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AX100 4K Expert Handycam®

Sony FDRAX100B


  • Check Accessory Compatibility
  • Record 4K footage
  • 1.0 inch Exmor R ® CMOS
  • BIONZ X™ image processor

Quick Specs

  • Type: Digital
  • Style: Digital Video Camera
  • Energy Star Rated: No

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4K opens your eyes to a new era of excitement The FDR-AX100 supports 4K (3840 x 2160), the superior-definition format that delivers about four times the resolution of Full HD. It lets you capture incredible detail and bring images to vibrant life.

29 mm wide-angle ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T* lens ZEISS® lens is fine-tuned specifically for the 4K image standard. Ideal for capturing grand landscapes, it also provides up to 12x optical zoom and up to 24x Clear Image Zoom to allow wide-ranging image expression.Definition is even sharp in the corners of the frame, thanks to the 11 group/17 element lens that incorporates AA (advanced aspherical) and ED lens elements.

Exmor R® CMOS sensor delivers multifaceted Full HD support The FDR-AX100 features a large Exmor R® CMOS sensor with a light-receiving area that is approximately 4.9 times larger than 1/2.88 type image sensor. This newly employed sensor enhances image clarity, reduces noise even when shooting in dark environments, and enables image expression that takes full advantage of background defocusing. No.1 image sensor manufacturer for digital cameras and video recorders.*Based on Sony research-April 2012 to March 2013 (50% market share

Advanced BIONZ X image processing engine for higher speed and peerless quality The advanced BIONZ X image processing engine features higher technology than in the previous generation of BIONZ to achieve more faithful reproduction, more naturally vivid and lifelike image quality, and higher resolution capabilities. This Handycam® model is equipped with several new features that take advantage of the higher speed processing capabilities. These include By Pixel Super Resolution, Motion Shot Video, Optical SteadyShot and Dual Video Recording.

Support for longer recording time of 4K movies in XAVC S format XAVC S is the format for recording 4K/HD movies, which was developed for consumer usage based on the professional XAVC 4K/HD format. It supports HD 50 Mbps so that consumers can record high-resolution movies even in a heavily movement shot.

Support for HD high bit-rate XAVC S is the format for recording 4K/HD movies, which was developed for consumer usage based on the professional XAVC 4K/HD format. It supports HD 50 Mbps so that consumers can record high-resolution movies even in a heavily movement shot.The use of MP4 playback devices and software does not guarantee that data can be played back in all modes.

High-frame-rate shooting at 120p* and HD resolution The FDR-AX100 supports high-frame-rate shooting at HD image quality (1280 x 720 pixels). Its ability to record at 120 p enables slow-motion playback at one-fifth the speed in a 24 p environment when post-processing is applied. This capability opens the door to various uses, such as checking the form of rapidly moving athletes. Only available when recording movies in the XAVC S format.

Easy TV viewing via single HDMI cable 4K movies recorded on the FDR-AX100 can be played on a 4K monitor or Full HD monitor* by simply connecting the camera via bundled HDMI cable. 4K monitors support up to 4K resolution at 30p. Requires 1920 x 1080 setting in HDMI output settings menu.

Lens Ring The lens ring enables smooth, natural adjustment of focusing or zooming depending on which mode you select via convenient button.

Manual Dial The manual dial on the side of the body allows swift and easy adjustment of the iris, gain (ISO) and shutter speed.

Built-in ND Filters A choice of selectable Clear, 1/4 filter, 1/16 filter or 1/64 ND (Neutral Density) filters adjusts light levels entering the lens. This gives video-makers the freedom to precisely control shutter speed and aperture for greater creative possibilities. In conjunction with the camcorder's large image sensor, it allows creation of beautifully smooth bokeh' background defocus effects without increasing shutter speed even if you're shooting outdoors in sunny conditions.

Full HD playback on Full HD TV You can also enjoy Super-sampled Full HD playback on your HD TV which automatically down-converts 4K footage to very high quality 2K (Full HD), using the enormous amounts of 4K data.

TRILUMINOS Color. A breathtaking way to relive your fondest memories. The supports Sony's "TRILUMINOS® Color," allowing you to view photos and movies in rich, natural colors on any TV equipped with a "TRILUMINOS® Display." The expanded color gamut lets you immerse yourself once again in those unforgettably colorful moments, from the complex shades in a shimmering blue sky to the natural tones of a rosy complexion.

Trimming playback of 4K movies on TVs By touching the display panel users can trim the image and display only the section around the touched area as a Full HD movie.

Simultaneously record maximum-quality movies and ready-to-share MP4 movies Record two movies at the same time one in the maximum-quality XAVC S or AVCHD format and another in the MP4 format. The XAVC S format is available in the FDR-AX100 and HDR-CX900. The FDR-AX100 can record 4K movies in the XAVC S format.

