4K goes portable

Sized for mobile shooting—at just 1/4 the size and 1/3 the weight of the previous model—its back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor delivers stunning image quality, bokeh and high sensitivity.

Make jaws drop and eyes pop with footage four times clearer than Full HD.

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ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens

Enjoy 29 mm wide-angle ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens fine-tuned for 4K video. Ideal for capturing grand landscapes, it also provides up to 12x optical zoom.


1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor

Light-receiving area of this sensor is approximately 4.9 times larger than current sensors, which enhances image clarity, reduces noise and enables extraordinary background defocusing.


Advanced BIONZ X image processing engine

An evolved BIONZ engine achieves more lifelike images, and enables the addition of new features that take advantage of faster processing.

What’s In The Box

Rechargeable Battery Pack
AC Adaptor
Power Cord
Micro HDMI Cable

USB Cable
Remote Commander
Lens Hood
Lens Cap


Sensor Type

1.0-type back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor

Effective Pixels (Video)

Approx.14.2M (16:9)

Effective Pixels (Still Image)

Approx.10.6M pixels(4:3), Approx.14.2M pixels(16:9)


Lens Type

Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T*

Filter Diameter


F-number (Maximum Aperture)


Aperture Type

Focal Length


Focal Length (35mm) (Video)

f=29.0-348.0mm, 1 3/16-13 3/4inch

Focal Length (35mm) (Still Image)


Minimum Focus Distance



Optical Zoom


Extended Zoom

4K : 18x, HD : 24x

Digital Zoom


Image Stabilization


Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilisation


Exposure Modes

Auto, Flexible Spot(Touch Panel), Manual(Dial/Menu)

Exposure Compensation

AE Shift(Dial/Touch Panel)

Backlight Compensation


Minimum Illumination

4K: Standard:6 lux(1/50 Shutter Speed), HD:Standard:3 lux(1/50 Shutter Speed)

ISO Sensitivity

White balance

White Balance Modes

Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor/WB Temp


Viewfinder Type

1.0cm(0.39type) OLED colour 1,440,000dots equivalent


Screen Type

Xtra Fine LCD™ display

Angle Adjustment

Opening Angle:max.90 deg., Turning Angle:max.270 deg.

Brightness Control


Touch Panel



Shutter Speed



Focus Type

Contrast AF

Focus Mode

Auto/Manual(Touch Panel/Dial)

Focus Area

Full range Focus/Spot Focus


Image Processor

BIONZ X image processor


Approx.10sec.(Still Image/Golf Shot)

Scene Selection

Auto,Night Scene,Sunrise & Sunset,Fireworks,Landscape,Portrait,Spotlight,Beach,Snow

Picture Effect


Video Light


Other Shooting Functions

My Voice Canceling, AGCLimit, Audio Level Display, Cinematone, Face Detection, Golf Shot, Smooth Slow Rec(AVCHD only)










Flash Metering System

Flash Mode

Flash Compensation

Flash Coverage

Storage Media

Compatible Recording Media

Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD,SDHC,SDXC Memory Card

Internal Memory



Recording Format (Video)

AVCHD format: MPEG4-AVC/H264, AVCHD 2.0, MP4: MPEG4-AVC/H264, XAVC S format: MPEG4-AVC/H264

Recording Format (Still Image)

DCF Ver.2.0 compatible;Exif Ver.2.3 compatible;MPF Baseline compatible

Video Resolution

“XAVC S HD :1920×1080/50P, 25P, 24P”, AVCHD:1920×1080/50p(PS),24p(FX,FH),50i(FX,FH), 1440×1080/50i(HQ,LP), MP4: 1280×720 25p, XAVC S 4K :3840×2160/25P, 24P

Video Recording Rate (ABR / VBR)

AVCHD PS:Approx.28Mbps/FX:Approx.24Mbps/FH:Approx.17Mbps/HQ:Approx.9Mbps/LP:Approx.5Mbps, MP4: Approx.3Mbps, XAVC S 4K 100Mbps:Approx.100Mbps/60Mbps:Approx.60Mbps, XAVC S HD Approx.50Mbps

