Sony has finally taken wraps off of its FDR-AX1 4K camcorder that we first saw back at CES 2013. The Sony FDR-AX1 captures 3840 x 2160 4K video with the XAVC S codec. It captures 4K video at 150Mbps and 1080p video at 50Mbps.
The FDR-AX1 features dual XQD card slots for fast write speeds at these higher bit rates, while the XAVC S format allows nearly 2 hours of 4K footage to be captured on a single 64GB XQD card (or almost 3 hours of 1080/60p footage on a single card). The cards are also hot swappable, so you can replace one card while the other is recording.
The FDR-AX1 features a 1/2.3″ Exmor R CMOS sensor and delivers 4K at up to 60 fps. The 20x Sony G lens proves a 35-equivalent zoom range of 31.5-630mm. The camcorder also sports a built-in stereo mic as well as dual XLR inputs. A built-in ND filter offers 1/4 – 1/16 and 1/64 settings.
Perhaps the best news about the Sony FDR-AX1 is its $4500 price tag, which includes a copy of Vegas Pro 12 Edit and a 32GB XQD card. Check it out here at B&H Photo.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0BRhb1wkhPY&w=640&h=360]