Sony FDR-AX40 4K Handycam

Sony FDR-AX40 4K Handycam
Regular price 3,140.00


The new FDR-AX40 4K Handycam camcorder is equipped with a new 20x zoom ZEISS lens and super fast auto focus. The FDR-AX40 also features Balanced Optical SteadyShot technology, which suppresses motion blur during all shooting modes – from wide angle shots to full zoom – and enables crisp, high definition image capture in 4K even while moving or shooting from a distance. The new microphone records high quality stereo and captures sound from five directions with 40% less noise.


4K image quality
Shoot 4K footage that contains about four times more detail than Full HD (3840 x 2160 pixels vs. 1920 x 1080) footage, 
and capture more of the incredible qualities that bring images to vibrant life. 

New image sensor exclusively for 4K
A newly developed image sensor, with pixels of approximately 1.6 times bigger size16, 
offers superior sensitivity for capturing beautiful high-quality images with less noise under dark as well as bright shooting conditions.

New ZEISS™ Vario-Sonnar T* lens for 4K
This new lens helps to depict remarkable details of high-quality 4K images throughout its wide-angle-to-telephoto range. 
The use of an AA (advanced aspherical) lens not only keeps depiction faithful — it also keeps the lens unit compact. ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens helps to ensure accurate reproduction of colour. Multilayer ZEISS T* Coating further enhances image quality by reducing unwanted reflection, such as ghost and flare.

Up to 26.8mm wide angle lens
Whether you’re shooting movies or still images, the class-leading wide-angle lens can help you capture more of landscapes and indoor scenes, 
when you don’t have enough room to step back. Even without a wide conversion lens, 
the camcorder shoots as wide as 26.8mm1 (16:9 aspect ratio) in movie mode.

Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ 
Advanced image stabilisation suppresses camera shake to stabilise a movie as it is being shot within the wide-angle-to-telephoto zoom range. 
In HD shooting mode, it further reduces effects of camera shake even under unstable conditions with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode compensating for vibration in five different directions, 
so you can shoot stable high-quality movies even while running.

Rapid AF response to capture decisive moments
Fast Intelligent AF achieves very speedy, accurate contrast-detection autofocus by minimising lens motion, predicting the AF range, 
and accelerating lens drive, thereby improving response so you can capture more fleeting moments.

Extensive zoom shooting capabilities 
20x optical zoom lens and Clear Image Zoom of 30x/40x (for 4K/HD) allow you to shoot faraway subjects and capture memorable moments.

Realistic recording of voices, music and other sound
Its new structural design enables the microphone to gather, from five directions, clearer sound with approx. 
40%16 less noise and twice as effective16 2ch stereo (for XAVC S shooting) and three times as effective16 5.1ch surround (for AVCHD shooting) sound performance. 
This makes it possible to faithfully reproduce audio with clearly defined separation.

High Speed REC in Full HD for high-quality slow motion6
Shoot in Full HD at 120/100fps (NTSC/PAL), edit the footage after shooting, and the resulting slow-motion images of the movie will look startlingly smooth and sharp in playback. 
This is excellent for reviewing, in greater slow-motion detail,
sports and everyday action that can occur too quickly in real time for you to see clearly.

4K Time-lapse CaptureYou can capture 4K size still images continuously over an extensive period of time at a selected constant interval from each shot to the next, 
edit the entire sequence of still images in post-production, and enjoy playback of that series of images as a time-lapse movie.

Super-sampled Full HD playback
Enhance your viewing experience even without a 4K television. Using super-sampling, the camera automatically down-converts 4K footage to exceptionally detailed Full HD. 

Trimming Playback
You can select a specific portion of the picture and play it back in Full HD, thanks to 4K high resolution. Also, you can change trimming size17 with the zoom lever or on-screen display icon.

Time Code / User Bit
Time Code and User Bit can be added to movies as data elements. Time Code function records hours/minutes/seconds/frames on image data for precise advanced video editing. 
User Bit function records information such as date/time/scene number, etc. in eight-digit arbitrary numbers, and is useful for editing movies using two or more cameras. 

Exceptional image quality
By employing XAVC S format, which was developed from the XAVC format for professional use, 4K 100Mbps18 and Full HD 50Mbps high-bitrate recording realise incredibly high-quality images. 
Yet, XAVC S data is compressed so that it is more manageable for general consumers.

