Sony FDR-AX33 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

Sony FDR-AX33 4K Camcorder Basic Kit

Sony FDR-AX33 4K Camcorder Basic Kit

B&H # SOFDRAX33K (B&H Kit)
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  • FDR-AX33 Camcorder
  • SanDisk 64GB UHS-I SDXC U3 Media Card
  • Watson NP-FV70 Li-ion Battery Pack
  • Watson Compact AC/DC Battery Charger
  • Tiffen 52mm UV Filter
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
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  • 1Description

This B&H Kit is assembled to provide you with a basic, but well-outfitted, shooting kit built around the Sony FDR-AX33 4K Camcorder. Included with the basic kit are a SanDisk 64GB media card, a Watson NP-FV70-type battery and charger, a Tiffen 52mm UV Filter, and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

The Sony FDR-AX33 captures UHD 4K at 24 or 30 fps to Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, and SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards. It features an integrated 10x optical zoom lens and a 3" flip out touch panel LCD viewscreen. A media card is required to capture you images, and the included 64GB card allows you to start recording immediately. The included Watson battery powers your camera, while the UV filter protects your images from UV haze and offers protection to the front element of your lens. A microfiber cleaning cloth is useful for keeping your optics clean.

  • Sony FDR-AX33 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

    The Sony FDR-AX33 is a palm-sized Handycam camcorder that combines 4K video recording and Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to deliver clear, high-resolution video, even as you follow the action. It is equipped with a wide-angle Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens with 10x optical zoom and up to 20x Clear Image zoom and features an Exmor R CMOS sensor with Bionz X image processor that delivers Ultra HD (3840x2160) resolution video at 24 or 30 fps using Sony's XAVC S codec. It also records 1080p video up to 60 fps in XAVC S or AVCHD and takes up to 20.6MP upscaled (interpolated) still images.

    Video and photos are recorded to Memory Stick Duo or SD memory cards. You can monitor and playback footage on the camcorder's 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD touchscreen display with 921K dot resolution, or the high-resolution 0.24" 1,555K dot OLED EVF. An HDMI output port is also provided for connecting to your HDTV to large-screen playback. For enhanced connectivity and remote control, the FDR-AX33 is Wi-Fi and NFC enabled. This lets you use your smartphone or tablet to control the camcorder, as well as wirelessly transfer files to your mobile device and even stream live to Ustream.

    Designed for a wide range of users, the camcorder features a range of automatic image and audio options for easy point-and-shoot operation, as well as enhanced manual controls that give you more creative freedom. An assignable ring in the front of the camcorder can be assigned to control of zoom, focus, exposure, iris, shutter speed, exposure, or white balance. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack is included for powering the camcorder, which can be re-charged using the camcorder's built-in USB charging cable. Also included with the camcorder is an AC adapter, USB connection support cable, and an HDMI cable.

    Capture 4K Ultra HD Video
    Capture the finest details in 4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution. This camcorder allows incredibly high resolution, to produce vibrant and realistic images. In addition, the fast Bionz X image processor is the same one employed in professional Sony camcorder models, making it possible to record 60p movies at Full HD resolution for incredibly smooth and sharp playback, with no loss in realism, even when panning the camera and shooting moving subjects.

