Sony has introduced a new camcorder, called FDR-AX1E, which is capable of shooting 4K videos for a price well under $5,000.
Recording videos at 4K resolution is not exactly “handy”, as devices capable of achieving such a treat are pretty expensive. However, an important goal for digital camera makers has always been to cut down costs. It seems like Sony has finally delivered, thanks to the brand new FDR-AX1E camcorder, which has been announced right after the QX100 and QX10 lens-style cameras.
Sony reveals FDR-AX1E Handycam 4K video camcorder
The Sony FDR-AX1E has become the company’s first 4K video camcorder for consumers. It will join the Handycam lineup and it will provide unparalleled image quality to beginner videographers.
The camera features a 1/2.3″-type Exmor R CMOS 8.3-megapixel image sensor capable of recording videos at 3840 x 2160 resolution and a rate of 60 frames per second. Nevertheless, it can capture full HD videos at 60fps.
Sony FDR-AX1E features take you closer to the scene with 20x optical zoom lens
Sony has revealed that the FDR-AX1E Handycam employs a 31.5-630mm f/1.6-3.4 lens for the 35mm full frame equivalent. Its 20x optical zoom will ensure that videographers remain close to the scene even if they are actually very far away from the subject.
The 4K video camcorder comes with Contrast AF and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technologies. A 3.5-inch 1,229K-dot Xtra Fine LCD screen is on the camera, allowing users to review the shooting settings.
Camcorder can store two hours of 4K footage thanks to a couple of 64GB QXD cards
The Sony FDR-AX1E captures movies in the XAVC-S format, compressing videos in MPEG-4/H.264 Long GOP and audio in Linear PCM, respectively.
The resulting files will be available in the MP4 format on a pair of 64GB QXD cards. Speaking of which, users can fill the two QXD cards with two hours of 4K recordings.
Capturing videos at full HD quality will provide one more hour of footage, taking the total to three hours.
Sony to release FDR-AX1E 4K video camera this October for $4,499.99
This Handycam is not very big or very heavy. It is sized at 189 x 193 x 362mm and weighs 2,770 grams with the battery included.
Sony FDR-AX1E 4K video camcorder has been scheduled for an October release date. Its price will stand at $4,499.99, which is a first as no other 4K-ready shooter has been pushed on the market for this amount.
In order to make the deal even sweeter, the Japan-based corporation will add a 32GB QXD card in the package along with the Vegas Pro 12 Edit program.
It can already be pre-ordered at Amazon for a price of $4,498. The retailer claims that shipping will begin as of October 14, which is not such a long wait after all.