Sony Announces the FDR-AX100 Compact 4K Camcorder at CES 2014

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Loaded with Features, the AX100 is the world’s 1st Compact 4K Camera


Our friends at Sony were extremely busy at CES 2014 – announcing several new imaging products. We’ll have coverage of all of them today on the blog!

Up first, the FDR-AX100. Sony has been blazing a trail with 4K technology, so it’s no surprise that they’re now providing an extremely wallet-friendly option for 4K video. The AX100 will be significantly less to purchase (pricing coming soon) than its predecessors but will carry many of the same, innovative features. Here’s a video from Sony at CES to tell you more.


AX100B_front-1200-1024x683A Perfect Intro to 4K

The AX100 is 74% smaller and 66% lighter than the recently announced FDR-AX1 model, but despite its small size, the new 4K camcorder houses the very best digital imaging technology. Sony’s AX100 model is the first 4K Handycam to feature a large, 14.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R™ CMOS sensor. Far larger than the sensor in conventional consumer camcorders, it captures flawless 4K Ultra HD images (3840 x 2160 pixels) while also allowing beautiful “bokeh” background defocusing effects, even in low light conditions.


The AX100’s Sensor, Processor and Lens

The new 4K camcorder features the new BIONZ X processor that employs area-specific noise reduction and detail reproduction technology. Record 24P and 30P movies at the camera’s full resolution and play them back with smooth, sharp motion. This new image processing technology records at 120p and enables slow-motion playback at one-fifth the speed in a 24p environment in post-processing. For even more polished results, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization keeps footage smooth and blur-free when shooting handheld with the compact camcorder.

The Handycam AX100 camcorder comes with a new ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens that is tuned for high resolution image description. Definition is finespun right into the corner of the frame, thanks to the 11 group/17 element lens that incorporates AA (advanced aspherical) and ED lens elements. This 29mm wide-angle lens is ideal for capturing grand landscapes, and also covers a wide-range of image expression thanks to a maximum 12x optical zoom and 24x (HD)/18x(4K) Clear Image zoom. Working in harmony with the large 1.0-type sensor, the BIONZ X processor and ZEISS® lens with a seven-bladed aperture produces beautiful “bokeh” background defocus effects and still images similar to those achieved by professional video cameras.

Stay tuned for more Sony @ CES news!