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Sony Handycam FDR-AX1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews of Sony Handycam FDR-AX1. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality and price. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the portability. Some have doubts about the reliability and memory.

size, usability, design, price, image quality

memory, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam FDR-AX1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Handycam FDR-AX1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sony Handycam FDR-AX1 from The average user rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the usability and portability. Many are negative about the reliability.

design, portability, usability


50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony FDRAX1 4K Camcorder Video Camera with 20x Optical Zoom with 3.5-Inch LCDSony FDRAX1 4K Camcorder Video Camera with 20x Optical Zoom with 3.5-Inch LCD

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Sony debuts $4.5K 4K camcorder that's part pro, part prosumer


The company's Quad HD resolution camcorder comes with a a pro body and price, but Sony wants to sell it to consumers.

Sep, 2013

Consumer review (

Nice Camera


I was chosen to participate in a short film contest at the Napa Valley Film Festival designed to work out the Sony 4k camera. Each filmmaker was given a Sony AX1 and had 55 hours to write and produce a short film using Sony gear. None of us had seen...

Dec, 2013

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:LPCM
Audio system:
Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Microphone connectivity:
PCM digital audio:16-bit/48 kHz


Battery Type:NP-F970


3D: No
3D compatibility:N
Back light compensation:Y
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder type:Shouldercam
GPS (satellite): No
Minimum illumination:4


Colour of product:Black


Built-in Display:Y
Display diagonal:88.9
Display resolution (numeric):1229000
Touch screen:N
Touchscreen: No


Built-in Flash:N
Shoe mounting point:


Face detection:N
Focus adjustment:Manual
Smile detection:

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):8.3
Optical sensor size:1/0.0906
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:18.9

Lens System

Focal length range (f-f):4.1 - 82
Image stabilizer:Y
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Maximum aperture number:1.6
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):590
Minimum aperture number:3.4
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):29.5
Optical Zoom:20
Wide angle lens system:Y

Light exposure

Scene modes:

Other features

Audio recording formats:
Electrical viewfinder:
Integrated USB cable:
Main camera sensor:
Manual Focus:
Night mode:
Power cord included:
USB port:
Windows operating systems supported:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:PlayMemories Home
Cables included:AV, HDMI, USB
Lens hood:Y
Memory Card Included:XQD
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Ports & interfaces

Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
XLR in:Y

Still image

Image formats supported:


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type:N
Compatible memory cards:XQD
Disc types supported:N
Memory slots:2

Technical Details

Flash exposure compensation:
Lens cover included:
Number of diaphragm blades:


Full HD:Y
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:3840 x 2160
Supported video modes:2160p
Video formats supported:AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4


Viewfinder Type:Electrical

Weight & Dimensions

Height :193

White balance

Indoor white balance:Y
Onepush white balance:Y
Outdoor white balance:Y
White Balance:Indoor, Auto