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Sony FDR-AX700 4K Handycam Camcorder with 1 Sensor


About Sony FDR-AX700

Handycam® Camcorder with XAVC S 4K

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) resolutionInstant HDR, a generous 1” (1.0-type) image sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus, this is the perfect tool for making unforgettable videos.

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Amazing, Fast Hybrid Auto Focus

Focus is always important. And it’s especially critical in large-sensor 4K production. The FDR-AX700 exceeds the need with Sony’s remarkable Fast Hybrid Auto Focus system. Using 273 focus points covering 84% of the frame, the system combines the strengths of both Phase Detection and Contrast Detection for unsurpassed results. You can hold focus even on fast-moving subjects such as sports, breaking news or children at play. Refinements like 4K face detection and object tracking technology make it easy for a director or journalist to follow a subject.

The detail of 4K, the beauty of HDR

4K High Dynamic Range is sweeping the television market — and gaining the attention of more and more producers. The FDR-AX700 and its professional siblings (the HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90V) are the first palm-sized cameras to deliver stunning 4K HDR.. Sony’s choice of Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) means that your results will look amazing on both HDR and conventional televisions – without additional color correction.

120 fps continuous High Frame Rates

High Frame Rate shots can turn everyday actions into slow motion ballet. The FDR-AX700 delivers continuous 1-120 frames per second (fps) Slow & Quick Motion in Full HD. For 24p projects, the result is gorgeous 5x slow motion. There’s more. You also get beautiful time lapse sequences down to 1 fps. In burst mode recording, the camera achieves even higher frame rates: up to 960 fps at specific resolutions.

Remarkable 1” (1.0-type) Exmor RS® sensor

To deliver unprecedented performance, the camera features an unprecedented 1” (1.0-type) stacked image sensor. The difference is substantial.

  • More cinematic. Compared to smaller 1/3 or 1/4 type sensors, the 1” (1.0-type) delivers more beautiful background defocusing (bokeh). So you can focus on what you want to show and defocus the rest.
  • Phenomenal low light performance. The sensor features 20 megapixels (14.2 MP effective). Yet thanks to the uncommonly large sensor area and back illumination, low light performance is impressive. Minimum illumination is 1.7 lux (in Low Lux mode).
  • Faster. Sony’s “stacked” sensor design incorporates memory, doubling the readout speed compared to a conventional 1” (1.0-type) sensor. This explains the camera’s ability to capture up to 120 fps continuous in Full HD or capture 4K reading out all the pixels without binning. Sony also separates the circuit layer from the pixel layer to optimize high-speed performance. And we matched the sensor to the BIONZ X™ processor and a front-end LSI, both of which help deliver autofocus speed and precision.

    Large, 1” (1.0-type) image sensor

    The 1” (1.0-type) image sensor of the FDR-AX700 dwarfs the 1/2 or 1/3-type image sensors commonly used in palm-sized camcorders. The large sensor makes for more cinematic imagery, with the blurred backgrounds that cinematographers cherish. Technical advances also boost resolution (14.2 megapixels effective), low-light performance (1.7 lux in Low Lux mode) and speed (120 fps in Full HD).

    Fast Hybrid Auto Focus conquers action

    Fast or unpredictable subject motion can trip up the Contrast Detection auto focus of conventional camcorders. The FDR-AX700 stays ahead of the action using Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF). This system combines both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection. So you can lock onto even fast-moving, unpredictable subjects from sports and dance to pets and children. Advanced features work together seamlessly to capture fast-moving subjects with consistent sharpness.

    • Wide AF coverage. For precise focus tracking across the shooting frame, the Exmor RS sensor provides 273 phase detection AF points with dense coverage across 84% of the image area.
    • Fast AF response. Combining phase detection, contrast detection and Sony’s high-speed BIONZ X™ imaging engine, the FDR-AX700 tracks even fast-moving subjects.
    • Reliable subject tracking. High-speed data readout, fast processing and a refined AF algorithm provides precise, reliable subject tracking.
    • Easy AF subject selection. The LCD monitor shows AF frames around in-focus subjects. To select a new focus target, simply touch the LCD screen.
    • AF tracking depth. Select from five levels of depth to track fast or slow-moving subjects without switching to subjects nearby.
    • AF subject switching sensitivity. Select from 1 (Locked On) to 5 (Responsive) for switching subjects as you recompose shots.

