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Record high-definition video footage and crisp still images with this Sony Prosumer AX100 4K flash memory camcorder that features Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to minimize blur. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you wirelessly transfer files.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • AC adapter (AC-L200), power cord, micro HDMI cable, USB connection support cable
    • Owner's manual
    • Prosumer AX100 4K HD Flash Memory Camcorder
    • Rechargeable InfoLITHIUM V Series battery (NP-FV70A)
    • Remote commander (RMT-835) with battery (CR2025), lens hood, lens cap

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (148 out of 153)

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    Features


    12x optical/160x digital zoom

    Helps bring you up close to distant objects and scenes.

    3.5" Xtra Fine LCD touch screen

    With 921K pixels resolution, brightness control and a 100% coverage area displays images clearly and simplifies option selection.

    1" back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor

    With approximately 20.9MP lets you capture crisp still images and 1920 x 1080 60p high-definition videos.

    BIONZ X image processor

    Promotes optimal performance.

    Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens

    With 7 aperture blades lets you capture scenes in stunning clarity.

    Autofocus modes

    Include auto and manual (touch panel and dial) to help bring subjects into clear view.

    Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode

    Minimizes the effects of camera shake to reduce blur.

    Still image mode

    Lets you capture JPEG images with up to 20.0MP resolution.

    Audio recording

    Includes Dolby Digital 5.1-channel, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator, Dolby Digital 2-channel stereo and Dolby Digital Stereo Creator in AVCHD format and MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2-channel (48kHz, 16-bit) in XAVC S 4K format.

    Card slot

    Supports Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity and SDXC formats for simple file storage (cards not included).

    InfoLITHIUM V Series battery

    With AccuPower meter system delivers reliable power and can easily be recharged.

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    With NFC (near-field communication) technology allows you to wirelessly pair compatible devices for easy video sharing.

    Built-in high-speed USB 2.0 cable

    Makes it easy to charge the camcorder and transfer files to your compatible computer. A micro HDMI output allows simple connection to a compatible high-definition display.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 153 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Image, Average Usability

      Posted
      Pixenter
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I really like this camera but a couple of design and usability features make it a less than perfect choice. As with all high-end camcorders and prosumer camcorders Sony has integrated context-sensitive controls into the design. This means that if you want to control the aperture/iris you will have to first activate that control by pressing a button, then you can rotate a dial to change the iris. If you want to change the shutter speed you will need to activate that control and then rotate the same dial that you used for aperture. Same with gain/iso control. Tap a button and then use the same dial that you use for focus, aperture, white balance, and shutter speed. It would have been really nice to have direct one-touch access to each of these three essential creative controls. Sony does the same context-sensitive design with it's Alpha and NEX series as well, so it's not unexpected, just annoying. The focus magnifier button is in the wrong place. The "touch" screen is also a joke. It's like something from a decade ago. In fact I think I owned a Sony camera from at least 5 years ago that had the same touch screen. It's not like a smart phone with pinch to zoom type functionality. It's crude. It's also larger than your average camcorder. Don't get me wrong. I REALLY like this camera. It has very good image quality that can be used at 4K or downscaled (or capture in camera) to 1080p with great results. And that's what really counts, right? Great image quality. Just wait until you load the footage up into Final Cut and see all the detail. It captures details further into the shadows and highlights than I was expecting it would, and it does OK in low light. Don't expect Nikon D4 performance in low light of course, but you won't have too much to complain about. The 1 inch sensor also seems to strike just the right balance between shallow depth of field and the ability to accurately and reliably focus the camera when the lens is wide open. Requires 64GB cards or larger for compatibility for the new 4K codec. It will not use 32GB Sandisk Extreme Pro cards for 4K recording.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Stunning picture quality with a few gotchas

