Sony 4K Handycam FDR-AX1 offers UHD recording in a small form factor

As the price of 4K televisions drop and related devices expand, the demand for consumer-level Ultra HD camcorders is increasing, with such functionality even making its way onto a few smartphones. Today Sony has introduced, in addition to its latest Action Cam model, the FDR-AX100, it's first compact 4K Handycam camcorder.

As far as size goes, the new model trumps the previous FDR-AX1 model by measuring in at 74-percent smaller and 66-percent lighter. The Handycam features a back-illuminated 14.2-megapixel 1-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, and can record in 4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 pixels. There's also a bokeh functionality when taking images, which is possible in low-light as well as regularly lighting situations.

This Handycam model is powered by the BIONZ X processor with area-specific noise reduction and similar footage-boosting features. The processor supports both 24p and 30p recording modes, as well as slow-motion 120p. Beyond this, the camera also features a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens that is 29mm wide-angle, accompanied by 12x optical zoom and Clear Image zoom. The viewfinder is an LED Tru-Finder, and the LCD measures in at 3.5-inches.

Said Sony's Director of Camcorder Business Patrick Huang: "The innovative new AX100 4K camcorder is a natural extension of our popular ecosystem of 4K products. With unparalleled performance, it's the perfect device for enthusiasts, hobbyists and even professionals looking for a more affordable, compact and high performance 4K video solution."