochrome-which give you the means to transform everyday photos into impressive works of art. As you apply effects, results are shown in real-time on the LCD screen. There is some function like Face detection that cannot be used while using Picture effect.

5.1 ch Dolby

5.1 ch surround sound recording capabilities let you create professional-level soundtracks that bring out the full potential of your movies. So viewers feel they are part of the action. Notes: Dolby Digital 5.1 ch and stereo 2 ch recording are supported in the AVCHD format. PCM recording is supported in the XAVC S format.

Accessories

Optional accessories expand shooting enjoyment and creative possibilities.

My Voice Canceling

This convenient new feature significantly reduces the intensity of your voice as you shoot, while maintaining the volume of your subject's voice and other sounds in your surroundings. It accomplishes this feat by detecting where sounds originate and suppressing sound coming from behind the camcorder. Even when you become excited while capturing sporting events or your children, your loud cheers will be reduced to a whisper.

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Specifications

Sensor
Sensor Type 1.0 type (13.2 mm x 8.8 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels (Video) Approx.14.2 M pixels(16:9)1
Effective Pixels (Still Image) Approx. 14.2 M pixels (16:9)/Approx. 10.6 M pixels (4:3)
Processor
Image Processor BIONZ X image processor
Lens
Lens Type ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T*
Filter Diameter 62 mm
Lens Cover Lens Cap
Aperture F2.8–F4.5
Focal Distance f = 9.3–111.6 mm
Focal Length (35 mm equivalent) (Video) f=29.0-348.0 mm (16:9)1
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) (Still Image) f=29.0-348.0 mm (16:9), f=35.5-426.0 mm (4:3)
Minimum Focus Distance Approx. 13/32" (Wide), Approx. 39 3/8" (Tele), Approx. 1 cm (Wide), Approx. 100 cm (Tele)
Iris Diaphragm 7 blades
ND Filter OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Zoom
Optical Zoom 12x
Clear Image Zoom 4K: 18x HD: 24x2
Digital Zoom 160x3
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type 0.39 type (1.0 cm) OLED/Color 1,440,000 dots equivalent
Field of View 100%
LCD
Screen Type 3.5 type (3.5") Xtra Fine LCD display (921K) Wide (16:9)
Touch Panel Yes
Brightness Control Yes (Menu)4
Marker/Grid Display Grid Line5
Angle Adjustment Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Image Stabilization
Image Stabilization Type Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Focus
Focus Type Contrast AF
Focus Mode Auto/Manual(Touch Panel/Dial)
Focus Area Full range Focus/Spot Focus
Manual Focus Assist Magnified display for precise manual focus (Movie Mode: x2/x4, Photo mode: x6.3/x12.6), Peaking Display
Exposure
Mode Auto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Dial/Menu)
Metering Modes Multi-segment/Spot
Exposure Compensation AE Shift (Dial/Touch Panel)
LOW LUX Mode Yes
Auto Iris Control F2.8-F11
Manual Iris Control F2.8-F11
Manual Exposure Assist Zebra Pattern Display
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
Gain Control Auto/Manual
AGC Limit Yes
Minimum Illumination 4K: Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed) HD: Standard: 3 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed), 4K: Low Lux 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) HD: Low Lux 1.7 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed), NightShot: 0 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed)
Shutter Speed
Auto Control Range 1/8–1/10000
Standard 1/60–1/10000
Manual Iris Control (Photo Mode) 1/60–1/10000
Manual Shutter 1/8–1/10000
Smooth Slow 1/250–1/10000
White Balance
White Balance Modes Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor/WB Temp
White Balance Shift Yes (G7-M7 15 steps, A7-B7 15 steps)
Flash
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL6
Flash Compensation Yes (3 steps)6
Flash Mode Auto/On/Off6
Storage Media
Media Type XAVC S 4K (100 Mbps): SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I U3 or Higher), XAVC S 4K (60Mbps): SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 or Higher), XAVC S HD: SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 or Higher), AVCHD, Still: Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Recording
Recording Format (Video) XAVC S format MPEG4-AVC/H264, AVCHD format ver.2.0 compatible: MPEG4-AVC/H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Video Resolution XAVC S 4K: 3840 × 2160/30p, 24p, XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080/60p, 30p, 24p, AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/60p (PS), 24p (FX, FH), 60i (FX, FH), 1440 x 1080/60i (HQ, LP), MP4: 1280 x 720 30p
