Sony Handycam FDR-AX1E 4K Camcorder

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Experience the advance dimension of definition with four times the image quality of Full HD. The Sony Handycam FDR-AX1E 4K Camcorder is ready to capture the imaginations and eyes of the most discerning videographers.

  • 4K / 60p(50p) recording
  • XAVC S consumer-use 4K/HD recording format
  • High-quality 50Mbps HD recording
  • High-speed reading/writing on XQD media card
  • Professional-class audio XLR terminal
  • Excellent manual operation and image-quality adjustment functions


4K Recording Far Surpasses Full HD
The Sony 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 panning or when subjects were moving look extraordinarily smooth, sharp and true to life in playback.

Consumer-use 4K/HD Recording Format
The Sony 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.
* An SDXC card is required for XAVC-S video recording; this includes all 4K formats, as well as some high-bitrate Full HD.

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 Sony 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.

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 Sony 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 Sony FDR-AX1 Handycam with professional-calibre 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.

XQD Memory Card Support
The Sony 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.

Viewing on 4K TVs via Single HDMI Cable
4K videos recorded on the Sony 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.

Paint Functions
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 Sony FDR-AX1 supports Sony’s TRILUMINOS Colour, allowing you to view photos and movies in rich, natural colours on any TV equipped with a TRILUMINOS Display. The expanded colour gamut lets you immerse yourself once again in those unforgettably colourful 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 Sony 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 with PlayMemories Home. You can also save the data to other media such as an external HDD from a PC. The video can be edited with XAVC S-compatible non-linear editing software. 4K video content can be shared by uploading it to YouTube.


HD Video Codec XAVC S format, MPEG4-AVC/H264
Media Storage Type XQD Memory Card x 2
Image Sensor 1/2.3 type back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor
Lens / Filter Diameter G™ Lens / 72mm
Optical / Digital Zoom 20x
Audio Format Linear PCM 2ch (48kHz/16bit)
Image Stabilisation Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization
LCD Screen Size & Type 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD™ 3D display (1,229K) Wide (16:9)
x.v.Colour Yes
HDMI Terminal Yes
External Mic. Input XLR
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 189 x 193 x 362mm
Mass (w/o Tape, Battery, etc.) Approx. 2440g

Box Contents

  • Sony Handycam FDR-AX1E 4K Camcorder
  • AC Adaptor (AC-NB12A)
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-F970)
  • Battery Charger (AC-VL1)
  • AV Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Power Cord