Sony’s new Handycam FDR-AX100 shoots Ultra HD video and less than half the price of their existing FDR-AX1, but just might have better features. While the AX1 goes for $4,500, the AX100 is priced at $2,000, but has a bigger sensor, boasting a 1-inch-type Exmor R CMOS sensor – the same one found in their RX100 and RX10 cameras. It’s larger than the 1/2.3-inch one in the AXI. It’ll also use Class 10 SDXC cards for storage instead of the XQD cards in the AX1, which are a bit more obscure. It’ll also feature Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities that are built into the camcorder so you can transfer footage wireless and even pair it with other NFC-enabled devices.
Other great features on the new Handycam FDR-AX100 include: manual controls for shutter speed, iris and ISO that users can control via tiny dial that sits under the lens barrel. Its image processor is a Bionz X engine (the same as Sony’s Alpha A7 and A7R full-frame mirror less cameras), which is different from the AX1. And in terms of size, the AX100 is smaller, about half the size of the AX1. Some similarities that the AX100 shares with its larger brother include the ability to capture 3840 x 2160 video in XAVC-S format with an MP4 wrapper. But the Ax100 records 4K slower at 30fps or 24fps as opposed to the AX1′s 60fps maximum. Pick one up when they become available this March.