Face Detection and Smile Shutter 
Use Face Detection to optimise focus, exposure and colour for people who are the most important subject of a shot. You can prioritise a subject’s face by touching it on the LCD. 
And with Smile Shutter, the camera can also automatically capture still shots of great (but fleeting) smiles, even while recording movies.

Lock-on AF
Enhances the tracking of moving subjects by using the optimal AF point at all times, and adjusting the target frame size to match your subject’s characteristics.
 Just touch the subject on LCD to lock on fast-moving targets precisely for shooting. 

Golf Shot
Analyse your swing with no need for fancy equipment. Golf Shot mode lets you capture video and stills of each step of your swing.

My Voice Canceling
Reduce the intensity of the voice of a user shooting from close behind the camera, whether the user is talking to subjects or cheering them on.

5.1ch surround sound microphone
Record clear sound that accurately captures the atmosphere of the scene, and enjoy surround sound playback on your home theatre system. 
Level meters on the LCD panel provide visual monitoring of each channel’s levels.

Dual Video Recording
Record two movies at the same time — one in the maximum-quality XAVC S or AVCHD format and another in MP4 format. 
That way you’ve got a small file ready for instant sharing, plus a professional-grade file for further editing.

Motion Shot Video
This convenient feature allows playback of a dramatic sequence of superimposed images to trace every split second of action, a powerful tool for analysing sports motion on screen. 
During playback, you can adjust the interval between images, or pause to capture still images to share with friends.

Highlight Movie Maker
A versatile function to streamline movie editing, Highlight Movie Maker offers several time-saving features. 
Add highlight points to key moments while recording, and let the camcorder automatically sync your transitions to your chosen soundtrack.

One-touch remote and one-touch sharing
One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera, and One-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera.Either way, by installing PlayMemories Mobile app to your NFC enable Android smartphone or tablet, you can avoid complex set-up sequences and establish wireless connection simply by touching your device to the camera. You are now ready to control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot, or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. No NFC? No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.

Multi Camera Control
More shots mean more editing opportunities. Easily record footage from a variety of angles, whether using cameras mounted directly to the Handycam® or triggered wirelessly. 
Multi Camera Control makes it easy to sync shooting settings on compatible Wi-Fi connected devices.

Live Streaming via USTREAM®
From performances to sports events, some things are best seen in real time. Share scenes as they happen with high-quality picture and sound.

Technical Specs


Lens Type

ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T*

Filter Diameter

55 mm


F2.0 - 3.8

Focal Length(35mm) (Video)

f=26.8-536.0 mm (16:9)

Focal Length (35mm) (Still Image)

f=26.8-536.0 mm (16:9)

Focal Length (35mm) Still Image)

f=26.8-536.0 mm (16:9), f=32.8-656.0 mm (4:3)

Minimum Focus Distance

Approx.1 cm (Wide), Approx.80 cm (Tele)

Optical Zoom


Clear Image Zoom

 4K : 30x;HD : 40x

Digital Zoom



Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode


Sensor and Exposure

Sensor Type

1/2.5 type (7.20mm) back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor

Effective Pixels (Video)

Approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9) 1

Effective Pixels (Still Image)

Approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)/Approx. 6.22 Megapixels (4:3)

Matering Modes


Exposure Modes

Auto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Menu)

Exposure Compensation

AE Shift (Touch Panel)

Exposure Settings

Auto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Menu/Ring)

Backlight Compensation

Yes (Auto)

Minimum Illumination

4K: Low Lux 1.8 lux (1/30(NTSC)/1/25(PAL) Shutter Speed),

4K: Standard: 9 lux (1/60(NTSC)/1/50(PAL) Shutter Speed),

HD: Low Lux 1.2 lux (1/30(NTSC)/1/25(PAL) Shutter Speed),

HD: Standard: 6 lux (1/60(NTSC)/1/50(PAL) Shutter Speed)

White Balance Modes




Recording Format (Video)

XAVC S format:MPEG4-AVC/H.264, AVCHD format ver.2.0 compatible:MPEG4-AVC/H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Recording Fomat (Still Image)

DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible

Video Resolution

AVCHD : 1920x1080/60p(PS),24p(FX,FH),60i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i(HQ,LP),

