The new favorite of studio live video: Sony FDR-AX700 camera review
Sony FDR-AX700 is a flagship digital video camera for civilian use, and it is the first product with 4K HDR function in Sony’s civilian video camera. It has shown significant improvements in image sensor, image processor, autofocus, S-Log shooting, storage, fast motion and super slow motion 1000fps shooting. And these enhancements and functions make it have the performance no less than that of professional cameras, which also allows the AX700 camera to enter some new application areas, such as corporate live broadcast.
Sony FDR- AX700
The Sony 4K camera FDR-AX700 with HDR function can provide a wider color gamut and grayscale range when shooting, bringing closer to real images. It is worth mentioning that the FDR-AX700 has built-in HLG function and provides a fast HDR solution, which can directly output video into film without post-grading, simplifying the post-process.
Sony FDR- AX700
In terms of hardware, FDR-AX700 uses a 1 inch Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor with 14.2 million effective pixels. At the same time, the improvement in autofocus performance is quite significant. With the fast hybrid focus mode combining phase detection AF and contrast AF, with 273 focus points and 84% of the focus range, precise focusing can be easily achieved. The Sony FDR-AX700 camera also supports touch-screen focus, which allows photographers to switch between different focus points more efficiently, greatly improving shooting efficiency.
Sony FDR- AX700
In addition, functions such as focus peaking, zebra crossing, and time code required for professional video shooting can also be conveniently used on the Sony FDR-AX700. The function interface in the menu is basically the same as that of professional cameras. Commonly used adjustment items can be realized through the shortcut menu controlled by the joystick, which greatly improves the control efficiency. In addition, the FDR-AX700 camera provides a dual SD card slot design, ND filter, proxy recording function, making shooting more flexible and efficient.
Sony FDR-AX700 main parameters:
Overall appearance design
As a civilian-grade DV, the size of the Sony FDR-AX700 is relatively large, which is significantly different from the general household DV. The measurements have reached 116*89.5*196.5mm and the weight is about 935g. However, if the FDR-AX700 is used as a device for enterprise live broadcasting, the size of the FDR-AX700 will become an advantage compared with most professional cameras.
Sony FDR- The front of the AX700 body
From the front of the Sony FDR-AX700 body, you can see a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom performance. At the same time, the FDR-AX700 is also clear The image zoom function can increase the zoom factor to 18 times and 24 times while ensuring the clear image. At the bottom left of the lens is the window covering the remote control sensor, shooting light and NIGHTSHOT light emitter.
Sony FDR- On the right side of the AX700 fuselage
On the right side of the fuselage is a 3.5-inch, 1.56 million pixel touch flip LCD screen. You can clearly see the control ring of the lens, the control ring function switch and the AF/MF switch button on the lens. At the bottom of the screen is a special parameter quick setting button, from left to right are the control dial, menu button, aperture button, ISO button and shutter speed button.
Sony FDR- The back of the AX700 fuselage
There are also many buttons on the back of the FDR-AX700. There is a switch between automatic mode and manual mode in the left column, and the control switch of the built-in ND filter is used to adjust the light input. , According to different shooting conditions, provide three options. The upper middle is the electronic viewfinder, the lower is the battery compartment, and there are two hidden ports on the side of the battery compartment. On the far right is the shooting button, five-dimensional joystick and power indicator.
Sony FDR- The left side of the AX700 fuselage
The remote control interface, NFC chip, wrist strap, ASSIGN6 button, external microphone interface and multi-function micro USB interface are placed on the left side of the fuselage.
Sony FDR- The top of the AX700 fuselage
The left side of the fuselage is a built-in microphone, the middle is a Sony multi-interface deck, and the upper part of the second stage is the ASSIGN5 button/IRIS PUSH AUTO button and the power zoom lever from left to right. And ASSIGN4 button/FOCUS MAGNIFIER button/PHOTO button.
Sony FDR- The bottom of the AX700 fuselage
The bottom of the FDR-AX700 fuselage is equipped with a battery release lever and a tripod socket.
Body design details
Sony FDR-AX700 lens
The lens of Sony FDR-AX700 uses a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom, with a focal length of 29-348mm and a maximum aperture of F2. 8-F4.5. The lens has a 29mm wide-angle, and with 11 groups of 17-element lenses including AA and ED lenses, combined with a 7-leaf aperture, the picture is detailed and the image is beautiful. Moreover, such a wide focal length lens allows FDR-AX700 to easily cope with corporate events or live broadcasts of small competitions.
Sony FDR- AX700 display
The display size of FDR-AX700 is 3.5 inches, 1.56 million pixels can be flipped 270 degrees. At the same time, it is equipped with a touch focus function, which makes the switch of focus more convenient, which is especially convenient to use in live broadcast.
Sony FDR- AX700 electronic viewfinder
The electronic viewfinder of FDR-AX700 has a size of 0.39 inches and approximately 2.36 million pixels, which can effectively reduce flare and reflection, and can obtain bright viewing effects even in the sun.