    Note: UHS-I U3 or higher SDXC memory card required for 100Mbps 4K recording, and Class 10 or higher SDXC required for 60Mbps 4K recording.
    Direct Pixel Read Out
    The FDR-AX33 incorporates 'direct pixel readout' utilizing the entire width of the image sensor without line skipping or pixel binning. Therefore in both HD and 4K video acquisition it can read and process data from every one of the sensor's pixels, resulting in smooth edges and color gradation giving you the incredible video from a tiny camera.
    Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* Lens with 10x Optical Zoom
    The FDR-AX33 comes equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens. It features a wide 35mm-equivalent focal length of 29.8mm (in movie mode) to fit more into your shots, well as 10x optical zoom and 20x Clear Image zoom for getting closer to the action.
    Balanced Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
    On standard Optical SteadyShot camcorders a single "shift lens" is moved in the optical block to offset camera shake. Balanced Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode moves the entire optical block at once, maintaining the integrity of the optical path and reducing shake. It also reduces vignetting (light fall off towards the edge of a scene) and lowers distortion in videos and still photos.
    XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4 Codecs
    The FDR-AX33 records 4K and HD movies in the XAVC S format, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 for video compression and linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in a MP4 wrapper which allows for extensive record times and easy editing. Additionally, you can chose to record HD in AVCHD (ideal for HDTV and Blu-ray disc burning) or MP4 (ideal for sharing over the internet). This gives you the ability to switch between all three formats or choosing dual record to capture both XAVC S and MP4 simultaneously.
    0.24" OLED EVF
    The high contrast 0.24" OLED Tru-Finder EVF features a 1,555K-dot resolution and reproduces rich color and deep blacks. The optical design uses four dual-surface spherical lenses, which provides a wide 33-degree viewing angle for clear images from center to the edge of the viewfinder.
    3.0" Xtra Fine LCD Touchscreen Display
    The 3.0" Clear Photo LCD features 921K dot resolution for sharp, bright, vivid images, enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene. Easily scroll through menus and view footage thanks to WhiteMagic technology that dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight.
    5.1 Channel Mic with Audio Record Controls
    Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording. Advanced sound features such as Auto Gain Control Limit and Auto Wind Noise Reduction make it even easier to get high-quality sound in various situations. The camcorder records high quality linear PCM (XAVC S) and AAC-LC 2ch (MP4).
    Simple Connectivity to Smartphones via Wi-Fi/NFC
    Built-in Wi-Fi/NFC support enables easy connectivity with smartphones for one-touch sharing and one-touch remote control. NFC (near field communication) provides "touch connection" convenience when transferring images to Android smartphones and tablets. You simply touch your NFC-compatible device to the camcorder to establish a connection.
    Live Streaming
    Share the adventure as it happens via Ustream live streaming. Now your circle of friends and family can share the excitement in real time by simply logging in to UStream from anywhere. You can also link your favorite social accounts with the streaming to notify your friends when you start streaming video.
    Multi-Camera Control
    Add a different point of view by including other camera angles to your movies. Connect to up to five compatible Sony cameras via Wi-Fi and use the camcorder's LCD to preview what the other cameras are seeing and simultaneously start recording on all synced cameras. After recording, you can use the PlayMemories Home software (available as a free download on Sony's website) to easily edit and create multi-view movies.
    Highlight Movie Maker
    Highlight Movie Maker produces a short highlight movie clip to share and enjoy instantly. Using an advanced algorithm based on the motion gyro, Highlight Movie Maker automatically selects the best scenes from your videos and creates a MP4 highlight reel of your recorded action.

    Note: Highlight Move Maker is not available when shooting in 4K.
    Intelligent AUTO Mode
    Intelligent AUTO mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. There are 60 different combinations possible: Portrait, Baby, Tripod, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, and Low light.
    Multi Interface Accessory Shoe
    Expand photographic and movie shooting possibilities by attaching optional accessories via the Multi Interface Shoe. Attach an electronic viewfinder, external flash, stereo microphone, or even a compatible remote control via the Multi Terminal.
    Trimming Playback
    Connect to your 1080p HDTV via the camcorder's HDMI output and select a specific portion of the 4K picture for playback; you can move the section using the camcorder's menu toggle, and scale it using the zoom lever.
    Manual Control Ring
    The manual control ring around the lens opening can be assigned to control zoom, focus, exposure, iris, shutter speed, exposure, or white balance.
    Additional Features
    • Dual Rec (video and still image recording)
    • Photo capture from movie
    • Built-in USB charging cable
    • Cinematone Gamma/Color
    • NightShot infrared system
    • Direct Copy
    • Event Browse/Share
    • Face Detection (Face Touch)
    • Motion/Golf Shot
    • BRAVIA Sync (CEC)
    • Smile Shutter
    • Lock-on AF
    • Audio rec level
    • Audio level meter
    • Advanced sound processor
    • My Voice Cancelling
    • Super Sampled Full HD Playback
    UPC: 027242886100
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme UHS-I SDXC Memory Card

    Built to meet the demands of photographers and passionate shutterbugs who are using advanced cameras and HD camcorders, the 64GB Extreme UHS-I SDXC Memory Card from SanDisk allows users to take advantage of functions such as fast action shots, continuous burst mode, and multiple frames per second. It features a capacity of 64GB, is compatible with the UHS-I bus, and delivers maximum read speeds of up to 90 MB/s and maximum write speeds of up to 40 MB/s. This Extreme UHS-I SDXC card supports the V30 speed class, which guarantees minimum write speeds of 30 MB/s. If your device does not support the V30 speed class, this card also supports the U3 speed class, which likewise guarantees minimum write speeds of 30 MB/s. If your device only supports the Class 10 standard, minimum write speeds are guaranteed not to drop below 10 MB/s.

