CES 2014 FIRST LOOK! New Sony 4K Handycam® FDR-AX100 [VIDEO]

by Reena 01/06/2014

We’re on the floor at CES 2014 with an exclusive first look at the new Sony 4K Handycam® FDR-AX100. Christina from the Digital Imaging Team sits down with Anthony to show off the latest edition to the Handycam family.

Does it support XAVC-S, AVCHD and MP4 codecs? Yep. Does it record in 4K/30p video? You bet! Check out the video for all the features and specs.

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  1. Mike wrote: January 7, 2014 1:21pm

    It’s all nice but why it’s missing 1080/60p recording in MP4 format with at least 28 Mbps ! Could be even 36Mbps.

    SONY you need to try a little harder – 720p is not enough for this device!

    1. Dave wrote: January 8, 2014 5:12pm

      SONY you need to try a little harder ?

      Seriously Mike?

      Maybe you’ve missed the point. This is the first truly affordable 4K camcorder, sorry, handycam. The sample footage on the Sony YouTube channel is simply amazing for such a small camera. This is exactly how you set the cat amongst the pigeons.

      I don’t personally do much 4k, but I am going to bet that this camera does a great 1080 picture. I can’t wait to see what creative film makers do with this camera on tight budgets. It is going to be interesting to see if Sony let the camera send out uncompressed via the HDMI. Even at just 1080, this camera feeding an external 10bit recorder could be a killer. If so, pair this with a BMD HyperDeck Shuttle on a small rig, WOW.

      And this is Sony we’re talking about here, so no vapourware, over exaggerated release dates, or sky rocketed release prices. While it is not a Red, this is 4K for 2K.

      A great step in the right direction.

      1. Mike wrote: January 10, 2014 3:07pm

        Dave i agree with you that this camera is a truly afordable FIRST on the market a 4K camera.

        But MP4 format is better for editing than AVCHD. Personally i would like to see all AVCHD formats of this camera available also for recording in MP4.

        1. David Harry wrote: February 2, 2014 8:19am

          Fair enough Mike.

          But it really is the first step into affordable 4K. Yes, high frame rates etc. Would be great, but just look at the price. I totally get what you are saying about the codec, but again, the price. It may be that this camera sends out a 10bit uncompressed over HDMI in 1080, maybe even 4K.

          In any event, and regardless of both our opinions, this really is a great step in the right direction for 4K, and hopefully the trickle down to 1080 is going to be noticeable. Let’s see what the final street prices are and the real world quality. It should also start to stimulate other manufacturers into producing realistically priced 4K kit.


  2. JoeW wrote: January 8, 2014 6:13pm

    I see they still have the sloppily designed hot shoe door, whihc flips over and will eventually snap off and or slice your hand open.

    Why didn’t SOny just leave it like the past camcorders had with the slide in door?

  3. JoeW wrote: January 8, 2014 6:14pm

    I see they still have the sloppily designed hot shoe door, which flips over hangining and will eventually snap off and or slice your hand open.

    Why didn’t Sony just leave it like the past camcorders had with the slide in door?

    1. peter wrote: January 12, 2014 6:49pm

      That hot shoe bit on top that needs the sony add-on to work with lil shotgun mics is TERRIBLE…cmon designers…

  4. Bob Jung wrote: January 12, 2014 11:43am

    I’m a Photographer in the NY area, I shoot mainly Canon DSLR Canon Equipment but getting in to the 4k really quick, I have a few weddings lined up and thinking about purchasing the Sony FDR AX 100 4k Camcorder if it plays well with Apple Finalcut X.

    Is there any way i could demo the camera for a few weeks and do a full report on it and it’s use with Finalcut X If you look at my work on Vimeo, Canon has been working for me but with the jump to Sony I want to make sure it’s low lux and benefits to 4k are worth the investment. I hope to hear back from Sony soon, and look forward to testing out the Sony FDR AX 100

  5. Zukaka wrote: January 24, 2014 11:42am

    Where did the balanced optical stabilization go? Maybe they will include it in the next 4K model so that some people will have to buy again.

    Still very impressive. Excellent job, Sony.

  6. Orikinla Osinachi wrote: February 9, 2014 5:23am

    Great camera and would definitely be in demand in Nollywood where digital cinema cameras are improving the quality of movies. But only few of the Nollywood producers know the specifications of the latest digital cameras.

  7. Michael wrote: March 1, 2014 10:59am

    What’s the EXACT release date for this camera ?!?!?


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