Video Recording Rate (ABR / VBR) XAVC S 4K 100 Mbps: Approx.100 Mbps/60 Mbps: Approx. 60 Mbps7, XAVC S HD Approx. 50 Mbps7, AVCHD PS: Approx. 28 Mbps/FX: Approx. 24 Mbps/FH: Approx. 17 Mbps/HQ: Approx. 9 Mbps/LP: Approx. 5 Mbps7, 8, MP4: Approx. 3 Mbps7
Recording Format (Still Image) JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline-compliant)
Still Image Size (Photo Mode) L:20.0 megapixels 16:9 (5968 x 3352), 15.0 megapixels 4:3 (4464 x 3352), M:14.2 megapixels 16:9 (5024 x 2824), 10.6 megapixels 4:3 (3760 x 2824), S:2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080), 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640 x 480)
Still Image Size (Movie Mode) L:20.0 megapixels 16:9 (5968 x 3352)9, M:14.2 megapixels 16:9 (5024 x 2824), S:2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Still Image Size (Photo Capture) XAVC S 4K: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160)10, XAVC S HD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)10, AVCHD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
Still Image Size (Dual Record) 20.0 megapixels 16:9 (5968 x 3352)9, 11, 12, 14.2 megapixels 16:9 (5024 x 2824)11, 12, 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)11, 12
Audio
Microphone Built-in Zoom Microphone
Audio Recording Format MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch (48 kHz/16 bit)13, Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator14, Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator14, MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch15
Mic Level Control Yes (31 steps)
Auto Wind Noise Reduction Yes (On/Off)
My Voice Canceling Yes
Speaker Monaural Speaker
Advanced Feature
High Speed Rec Yes16, 17
Scene Selection Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow
NightShot infrared System Yes
Other Features Face Detection, Cinematone, Golf Shot (Yes)14, Smooth Slow Rec (Yes)14, Fader Effect(s) (White/Black)18, Intelligent Auto (Portrait/Baby/Walk/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light/Auto wind noise reduction), Smile Shutter (Off/Dual Capture/Always On)12, Red Eye Reduction (Yes(w/ Optional Flash Accessory)), Direct Copy (Yes )10
Playback
Fast Playback About 5 times/10 times/30 times/60 times
Slow Playback Forward: 1/5 speed, Reverse: 1/2 speed
Trimming Playback Yes
Highlight Movie Maker Highlight Playback14, Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase), Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
Slide Show (Still Image) Slideshow
Wireless Function
Wi-Fi® Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band))19
NFC™ Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
Terminal / Shoe
Accessory shoe Yes (Multi Interface Shoe)
HDMI Terminal Yes (HDMI micro)20
Multi/Micro USB Terminal Yes21
Remote Terminal integrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal21
STD Output Composite Video Out (AV CABLE (sold separately))
Microphone Input Stereo minijack
Headphone Jack Stereo minijack
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
DC IN Yes
Power
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)22
Power Consumption (LCD) 4K: 5.6 W23
Power Consumption (Viewfinder) 4K: 5.3 W23
Power Requirements 6.8 V/7.3 V (battery pack), 8.4 V (AC Adapter)
Charge on Camcorder (charging time with supplied battery) Yes (Approx. 3h 25min)24
USB Charging DC 5 V 1500 mA
USB Power Supply Yes (1.5 A or more is recommended)
Size & Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) (including supplied battery) Approx. 3 1/4" x 3 3/8" x 7 3/4" (Approx.3 5/8" x 3 3/8" x 8 7/8" (including Lens Hood))25, 26, Approx. 81 mm x 83.5 mm x 196.5 mm (Approx. 90 mm x 83.5 mm x 223.5 mm (including Lens Hood))25, 26
Weight (main unit only) Approx.1 lb 11 oz, Approx. 790 g
Weight (including supplied battery) Approx.1 lb 14.7 oz (NP-FV50A)27, Approx. 2 lb 0.3 oz (NP-FV70)/Approx. 2 lb 0.1 oz (NP-FV70A)(supplied battery)27, Approx. 2 lb 2 oz (NP-FV100A)27, Approx. 870 g (NP-FV50A)27, Approx. 915 g (NP-FV70)/Approx. 910 g (NP-FV70A)(supplied battery)27, Approx. 965 g (NP-FV100A)27

What's in the Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70/NP-FV70A) (1)28, AC Adapter (1)28, Power Cord (1)28, "Operating Guide" (1)28, HDMI (micro) Cable (1)28, USB Connection Support Cable (1)28, Remote Commander (RMT-835 with Battery (CR2025)) (1)28, Lens Hood (1)28, Lens Cap (1)28