Top positive review
Fairly good image stabiliser
27 December 2017
This is my first 4k/UHD camcorder so my expectations are high. I bought it as an opened-box ‘as new’ item from Amazon Warehouse deals. Initially I was a bit dubious about this but backed by Amazon’s 30 days money-back guarantee I took the plunge to give it a go. Actually it turned out to be all right, not quite sure why the previous buyer returned it. But anyway back to the machine itself. This was Sony’s flagship prosumer camcorder until the 2nd half of 2017 when they released the upgraded version of 700E, which in my opinion isn’t really worth the price tag considering the extra premium you pay.
True 4k imagine capturing, when footage played back on UHD TV the quality is mind blowing.
Fairly good image stabiliser, if not mistaken it’s optical.
The supplied battery delivers usable time in real world.
Dual format allows you to record the main 4k footage and a 720p mp4 reference file simultaneously.
And I agree with all other good points mentioned by other reviewers on Amazon UK.
Cons: from my own experience after 8 months use.
Slow auto focusing, the machine struggles a bit to hunt the correct focus in low light and sometimes even in bright situations. You may wish to quickly switch to manual focus to save time.
The menu system is clunky yet confusing in some aspects.
Only stereo sound capturing in 4k recording modes.
The machine is noticeably slower in 4k recording modes than it is in full HD or lower-res modes.
European/PAL model i.e. AX 100E can record either 24p or 25p in 4k, which in my opinion isn’t fast enough for fast panning shots or actions. So expect ‘jitter’ on playback especially on big screens. Someone may like this ‘film look’ though, while others may not. (NB. The upgraded 700E has the same frame rate on paper).
The recent stock of this camcorder should be shipped with the latest firmware which has improved auto-focusing algorithm and 100Mbps 4k recording mode. So it’s worth checking that first, if not then you can easily download and install the latest firmware from Sony website. Full instructions are provided there.