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8.8 out of 10

Sony FDR-AX1

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Reviews and Problems with Sony FDR-AX1

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Overall 10
10

Hello to all people...

Montero, B&H Photo
1 November 2014
  • Excerpt: Para mi es muy buena camara, reconosco y se que las hay mejores... pero la verdad es que da muy buenos resultados...y muy buenos colores.
  • Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
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Overall 8
8.0

Amazing quality but beware the lens

Jonathan, B&H Photo
19 October 2014
  • Excerpt: I am amazed by the quality of this camera and I have shot some simply stunning stuff with it but BEWARE this camera does NOT have a par focal lens. What I mean by this is the following: if you zoom in on a subject, then manually focus to get it nice and sharp, it will go soft as you zoom out. This means that you cannot use the tried-and-true method of focusing where you zoom tight, focus, then re-compose. At 4K, the slightest softness is not sharp.
  • Pros: Great Picture Quality
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Overall 2
2.0

Not happy with the SONY FDR-AX1

Cinema Guy, B&H Photo
27 August 2014
  • Excerpt: I purchased the SONY AX1 in January mostly for nature and scenery. I was a TV photojournalist for 23 years for ABC and FOX NEWS and shot for high-end independent films. I have always used SONY's broadcast line of equipment and been very pleased.To say I am disappointed with this camera would be an understatement. First of all; it's very noisy, especially in the greys.
  • Pros: Great Sound, It's 4k
  • Cons: Inferior Image, Noisy, Poor Image Quality, Poor In Low Light
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Overall 10
10

great

swindell2006, Ebay
25 August 2014
Overall 8
8.0

amazing camera

Bryce, B&H Photo
24 July 2014
  • Excerpt: I have just received this camera (the sony FDR-AX1) and I love it. The camera is a lot bigger than I expected but not a problem for me. I have not used this camera very much but I can already tell that the FDR-AX1 has trouble in low light situations. It is an easy fix, all you need to do is set up some lights. Over all this camera is great and not a bad price for the 4k quality it is giving.
  • Pros: 4k Video, Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Battery Life, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
  • Cons: Poor In Low Light, Poor Still Image
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Overall 6
6.0

it's ok i guess

Beltsasar, B&H Photo
26 May 2014
  • Excerpt: this camera uses the batteries too fast and cards are only 64 gig the sdcard slot is useless cuz u need to wait till sony releases some kind of update not very good in low light however i had no choice i needed a new camera but hdv cameras are on the way out i just wish sony made as good cameras as their former dsr-pd170
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Highly Compatible, Professional Quality
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Overall 2
2.0

bad 4k

Cesar, Amazon
20 April 2014
  • Summary: Really bad in low light the camera is really bad in low light situations I just returned ...
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Overall 6
6.0

Fantastic Ergonomics. Quite Noisy Even in Good Light. Buggy.

J. Wilson, Amazon
3 February 2014
  • Summary: I love the ergonomics of this camera. I really wanted it to work out and I could have lived with the higher than expected level of noise (even with plenty of light). What I couldn't live with was how buggy it was. The camera was pretty responsive in 4k operation at 24 or 30P but when I tried to shoot at 60P it was so laggy that I couldn't adjust the focus or iris quickly enough.
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Overall 8
8.0

4K is the Future

Videobill, B&H Photo
23 January 2014
  • Excerpt: I will use this camera primarily for travel and nature video. I may have some corporate applications as well. The AX1 captures stunning images. Video from the AX1 is easily edited on FCP X just like any 1080p video. I hope to sell stock video and UHD videos produced with the AX1. Stored 4K files will also future proof me for future projects. As a deliverable, the 4K video, when downconverter to a Blu-ray disc looks great especially when upscaled on a UHD monitor.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Highly Compatible, Improves Performance, Professional Quality
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Overall 6
6.0

4K files

Filmtrail, B&H Photo
2 January 2014
  • Excerpt: I was most concerned about being able to save the 4K files for future use, while still being able to use a 2K or Hi-Def file for current editing projects. It turns out that it's as simple as dragging the camera files from the XQD card on to any hard drive for archiving. Once there you can use Borosoft's Video Converter to transcode the files into ProRes 422 for editing, which works in several NLE programs. (I use FCP, where ProRes is almost a necessity.
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