      Instant High Dynamic Range (HDR)

      With the ability to reproduce images from deep shadows to piercing highlights, 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) is astonishing. With Instant HDR, 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.

      Up to 120 fps continuous High Frame Rates

      High Frame Rate shots can turn everyday actions into slow motion ballet. The FDR-AX700 delivers continuous 1-120 frames per second (fps) Slow & Quick Motion in Full HD. For 24p projects, the result is gorgeous 5x slow motion. There’s no sacrifice in bit depth and no “windowing” of the sensor. Compared to normal frame rates, there’s no crop factor, no loss in angle of view. You also get beautiful time lapse sequences down to 1 fps. And burst mode recording offers even higher frame rates – 240 fps, 480 fps and 960 fps – at specific resolutions.

      Capture 4K and Full HD

      The FDR-AX700 records 4K (3840 x 2160) using the advanced XAVC-S codec at 100 Mbps. And you can capture XAVC-S Full HD. This sophisticated recording system combines stunning picture quality with workflow flexibility and storage efficiency. For compatibility with legacy systems, the camera also offers AVCHD recording.

      2.4 / 5 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 production.

      • 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.

        Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 12x zoom lens


        A camera as advanced as the PXW-NX80 deserves an equally sophisticated lens. That’s why Sony fixed a Zeiss® lens of impressive capabilities.

        • 29 mm wide-angle zoom (35 mm equivalent) is ideal for capturing panoramic landscapes.
        • Zeiss T* coatings. This is a Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® lens with the legendary T* (T-star) coatings, for impressive contrast and resolution.
        • 12x optical zoom, 24x with Clear Image zoom, 48x with Digital Extender. The 12x optical zoom increases seamlessly to 18x (in 4K) or 24x (in Full HD) thanks to the Super Resolution technology of Sony’s Clear Image Zoom. The Digital Extender doubles this range yet again, up to 48x in Full HD.
        • Lens ring enables smooth, natural adjustment of focus or zoom, depending on mode. A manual dial and buttons on the side of the body enable swift and easy adjustment of iris, ISO/Gain and shutter speed.

          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. The built-in ND filter wheel has positions for Clear, 1/4 (2 Stops), 1/16 (4 Stops) and 1/64 (6 Stops).

          Wired remote interface

          You can control Focus, Zoom, Rec Start/Stop and Rec Review via the LANC wired remote interface and an accessory controller 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


          Sony had a game-changing idea: enable a single operator to run a multi-camera live production. The result was a robust, cost-effective switcher, 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 mixing between eight video sources, four stereo embedded audio channels plus two XLR Inputs, and a dedicated Title Input. 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.

          High-resolution OLED 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. For added flexibility in composing shots, Sony supplements the viewfinder with a 3.5-type 1550K dot touchscreen LCD monitor.

          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 systems (sold separately).

          Dual media slots

          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).


Key Features

  • Resolution: 4K
  • Features: Built-In Microphone, Mic Input, Shoot & Share, Touch Screen LCD, Wi-Fi
  • Recording Media: Uses Secure Digital (SD)
  • Video Standard: NTSC, PAL
  • Model: Model# FDR-AX700
  • Configuration: Includes Camcorder Only
  • Ergonomics: Palmheld
  • Zoom Type: Optical Zoom