Simple wireless connectivity with smartphones and more Connect wirelessly with your phone, tablet or TV Built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC lets you wirelessly transfer movie clips and photos from Handycam® to your smartphone or tablet at a single touch. To get started, just download the free PlayMemories Mobile app for your iOS or Android device. Touching Handycam® with your NFC-enabled mobile device also activates Smart Remote Control. Start and stop recording with your mobile - it's ideal for nightscape shooting that you want to avoid blur caused by operation button pressing, group scenes or solo performances when you don't want to run from the camcorder back into the scene once recording's started. Wi-Fi® also allows wireless playback of content stored on Handycam® on your networked TV (DLNA renderer compatible TV and access point are required: not compatible with XAVC S format).

Picture Effect Creativity comes easy with FDR-AX100 thanks to Picture Effect with seven total effects-such as Toy Camera, Soft high key, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Partial Color, High contrast monochrome-which give you the means to transform everyday photos into impressive works of art. As you apply effects, results are shown in real-time on the LCD screen. There is some function like Face detection that cannot be used while using Picture effect.

5.1 ch Dolby 5.1 ch surround sound recording capabilities let you create professional-level soundtracks that bring out the full potential of your movies. So viewers feel they are part of the action. Notes: Dolby Digital 5.1 ch and stereo 2 ch recording are supported in the AVCHD format. PCM recording is supported in the XAVC S format.

Accessories Optional accessories expand shooting enjoyment and creative possibilities.

My Voice Canceling This convenient new feature significantly reduces the intensity of your voice as you shoot, while maintaining the volume of your subject's voice and other sounds in your surroundings. It accomplishes this feat by detecting where sounds originate and suppressing sound coming from behind the camcorder. Even when you become excited while capturing sporting events or your children, your loud cheers will be reduced to a whisper.

Direct Copy for fast file transfer Seamlessly transfer your camera's data to an external hard drive via USB 2.0. Feature also enables convenient playback of files stored on HDD on camera's LCD screen.