MP4: 1280x720 30p, XAVC S

4K : 3840x2160/30p, 24p, XAVC S

HD : 1920x1080/60p, 30p, 24p

Video Recording Rate (ABR / VBR)

XAVC S 4K: Approx.100Mbps/Approx.60Mbps,

XAVC S HD: Approx.50Mbps,

AVCHD PS: Approx.28Mbps/FX: Approx.24Mbps/FH: Approx.17Mbps/HQ: Approx.9Mbps/LP: Approx.5Mbps

Still Image Size (Photo Mode)

L: 16.6 Megapixels 16:9 (5440x3056),12.5 Megapixels 4:3 (4080x3056),

M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840x2160),6.2 Megapixels 4:3 (2880x2160),

S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080),0.3 Megapixels 4:3 (640x480)

Still Image Size (Movie Mode)

M: 8.3 Megapixels, 16:9 (3840x2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)

Still Image Size (Photo Capture)

XAVC S 4K: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840x2160), XAVC S HD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080), AVCHD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)

Still Image Size (Dual Record)

M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840x2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080) 

Progressive Mode

AVCHD: 60p/24p, MP4: 30p, Progressive recording, XAVC S 4K : 30p/24p, XAVC S HD: 60p/30p/24p


Built-in 5.1ch Zoom Microphone

Audio Recording Format 

XAVC S: MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch(48kHz/16bit),

AVCHD: Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator, Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator,

MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch

Mic Level Control 

Yes (31steps)

My Voice Canceling 


Auto Wind Noise Reduction 

Yes (On/Off) 


Monaural Speaker 



Screen Type

7.5cm (3.0 type) Xtra Fine LCD display (460 800 dots) Wide (16:9)

Angle Adjustment

Opening Angle: Max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: Max.270 deg.

Brightness Control

Yes (Menu) 

Touch Panel





Approx.10 sec.(Still Image/Golf Shot)

High Speed Rec

Yes (120p(NTSC)/100p(PAL)1920x1080,100Mbps/60Mbps)

Time-Lapse Capture

Yes (Shooting Interval (1/2/5/10/30/60sec), Shooting number (1-999), Capture Image Size (4K:L(8.3M;3840x2160)/HD:S(2.1M;1920x1080)), AE Mode (AE Lock/AE Tracking)

Scene Selection


Picture Effect


Other Shooting Functions 

AGC Limit, Face Detection , Smile Shutter , Cinematone, Golf Shot, Intelligent Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Smooth Slow Rec, Fader Effects

Shutter Speed

LOW LUX: 1/30-1/10000, Manual lris Control(Photo Mode): 1/8-1/1000, Manual Shutter Control(Photo Mode): 1/8-1/500, Scene Selection: 1/8-1/10000


Playback modes:Highlight Movie Maker with background music (Preinstalled 6 music files, Music transfer compatible, Motion Shot Video Slide Show (Still Images)


Flash and Focus

Flash Metering System    

Pre-flash TTL 

Flash Mode    


Flash Compensation 

Yes (3 steps)

Focus Type

Contrast AF

Fast Intelligent AF    


Lock-On AF    


Focus Mode

Auto/Manual (Touch Panel)

Focus Area

Full range Focus/Spot Focus


Storage Media

Compatible Recording Media

XAVC S 4K(100Mbps): SDHC Memory Card(4GB or over,UHS-I U3 or Higher)/SDXC Memory Card(UHS-I U3 or Higher), XAVC S 4K(60Mbps)/XAVC S HD: SDHC Memory Card(4GB or over,Class10 or Higher)/SDXC Memory Card(Class10 or Higher), AVCHD,Still: Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card(Class 4 or Higher)

Internal Memory

Flash Memory 64 GB



Input and Output Terminals

Accessory Shoe (Multi Interface shoe), HDMI (micro) Terminal, Remote(integrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal) Terminal, Stereo Minijack


Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band)


One-touch remote, One-touch sharing

Supplied battery 


USB charge

DC 5V 1500mA

Power Consumption (Viewfinder)

4K: 4.9W 

Power Consumption (LCD Screen)    

4K: 4.9W 

Dimensions (W x H x D)    

Approx.77 x 80.5 x 166.5 mm (including supplied battery) 


Approx.660 g (including supplied battery)