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Sony Handycam® FDR-AX700

4K/30p Ultra HD camcorder with Wi-Fi®

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You remember the big moments in your life in scintillating full color. Don't you wish you could share that immersive feeling with friends and family? The Sony Handycam FDR-AX700 can commit those memories to crystal-clear 4K video. When you watch the footage you shot during your wedding, or a walk amongst the stunning desert plateaus of Moab, Utah, you'll feel like you're there all over again.

Sony Handycam FDR-AX700 in action

Record this incredible view in 4K with the Sony Handycam FDR-AX700.

Record amazing moments in 4K resolution

You remember the big moments in your life in scintillating full color. Don't you wish you could share that immersive feeling with friends and family? The Sony Handycam FDR-AX700 can commit those memories to crystal-clear 4K video. When you watch the footage you shot during your wedding, or a walk amongst the stunning desert plateaus of Moab, Utah, you'll feel like you're there all over again.

The camera has a large 1" Exmor image sensor with 14 megapixels, so each frame you shoot is sharp, bright, and packed with rich colors and detail. An impressive autofocus system with 273 AF points lets you easily focus on your subject and track it as it moves.

Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization

It doesn't matter how sharp your image is if it's shaky and blurry. Sony takes care of that, building in their trademarked SteadyShot technology so your shots have rock-solid framing.

The internal BIONZ® X processor can keep up with just about anything. If you're the one that's moving as you follow a streaking toddler, no problem. If you're in a moving car, shooting out the window? Also covered. Even when the lens is zoomed out to its full range, SteadyShot helps keep small movements from wrecking the shot.

Wi-Fi connectivity for simple sharing

No need to wait until you get home to share your videos with friends and family. The FDR-AX700 is equipped with internal Wi-Fi so you can go from shooting to sharing in a flash. If you're an Android™ user, just use one-touch Near Field Communication (NFC) to pair your compatible device to the camera, and you're on your way. 

Fast, slow, and super-slow

Maybe you want to slow down the moment your kid scored a goal for maximum effect. Or you want to speed up video of an art project coming to life. With the 'AX700, you have creative options. 

In S&Q (slow & quick) modes, you can shoot HD video between 1-240 frames per second to match your creative vision. If you want to go super-slow, that's possible, too. You can go down to a truly slug-like 960fps to analyze every moment of a sudden event.

Product Highlights:

  • shoots crystal-clear 4K video at 30 frames per second
  • Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization with Active mode
  • upload and share video via built-in Wi-Fi®
  • records in HDR (high dynamic range) using HLG format for improved contrast and color with compatible TVs
  • large 1" (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor RS CMOS sensor for exceptional low light performance
  • 14.2-megapixel video and stills
  • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12X optical zoom (192X digital)
  • manual lens ring with zoom/focus switch
  • fast BIONZ® X image processor
  • adjustable autofocus with 273 phase-detection AF points and subject tracking
  • 3.5" LCD touchscreen (1.5 million-dots)
  • high-contrast OLED Tru-Finder™ electronic viewfinder (2.35 million dots)
  • manual dial and buttons for easy adjustment of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed
  • dual memory card slots:
  • fast-, slow-, and super slow-motion options
  • low-light mode
Connections:
  • multi-interface shoe for accessories
  • full-size (Type-A) HDMI terminal output sends clean 4K video to an outboard monitor or recorder
  • micro USB port
  • composite video output (cable not included)
  • 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks
  • LANC port for remote control
Included Accessories:
  • rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NP-FV70A)
  • AC adapter and power cord
  • wireless remote control (RMT-835)
  • large eye cup
  • lens hood and cap
  • 4-5/8"W x 3-5/8"H x 7-3/4"D
  • weight: 33 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • FDR-AX700 4K camcorder
  • 62mm Lens cap (installed)
  • Lens hood
  • NP-FV70A Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.3V 1900mAh 13.8Wh)
  • AC-L200D AC adapter with attached DC output cord (DC output: 8.4V 1.7A)
  • 40" AC cord
  • 24" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • Rubber eyecup
  • Wireless Remote Commander (RMT-835)
  • CR2025 Lithium Battery (installed in remote)
  • Operating Guide (English)
  • Operating Guide (Spanish)
  • Operating Guide (French)
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • Accessories sheet
  • Product Registration sheet
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General Features
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Inputs and Outputs Notes
Software

General Features

4K Digital Camcorder: The FDR-AX700 is a 4K Handycam camcorder from Sony for recording 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 in Full High Definition (1920 x 1080) on an HDTV.

