CES 2015: Sony 4K Camcorder, the FDR-AX33


Sony aims to bring 4K recording to the palm of your hand with the announcement of the FDR-AX33 Handycam camcorder. Featuring a 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor, the AX33 delivers Ultra HD-resolution (3840 x 2160) video at 24, 25, or 30 frames per second and Full HD 1080p up to 60 fps using Sony’s efficient XAVC S codec (100 Mbps for 4K and 50mbps for 1080p). It can also capture up to 10.3MP stills, and up to 20.6MP interpolated still images. The camcorder’s Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens provides a wide 35mm equivalent focal length of 29.8mm, with 10x optical zoom and up to 20x Clear Image zoom.

The camera is similar in form factor to last year’s PJ-810 (albeit without the built-in projector and light) and inherits several features of the camcorder, including Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC support, live streaming, and a 5.1-channel microphone. The new 4K camcorder has the same 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD touchscreen as the PJ-810, while adding an improved 1,555K-dot, 0.24" EVF for eye-level shooting. Other new features include an assignable manual control ring, multi-camera control of up to five compatible Sony cameras using the Wi-Fi app, and Highlight Movie Maker - an in-camera editing function that automatically creates a highlight reel of your shots.

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Please advise when available at store. Thank you. 

Angeli Lacson wrote:

Please advise when available at store. Thank you. 

Expected availability: Beginning of March 2015

Yes please let me know when available

Expected availability: Beginning of March 2015

Please advise when available at store. and upload full details Sony FDR AX33

Thank you. 

Shashi singh, India

Full details and release info can be found here.

Looks promising. I wonder how the Sony HDR-AX33 compares to the Panasonic WX970? I also wonder how the Sony HDR-AX33 compares to the Sony PXW-X70?

Since this camera is not yet released, we can only provide a comparison based on specs. However, with that said, ompared to the X70, the X70 offers a better internal recording space. 10 bit 422. So this is great for better color accuracy and post work flow.  The X70 is a pro camera with pro features like SDI and ND filters compared to the Sony AX33.


Pricing details can be found here.

How much will it cost?

If you click on the image of the FDR-AX33 above, it will take you to the Camcorder’s page on our site.  There you will be able to find the current pricing.

Of course not. This is a consumer camera thus no use of RAW. If RAW is not clearly stated very obviously there's no raw capability in any camera. RAW is a stills photo feature looking slightly into higher end video cameras such as Arri, Sony F/FS, Red, Blackmagic.

I checked the Sony FDR-AX33 Product description but could not find whether it can shoot RAW footage?

The Sony FDR-AX33 does not shoot RAW video.  This is a feature you will typically only find in higher end professional video cameras.

Asking toomuch... You will need a PRO camera

Hi, here http://www.colsub.it/sito/?p=1139  I find a demo video about this new camcorder Sony FDR-AXP33/35 Handycam in 4K quality ! It's amazing.

FDR-AXP33/35 and FDR-AX33 are not the same, I guess cause of the “projector”, that’s what the “P” means...

Is the HDMI out Clean?

Thanks for writing in. As the camcorder has just been announced,some aspects are still a little uncertain, and whether or not the camcorder has a clean HDMI output is one of those areas. Please check back as more information becomes available.

Interested in when it becomes available.  Thank you!

Expected availability: Beginning of March 2015

Whats the Low light Capabality ? whats the exact and precise Low light Capability....

How does this Low light Talent "exactly" compared to its competitors 4k new consumers camcorders from Canon and Panasonic,

Panasonic WX970, and Canon's new 4k camcorders

Thanks for writing in. As all of these camcorders have just been announced, so to give an answer as to the performance of each model in low light would be mere speculation at this point.

Is the FDR-AX33 supplied with NP-FV50 or NP-FV70 battery pack?  Sony's specification page says it's supplied with the NP-FV70 but their giving the mass of camera w/battery witht he NP-FV50 installed.

Hi James. At the moment there is conflicting information up on Sony's website regarding the FDR-AX33, but their Sales Department has confirmed that the camcorder comes with the NP-FV70 battery.


I will wait to see a comparison between this camera and the Panasonic HC-VX870K / HC-WX970K in terms of: low light capability, video quality, video color sample, roller shutter, batery life, focusing, audio, etc... Then will decide to purchase the best of this model