- Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.8 x 13.7 cm ; 789 g
- 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Item model number: FDRAX100/B
- ASIN: B00HNJWVIA
- Date first available at Amazon.in: 31 May 2014
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,67,822 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Sony FDR-AX100/B 4K Video Camera with 3.5-Inch LCD (Black)
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- Capture 4k/30p video that far exceeds HD resolution, High-frame-rate shooting at 120p
- 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor with Direct Pixel Read Out
- 14MP resolution video and 20MP still image capture
- Advanced BIONZ X image processing engine for higher speed and peerless quality
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Capture 4k/30p video that far exceeds HD resolution, High-frame-rate shooting at 120p
1" Exmor R CMOS sensor with Direct Pixel Read Out
14MP resolution video and 20MP still image capture
Advanced BIONZ X image processing engine for higher speed and peerless quality
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It's menus are very Sony traditional, just like the previous three generations of top quality Sony camcorders, so if you have used one before, navigation is the same. It offers far more manual shooting control then any of the previous Sony's I have owned, Sony finally got this right for manual shooting "Pro Style". It uses the same camera batteries as the previous Sony's I own, believe it or not really the same battery in at least three generations, again bravo SONY.
The camera is made in China, I have never owned a flagship Sony camera made in China before, don't particularly know if that matters these days, but it's different to see made in China.
The lens is not as wide as my previous Sony's, it's close to 30mm the wide side. I think this is the most major flaw for my taste, thus the 4 instead of 5 star for me. Others may be fine without going so wide, but for me I find it limiting. The camera does have a 62mm threaded filter front ring, excellent for adapting lenses (more on that later). There are also several buttons and slider controls, yes tactile control for human interface, again bravo Sony.
The camera ships with a micro to HDMI cable. Yes that's micro not mini HDMI, so if you do some external monitoring be prepared for new cables or adapters if the supplied shortie won't do. Also to feed SD out of this, IE using it with projectors and real time mixers for live events, yes some things live are still SD, you will need a Sony multi AV cable sold separately.
I like that there is still a small USB cable attached to the camera, riding on the handgrip, just like the previous Sony"s, another bravo. Basically it's just another in the fine line of Sony products I trust, appears high quality, and no BS. I like Sony, I have never had one fail yet, I currently own 8 of the previous models, none has ever failed.
Back to the tight lens, I own a great piece of glass called a REDEYE .65x wide angle lens, I use it all the time for wider shots. It's made in Canada, and really augments the lack of wide angle on this camera. It's glass, and high quality, in my test I see no noticeable reduction in resolution, it just lets the camera see a larger field of view. I don't think they are still being made, but I bought a brand new one on an auction site, and it looks beautiful on the front of this camera. Make sure it has a 62mm threaded adapter. It has an anodized RED front metal ring, which just screams out I'm a mini RED camera, your screaming may vary. If you can find a REDEYE, it's dope much better then the Century lens I also own.
I will have further comments as I get to know more about this wonderful new tool. My initial impression is Bravo Sony!
Update 3/28/14 Yes the camera has higher rolling shutter then others I have used. Not to beat the drum, but since the REDEYE adapter allows for a wider field of view, it does help to minimize this. The wider you can go the better. I do really like the manual exposure and built in ND filters. This might not be the best cam for shooting trains going by, but if your subject is straight on like a landscape, or people, it's not an issue. The rolling shutter is very apparent in moderate to fast pans. If there is something this won't work with, I can always use my also excellent Sony HDR-PJ760. This camera is just another tool for a production. GH4 looks great on paper too, but I don't want to deal with sensor dirt in the field, and I like camcorder bodies better, as for me they are faster to work with. Also GH4 gets pricey with added lenses, higher bit rates eating more storage and so on. Use these until the next best thing. Just be sure to get some sort of wide lens for it.
Update 3/30/14 Heres more of what I know. I like the built in ND filters and full manual exposure control a lot. It's camcorder style, but finally easy buttons and knobs. I like buttons and knobs. The REDEYE wide lens adapter lets me zoom in about half way and still autofocus sharp. Again it has built in ND filters, so I can shoot with some depth of field, use a f2.8 in shade. The .mp4 files open in Quicktime, they play at 1080, but inspector shows that it is a 4k file size.
When you think of the GH4, it sounds great, but I live in a dry dusty climate, so changing lenses without sensor dirt would be hard to do. The current REDEYE adapter goes on the front of the lens, so no dust on the sensor. I like easy exposure control and the tilt able viewfinder, very good for daylight. It's heavier then other cameras, but the ergonomics for the most part are fine. I don't like to have to carry filters and clean and mount them to a lens, so again the built in ND is great. With a GH4, I would have to mount filters for ND, and change them with the light dropping, so this is better. The GH4 specs are excellent, I have no doubt it will look great. If I had the money, I would use both, for the best use of image capture for what the scene calls for. Also with the GH4 I would want one of those lens speed adapters, but I am concerned about the ghosting and flare it might introduce. By the time I bought an adapter to use my Nikon lenses, and a dedicated Panasonic lens or two, the total price of the GH4 would increase significantly over the Sony. I don't consider myself a "Kool Aide" drinking camera geek, dedicated to one brand like religion, I just want a fast, reliable package with good image quality. Is the Sony perfect? No, nothing in this size would be. Are there better cameras out there? Yes on paper and in quality, I'm sure, but every tool has it's merits, people rave about GoPro's, they can all do something with the right operator and good content.