Sony FDR-AX700 Specifications

Sensor Type
1.0-type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels (Video)
Approx.14.2 M pixels(16:9)
Effective Pixels (Still Image)
Approx. 14.2M pixels(16:9)/Approx. 12.0M pixels(3:2)
Image Processor
BIONZ X image processor
Lens Type
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T*
Filter Diameter
2.44 in
Lens Cover
Lens Cap
Focal Distance
f = 9.3-111.6mm
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) (Video)
f=29.0-348.0mm (16:9)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
f=29.0-348.0mm(16:9),f=32.8-393.6mm(3:2) (Still Image)
Minimum Focus Distance
Approx. 0.39 in (Wide), approx. 39.37 in (Tele), Approx. 13/32 inch (Wide), Approx. 39 3/8 inch(Tele)
Iris Diaphragm
7 blades
ND Filter
OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Clear Image Zoom
4K: 18x, HD: 24x
Viewfinder Type
1.0 cm (0.39 type) OLED/Color 2,359,296 dots equivalent
Field of View
Diopter adjustment
Screen Type
8.8 cm(3.5 type) Xtra Fine LCD display (1,555K) Wide (16:9)
Touch Panel
Brightness Control
Yes (Menu)
Marker/Grid Display
Angle Adjustment
Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Image Stabilization Type
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Focus Type
Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Focus Points
Max. 273 points (phase-detection AF)
AF Drive Speed
Yes(7 steps)
AF Subject Track Set
Yes(AF Tracking Depth(5 steps), AF Subject Switching Sensitivity(5 steps))
Focus Mode
Auto/Manual(Touch Panel/Dial)
Focus Area
Wide/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot
Phase AF Frames
Yes (On/Off)
Fast Intelligent AF
Lock-On AF
Manual Focus Assist
Magnified display for precise manual focus (x4/x8), Peaking Display
Auto, Flexible Spot(Touch Panel), Manual(Dial/Menu)
Metering Modes
Exposure Compensation
AE Shift (Dial/Touch Panel)
Auto Iris Control
Manual Iris Control
Manual Exposure Assist
Zebra Pattern Display
Backlight Compensation
Yes (Auto)
Gain Control
AGC Limit
Minimum Illumination
[NTSC] Standard: 3 lux(1/60 Shutter Speed), Low Lux 1.7 lux(1/30 Shutter Speed), NightShot: 0 lux(1/60 Shutter Speed), [PAL] Standard: 3 lux(1/50 Shutter Speed), Low Lux 1.7 lux (1/25 Shutter Speed), NightShot: 0 lux(1/50 Shutter Speed)
Auto Control Range
[NTSC] 1/8-1/10000 [PAL] 1/6-1/10000
[NTSC] 1/60-1/10000 [PAL] 1/50-1/10000
Manual Iris Control(Photo Mode)
[NTSC] 1/60-1/10000 [PAL] 1/50-1/10000
Manual Shutter
[NTSC] 1/8-1/10000 [PAL] 1/6-1/10000
Smooth Slow
White Balance Modes
Auto/Onepush A/Onepush B/Outdoor/Indoor/WB Temp
White Balance Shift
Yes(Outdoor -7 to +7 15 steps)
Flash Metering System
Flash Compensation
Flash Mode
Media Type
AVCHD, Still: Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher), XAVC S 4K (100 Mbps): SDXC Memory Card(UHS-I U3), XAVC S 4K(60 Mbps): SDXC Memory Card(Class 10 or Higher), XAVC S HD: SDXC Memory Card(Class 10 or Higher)
Internal Media
Recording Format (Video)
AVCHD format ver. 2.0 compatible: MPEG4-AVC/H.264, XAVC S format: MPEG4-AVC/H264, XAVC S Proxy: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Video Resolution
[NTSC] XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160/30p, 24p XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080/120p, 60p, 30p, 24p AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/60i (FX, FH), 1440 x 1080/60i (LP) XAVC S Proxy: 1280 x 720/60p, 30p, 24p, 640 x 360 60p, 30p, 24p [PAL] XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160/25p XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080/100p, 50p, 25p AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/50i (FX, FH), 1440 x 1080/50i (LP) XAVC S Proxy: 1280×720/50p,25p, 640×360/50p,25p
Slow & Quick Motion (S&Q)
