A First Look at the New $2,000 Sony 4K FDR-AX100 Handycam

Sony launched its new $2,000 4K camcorder, the FDR-AX100 at CES:

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.

Here’s some test footage from the FDR-AX100:

Here’s another first look video, not from Sony:

What about specifications? From CNET:

Sony’s Handycam FDR-AX100 incorporates the 1-inch BSI sensor technology that debuted with the Cyber-shot RX100 II and then appeared in the the RX10, along with its image-processing complement, the Bionz X (the identical-but-HD CX900 uses the 1-inch Exmor R as well).

…While the lens is a T* version — those are the better class of Sony lenses — and has a 7-blade iris, it’s relatively slow compared to Sony’s other enthusiast-level models. The 12x lens starts at 29mm, which is reasonably wide. It’s also missing Sony’s Balanced Optical Steadyshot, and could probably benefit from dual card slots rather than single. And if any camera needs USB 3.0, it’s this one.

Like the AX1, the AX100 uses the XAVC-S codec for 60MB/sec 4K recording; it can handle 4K/30p and 24p, or you can record at 1080/60p.

The camcorder has all the usual features that Sony puts in its prosumer models, including a built-in neutral density filter, a broad set of audio controls, its traditional front manual-control wheel, an OLED EVF, and a 3.5-inch LCD. It also offers NFC and Wi-Fi.

Sony plans to ship the Handycam FDR-AX100 in March for $1999.99.

It doesn’t impress me much, considering the Blackmagic Production 4K Camera is $3,999 and promises a whole lot more. What do you think?

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