Sony FDRAX1 4K Camcorder Video Camera with 20x Optical Zoom with 3.5-Inch LCD

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Expert Review

The FDR-AX1 is a powerful tool with 4K internal recording up to 60 fps off of an Exmor 8.3MP CMOS sensor. One of the things making this camera great for professionals and home users alike is the array of function buttons around the camera giving easy access to many key options. Built in ND filters and a built in microphone with dual XLR jacks provide great audio recording options. The camera also has independent focus, zoom, and iris rings allowing for intuitive handling. For those a little intimidated by all of the manual functions on this camera, it also has an auto mode which will do some of the legwork for you.

The image details you get from this camera are great with its high resolution and high bit rate codec, but there are still issues with aliasing and dynamic range. Low light is also a problem for this camera due to its sensitivity and limited dynamic range. While there are a handful of downsides to the AX1, the ability to capture 4K cheaply and easily might be a game changer for some individuals.Rating: 4.75/5

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