[NTST] Rec Format 4K: 30p, 24p/HD: 60p, 30p, 24p Frame Rate 4K: 1fps, 2fps, 4fps, 8fps, 15fps, 30fps Frame Rate HD: 1fps, 2fps, 4fps, 8fps,15fps, 30fps, 60fps, 120fps [PAL] Rec Format 4K: 25p/HD: 50p, 25p Frame Rate 4K: 1fps, 2fps, 3fps, 6fps, 12fps, 25fps/HD: 1fps, 2fps, 3fps, 6fps, 12fps, 25fps, 50fps, 100fps
Super Slow Motion (SS)
[NTSC] Rec Format HD: 60p, 30p, 24p Frame Rate HD: 240fps, 480fps, 960fps [PAL] Rec Format HD: 50p, 25p Frame Rate HD: 250fps, 500fps, 1,000fps
Video Recording Rate (ABR / VBR)
XAVC S 4K: Approx. 100 Mbps, 60 Mbps , XAVC S HD: Approx. 100 Mbps (1,920 x 1,080/120p, 100p), 60 Mbps (1,920 x 1,080/120p, 100p), 50 Mbps, 25 Mbps, 16 Mbps/ AVCHD FX: Approx. 24 Mbps, FH: Approx. 17 Mbps, LP: Approx. 5 Mbps , XAVC S Proxy: Approx. 9 Mbps (1,280 x 720)/Approx. 3 Mbps (640 x 360)
Recording Format (Still Image)
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline-compliant)
Picture Profile
Yes (Off/PP1-PP10) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Standard, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709(800%), S-Log2, S-Log3, HLG, HLG1-3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode (Standard, Still, Cinema, Pro, ITU709 Matrix, B/W, S-Gamut, S-Gamut3.Cine, S-Gamut3), Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Color Correction, WB Shift, Detail, Copy, Reset
Proxy Recording
Still Image Size (Photo Mode)
12.0 megapixels 3:2 (4,240 x 2,824), 14.2 megapixels 16:9 (5,024 x 2,824)
Built-in Stereo Microphone
Audio Recording Format
Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator , MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch , MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch (48 kHz/16 bit)
Mic Level Control
Yes (31 steps)
Auto Wind Noise Reduction
My Voice Canceling
Monaural Speaker
High Speed Rec
Scene Selection
Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach
NightShot infrared System
Time Code/User Bit
Other Functions
Face Detection, Intelligent Auto(Portrait/Baby/Walk/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light)
Fast Playback
About 5 times/10 times/30 times/60 times
Slow Playback
Forward: 1/5 speed, Reverse: 1/2 speed
Trimming Playback
Motion Shot Video
Slide Show (Still Image)
Light Output
Resolution Output
Projected Image Size
Endurance (Battery Life)
Keystone Adjustment
Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band))
Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
Accessory shoe
Yes (Multi Interface Shoe)
HDMI Terminal
Yes (HDMI)
Projector Input
Multi/Micro USB Terminal
Remote Terminal
Integrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal /Stereo mini-mini jack (2.5mm)
STD Output
Composite Video Out(AV Cable(sold separately))
Microphone Input
Stereo minijack
Headphone Jack
Stereo minijack
Memory Card Slot
Slot A:Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC cards compatible, Slot B:SD/SDHC/SDXC cards compatible
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)
Power Consumption (LCD)
Power Consumption (Viewfinder)
Power Requirements
7.4V (battery pack), 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Charge on Camcorder
Yes (Approx. 2h 50min) (charging time with supplied battery)
USB Charging
USB Power Supply
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Main unit only (Approx.):
116 x 89.5 x 196.5mm (4.57 x 3.52 x 7.74″)
121 x 104 x 274.5mm (4.76 x 4.09 x 10.81″) (including Lens Hood and Large Eyecup)

Including supplied battery (Approx.):
116 x 89.5 x 196.5mm (4.57 x 3.52 x 7.74″)
121 x 104 x 274.5mm (4.76 x 4.09 x 10.81″) (including Lens Hood and Large Eyecup)

Main unit only (Approx.): 935g (32.98 oz) (including Lens Hood and Large Eyecup)

Including supplied battery (Approx.): 1030g (36.33 oz)(NP-FV70A)(supplied battery)

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