Sony Introduces FDR-AX1 4K Consumer Camcorder and Two HD Camcorders

Sony FDR-AX1 see-through view

Together with the QX10 and QX100 smartphone accessory lenses, Sony today announces a full-fledged 4K camcorder aimed at both amateurs and professionals, as well as two smaller HD camcorders. The FDR-AX1 is Sony’s first consumer 4K camcorder, but at the same time it qualifies for professional work such as news coverage. The HDR-AS30V continues Sony’s series of small action cams and comes with its own underwater casing, while the HDR-MVR1 is aimed at music recording and consequently sports 120° stereo microphones. Details after the break.

Sony FDR-AX1 Specs

Sony FDR-AX1 rear angled view

  • 1/2.3″ BSI Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 31.5-630mm (equivalent) 20x zoom lens
  • f1.6-3.4 min. aperture
  • Optica Steady Shot image stabilization
  • 72mm filter thread
  • Built-in ND filter
  • 3840 x 2160 4K video output with 24/25/30/50/60p framerates
  • 1920 x 1080 HD video output with 24/25/30/50/60p framerates
  • 2-channel linear PCM audio (48 kHz, 16 bit)
  • Composite video and HDMI output
  • XLR microphone input
  • 3.5″ 1.229m dot LCD monitor
  • XQD card storage

Sony HDR-AS30V Specs

Sony HDR-AS30V action cam angled view

  • 1/2.3″ BSI Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 2.5mm f2.8 lens with max. 170° angle-of-view (15mm-equivalent)
  • 11.9 megapixel still photo mode
  • 1920 x 1080 HD video output with 25/30/50/60p framrates
  • Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD(HC/XC) card storage
  • GPS module
  • HDMI out
  • Stereo microphone input

Sony HD-MVR1 Specs

Sony HDR-MV1 music camcorder

  • 1/2.3″ BSI Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 2.5mm f2.8 lens with 120° angle-of-view (18mm-equivalent)
  • 1920 x 1080 30p HD video output
  • 2.7″ 230k dot LCD display
  • Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD(HC/XC) card storage
  • HDMI out
  • 120° x/y stereo microphones
  • Linear PCM audio recording

Pricing and availability of the new Sony camcorders have not yet been disclosed as of writing this article.

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