Sony Handy­cam FDR-AX40

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4K TVs are be­com­ing more af­ford­able, but na­tive 4K con­tent is still fairly scarce to­day. This is all the more rea­son for us to pro­duce our own 4K con­tent, and one easy way to do so is to use the Sony AX40 4K Handy­cam.

While a cam­corder may not be the first thing that comes to mind for videos, it does make more sense to use one of these, in­stead of a DSLR or your smart­phone. A DSLR may be too com­pli­cated for some, while im­age qual­ity from most smart­phones leave much to be de­sired.

The AX40 is part of the latest Handy­cam lineup from Sony, and it's equipped with hard­ware and fea­tures that make it in­cred­i­bly easy to take high-qual­ity videos. For a start, it has a 16.6MP Ex­mor R CMOS sen­sor, so you're all set in the im­age qual­ity de­part­ment. Apart from that, there is Sony's Bal­anced Op­ti­cal SteadyShot tech­nol­ogy on­board, which ac­tu­ally shifts the en­tire lens and sen­sor mod­ules for even stead­ier footage. To top it all off, it can even record 5.1-chan­nel sur­round sound. Need­less to say, it also records in 4K res­o­lu­tion.

As with most cam­corders, the AX40 can be held com­fort­ably and op­er­ated with the right hand. The zoom but­ton is lo­cated at the top, within reach of your in­dex finger, while the record but­ton is found at the rear, and is ac­ces­si­ble us­ing your thumb. It's light, so you def­i­nitely won't have is­sues record­ing for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time. Speak­ing of which, the bat­tery lasts for about an hour and 45 min­utes on av­er­age, so you def­i­nitely would be able to record a good amount of footage be­fore the bat­tery runs out.

Ac­cess­ing the var­i­ous set­tings and func­tions is also very easy, thanks to the re­spon­sive touch dis­play and lag-free user in­ter­face. What's cool here is that you can do some ba­sic video edit­ing – such as snip­ping and adding tran­si­tions – all from within the menu!

Per­for­mance-wise, the AX40 is in­cred­i­bly easy to use, and all you need to do is turn it on, point it at your sub­ject(s), and press the record but­ton. The cam­corder takes care of fo­cus­ing, ex­po­sure set­tings, and im­age sta­bi­liza­tion au­to­mat­i­cally. While on the sub­ject, one of the cool things you can do with this cam­corder is en­able art fil­ters in videos, so yes, you can cre­ate noir videos ala Sin City, if you so de­sire.

In a nut­shell, the AX40 is easy to use, has ex­cel­lent im­age qual­ity, and al­lows you to record great videos with­out think­ing too much. If you're in the mar­ket for a cam­corder, the Sony AX40 4K Handy­cam ought to be on your list. by


4K Cam­corder


20x op­ti­cal zoom ZEISS Vario-Son­nar T*


16.6MP BSI Ex­mor R CMOS

Au­dio Record­ing

Built-in 5.1-chan­nel zoom microphone



With the FDR-AX40, you can take still images as well. As you can see, im­age qual­ity is great, with good color ac­cu­racy.

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