      Posted
      MikeJ
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I purchased the Sony FDR-AX100 to shoot theatre productions for DVD and Blu-ray. I already use a variety of cameras including the Sony HDR-AX2000. The video quality of the AX100 when shooting in 4K is far and away better than any other camera I use when comparing the 4k video to HD video from the other cameras. Even on a normal HD TV or computer monitor, the difference is obvious. When editing using Sony Vegas Pro, I can zoom in to 1/4 of the screen image and still have excellent results. So why only 4 stars? When hand holding or doing fast horizontal panning there is a marked Stutter "wobble" or distortion of vertical lines. This is a result of the way the image is read from the sensor. Because the sensor is large and the image is read from top to bottom, vertical lines can be distorted in the final image as the camera moves horizontally. If you have a shaky hand, this can produce some very noticeable wavy pictures, even with the Active Stabilization enabled. You can see the same effect when using some other large sensor cameras. However, for tripod shots with not too much horizontal fast panning the camera is perfect. One thing to remember - you must use the super fast (94Mb/s) SD cards to record in 4K. The camera tests the cards as you insert them and if the card cannot support the high throughput, the camera will not record in 4k, but drops back to AVCHD HD format. I use 64Gb Sony SDXC-UHS-1 cards and get 2 hours recording time in 4K. Overall an excellent camera but be aware of the shutter wobble issue.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Consumer Video Camera

      Posted
      360Guy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I discovered the Sony FDR AX-100 4K Video camera while viewing ultra high-definition video on Yahoo.com. I had just purchased an Apple iMac 5K Retina Display computer and was wanting to view 4K video with the iMac. I stumbled upon a treasure of 4K videos on Yahoo and after viewing a couple of dozen of them learned that most of them were taken with this camera. I did further research and became quite convinced that I needed this camera on a forthcoming vacation to Disney World. I purchased one from Best Buy and used it at Disney. I used a 128 Gigabyte Class 10 SD Card for storage and came away with a bit over 4 hours of recorded video, all in ultra high definition. What sweet video. The battery lasts 2 hours before needing a recharge. The operational characteristics are like no other video camera I have used. It is so easy to operate. The ability to change manual parameters are so easy to do. When, upon returning home, I was delighted with the results. I encourage anyone who is looking for excellent video recordings/UHD to look into this camera. You can use this camera in 1080p mode as well. I would do it in a heart-beat over again. For once, I feel I have a camera which will stay current a longer period of time as I feel I am a bit ahead of the curve for once. If you get one, I feel you would truly enjoy using it. I recommend obtaining a hand grip which attaches to the tripod location at the bottom of the camera. That way you can control start/stop, zoom and photo taking all from your thumb. Sony makes such a device which is made to use with this camera. Yes, this camera can also take still photos in addition to video.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It is a great 4K for the price

      Posted
      anharo
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This is my first 4K Camera. I have purchased this for travel purpose since I cannot carry the PXW-Z100. So this is a second camera. The past 5 days I have used it for all kinds of videography including broadcast. If you are a serious amateur or a professional who don't want to carry the bulky thing with you, this travels with you like amazingly. The two photo that you see I have added is not still shots but from video frames, Yes, it is that great!!! It is a must to buy a LCS-U30 case for this if you want a fit and go case. This is a beautiful case for 22 dollars but at sony it is for 40 dollars. Bestbuy price matched this for me without any fuss and that makes Best Buy really best store for me. Love the customer service at the local store. They are the friendliest people I know. Thank you for ready and God bless you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great 4K camcorder

      Posted
      Thake
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I purchased this camcorder because I do a lot of green screen studio recording for YouTube content marketing videos. I was using a Digital SLR before, and the auto focus was not cutting it. The good: - the build of this device is very good. Its extremely easy to hold and is not too bulky. - The lens on this is great! The focusing is very good for both studio work but also for sports videography that I do. - Its extremely easy to use in general. My wife picked up how to use this and clicking record and reviewing videos after very easily. - it has all the cables to plug into a TV to watch your videos. - I have a wireless lapel setup, and the mic input works great for plugging it in and bypassing the camcorder microphone. The bad: - the UI touch screen is a little clunky and things seem a little buried. - the camcorder microphone is great if your subjects are very close. But if they are outside of 10ft it is not as clear as I would like. - indoor videos of my new puppy are coming out a little grainy under house lighting which I was a little disappointed in. My iPhone 7 video does a much better job of this. I am still playing with settings to see if there is something I can do here. - the shoe mount is sunk in the housing, which means that you can't attach standard camcorder accessories. There is a converter you can buy for around $15 online to work around this. As the Sony accessories are more expensive than other brands. - the power adapter has a proprietary port. This is frustrating considering this could've used standard AC/DC ports.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Must Have 4K Camera!

