Inputs and Outputs Notes
4K Digital Camcorder: The FDR-AX1 is Sony's first 4K/60p
consumer camcorder. With four times the resolution of Full HD, you can record
breathtaking video and audio with professional results. Ultra High Definition/4K
content can be played back on a 4K TV in full resolution (3840 x 2160), or, by
changing the HDMI output setting, in Full High Definition (1920 x 1080) on an
3.5" LCD Screen:
The FDR-AX1 features a 16:9
wide-screen 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD monitor. The high resolution 1,229,000-dot LCD screen
can swing out 180 degrees, and rotate up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles.
provides sharp and detailed images for monitoring or playback. The screen
automatically switches to Mirror mode
when the screen is rotated 180 degrees (for self-recording), but the image will
still be normal when recorded.
0.45" Color Viewfinder: The FDR-AX1 also
features an adjustable 0.45" wide-screen color LCD viewfinder (1,226,880 dots) that lets you record
and review video and still images when the LCD display is closed or in Mirror
mode. The angle of the viewfinder can be adjusted up to 90 degrees. A large rubber eyecup is included to help shut out excess light from the
side and top.
Dual XQD Card Slots: The AX1 features dual slots
that will accept
XQD memory cards. XQD memory cards have a write speed of up to 125 MB/s,
which is approximately 25% faster than top-end Compact Flash cards. You can
choose which memory card slot to be used for recording by pressing the A or B
button next to the desired slot. A Relay Recording feature allows you to
lengthen recording by automatically switching between the two memory cards. The camcorder is compatible with S-series,
H-series, and N-series of XQD cards.
Note: The camcorder has a slot for Memory Stick PRO Duo
and SD memory cards, however, the slot is not yet functional. According to
the Operating Guide, the slot will likely become functional with a future
Optics: The FDR-AX1 has a wide-angle G-Lens with a
20x optical zoom with a focal length of 4.1-82mm (35mm equivalent: 31.5-630mm).
The maximum aperture range is F1.6-F3.4. The minimum focus distance is
approximately 13/32" (1 cm) in wide angle and 31-1/2" (80 cm) in telephoto. A
large lens hood with a louvered lens cover is included. The camcorder has a powered
zoom mechanism with a zoom lever on the right side and another in the carry
handle. The handle zoom switch can be set to one of 8 fixed speeds or variable zoom speed.
Manually, you can zoom at the desired speed by turning the zoom ring around the
lens. The lens also has a manual focus ring.
Image Sensor: The camcorder has a 1/2.3",
back-illuminated Exmor-R CMOS
sensor with 18.9-million total pixels and 8.3-million effective pixels for video
Accessory Shoe: The AX1 has a top-mounted standard
Accessory Shoe for mounting a self-powered video light or microphone. It does
not supply power to the attached accessory.
Video Recording: The Sony FDR-AX1 4K camcorder records Ultra High Definition
and High Definition in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 XAVC S format. Audio is recorded in 2-channel
Linear PCM (48 kHz, 16-bit). You can choose from the following recording format options:
- 3840 x 2160 / 60P (59.94P) / 150 Mbps
- 3840 x 2160 / 30P (29.97P) / 100 Mbps
- 3840 x 2160 / 30P (29.97P) / 60 Mbps
- 3840 x 2160 / 24P (23.98P) / 100 Mbps
- 3840 x 2160 / 24P (23.98P) / 60 Mbps
- 1920 x 1080 / 60P (59.94P) / 50 Mbps
- 1920 x 1080 / 30P (29.97P) / 50 Mbps
- 1920 x 1080 / 24P (23.98P) / 50 Mbps
Recording Time: The following table indicates the estimated
amount of recording time in minutes for UHD and HD movies on a XQD memory card:
|XQD Memory Card
||3840 x 2160
||1920 x 1080
|60P 30P 24P
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization: The camcorder is
equipped with SteadyShot image stabilization technology, compensating for camera
shake, to give you smoother video when recording in low light or when zoomed in
to a distant object. There are four SteadyShot settings: Hard, Standard, Soft,
and Wide Conversion.
Auto/Manual Focus: The Sony
FDR-AX1 allows you to choose between Auto Focus or Manual Focus. To focus
manually, you can set the focus switch to "manual" and rotate the focus ring
around the lens. You can temporarily use auto focus temporarily, even in Manual
mode, by pressing the Push Auto button. The Focus Magnifier function will
magnify the center of the screen by approximately 2 times to allow you to
confirm the focus. The minimum focus distance is about 1 cm (13/32 inch) for
wide angle, and about 80 cm (2-5/8 feet) for telephoto.
Exposure Modes: The FDR-AX1 gives you the
option to set the exposure automatically or manually. When manual exposure is
selected, the camcorder lets you adjust the following exposure elements:
- Iris: You can manually open and close the iris to control the
volume of light entering the lens by turning the iris ring on the lens. In the viewfinder/monitor, the F value is
expressed between F1.6 and F11 or Close. You can change the operating
direction of the iris control by selecting Normal (clockwise rotation
darkens image) or Opposite (counter-clockwise rotation darkens image).
- Shutter Speed: You can adjust the shutter speed in a range of 1/4
second through 1/9000 second. The selected shutter speed appears in the
- Gain: When you don't want to use the AGC (automatic gain
control), you can manually set the gain to High, Medium, or Low.