Still Image Size (Photo Mode)

L:20.0 megapixels 16:9 (5968 x 3352),15.0 megapixels 4:3 (4464 x 3352), M:14.2 megapixels 16:9 (5024 x 2824),10.6 megapixels 4:3 (3760 x 2824), S:2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920×1080),0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640×480)

Still Image Size (Movie Mode)

L:20.0 megapixels 16:9 (5968 x 3352), M:14.2 megapixels 16:9 (5024 x 2824), S:2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920×1080)

Still Image Size (Photo Capture)

Still Image Size (Dual Record)

14.2 megapixels 16:9(5024×2824), 2.1 megapixels 16:9(1920×1080), 20.0 megapixels 16:9(5968×3352) [XAVC S 4K only]



Progressive Mode

AVCHD : 50p/24p, Progressive recording, MP4: 25p, Progressive recording, XAVC S 4K : 25p,24p Progressive recording, XAVC S HD : 50p,25p,24p Progressive recording

Dynamic Range Optimizer




Built-in Zoom Microphone

Audio Recording Format

Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator [AVCHD only], Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator [AVCHD only], MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch, MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch(48kHz/16bit) [XAVC S 4K only]

Wind Noise Reduction



Monoral Speaker


Input and Output Terminals

Composite Output(AV CABLE sold separately), HDMI® Output, Headphone Jack, micro-B/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage), Microphone Jack


Send to Smartphone;Control with Smartphone


One-touch remote;One-touch sharing

Lens Cover

Lens Cap


Playback modes

Highlight BGM(Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer), Highlight Playback(AVCHD Movie Only), Highlight Scenario(Save/Playback/Erase), Slide Show (Still Image)


Supplied battery

Rechargeable Battery Pack(NP-FV70)

USB charge


Power Consumption (Viewfinder)


Power Consumption (LCD Screen)



4K opens your eyes to a new era of excitement

The FDR-AX100 supports 4K (3840 x 2160), the superior-definition format that delivers about four times the resolution of Full HD. It lets you capture incredible detail and bring images to vibrant life.

29mm wide-angle ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens

ZEISS lens is fine-tuned specifically for the 4K image standard. Ideal for capturing grand landscapes, it also provides up to 12x optical zoom and up to 24x Clear Image Zoom to allow wide-ranging image expression.Definition is even sharp in the corners of the frame, thanks to the 11 group/17 element lens that incorporates AA (advanced aspherical) and ED lens elements.

Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers multifaceted Full HD support

The FDR-AX100 features a large Exmor R CMOS sensor with a light-receiving area that is approximately 4.9 times larger than 1/2.88 type image sensor. This newly employed sensor enhances image clarity, reduces noise even when shooting in dark environments, and enables image expression that takes full advantage of background defocusing. No.1 image sensor manufacturer for digital cameras and video recorders.*Based on Sony research-April 2012 to March 2013 (50% market share

Advanced BIONZ X image processing engine for higher speed and peerless quality

The advanced BIONZ X image processing engine features higher technology than in the previous generation of BIONZ to achieve more faithful reproduction, more naturally vivid and lifelike image quality, and higher resolution capabilities. This Handycam model is equipped with several new features that take advantage of the higher speed processing capabilities. These include By Pixel Super Resolution, Motion Shot Video, Optical SteadyShot™ and Dual Video Recording.

Support for longer recording time of 4K movies in XAVC S format

XAVC S format, which was developed for consumer use based on the XAVC 4K/HD format suited for professional use. To extend the hours of 4K video capture capacity, XAVC S employs the Long GOP codec of H.264/AVC for video file compression.

Support for HD high bit-rate

XAVC S is the format for recording 4K/HD movies, which was developed for consumer usage based on the professional XAVC 4K/HD format.
It supports HD 50Mbps so that consumers can record high-resolution movies even in a heavily movement shot.The use of MP4 playback devices and software does not guarantee that data can be played back in all modes.

