Advertised as the "first consumer 4K camera by Sony," the FDR-AX1 is now available for pre-order at a (consumer friendly?) price of $4,499. It shoots 3840 x 2160p video at 60 fps on a 1/2.3" Exmor R 8.3MP CMOS Image Sensor through a Sony G Lens with 20x optical zoom. Sony says it has packed technology developed for their professional video cameras to create a compact, easy-to-operate 4K consumer model that's designed to make 4K video and professional-quality audio available to the masses.
The FDR-AX1's powerful image processor is identical to the high-performance processors found in Sony's professional video cameras. By incorporating an image processor that can handle 4K video at 60 fps into a consumer camcorder, everyone will be able to document important family moments, get creative with friends, record sporting events and capture the world around them in lifelike detail. The FDR-AX1's native 3840 x 2160 4K resolution enables you to create movies with four times as much detail and quadruple the image quality of a Full HD 1080p camcorder. Plus, this model features a back-illuminated 8.3MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor that works in concert with the processor so you can record at the maximum frame rate - even when shooting 4K video. This means that even your high-speed action shots and sports videos will be clear, sharp and detailed.
- Record 4K 3840 x 2160p Video at 60 fps
- 1/2.3" Exmor R 8.3MP CMOS Image Sensor
- Sony G Lens with 20x Optical Zoom
- Built-In Microphone & Dual Pro XLR Jacks
- Dual XQD Card Slots for 4K Recording
- XAVC-S Format for 150 Mbps 4K Recording
- Three ND Filters & Five Paint Functions
- Independent Zoom, Focus & Iris Rings
- Seven Assignable Buttons & HDMI Output
- Supports TRILUMINOS Color Technology
And to think I was going to buy a cell phone to shoot my next 4K movie (joking). Anyone interested in this? Let us know in the comments below.