Sony FDR- AX700 electronic viewfinder can adjust the angle
The electronic viewfinder can also be used as a power switch at the same time. Pull out the viewfinder to turn it on and push it back to turn it off. After being pulled out, the viewfinder can be flipped about 45 degrees, which is convenient for low-angle viewing.
Sony FDR- AX700 internal control area
After turning on the display, we can see the internal control area of Sony FDR-AX700. There are also many parameter shortcut buttons here. They are power switch, white balance button, fast slow motion/ASSIGN1 Button, playback button, display button, photo setting/ASSIGN3 button, status detection/ASSIGN2 button and memory card selection button. Numerous independent buttons allow users to change shooting parameters more conveniently and quickly, which is very helpful for use in live broadcasts and other places.
Sony FDR- AX700 square lens hood
body interface introduction
Sony FDR-AX700 multi-interface card holder
The multi-interface card holder on the top of the machine is a universal interface for Sony digital imaging equipment, which can be connected to various expansion accessories and Shooting auxiliary equipment, such as LED fill light, microphone, monitor, video transmission and other related live broadcast equipment.
Sony FDR- AX700 external microphone interface and multi-function micro USB interface
Sony FDR-AX700 headphone jack
Sony FDR-AX700 remote control interface
Sony FDR-AX700 HDMI output interface
The position arrangement of various interfaces on the Sony FDR-AX700 body is also very particular, all for The convenience of connecting external devices is designed so that there will be no interference between the connecting lines of various devices.
Sony FDR- AX700 dual SD card slots
Sony FDR-AX700 provides two memory card slots, one for SD cards and one for SD and Memory Stick™. A button to switch the current memory card slot is also arranged above the card slot. It is worth mentioning that the memory card in the dual card slot can be seamlessly switched during the shooting process, and the fully recorded memory card can be replaced in time, which is very necessary for some content that takes a long time to shoot. Functions, such as live broadcast, recording of large meetings, etc.
Sony FDR- AX700 battery
Sony FDR-AX700 comes standard with a NP-FV70A battery with a rated capacity of 1900mAh as a power source. The battery life can exceed 3 hours, and the large-capacity battery is a guarantee for long-term shooting, especially for live video. At least 3 hours of battery life is sufficient for a general conference live broadcast. Sony also sells a thicker NP-FV100A battery that can support 5 hours of shooting to cope with longer live broadcast and shooting tasks. Users can purchase them on demand. In addition, if there is a fixed camera position in use, you can also choose to use an external AC power supply to ensure the continuity of the live broadcast.
Quick Hybrid Autofocus
The focusing system of Sony FDR-AX700 is one of its highlights. It adopts a fast hybrid focus mode combining phase detection AF and contrast AF, and is equipped with Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor to obtain excellent autofocus performance. FDR-AX700 has 273 phase detection AF points, which can cover about 84% of the image area and accurately track the subject.
Sony FDR- The AX700 is equipped with a fast hybrid autofocus system
high-speed data reading capability and excellent auto-focus algorithm, enabling FDR-AX700 to track and focus accurately and quickly in video shooting. You can customize the focus tracking requirements by adjusting the AF subject tracking range and AF subject sensitivity.
In addition, FDR-AX700 can display the automatic phase alignment on the screen The subject within the focus range and the surrounding focus area. When switching the focus area, simply touch the screen to easily switch the focus. For example, during a live broadcast of a corporate meeting, you can quickly capture the screen of the presenter or switch the focus among different guests by touching it.
4K HDR video
4K HDR is a hot spot in the video and film industry nowadays, and FDR-AX700 is the first civilian digital video camera that supports 4K HDR video recording.
SDR and HDR Contrast
Under the environment of high light ratio, HDR has obvious advantages. We are also accustomed to using HDR function to deal with such an environment when taking photos.
4K HDR technology
The FDR-AX700 with HDR function can provide a wider color gamut and brightness range when shooting, bringing more details and closer to the real image. The built-in HLG function of the camera provides a fast HDR solution. Changing the traditional HDR process that requires post-editing, high-quality HDR content can be produced without color correction, and can be played on a 4K HDR TV.
Sony HLG function Principle
Although Sony’s positioning of FDR-AX700 is a civilian product, it has many such as 4K HDR recording, super slow motion 1000fps shooting, S-Log2 , S-Log3, Proxy recording, peak focus, zebra crossing, time code and other professional digital camera functions, so that it can also be provided to professional video shooters to use. At this time, with its compact body, FDR-AX700 can provide users with a more portable and mobile experience, which is particularly evident in enterprise live broadcast applications. In addition, in terms of price, compared with professional cameras, the civilian-grade FDR-AX700 has obvious advantages in price, and its functions are no less than those of professional cameras. Therefore, for professional video shooters and some small and medium-sized studios, Sony FDR-AX700 is a full-featured, cost-effective productivity tool.
Sony FDR- AX700
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