  • Check Accessory Compatibility
  • Record 4K footage
  • 1.0 inch Exmor R ® CMOS
  • BIONZ X™ image processor
  • ZEISS ® Vario-Sonnar ® T* lens
  • Versatile manual settings
Advanced Feature
High Speed Rec Yes
NightShot infrared System Yes
Other Features Face Detection, Cinematone, Golf Shot (Yes), Smooth Slow Rec (Yes), Fader Effect(s) (White/Black), Intelligent Auto (Portrait/Baby/Walk/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light/Auto wind noise reduction), Smile Shutter (Off/Dual Capture/Always On), Red Eye Reduction (Yes(w/ Optional Flash Accessory)), Direct Copy (Yes )
Scene Selection Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow
At a Glance
Maximum Movie Resolution and Frame Rates 4K / 30p HD / 60p
LCD Type 3.5 type (3.5") Xtra Fine LCD™ display (921K) Wide (16:9)
Sensor Size and Maximum Resolution 1-inch 14.2 MP (16:9)
Optical Zoom and Image Stabilization 12x / Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
AGC Limit Yes
Auto Iris Control F2.8-F11
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
Exposure Compensation AE Shift (Dial/Touch Panel)
Gain Control Auto/Manual
LOW LUX Mode Yes
Manual Exposure Assist Zebra Pattern Display
Manual Iris Control F2.8-F11
Metering Modes Multi-segment/Spot
Minimum Illumination 4K: Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed) HD: Standard: 3 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed), 4K: Low Lux 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) HD: Low Lux 1.7 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed), NightShot: 0 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed)
Mode Auto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Dial/Menu)
Flash compensation Yes (3 steps)
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
Flash mode Auto/On/Off
Focus Area Full range Focus/Spot Focus
Focus Mode Auto/Manual(Touch Panel/Dial)
Focus Type Contrast AF
Manual Focus Assist Magnified display for precise manual focus (Movie Mode: x2/x4, Photo mode: x6.3/x12.6), Peaking Display
Image Stabilization
Image Stabilization Type Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Angle Adjustment Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Brightness Control Yes (Menu)
Marker/Grid Display Grid Line
Screen Type 3.5 type (3.5") Xtra Fine LCD™ display (921K) Wide (16:9)
Touch Panel Yes
Aperture F2.8-F4.5
Filter Diameter 62 mm
Focal Distance f = 9.3-111.6 mm
Focal Length (35 mm equivalent) (Video) f=29.0-348.0 mm (16:9)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) (Still Image) f=29.0-348.0 mm (16:9), f=35.5-426.0 mm (4:3)
Iris Diaphragm 7 blades
Lens Cover Lens Cap
Lens Type ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T*
Minimum Focus Distance Approx. 13/32" (Wide), Approx. 39 3/8" (Tele), Approx. 1 cm (Wide), Approx. 100 cm (Tele)
ND Filter OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Fast Playback About 5 times/10 times/30 times/60 times
Highlight Movie Maker Highlight Playback, Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase), Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
Slide Show (Still Image) Slideshow
Slow Playback Forward: 1/5 speed, Reverse: 1/2 speed
Trimming Playback Yes
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)
Charge on Camcorder (charging time with supplied battery) Yes (Approx. 3h 25min)
Power Consumption (LCD) 4K: 5.6 W
Power Consumption (Viewfinder) 4K: 5.3 W
Power Requirements 6.8 V/7.3 V (battery pack), 8.4 V (AC Adapter)
USB Charging DC 5 V 1500 mA
USB Power Supply Yes (1.5 A or more is recommended)
Image Processor BIONZ X™ image processor
Effective Pixels (Still Image) Approx. 14.2 M pixels (16:9)/Approx. 10.6 M pixels (4:3)
Effective Pixels (Video) Approx.14.2 M pixels(16:9)
Sensor Type 1.0 type (13.2 mm x 8.8 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor
Shutter Speed
Auto Control Range 1/8-1/10000
Manual Iris Control (Photo Mode) 1/60-1/10000
Manual Shutter 1/8-1/10000
Smooth Slow 1/250-1/10000
STANDARD 1/60-1/10000
Size & Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) (including supplied battery) Approx. 3 1/4" x 3 3/8" x 7 3/4" (Approx.3 5/8" x 3 3/8" x 8 7/8" (including Lens Hood)), Approx. 81 mm x 83.5 mm x 196.5 mm (Approx. 90 mm x 83.5 mm x 223.5 mm (including Lens Hood))
Weight (including supplied battery) Approx.1 lb 14.7 oz (NP-FV50A), Approx. 2 lb 0.3 oz (NP-FV70)/Approx. 2 lb 0.1 oz (NP-FV70A)(supplied battery), Approx. 2 lb 2 oz (NP-FV100A), Approx. 870 g (NP-FV50A), Approx. 915 g (NP-FV70)/Approx. 910 g (NP-FV70A)(supplied battery), Approx. 965 g (NP-FV100A)
Weight (main unit only) Approx.1 lb 11 oz, Approx. 790 g
Terminal / Shoe
Accessory Shoe Yes (Multi Interface Shoe)
HDMI Terminal Yes (HDMI micro)
Headphone Jack Stereo minijack
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
Microphone Input Stereo minijack
Multi/Micro USB terminal Yes
Remote Terminal integrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal
STD Output Composite Video Out (AV CABLE (sold separately))
Field of View 100%
Viewfinder Type 0.39 type (1.0 cm) OLED/Color 1,440,000 dots equivalent
White Balance
White Balance Modes Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor/WB Temp
White Balance Shift Yes (G7-M7 15 steps, A7-B7 15 steps)
Wireless Function
NFC™ Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
Wi-Fi® Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band))
Clear Image Zoom 4K: 18x HD: 24x
Digital Zoom 160x
Optical Zoom 12x
Storage Media
Media Type XAVC S 4K (100 Mbps): SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I U3 or Higher), XAVC S 4K (60Mbps): SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 or Higher), XAVC S HD: SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 or Higher), AVCHD, Still: Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo™, SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Audio Recording Format MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch (48 kHz/16 bit), Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator, Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Auto Wind Noise Reduction Yes (On/Off)
Mic Level Control Yes (31 steps)
Microphone Built-in Zoom Microphone
My Voice Canceling Yes
Speaker Monaural Speaker
What's In The Box
SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70/NP-FV70A) AC Adapter Power Cord Operating Guide HDMI (micro) Cable USB Connection Support Cable Remote Commander (RMT-835 with Battery (CR2025)) Lens Hood Lens Cap
Recording Format (Still Image) JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline-compliant)
Recording Format (Video) XAVC S format MPEG4-AVC/H264, AVCHD format ver.2.0 compatible: MPEG4-AVC/H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Still Image Size (Dual Record) 20.0 megapixels 16:9 (5968 x 3352), 14.2 megapixels 16:9 (5024 x 2824), 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
Still Image Size (Movie Mode) L:20.0 megapixels 16:9 (5968 x 3352), M:14.2 megapixels 16:9 (5024 x 2824), S:2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Still Image Size (Photo Capture) XAVC S 4K: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160), XAVC S HD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080), AVCHD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
Still Image Size (Photo Mode) L:20.0 megapixels 16:9 (5968 x 3352), 15.0 megapixels 4:3 (4464 x 3352), M:14.2 megapixels 16:9 (5024 x 2824), 10.6 megapixels 4:3 (3760 x 2824), S:2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080), 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640 x 480)
Video Recording Rate (ABR / VBR) XAVC S 4K 100 Mbps: Approx.100 Mbps/60 Mbps: Approx. 60 Mbps, XAVC S HD Approx. 50 Mbps, AVCHD PS: Approx. 28 Mbps/FX: Approx. 24 Mbps/FH: Approx. 17 Mbps/HQ: Approx. 9 Mbps/LP: Approx. 5 Mbps, MP4: Approx. 3 Mbps
Video Resolution XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160/30p, 24p, XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080/60p, 30p, 24p, AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/60p (PS), 24p (FX, FH), 60i (FX, FH), 1440 x 1080/60i (HQ, LP), MP4: 1280 x 720 30p

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  • Style: Digital Video Camera

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  • Energy Star Rated: No

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