Sony FDR-AX700 4K Camcorder

by Sony
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SKU 401sonax700

• 4K HDR Video Recording
• 1"-Type Stacked CMOS Sensor
• Bionz X Image Processor
• 273-Point Phase Detection Autofocus
• Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* Lens
• 12x Optical Zoom & 18x Clear Image Zoom
• Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
• 0.39" OLED EVF / 3.5" XtraFine LCD
• High-Speed 120 fps Recording
• S-Log and S-Gamut Picture Profiles
• Remote LANC Port

Videoing and sharing your hunts in 4K just got easier – The Sony FDR-AX700 is not only smaller and lighter than its bigger brothers, it's also more budget-friendly. "4K for $2K." When you stack up the AX700's full 1" Exmor sensor able of capturing cinematic images with a shallow depth-of-field (blurry background) to other handycams they just don't stand a chance. Not to mention the capability of filming super slow-motion at 120fps. This little powerhouse is definitely putting 4K power into the hands of consumers. The FX700 is hunter friendly with the ability to add a Varizoom Remote Control (not included) and dual SD card slots to film all day hunts.

Why film in 4K?
• 4 Times the color clarity and detail
• In post you can zoom up to 200% and maintain HD quality
• You can shoot your video wide and then reframe it in post
• The "warp stabilizer" in post has 4x the amount of information to work with, resulting in less shaky footage.

4K recording has made focusing more difficult. Missed focus becomes exponentially more obvious with the increase in resolution over HD formats. Sony's phase detection autofocus uses 273 points and allows you to lock onto and track the animal as they move through the frame. Focus speed and tracking can be adjusted to fit your hunt and will be able to keep up and maintain sharp focus.

For more advanced users, Sony included S-Log2 and S-Log3 picture profiles alongside their S-Gamut color space. Enabling this functionality grants you greater control over the final image through post-production processing.

For long hunts, the Sony FDR-AX700 includes a 2 to 3 hour battery. Recording in 4K just got easier by keeping the same media that we all love. With all that information that is being recorded with 4K, you will definitely need at least two 64GB SDXC card. And, through in a couple of extra NP-FV70 batteries, you'll have plenty of power to film that recovery after dark!

The Sony FRD-AX700 has a 12x optical zoom that will bring that buck in close, and with the superb optical quality of Sony's lens, he'll look just as good 200 yards out as he will on your wall. Along with its bigger brother, the Sony FDR-AX700 features a manual focus wheel that allows you to manually focus on the buck and not the annoying tree limbs in front! Also, now you have the option to change the function of the wheel from controlling your focus to controlling your zoom. Threads around the lens of the camera allow you to easily extend your zoom capabilities with the addition of a telephoto lens. Don't forget to screw on a UV Filter to protect your lens from scratches and dirt!

This camera features Sony's 1.0" Exmor R CMOS sensor that is great for shooting in dimly lit environments. And with the Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization, no one will never know how much you were shaking when you released your bow! But if you really need proof, how about slowing down that shot by filming that shot at 120fps. To cut down on movement, you can get a Varizoom Remote control that would allow you to control your start/stop record, zoom in and out all with the touch of a remote.

Designed with outdoor videographers in mind, the camcorder also comes with a high quality microphone input. This connection makes it possible to get even better audio with the Rode VideoMic mounted to the camera. But for the professional who wants to capture the best audio you will need XLR shoe adapter kit to allow you to use a shotgun microphone and wireless microphone at the same time! And, if you plug in a good set of headphones, you may even hear that bruiser coming before you see him!

After the hunt's over, insert your SDHC card into your computer. A little basic editing with a user-friendly software and you're ready to show the world through Facebook, Youtube, or even DVD. Recording and sharing your adventures has never been easier!

4K HDR Video Recording
Recording in HDR using Hybrid-Log Gamma (HLG) enables you to record and display wider ranges of exposure and color than normally available in SDR media. Without extra processing, HDR recordings can be enjoyed by simply connecting the camera to an HLG-compatible Sony TV using a USB cable.

XAVC S Recording Format
The XAVC S format is used for 4K and HD recording. Bit rates of up to 100 Mbps for 4K, and 50 Mbps for Full HD recording, ensure detailed video with minimal compression noise. 100 Mbps recording is also available at 120 fps in Full HD, so high-quality slow-motion sequences can be created during post-processing.

Proxy Recording
Speed up your editing and delivery with the option of onboard proxy recording. Lower-resolution proxy files are captured alongside full-resolution 4K video, for easy sharing and online collaboration, as well as more efficient editing on under-powered computers. When you're ready, simply substitute the proxy files with the full-resolution ones to finalize your video.

Slow and Quick Motion
Enjoy creative ways to express time's passage. The Super Slow Motion and Slow & Quick Motion let you capture motion in the blink of an eye, at up to 960 fps in NTSC or 1000 fps in PAL (40x super slow motion), or in compelling time-lapse sequences, captured at 1 fps for playback at up to 60x natural speed.

S-Gamut and S-Log Picture Profiles
S-Gamut and S-Log shooting gives you more flexibility to custom-tailor your images by performing color grading in post-production. S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma provide wide dynamic range shooting (1300%), to minimize blown highlights and crushed blacks.

While exposure may be more difficult to judge off the LCD and EVF, exposure zebras are available, indicating areas of overexposure using clear stripes on the image preview. An adjustable level lets you accurately dial in the ideal exposure for everything from skin tones to sunlit landscapes.

Timecode / User Bit
For professional workflows and multicamera editing requirements, standard SMPTE Timecode and User Bit can be included with your recordings. With embedded timecode, synchronizing multiple cameras for editing is incredibly simple, while custom eight-digit User Bit codes allow fast indexing and media management on larger projects.

