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The FDR-AX1, the first 4K*2 resolution Handycam, features a blazingly fast image processor identical to those included in Sony models for professional use. Because the camera can record 4K*2/60*3 fps movies at its full resolution, even images shot while panning or when subjects were moving look extraordinarily smooth, sharp and true to life in playback.
*1 1920 x 1080 pixels *2 3840 x 2160 pixels *3 59.94 Hz
Consumer-use 4K/HD Recording Format
The FDR-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 videos.*
* Playback of data in all modes is not guaranteed when using MP4 playback devices and software.
Capture Qualities Of Definition And Colour
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 tunes to capture qualities of definition and colour that put this groundbreaking Handycam in a class of its own.
Boosts Low-light Sensitivity
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.
No.1 image sensor manufacturer for digital cameras and video recorders. *Based on Sony research - April 2012 to March 2013 (50% market share)
Higher Performance For Truer Images
An 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 is also specially tuned for the FDR-AX1 to deliver image processing performance that accelerates the evolution of handy-type camera recorders.
Start Shooting And Editing Right Away
Introducing the peerless FDR-AX1 Handycam with professional-calibre XLR mic input and unparalleled image quality. Breaking ground by incorporating new-paradigm 4K*1/60p*2 video recording and output in an incredibly user-friendly form. Ready to capture the imaginations and eyes of even the mostdiscerning videographers.
*1 13840 x 2160 pixels *2 259.94Hz
XQD Memory Card
The FDR-AX1 adopts the more capable XQD memory card that supports high-speed 4K/HD writing/reading and makes high bit-rate* recording possible. Data can be transferred to a PC rapidly using a XQD reader/writer via USB 3.0 connection.
* XQD media card N-series, S-Series and later types recommended.
Vegas Pro Edit
Get creative and have a whole lot more fun when you edit post-shoot with the 4K/HD XAVCS Compatible Video Editing Software.
Viewing On 4K TVs Via Single HDMI Cable
4K videos recorded on the FDR-AX1 can be played on a 4K monitor by using the bundled HDMI cable to connect the camera to the monitor. A 4K monitor supports up to 4K/30p. Users who don’t have a 4K television can play their 4K movies on a Full HD monitor by changing the menu HDMI output settings to 1920 x 1080.
ND Filter Terminals
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 the capability to match shooting conditions, as well as adjust the shutter speed and aperture even on bright, sunny days.
Independent Zoom, Focus & Iris Rings For Smooth Video Production
Independent zoom, focus and iris rings enable fast zooming, swift focusing and easy focus adjustment.
The camera lets you combine and adjust any of 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.
The FDR-AX1 supports Sony’s TRILUMINOS Colour, 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.
Professional-class Audio XLR terminal
In addition to a high-performance internal microphone, the FDR-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.
Connecting For 4K/60p Play- back On 4K LED TVs BRAVIA
To extend 4K LED TV BRAVIA compatibility, the FDR-AX1 has an original function to transmit 4K/60p 4:2:0 8-bit signals using a single HDMI cable. In this way, you can view clear, smooth video of fast moving sports and other subjects at 60p on 4K LED TVs BRAVIA.
Saving Spectacular 4K Video Content To A PC
In order to save 4K video data to a PC, there are two ways to connect a PC to FDR-AX1: either by using a USB cable, or by inserting a XQD memory card in a XQD reader/writer. Data can be downloaded to the PC, then managed and played*1 with PlayMemories Home. You can also save the data to other media such as an external HDD from a PC.*2 The video can be edited with XAVC S-compatible non-linear editing software.*3 4K video content can be shared by uploading it to YouTube.*4
*1 4K video playback depends on PC performance. *2 Please use NTFS, exFAT or HFS+. *3 Please refer to non-linear editing software specifications regarding XAVC S compatibility. *4 Please refer to YouTube specifications regarding 4K video compatibility.
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