Neutral Density Filters: The AX1 has three built-in ND
(neutral density) filters for adjusting the amount of light entering the Image
Sensor through the lens. Depending on the shooting conditions, you can choose
to reduce the amount of light to 1/4 (1), 1/16 (2), or 1/64 (3) filters, or Off (no filter).
White Balance Adjustment: You can adjust and fix the white
balance according to the lighting conditions of the recording environment. You
can store two white balance settings in Memory A and Memory B for later recall.
Other white balance settings include:
- Auto: The white balance is adjusted automatically.
- Outdoor: The white balance is
adjusted for the following conditions: Outdoors, night views, neon signs and
fireworks, sunrise, sunsets, under daylight fluorescent lamps.
- Indoor: The white balance is
adjusted for the following conditions: Indoors, party scenes and studios
where lighting conditions change quickly, and under the video lamps or
incandescent-like color lamps.
- Color Temp: The color temperature can be set between
2300K and 15000K.
Paint Menu: The Paint Menu lets you adjust six functions
(White, Offset White, Gamma, Detail, Skin Detail, and Matrix) to create
expressive movie styling and cinematic looks.
Assign Buttons: The AX1 lets you assign some functions to
7 designated assignable buttons. Functions such as Marker, Peaking, Focus
Magnifier, Auto Exposure Level, SteadyShot, Color Bars, Rec Lamp (Front), Rec
Lamp (Rear), and Thumbnail can
be moved to one of the easily accessible Assign buttons.
Audio Recording: The FDR-AX1 compliments the
professional quality video recording with professional quality audio. A
high-quality stereo microphone is built-in, however, you can add one or two
external microphones if you desire. Dual XLR 3-pin audio jacks are provided for
connecting external microphones. A built-in microphone holder allows you to mount an external microphone to the
camcorder. Rubber isolators help prevent the pickup of mechanical noise from the
Audio Controls: The camcorder gives you numerous settings
for recording audio. You can independently set the source of each audio channel
to internal microphone or external input (the two XLR inputs). If external input
is selected, you can set the input source to Line, Mic, or Mic+48V (with phantom
power). The level of each input can be automatically or manually set (using
rotary controls). If the internal microphone is selected, you can set the
incoming audio signal to mono or stereo.
Thumbnail Screens: The Sony FDR-AX1 displays thumbnail images
for all recorded movies on the LCD monitor. The
buttons for playback are conveniently located on top of the camcorder. You can select Memory Card A or B, and the playback
type (UHD, HD). Each recording of the selected type are displayed with
the date and time of the recording. Once the video begins playback, you can use
the playback buttons to select the next/previous file, pause/play, stop, and
fast reverse/fast forward.
InfoLithium Battery: This unit comes with an NP-F970 InfoLithium
(Lithium-ion) battery (7.2V / 6300mAh minimum / 6600 mAh typical). The
InfoLithium system exchanges data about its actual power consumption with the
camcorder for a more accurate estimate of recording time available.
Battery Life: The approximate recording and playback times for the supplied
NP-F970 battery is as follows:
Note: Typical recording time shows the time when
you repeat recording start/stop, turning the power on/off and
Charging: You can charge the NP-F970 battery using the
supplied AC-VL1 battery charger. The charge lamp turns off when the battery has
reached a Normal Charge (at approximately 6 hours and 5 minutes). To reach a
full charge, you can continue charging the battery for another hour after the
lamp turns off (7 hours and 5 minutes). This allows you to use the battery a
Inputs and Outputs
Video Outputs: The Sony FDR-AX1 has the following video
- A/V Out: RCA composite video output and stereo RCA audio jacks. A
5' A/V cable is supplied.
- HDMI Output: Full-size HDMI jack to output video and audio to an
HDMI-equipped TV. You can set the resolution of the output signal to 3840 x
1920 x 1080P, 1920 x 1080i, or 1280 x 720P. A 59" HDMI cable is supplied.
USB Port: The camcorder has a mini-B Version 2.0 Hi-Speed USB
connecting to a PC via the supplied USB cable. Connecting the camcorder to a PC via USB allows
you to download videos and still images from the inserted memory cards.
Note: There is a Type A USB port that is not yet
functional. According to the Operating Guide, the port will likely
become functional with a future upgrade.
Dual Microphone Inputs: The camcorder features two XLR microphone
inputs for adding external microphone for advanced audio recording. These can
also be used for line level audio signals if the input type is changed in the
Headphone Output: The camcorder features a 3.5mm minijack headphone
output for connecting a pair of headphones for listening to
audio/video playback. You can select the headphone audio source with a 3-way
switch: Channel 1, Stereo Mix, Channel 2.
DC In Jack: The DC In Jack is for use with the supplied
AC-NB12A AC adapter and charger.
PlayMemories Home: The Sony FDR-AX1 has no built-in software
for importing images and video from the camcorder to your computer. Instead, the
PlayMemories Home software can be downloaded directly to your computer via the
Internet (URLs for Windows and Mac are provided in the supplied Operating
Guide). With PlayMemories Home, you can:
- Easily organize your videos and play them back instantly
- Manage and play back content easily using Calendar View
- Upload to online services simply and easily, including Facebook and
Compatible Operating Systems: PlayMemories Home is
compatible with the following Windows Operating Systems: Windows 8/8.1, Windows
7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows XP (SP3)(32-bit version), and Mac OS X