It comes down to content, content is king, go out use the tools you have, worry about your safety, treat people well, focus on your shooting, be good to your knees. Let other people discuss camera details and deliver the best you can.
As a refurbished, came in a sony box with little padding, but with all accessories
They stated warranty for 90 days
Everything looks new
A separate cable purchase is needed to use video out through minijack to Rca
There is an hdmi short cable to connect to hdtv
While in 4k the camera stops displaying through hdmi on an hdtv when it records but it does so in standby
Has WiFi to transfer photos and mp4 videos to enabled phone , works with galaxy s3 so far and play memories app also works as remote on phone
Recorded nonstop about 2 hours in 4k in a 53 gigs file on sony sdxc card purchased separately, watch for card speed for 4k as it needs 60megs per second or better write speeds
The wide angle feels plenty enough (28mm equivalent on 35mm scale?) but that's the only time it gives f 2.8, as zooming in it changes automatically up to a minimum f4 and beyond depending on settings
Was able to set manually and separately (separate buttons on the camera and not covered by the lcd) exposure, shutter speed, gain (in db rather than an iso numbering) audio levels for 2 channels - it has meters for 5 but didn't try that mode yet (the meters can show on screen but tiny)
Installed play memories software on pc, only works with vista or newer, not working with xp and older, xp would not recognize camera or sdxc card, not even with proper usb2 card reader that otherwise works fine with windows 8.1 - (the footage can also be accesed without play memories installed but not in xp)
The software once camera is connected through usb launches and finds camera and new photos, videos, and can either import them automatically or manually
BUT BE CAREFUL AS I THOUGHT I DID IMPORT AND REFORMATTED THE CARD ONLY TO DISCOVER THE VIDEOS WERE MISSING FROM THE DRIVE SO CHECK AND BACKUP!
The touch screen sometimes needs more than one tap to execute
With all functions displayed it's somewhat hard to see what's being recorded but a push (or two) of a button makes all but the video frame being recorded go hide.
HOWEVER THE BLACK BUTTON IS ALMOST IDENTICAL AND VERY CLOSE TO THE BLACK POWER BUTTON AND SUCH YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF SHUTTING THE CAMERA OFF
The camera turns on automatically when the flip out LCD screen is opened or when the viewfinder is pulled out. The power button is covered by the lcd when closed and so is the card compartment
THERE IS NO WAY TO PULL THE CARD OUT WITHOUT TURNING ON THE CAMERA (Opening the lcd) UNLESS YOU REMOVE THE BATTERY
There is also a license for Sony Vegas Platinum 13 included in the box and the program can be downloaded and installed and activated (on windows 8 32bit or better, check for system requirements on line) in order to edit videos shot with the camera.
I was able to shoot in low light using just a 60 watts regular bulb in a room with little gain added
The DOF is all right but not as spectacular as on my Canon T2i with the nifty fifty 50mm lens at f1.8
There are zebras for overexposure and they can be setup manually in 5 step increments such as 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100
The manual ND filters are great when trying to shoot at a set f stop or when there is way to much light
There is a button to switch between manual and auto focus, black and flat, so while the lcd is open it takes a bit to find it as the lcd blocks it from view
THE FLAT BLACK ROUND BUTTONS ON THE BLACK BODY LOOK COOL BUT THEY SHOULD REALLY BE BUBBLY AND OF DIFFERENT COLORS AS TO STAND OUT EITHER VISUALLY OR BY TOUCH AND BE EASIER TO FIND AND ACCESS.
The zoom 2 button toggle on the body has a fixed and rather fast speed so smooth and slow zooms have to be dialed manually by turning the ring around the lens, ring that can be assigned either to zooming or to focusing manually.
The lens feels parfocal, an expensive and rare feature in dslr lenses, as it seems to keep the subject in focus through the zooming in and out even with manual focus on - the way to test is by zooming all the way in than focusing, then locking focus, then zooming out... the subject should remain in focus - however, f4 or more should be chosen otherwise if lower it will change with the zooming in
For those with pro audio demands: my Sennheiser 416 combined with the good ol' Beachtech XLR to stereo minijack adapter and with camera audio on manual gain provided clean and loud enough levels in my tests
The multipurpose shoe mount on top of the camera has a lid that feels weak when open and it needs an adapter (under 10 bucks on ebay) to give the user the good ol' shoe mount folks have been used to for years and years on still and video cameras, yes the one that all accessories used to be made for...
The viewfinder has adjustment for diopters and also can swing up on an angle, once open, for proper viewing - great when there's to much light to watch the lcd or if the shooter doesn't want to disturb people around
HOWEVER IN ORDER TO TOGGLE THE CAMERA FUNCTIONS DISPLAYS ON AND OFF THE SCREEN THE LCD NEEDS TO BE OPEN AS THE BUTTON FOR THAT IS COVERED BY THE LCD DOOR.
It may be a way around as there is an assignable button available but that is yet to be explored.(checked but only exposure or white balance features can be assigned)
So far so good...