New Review of the Sony FDR AX100
There are full-sized camcorders out there, and they are great really except that giants (even medium-sized ones) lack the portability and versatility of midgets. But a tiny camcorder usually means small in size and short in features, right? Right, for the most part, but the Sony’s 4K Video Camera Recorder is an exception. It is light, convenient and dynamic to use without compromising video quality.
We’ve featured this palm-sized camcorder in the past months, but we simply can’t get enough of it. We thought you might want to read more about this tiny yet full-featured camcorder, so here again is an updated FDR AX100 review.
Size and Weight
The FDR AX100 is “David” that beats “Goliath” in the world of camcorders. A promising video equipment that allows you to single-handedly create on-the-go, spontaneous videos. It fits seamlessly into the palm of your hand and operates effortlessly, leaving you with one hand free to multitask or simply rest.
Weighing just around 790 grams without battery and 870 grams with battery, this handy-dandy device won’t strain your hand despite recording. The FDR AX100 proves that size and weight don’t matter as much as performance does. It’s a practical for tourists, travel journalists and even aspiring young filmmakers.
There’s no question about the portability of the FDR AX100, but what about the quality of video output. Amazingly the sheer size and weight of the 4K Video Camera Recorder do not hinder it from meeting the demands of many video recording enthusiasts today.
As you can see in most, if not all, Sony FDR AX100 reviews, the device offers output of up to four times the image quality of full high definition. A regular 64GB SD card provides you with more than two hours of 4K video. It’s equipped for casual recording, too, shooting up to 14 hours of 1080 HD video quality or lower stored in the same 64GB data storage.
Unlike rival products with a three-chip design, the FDR AX100 uses only a single 1-inch Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS sensor with a maximum capacity of 20.9 megapixels. The lens is a Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* design that offers up to 12x optical zoom in 35mm topped at f/2.8 aperture. The lens can handle up to 18x zoom in HD mode, 12x zoom in 4K, and 24x in clear image. However, based on most Sony FDR AX100 reviews, maxing out to the manufacturer’s claim of 160x extended zoom capability would greatly compromise quality.
The FDR AX100 records in XAVC S, AVCHD and MP4 formats at a speed of 120 frames per second, and aids the user with its built-in optical image stabilization feature. To make it more travel-friendly, it features wireless connectivity to match other Wi-Fi ready devices such as smartphones, wireless video players, laptops and tablets.
What’s a good Sony FDR AX100 review without naming the product’s imperfections? This palm-size, full-featured device has its share of flaws. First off, it may not perform the way the big ones do on a full-scale, professional recording job. It definitely is not the greatest in the market today, but it provides a good balance between portability and quality output.
Second, its main control ring is not as precise as most shooters would want. The FDR AX100 has two control rings – a big one near the front of the camera and a small one just beside the big one. The sensor systems of the big control ring fails to zoom or fine focus immediately upon execution, a huge let down for sudden shots.
There are also issues with the camcorder’s display screens. According to a popular third-party FDR AX100 review, its LCD easily gets washed out over prolonged sun exposure, not to mention displaying complex data info. Finally, its touchscreen’s unresponsiveness defeats the purpose of it being there at all.
Still overall, the Sony FDR AX100 is a is a great pick for anyone looking for a video recording device that is as portable and convenient to use as the latest smartphone, but definitely delivers amazing video quality that usually only Godzilla camcorders can.