Wide Coverage
Up to 273 phase-detection focus points cover over 80% of the entire image area. This makes autofocus coverage widespread and dense enough to quickly capture subjects, such as fast-moving ones that are otherwise difficult to focus on.

Focus Tracking
Easily keep track of your focus areas with phase-detection AF frames around in-focus subjects. Switching between focus points is seamless as well, with a simple touch on the screen to select a new focus target.

Five levels of AF Subject Switching Sensitivity are available. The Responsive setting allows the camera to switch quickly among multiple subjects or focus points, while the Locked-On setting favors a single subject.

Adjustable Tracking Depth Range
Select an AF tracking depth configuration within a range from "1" to "5"—from the narrowest setting for relatively little movement, to the widest setting for relatively dynamic movement. This lets you take advantage of specific ways to track subjects according to your expressive intentions, subject movement, and shooting conditions.

The OLED electronic viewfinder allows for confident compositions. Its wide contrast and color reproduction help accurately represent the image to be recorded.
The 3.5" touchscreen LCD panel provides a convenient way to monitor your compositions. Not only can the touch functionality be used for menu navigation, but focus points can be selected as well.

Manual Lens Ring
Using the switch on the side, the lens ring facilitates smooth and precise manual adjustment of either focus or zoom.

Manual Dial

The manual dial and buttons on the side of the body allow for swift, easy adjustment of iris (aperture), gain/ISO, and shutter speed.

Built-In ND Filters
Choose among Clear, 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64 Neutral Density filters to adjust the light level entering the lens. This gives video makers the freedom to precisely control shutter speed and aperture for greater creative possibilities. Utilize the ND filters outdoors to open up the lens and create out-of-focus backgrounds.

Dual Memory Card Slots
Dual slots for SD card and SD card/Memory Stick support, with both simultaneous and relay recording. Use relay mode where long recording sessions need to span across both cards; for critical recordings, the simultaneous recording mode provides a backup for improved flexibility in client and production workflows.

The built-in LANC port allows connection to a LANC-compatible accessory, so you can control the camcorder remotely.

4K HDMI Output
Send clean 4K video to external monitors and even off-board recorders, or simply enjoy your recordings on a TV, with the HDMI output. The full-size (Type-A) HDMI terminal provides a more secure connection than commonly-found Mini or micro-HDMI terminals.

MI (Multi-Interface) Accessory Shoe
The MI Shoe is compatible with various general-purpose accessories, and further expands the camcorder's shooting capabilities in a range of situations.

• Sony FDR-AX700 4K Camcorder
• NP-FV70A V-Series Battery Pack for Handycam Camcorders (1900mAh)
• AC Adapter with Power Cord
• Remote Control with Battery
• Lens Hood
• Lens Cap
• Large Eyecup
• Limited 1-Year Warranty
• User Guide PDF 4.1MB

Sensor 1-Chip 1" CMOS Sensor
Effective Pixels 14.2 MP (16:9 Video)
14.2 MP (16:9 Photo)
12 MP (3:2 Photo)
Focal Length 9.3 to 111.6mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 29 - 348 at 16:9 (Video/Photo)
32.8 - 393.6 at 3:2 (Photo)
Optical Zoom Ratio Optical: 12x
Clear Image Zoom: 18x 4K
Clear Image Zoom: 24x (in HD)
Digital: 192x
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 - f/4.5
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
Filter Size 62mm
Built-in ND Filters Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Broadcast System Compatibility NTSC
Recording Media (2) Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video Format

3840 x 2160 at 24/25/30 fps (60, 100 Mb/s XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 100/120 fps (60, 100 Mb/s XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 24/25/30/50/60 fps (16, 50 Mb/s XAVC S)
1280 x 720 at 24/25/30/50/60 fps (9 Mb/s XAVC S)
640 x 360 at 24/25/30/50/60 fps (3 Mb/s XAVC S)
1920 x 1080i at 50/60 fps (17, 24 Mb/s AVCHD)
1440 x 1080i at 50/60 fps (5 Mb/s AVCHD)

Aspect Ratio 16:9
Slow Motion Mode 1000 fps Recorded at 1920 x 1080p
960 fps Recorded at 1920 x 1080p
500 fps Recorded at 1920 x 1080p
480 fps Recorded at 1920 x 1080p
250 fps Recorded at 1920 x 1080p
240 fps Recorded at 1920 x 1080p
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 14.2 Megapixel, 5042 x 2824 (16:9)
JPEG: 12 Megapixel, 4240 x 2824 (3:2)
Channels 2.0 - Channel Stereo
Audio Format AAC-LC
Dolby Digital 2ch
Dolby Digital AC3
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.5"
Screen Resolution 1,555,000 Dots
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Rotation Opening Angle: 90º
Turning Angle: 270º
Screen Size .39"
EVF Resolution 2,359,296 Dots
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed 1/8 - 1/10000 Second (Video)
Exposure Metering Multi, Spot
Shooting Modes Auto
M (manual)
Remote Control Port LANC
Image Stabilization Optical
Scene Modes Preset: Yes
White Balance Modes Auto
Creative Effects Yes
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker


Built-in Light/Flash No
Wi-Fi Yes
Accessory Shoe (1) Multi Interface Shoe
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs (1) 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini Jack Microphone
(1) LANC Terminal
Outputs (1) Composite Video (Requires separately available cable)
(1) 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini Jack Headphone
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Charging Time 2.8 Hours
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.6 x 3.5 x 7.7"
Weight 2.06 lbs

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