Sony Reduces Size and Weight of 4K Camcorder

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Sony Reduces Size and Weight of 4K1 Camcorder
FDR-AX100E camcorder proves that the best things do come in small packages
Shoot 4K video with a small camcorder body that allows easy one-handed
Back illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R™ CMOS sensor delivers stunning 4K image
quality, even in low light
New BIONZ X™ image processing engine
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 29mm wide-angle lens with 12x optical zoom and Optical
Pro-style control with manual ring, dial and built-in ND filters
NFC for one-touch connection and Wi-Fi for image transfer and remote control
from your smartphone
(ASIA PACIFIC, 07 January 2014) – The newest 4K Handycam® AX100E from Sony is ideal
for people who want to capture and enjoy their special memories on their 4K BRAVIA TV in the
highest possible resolution. Approximately 75% smaller and 66% lighter than the FDR-AX1E, it
allows for comfortable one-handed shooting, yet is roomy enough to pack in the best
technologies from Sony.
It’s the first 4K Handycam® that features a large back-illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R™ CMOS
sensor. Far larger than the sensor in normal consumer camcorders, this captures flawless 4K
4K: 3,840 X 2,160.
Ultra HD images (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) with four times the detail of Full HD while also allowing
beautiful ‘bokeh’ background blur effects.
The 4K sensor is paired with Sony’s ultra-powerful BIONZ X™ processor that employs areaspecific noise reduction and detail reproduction technology for incredibly vivid, lifelike footage
that’s closer than ever to reality. Together with the camcorder’s advanced Cinematone
Gamma/Colour function, progressive 25p recording gives a sumptuously warm, rich look to your
The Handycam® AX100E uses a newly-developed ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical
zoom that’s been fine-tuned for 4K shooting. Definition is fine-spun right into the corner of the
frame, thanks to the 11 group/17 element lens that incorporates AA (advanced aspherical) and
ED lens elements.
Working in harmony with the large 1.0-type sensor, BIONZ X™ processor and ZEISS lens with
a 7-bladed aperture, the lens assures flawless movies and still images, with the option of
creating impressive ‘bokeh’ effects – just like a professional videographer. For even more
polished results, Optical SteadyShot keeps footage smooth and stable when you’re shooting
In another 4K Handycam® first, Dual Video Recording lets you simultaneously record high
quality movie clips and ready-to-share MP4 files. Capture movies in XAVC S (at up to
4K/60Mbps or HD/50Mbps) or AVCHD formats to view, edit and enjoy with the highest
resolution. At the same time, a more compact lower-resolution copy of your footage is recorded
in MP4 format. After shooting, just touch your NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet to wirelessly
transfer web-friendly MP4 clips from the AX100E for quick online sharing.
Your creative options are broadened further with high frame rate recording that captures the
action in HD quality (1,280x720). Enjoy footage edited on your PC in silk-smooth slow motion –
just like a TV action replay that shows every moment of that decisive penalty kick.
Playback of video and still photos on your 4K TV is as simple as connecting the supplied HDMI
cable. Even if you’re not watching on a 4K set, You can enjoy Super-sampled Full HD Play back
which automatically down-converts 4K footage to very high quality 2K (Full HD), using the
enormous amounts of data in every 4K frame for spectacular results.
As an extra refinement, touching the camcorder’s display during 4K playback trims the area
immediately round the area you’ve touched for playback as a Full HD movie.
Friendly, pro-style creative features
The Handycam® AX100E puts you firmly in control of crafting beautiful-looking 4K images.
Framing shots is a pleasure through the bright, high-contrast OLED Tru-Finder that offers a
wide angle of view.
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 blur effects without
increasing shutter speed – even if you’re shooting outdoors in sunny conditions.
A comfortably-placed lens ring can be allocated to provide fingertip control of focus or zoom and
exposure. Video enthusiasts will also appreciate the side-mounted control dial that can be
assigned functions like gain or brightness. It’s easy to make fingertip adjustments, even when
you’re looking through the electronic viewfinder with the camcorder’s LCD screen closed.
The new addition of My Voice Cancelling automatically reduces vocal frequencies from
immediately behind the camera, while your subject’s voice remains unaffected. So now those
unintentional commentaries and asides are magically reduced from the soundtrack, letting your
subjects speak for themselves.
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.
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
Touching Handycam® with your NFC-enabled mobile device also activates Smart Remote
Control. Start and stop recording with your mobile – it’s ideal for group scenes or solo
performances when you don’t want to run from the camcorder back into the scene once
recording’s started.
The new FDR-AX100E 4K camcorder by Sony will be available in Asia Pacific from May 2014.
Specifications Sheet
Image sensor
Image processor
Still image resolution
Video recording format
Video resolution (4K record)
Video resolution (HD record)
Dual video recording
Lens type
Zoom range
Focal Length (35mm
equivalent) (Movie Mode)
Focusing system
White Balance Mode
Image stabilisation
Electronic viewfinder
LCD display
Audio record format
Media card slots
1.0-type back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor with
approximately 14.2 effective megapixels
Approx. 20.0 megapixels
XAVC S format: MPEG4-AVC/H264
AVCHD format: MPEG4-AVC/H264 AVCHD 2.0
MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC S 4K: 3,840×2,160/25P, 24P
XAVC S HD: 1,920x1,080/50P, 25P, 24P
MP4: 1,280x720 25p
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T*, focal length 29.0mm (35mm equivalent)
Optical zoom: 12x
Clear Image Zoom: 18x (4K), 24x (2K)
F = 29.0-348.0mm (16:9) with SteadyShot Active mode OFF
Contrast AF
Auto/One-push/Outdoor/Indoor/Colour temp
Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation with Active mode
OLED Tru-Finder
3.5-type Xtra Fine LCD™ display (921k dot) Wide (16:9)
MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch (48kHz/16bit) [XAVC S 4K only]
Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator [AVCHD only]
Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator [AVCHD only]
MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch (MP4)
Built-in 5.1ch microphone/ monaural speaker
SDXC Memory Card (Class 10) for XAVC S;
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) for AVCHD
Headphone (stereo minijack); Mic Input stereo minijack ); USB Type A
Other features
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Weight (main unit only)
Weight (with supplied NPFV70 battery)
(built-in); Multi/Micro USB Terminal**; Remote Terminal (integrated
into Multi/Micro USB Terminal**); HDMI out (micro, output only);
Accessory shoe (Multi Interface Shoe); Composite video out; DC In
BRAVIA Sync; PhotoTV HD; Direct Copy (AVCHD only);
Approx. 81mm x 83.5mm x 196.5mm
(Approx. 90mm x 83.5mm x 223.5mm (including Lens Hood))
Approx. 790g
Approx. 915g
Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FV70; AC Adaptor; Power Cord ;
HDMI (micro) cable; USB Connection Support cable; Remote
Commander (RMT-835 with Battery [CR2025]); Lens Hood; Lens Cap
* Not in XAVC S 50p,120p and AVCHD PS mode
** Supports Micro USB compatible device.
Supplied accessories
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