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The serious enthusiast
Handycam® camcorder with XAVC S 4K, Fast Hybrid AF, Instant HDR
If you’ve ever been astonished by the depth and beauty of 4K High Dynamic Range, if you’ve ever longed to achieve these results for your own projects, Sony has the ideal camera. Presenting the FDR-AX700. Small as it is, it packs the most power we’ve ever built into a palm-sized Handycam® camera. With advances like 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, Instant HDR, a generous 1” (1.0-type) image sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus, this is the perfect tool for making unforgettable videos.
- Fast Hybrid AF with 273 points and wide AF coverage
- Instant HDR workflow with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)
- S-Gamut3/S-Log3 recording, Picture Profile, Proxy Recording
- 1” (1.0-type) stacked Exmor RS® CMOS sensor and BIONZ X™ processor
- 29mm Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* lens (35mm equivalent) with 12x optical zoom/24x Clear Image Zoom
- 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® capability for wireless remote control
- 2.4 GHz Ustream™ live streaming
- Bright, high resolution 2,359K dot OLED viewfinder
- Touchscreen 3.5-type LCD monitor with 1550K dots
The FDR-AX700 opens up new creative horizons
Step up to 4K resolution (3840 x 2160). Sony’s XAVC-S 4K recording combines spectacular pictures and easy editing, In HD, you’ve got a choice of XAVC-S or AVCHD® recording. Fast Hybrid AF tracks faces and fast-moving subjects for consistent, tack-sharp focus. And Sony’s Instant HDR excels on both HDR and conventional televisions.
Large, 1” back illuminated Exmor RS® stacked CMOS sensor
This large 1” (1.0-type) back illuminated Exmor RS® stacked image sensor with DRAM chip not only enhances efficiency and speed of A/D conversion through its stacked structure due to more circuit sections; it also realizes super-fast readout speed - thanks to a DRAM chip integrated into the sensor structure. Together with the BIONZ X® processing engine and front-end LSI, it allows for stunning 4K1 (3840 x 2160) with fast AF and AE tracking, and super slow-motion HFR2 (High Frame Rate) movie clip recording of up to 960fps (40x), not to mention remarkable low-light low-noise capability. The large sensor makes for more cinematic imagery, with the blurred backgrounds that cinematographers cherish.
Incredibly fast, Hybrid Auto Focus
The FDR-AX700 An extraordinarily accurate AF system Using 273 focus points covering 84% of the frame, the system combines the strengths of both Phase Detection AF and Contrast Detection AF for unsurpassed results. Focus is always important, especially in large-sensor 4K imaging. With its powerful high-speed BIONZ X image processing engine and advanced new movie AF algorithm, the FDR-AX700 can hold focus even on fast-moving subjects such as sports, pets or children at play. Refinements like 4K face detection and object tracking technology make it easy to follow your subject.
4K1 movie w/ direct pixel readout, no pixel binning and fast AF
The FDR-AX700 offers the advantages of 4K1 (QFHD 3840 x 2160) movie recording, with full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K6 movie output ensuring that all the finest details are captured accurately. Utilizing the XAVC S™ codec to record video at a high data rates, users have the option of shooting at either 24p or 30p in 4K mode up to 100mpbs, or in frame rates of up to 120p in Full HD up to 50mbps.
The detail of 4K, the beauty of HDR2
4K High Dynamic Range2 astonishes viewers with visual depth and impact that are less like conventional movies and television – and more like real life. With the ability to reproduce images from deep shadows to piercing highlights, 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) is astonishing. With Instant HDR, a first in palm-sized cameras, the FDR-AX700 empowers you to capture High Dynamic Range without complex post production. Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) recording captures HDR, yet plays back beautifully on both HDR and conventional televisions. For added versatility, the camera also provides S-Log3 encoding.
- Stunning 1-120 fps continuous Slow & Quick Motion in Full HD
- 960 fps Super Slow Motion in burst mode
- XAVC™ L recording at up to 100 Mbps (PXW-Z90V only)
- Detachable handle with XLR inputs, second record button and second zoom lever (PXW-Z90V and HXR-NX80 only)
- Body-mounted stereo mini jack mic input
- 2.4 / 5 GHz advanced networking with support for XDCAM® air production system (PXW-Z90V only)
- Dual media slots with Relay and Simul recording modes
ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T* 12x optical zoom lens
The FDR-AX700 comes equipped with a ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 29-348 (35mm equivalent) lens that delivers corner to corner sharpness with beautiful defocused background bokeh. Not only is this 29mm wide-angle lens ideal for capturing grand landscapes, but it covers wide-ranging image expression thanks to maximum 12x optical zoom and 24x Clear Image zoom (18x in 4k). Lens ring enables smooth, natural adjustment of focus or zoom, depending on mode.
Compact size, packed with pro features
The FDR-AX700 has a variety of features for professional production, including Picture Profiles, S-Log3/S-Gamut3, Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, Time Code / User Bit and more, as well as input for external microphone via MI (multi-interface) shoe or mic jack and output for headphone monitoring. Focus and exposure can be monitored for fine control with peaking function and zebra respectfully. You also have the choice of region setting between NTSC and PAL movie frame rates. The AX700 uses XAVC® S for detailed recording up to 100 Mbps in 4K or HD and AVCHD® recording for HD.