      Posted
      castles1108
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Went into the store shopping for a Mophie case, walked out with this beauty instead (Got the mophie the following week) 4K is still in its infancy and will not be a fad, like 3D sadly was, I still use it. 4K is being used as a marketing selling point now, which I personally cant stand, because 4K is actually just the next generation of resolution monitors. All the marketing and hype behind it, in my opinion, is actually hurting its progress more than helping because the average consumer will initially think is just another "marketing" selling point just like 3D came and went faster than anyone could say Avatar 2. For those who already have the new GoPro Hero 4 Black edition who think they are already there, that camera doesn't even compare to the quality that this one pushes. I've owned the Black edition for some months, and although I do enjoy it's quality but above all, it's portability, this Sony Handycam will now be my go-to camera for almost all video occasions. I now plan on using the GoPro as a back up or alternate angle view, or for some POV shots of my son playing with his toys. We still have not invested in a 4K TV, I am personally waiting for the 10 bit televisions to become the next standard, so far the only 10 bit decent tv is the 9500 series that Samsung sells I think, which is a curved monitor, which I am not a fan of by the way. Once that model releases a flat version I will jump on it during a sale unless LG begins to drop the price of it's OLED television which is awesome by the way. I digress though, you will not be disappointed with this camera, and if you don't have any plans on purchasing a 4K TV at all and think that this camera will be of no use to you then think again, the 1080p video this little beast records is some of the best I have ever seen and it can shoot it at 60 fps.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great optics, backward HD compatibility

      Posted
      MarkB
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I purchased this camera to retire a faithful Sony HDR-SR12 HD Camera used for over 5 years. Key objectives were backward compatibility to HD format, utilizing previous camera's accessories and Sony software. Have not used this camera much in 4K format, due to need for 4K video editing software upgrades and loss of 5.1 audio from HD (Camera's 4K only does 2-channel stereo) Pluses: - Optics are excellent, especially compared to previous Sony HD camera offerings. This results in crisper videos, even in HD. - Sony PMB software recognizes camera as easily as previous HD versions. - Have been able to use previous Sony HD-SR12 battery collection with only minor modifications (NP-FH70 can be converted to a NP-FV70 with a pair of needle-nosed pliers). Battery life, due to FDR-AX100 using flash memory has increased drastically. Can now get up to 3 hours from a NP-FV70/converted NP-FH70), where previous hard-drive based Sony HD-SR-12 might have managed 1 hour. - While available reviews lament the camera's heavy size, it it well-balanced, and easier to manage than reviews would indicate. - While available reviews lament the camera's slow focus times particularly in low light, it it still manageable, particularly when compared to the Sony HDR-SR-12 and similar HD cameras. Minuses: None observed when compared to previous generations of Sony cameras. Conclusion: A good move up from previous Sony HD-spec cameras that preserves most hardware and software compatibility.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great camera

      Posted
      Cableguy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The AX100 is really a great camcorder has many professional features and is quite a light package. The camera produces stunning images with crisp detail. The built in audio recording is above average but I decided to purchase the hot shoe mount and I was able to add my XLR shotgun mic and zoom recorder for better audio production. The camera performs well in lowlight however I noticed a little noise which would be expected. I was shocked to find out that when monitoring video through a separate monitor you cannot record in 4K, the screen will go black. 1080i and 1080p records just fine. This was almost a deal breaker however I was able to make up for it by using the cameras built in wifi feature and connecting my smartphone to the built in network. The connection was flawless with no noticeable lag. I'm also able to link my smartphone to the monitor if I need a larger viewing surface. I have to deduct a start because of the 4K recording failure when viewing through a monitor, no internal storage, and no built in XLR component. All in all I am extremely satisfied with the Sony Ax100.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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