High-frame-rate shooting at 100p* and HD resolution

The FDR-AX100 supports high-frame-rate shooting at HD image quality (1280 x 720 pixels). Its ability to record at 100p enables slow-motion playback at one-fifth the speed in a 24p environment when post-processing is applied. This capability opens the door to various uses, such as checking the form of rapidly moving athletes.Only available when recording movies in the XAVC S format.

Easy TV viewing via single HDMI cable

4K movies recorded on the FDR-AX100 can be played on a 4K monitor or Full HD monitor* by simply connecting the camera via bundled HDMI cable. 4K monitors support up to 4K resolution at 30p.Requires 1920 x 1080 setting in HDMI output settings menu.

Lens Ring

The lens ring enables smooth, natural adjustment of focusing or zooming depending on which mode you select via convenient button.

Manual Dial

The manual dial on the side of the body allows swift and easy adjustment of the iris, gain (ISO) and shutter speed.

Built-in ND Filters

A choice of selectable Clear, 1/4 filter, 1/16 filter or 1/64 ND (Neutral Density) filters adjusts light levels entering the lens. This gives video-makers the freedom to precisely control shutter speed and aperture for greater creative possibilities. In conjunction with the camcorder’s large image sensor, it allows creation of beautifully smooth ‘bokeh’ background defocus effects without increasing shutter speed even if you’re shooting outdoors in sunny conditions.

Full HD playback on Full HD TV

You can also enjoy Super-sampled Full HD playback on your HD TV which automatically down-converts 4K footage to very high quality 2K (Full HD), using the enormous amounts of 4K data.

TRILUMINOS™ Colour. A breathtaking way to relive your fondest memories.

The supports Sony’s “TRILUMINOS Colour,” allowing you to view photos and movies in rich, natural colours on any TV equipped with a “TRILUMINOS Display.” The expanded colour gamut lets you immerse yourself once again in those unforgettably colourful moments, from the complex shades in a shimmering blue sky to the natural tones of a rosy complexion.

Trimming playback of 4K movies on TVs

By touching the display panel users can trim the image and display only the section around the touched area as a Full HD movie.

Simultaneously record maximum-quality movies and ready-to-share MP4 movies

Record two movies at the same time ―one in the maximum-quality XAVC S or AVCHD format and another in the MP4 format. The XAVC S format is available in the FDR-AX100 and HDR-CX900. The FDR-AX100 can record 4K movies in the XAVC S format.

One-touch remote and one-touch sharing

One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera, and one-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. Either way, by installing PlayMemories Mobile app to your NFC enable Android smartphone or tablet, you can avoid complex set-up sequences and establish wireless connection simply by touching your device to the camera. You are now ready to control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot, or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. No NFC? No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.

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Picture Effect

Creativity comes easy with FDR-AX100 thanks to Picture Effect with 7 total effects — such as Toy Camera, Soft high key, Pop Colour, Posterization, Retro Photo, Partial Colour, High contrast monochrome
— which give you the means to transform everyday photos into impressive works of art. As you apply effects, results are shown in real-time on the LCD screen. There is some function like Face detection that cannot be used while using Picture effect.

5.1ch Dolby

5.1ch surround sound recording capabilities let you create professional-level soundtracks that bring out the full potential of your movies. So viewers feel they are part of the action. Notes: Dolby Digital 5.1ch and stereo 2ch recording are supported in the AVCHD format. PCM recording is supported in the XAVC S format.


Optional accessories expand shooting enjoyment and creative possibilities.

My Voice Cancelling

This convenient new feature significantly reduces the intensity of your voice as you shoot, while maintaining the volume of your subject’s voice and other sounds in your surroundings. It accomplishes this feat by detecting where sounds originate and suppressing sound coming from behind the camcorder.
Even when you become excited while capturing sporting events or your children, your loud cheers will be reduced to a whisper.

Direct Copy for fast file transfer

Seamlessly transfer your camera’s data to an external hard drive via USB 2.0. Feature also enables convenient playback of files stored on HDD on camera’s LCD screen.