Super Slow Motion and Slow & Quick Motion
Enjoy creative ways to express time’s passage with Super Slow Motion and Slow & Quick Motion3. Super Slow Motion (HFR) high frame rate lets you shoot short bursts of 960fps, 480fps or 240fps capture rates to playback at 1920 x 1080, in either 60p, 30p or 24p for up to 40x super slow motion. Slow & Quick Motion allows you to set continuous recording frames rates from 1 to 120p for time lapse to slow motion in eight selectable steps.
Dual media slots with Relay and Simultaneous recording modes
To extend recording time and flexibility, the camera provides two slots for SDXC™ and SDHC™ cards. Slot 1 is also compatible with Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (Mark 2) / PRO-HG Duo™ cards. To take advantage, Relay mode automatically switches recording to the second memory card when the first is full. Simul mode enables simultaneous recording to two memory cards (for example to create an immediate back-up version).
Built-in ND filters
The FDR-AX700 makes it easy to take advantage of shallow depth of field even in exterior day shoots. There’s no need to carry and mount external Neutral Density (ND) filters. Choose among Clear, 1/4 (2 Stops), 1/16 (4 Stops) and 1/64 (6 Stops) Neutral Density filters to adjust the light level entering the lens.
2.4 GHz wireless networking
The FDR-AX700 comes with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi as standard. Simply turn on and log onto your preferred network to enjoy advanced wireless capabilities. Ustream® Direct Streaming enables you to share scenes as they happen with high quality picture and sound. No switcher required. Smartphone or tablet remote control. You can operate the camera – and view the image – from a smartphone or tablet using Sony’s free Content Browser Mobile™ app (requires iOS 9.0 - 10.3 or Android 4.4 - 7.1 operating system). You can even connect compatible devices with one-touch NFC authentication.
Bright, high resolution 2,359K dot OLED Tru-Finder™ viewfinder
For precise manual focus, Sony’s 0.39-type OLED viewfinder combines high brightness and contrast with the resolution of 2359K dots. The highly responsive viewfinder also eliminates color breaking.
Large 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD™ (1,550K)
The 3.5” (16:9) Xtra Fine LCD™ screen (1,550K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene.
Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe
The FDR-AX700 takes advantage of Sony’s flexible Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe, which provides power, signal connections and coordinated on/off switching to compatible accessories. For example, you can connect and control Sony’s 2-channel UWP-D Series wireless microphone systems4.
Wired remote interface
You can control Focus, Zoom, Rec Start/Stop and Rec Review via the LANC wired remote interface and an accessory controller4 like the RM-1BP or RM-30BP, sold separately. With this interface, the camera forms a powerful, yet simple live solution with the RM-30BP and MCX-500 multi camera live producer, both sold separately.
Simple live solution
The FDR-AX700 can also function in professional live production with the MCX-500 multi camera live producer and the companion RM-30BP remote control. In this system, a Tally indicator will automatically appear on each camera’s LCD panel and viewfinder. A red icon indicates when the shot is live (PGM) while Green indicates preview mode (NEXT). The MCX-500 supports up to nine video inputs, five stereo inputs including XLR.
There are both internal recording and live streaming via Ustream, Facebook Live and YouTube Live. (Facebook Live and YouTube Live require V2.0 firmware.). You can also synchronize timecode among multiple camcorders using our free Content Browser Mobile™ 3.0 app with optional CBKZ-WTCL upgrade and devices running iOS® (9.0 - 10.3) or Android® (4.4 - 7.1) operating systems. Sync to your choice of camcorder or to a time that you determine.
FDR-AX700 4K Handycam Camcorder
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70A)
Remote Commander (RMT-835 with Battery (CR2025))
|Product Series||Handycam® camcorder|
|Primary application||Advanced amateur|
|Exmor RS® CMOS sensor||1.0-type|
|Sensor resolution, effective||14.2 megapixels|
|High sensitivity, Low Lux Mode||1.7 lux|
|Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF||Yes|
|Phase Detection AF points||273|
|Instant HDR workflow||Yes|
|High Frame Rates: Continuous||Up to 120 fps|
|High Frame Rates: Burst Mode||Up to 960 fps|
|4K recording||3840 x 2160|
|Full HD recording||1920 x 1080|
|XAVC® L recording||-|
|XAVC S recording||4K and HD|
|MPEG 2 HD recording||-|
|Wireless streaming||2.4 GHz|
|Wireless remote control and monitoring via app||Yes|
|Ustream™ live streaming support||Yes|
|XDCAM air system||-|
|Sony’s QoS streaming||-|
|Wireless FTP file transfers||-|
|Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* lens||12x optical zoom|
|Wide angle (35 mm equiv.)||29mm|
|Clear Image Zoom||18x (4K), 24x (HD)|
|2x Digital Extender||Yes|
|Supports Sony’s simple live solution with MCX-500, RM-30BP||Yes|
|Detachable handle with XLR inputs||-|
|Body mounted XLR input||-|
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Sony FDRAX700 4K Handycam Camcorder
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