3.5" LCD Screen: The FDR-AX700 features a 16:9 wide-screen 3.5" Extra Fine LCD display. The high resolution 1,555,200-dot LCD screen can swing out 90 degrees, and rotate up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles. The LCD 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.

0.39" OLED Viewfinder: The FDR-AX700 also features an adjustable 0.39" wide-screen color viewfinder (2,359,296 dots) that lets you record and review video and still images when the LCD display is closed or in Mirror mode. The viewfinder can be pulled out to turn the camcorder on, and angled up to 45° if desired. The camcorder turns off when the viewfinder is pushed back in.

Built-in Microphone: The camcorder has a stereo microphone for capturing high-quality sound. If desired, you can add an external microphone via the Multi-Interface shoe or microphone jack.

Recording Media: The AX700 records video and still images onto SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards, as well as Memory Stick PRO Duo and PRO-HG Duo media. The types of memory cards that can be used varies with the recording format:

Recording Format Supported Memory Cards
Still Photos SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
AVCHD SD, SDHC, SDXC (Class 4 or faster, or U1 or faster)
Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2)
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
XAVC S 4K 60Mbps
HD 50Mbps or less
SDHC, SDXC (Class 10 or faster, or U1 or faster)
4K 100Mbps
HD 100Mbps
SDHC, SDXC (U3)
S&Q Motion
Super Slow Motion SDHC, SDXC (Class 10 or faster, or U1 or faster)

Dual Media Slots: The camcorder has dual memory card slots, labeled A and B, to give you additional flexibility in recording. With memory cards in both slots, you can perform the following:

  • Relay Recording: The camcorder switches from one memory card to the other memory card just before the space on the first card runs out. Recording continues on the next card automatically.
  • Simultaneous Recording: You can record movies on both memory cards simultaneously. Both memory cards must be of the same type.

Optics: The FDR-AX700 has a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (T-star) wide-angle lens with a 12x optical zoom and a focal length of 9.3-111.6mm for movies and still photos. The 35mm equivalent is 29.0 - 348.0mm. The maximum aperture range is F2.8-F4.5. The minimum focus distance is approximately 0.39" (10 mm) in wide angle and 39.4" (1000 mm) in telephoto.

Image Sensor: The camcorder has a 1.0" (13.2mm x 8.8mm) stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with 21MP total, 14.2MP effective for 16:9 movies and still photos, and 12MP effective for 3:2 photos.

NightShot: The NightShot feature lets you capture images in total darkness by using infrared light. With NightShot, parents can record sleeping children without worrying about waking them with a video light. In addition, the Low Lux setting lets you record bright color images, even in dim light. Minimum Illumination is 3 lux (standard), 1.7 lux (Low Lux), 0 lux (NightShot).

Built-in Wi-Fi: The AX700 has built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz), enabling you to connect the camcorder wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet, computer, or TV. You can load the PlayMemories Mobile app (available for Android on Google Play or for iOS devices from the App Store) on your smartphone or tablet and turn your device into a wireless remote commander.

Near-Field Communication (NFC): For Android devices that support NFC, you can wirelessly connect the camcorder via NFC One-Touch Connection. By touching the camcorder to the device at the "N" logo near the hand strap, the wireless connection is made. The PlayMemories Mobile app will start up on the device within a second or two.

Multi Interface Shoe: The AX700 has a top-mounted Multi Interface Shoe for mounting a variety of optional accessories, such as video lights (HVL-LEIR1) or external microphones (ECM-XYST1M, ECM-GZ1M).

Recording Features

Video Recording: The Sony FDR-AX700 4K camcorder records Ultra High Definition and High Definition movies in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 XAVC S format. Audio is recorded in 2-channel Linear PCM (48 kHz, 16-bit). High Definition movies can also be recorded in AVCHD format with Dolby Digital 2ch or AAC audio. You can choose from the following recording format options:

Recording Format NTSC/PAL Frame Rate Bit Rate Resolution
XAVC S 4K NTSC 30p 100Mbps 3840 x 2160/30p
60 Mbps
24p 100 Mbps 3840 x 2160/24p
60 Mbps
PAL 25p 100 Mbps 3840 x 2160/25p
60 Mbps
XAVC S HD NTSC 120p 100 Mbps 1920 x 1080/120p
60 Mbps
60p 50 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60p
25 Mbps
30p 50 Mbps 1920 x 1080/30p
16 Mbps
24p 50 Mbps 1920 x 1080/24p
PAL 100p 100 Mbps 1920 x 1080/100p
60 Mbps
50p 50 Mbps 1920 x 1080/50p
25 Mbps
25p 50 Mbps 1920 x 1080/25p
16 Mbps
AVCHD NTSC 60i 24 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60i
  17 Mbps
  5 Mbps
PAL 50i 24 Mbps 1920 x 1080/50i
  17 Mbps
  5 Mbps

Dual Video Recording Mode: This mode allows you to record an XAVC S movie and an MP4 movie simultaneously, or record an AVCHD movie and an MP4 movie simultaneously. The MP4 movie can easily be transferred to a smartphone or tablet for sharing or uploading to social media websites.

Still Image Recording: In addition to video, you can record JPEG still images on the camcorder in 16:9 or 3:2 aspect ratio:

  • 16:9: 14.2MP (5024 x 2824)
  • 3:2: 12.0 MP (4240 x 2824)

Optical SteadyShot: The camcorder is equipped with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology to give you smoother video or blur-free still images. In Movie mode, you can select Standard (for relatively stable conditions), Active (for more powerful effect), or Off (when using a tripod). When shooting still images, you can simply select On or Off as needed.

Auto/Manual Focus: The Sony FDR-AX700 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. The Focus Magnifier function will magnify the center of the screen by approximately 2 times to allow you to confirm the focus.

Manual Lens Ring: The camcorder's manual lens ring can be used to make manual adjustments to the focus, as well as for zooming. The Zoom/Focus switch is located on the lens barrel. When set to zoom, you can zoom at the desired speed by turning the manual lens ring. You can also make fine adjustments to the zoom level. When set to Focus, you can focus manually by turning the manual lens ring.

Battery Information

InfoLithium Battery: This unit comes with an NP-FV70A InfoLithium (Lithium-ion) battery (7.3V, 1900mAh, 13.8Wh). The InfoLithium system exchanges data about its actual power consumption with the camcorder for a more accurate estimate of recording time available. The camcorder is also compatible with the optional NP-FV100A battery, sold separately. The charging and battery life times are as follows:

Battery Method Recording Playback Charging
NP-FV70A LCD 190 min 275 min 2h 50m
Viewfinder 205 min 300 min
NP-FV100A LCD 345 min 485 min 4h 35m
Viewfinder 365 min 525 min

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI: The camcorder has a full-sized HDMI output jack for connecting to a HDTV or to a recording device. The HDMI resolution can be set to one of the following:

  • Auto
  • 2160p/1080p/480i
  • 2160p/720p/480i
  • 2160p/1080i/480i
  • 1080p/480i
  • 720p/480i
  • 1080i/480i
  • 480p
  • 480i
Note: Movies recorded in 24p can be output in 24p or 60p.

Multi/Micro USB Terminal: The camcorder has a Micro USB terminal (marked "Multi") that can be used for connecting the camera to a PC for downloading still images and video files from the memory card or charging the battery.

Microphone Input: The camcorder features a 3.5mm microphone input for adding an external microphone.

Headphone Output: The camcorder features a 3.5mm minijack headphone output for connecting a pair of headphones for listening to audio/video playback.

DC In Jack: The DC In Jack is for use with the supplied AC-L200D AC adapter and charger.

Software

PlayMemories Home: The Sony FDR-AX700 does not come with software in the box. 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 import images from the camcorder to your computer. On Windows PCs, you can also view images in a calendar, create a movie disc, upload images to online services, play the imported images, and share images on PlayMemories Online.

Compatible Operating Systems: PlayMemories Home is compatible with the following Windows Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Mac OS X v10.10-10.11, and macOS 10.12.

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At this time, all I can say from the extensive research I have done on this product is that it looks like it might meet my needs. No matter how much research one does and no matter how many reviews one reads, one can only find out for sure by purchasing the item and then doing extensive tests to see if the item actually does meet their needs. The very generous return period from Crutchfield allows me plenty of time to make thorough tests of this item. I sincerely hope it meets my needs! [ Danny  Jan 06, 2018 ]

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The information provided on page 22 of the owner's manual seems to indicate it is possible to record (up to 4K resolution) and simultaneously output to an external monitor via HDMI while viewing the Sony FDR-AX700's LCD screen. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! [ Larry  Jan 03, 2018 ]  Staff
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