The jury of the Technical Image Press Association awarded the 2014 Best Camcorder award to Sony FDR-AX100. Unveiled at CES 2014, the Japanese manufacturer’s camera is on sale at the list price of £ 1,199.00.
Sony FDR-AX100 was presented at the 2014 edition of CES (Consumer Electronics Show) and is on sale with the acronym AX100E at the official online store of the manufacturer, at the list price of € 1,998.99.
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The Sony FDR-AX100 camera is equipped with a large backlit 1m Exmor R CMOS sensor, with a light gathering area about 4.9 times larger than the 1 / 2.88 type image sensors. “This new sensor improves image purity, reduces noise even in darker environments, and enables an image expression that takes full advantage of background blur,” explains Sony.
The Exmor R CMOS sensor is paired with the BIONZ X proprietary image processor, which promises a more faithful reproduction, a more natural and realistic image quality, and a higher resolution than the previous generation of BIONZ. The increased processing speed as a dowry to Sony FDR-AX100 should also bring benefits when using the new By Pixel Super Resolution, Motion Shot Video, Optical SteadyShot and Dual Video Recording features.
Also available for Sony FDR-AX100 users are the Cinematone Gamma / Color function and progressive recording at 25p, adding the Japanese house.
Sony FDR-AX100 features a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens with 7-blade aperture, optical zoom up to 12x, Clear Image zoom up to 24x. The objective is 11 groups / 17 elements and incorporates elements AA (advanced aspheric) and ED, informs Sony.
The Sony camcorder supports the XAVC S format for shooting 4K video, developed for the use of professional XAVC format by consumer users, highlights the Japanese manufacturer. Sony FDR-AX100 also supports 50 Mbps HD signals for high-resolution shooting even on the go.
With Sony FDR-AX100 it is also possible to shoot with high frame rate and HD image quality (1280 x 720 pixels). “120p mode allows slow-motion playback at one fifth of the speed in a 24p post-processing environment. This feature is useful for multiple uses, such as tracking the movements of athletes in action, “explains Sony. This mode is only available for shooting in XAVC S format.
The Dual Video Recording function above allows you to simultaneously record the same video in two copies: one to another resolution in XAVC S format (up to 4K / 60Mbps or HD / 50Mbps) or AVCHD, useful for playback and editing , and a low-resolution tablet in MP4 format.
Sony FDR-AX100 integrates support for Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) technologies, through which you can transfer photos and video from your camcorder to smartphones and tablets with one touch and without the need for cables. To this end, however, it is necessary to have the free application PlayMemories Mobile for iOS or Android.
With Wi-Fi it is also possible to play the contents of Sony FDR-AX100 on TV on the network (for TV sets compatible with DLNA renderers and access points, not compatible with the XAVC S format). If you connect Sony Handycam to an NFC-enabled mobile device, the Smart Remote Control feature is activated, allowing you to start and stop remote recording. According to Sony, it is an ideal solution for group scenes or for shooting independently, which generally require the operator to enter and exit the frame to manage the camera.