    Built for extreme conditions, SanDisk's 64GB Extreme UHS-I SDXC Memory Card is water, shock, and x-ray proof, while also being able to withstand temperatures from -13 to 185°F, allowing for use in environments such as snow and deserts. A built-in write protect switch further helps to safeguard your content, while advanced Error Correction Code engine offers improved data integrity and card reliability during read and write operations. Downloadable RescuePRO data recovery software helps you restore accidentally deleted images. The card also has a writable label on its surface and the included jewel case makes for easy storage and organization. This card is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

    General Features

    Faster Performance and Downloads
    With write speeds up to 40 MB/s, this card unleashes the full shooting potential of your advanced camera or DSLR. Take advantage of advanced functions such as fast action shots, continuous burst mode, and multiple frames per second. Photos are written to your card almost instantly so you'll get your best shot, and you'll save time moving it all from your camera to your computer.
    Capacity for High-Resolution Photos and Videos
    With a capacity of 64GB to capture it all, this SanDisk Extreme UHS-I Card offers enough room for thousands of high-resolution photos. The card can accommodate high-volume image formats, such as RAW and JPEG, and also provides plenty of room for Full HD videos.
    4K and Full HD Video Recording
    With Class 10, UHS Speed Class 3 (U3), and V30 video ratings, you'll be ready to capture 4K Ultra HD, cinema quality 3D, and Full HD video (1080p), which require more performance than ordinary cards can handle. This memory card's accelerated minimum sustained write speeds help ensure that video data isn't lost during recording, by reducing dropouts and stuttering.
    Error Correction for Enhanced Relability
    Thanks to its Advanced Error Correction Code engine, this SanDisk Extreme UHS-I SDXC card helps reduce the chance for errors during data storage and retrieval. It prevents potential data corruption, providing high data integrity.
    Fast Transfer Speeds Reduce Upload Times
    SanDisk Extreme UHS-I SDXC cards boast a read speed of up to 90 MB/s, so you can transfer photos and videos to your computer quickly. You'll spend less time uploading photos and more time editing, storing, and sharing.
    Durable Design
    Designed and tested to withstand the tough conditions, this card has a capacity of 64GB and is waterproof, shockproof, and X-ray proof. It can operate in temperatures ranging from -13 to 185°F, so you can work in almost any climate.
    RescuePRO Software
    SanDisk RescuePRO and RescuePRO Deluxe software are file and data recovery products for recovering deleted files from all types of digital media.
    UPC: 619659147082
  • Watson NP-FV70 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)

    The Watson NP-FV70 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack works with the same cameras as the Sony NP-FV70. This replacement battery pack features a capacity of 1750mAh and 7.4V of output power. Small and lightweight, lithium-ion batteries can be charged or discharged at any time without developing memory effects.

    Compatible Cameras
    • DCR-SR60
    • DCR-SR68
    • DCR-SR88
    • DCR-SX44
    • DCR-SX45
    • DCR-SX63
    • DCR-SX65
    • DCR-SX83
    • DCR-SX85
    • HDR-CX110
    • HDR-CX130
    • HDR-CX150
    • HDR-CX160
    • HDR-CX190
    • HDR-CX200
    • HDR-CX210
    • HDR-CX220
    • HDR-CX230
    • HDR-CX250
    • HDR-CX260
    • HDR-CX290
    • HDR-CX300
    • HDR-CX350
    • HDR-CX360
    • HDR-CX380
    • HDR-CX430
    • HDR-CX550
    • HDR-CX560
    • HDR-CX580
    • HDR-CX700
    • HDR-CX740
    • HDR-CX760
    • HDR-P3200
    • HDR-PJ10
    • HDR-PJ200
    • HDR-PJ230
    • HDR-PJ260
    • HDR-PJ30
    • HDR-PJ380
    • HDR-PJ430
    • HDR-PJ50
    • HDR-PJ580
    • HDR-PJ600
    • HDR-PJ650
    • HDR-PJ710
    • HDR-PJ760
    • HDR-PJ790
    • HDR-TD10
    • HDR-TD20
    • HDR-TD30
    • HDR-XR150
    • HDR-XR160
    • HDR-XR260
    • HDR-XR350
    • HDR-XR550
    • HXR-MC50
    • HXR-NX30
    • HXR-NX330
    • HXR-NX3D1
    • HXR-NX70
    • NEX-VG10
    • NEX-VG20
    • NEX-VG30
    • NEX-VG900
    UPC: 847628541214
  • Watson Compact AC/DC Charger for P, H & V Series Batteries

    This versatile Compact AC/DC Charger from Watson charges all Sony P, H & V series type lithium-ion batteries via the included dedicated battery plate. The charger runs on 100 to 240 VAC power, allowing for worldwide use. It features a fold-out 2-prong US plug and is supplied with a European plug adapter as well as a 12 VDC car charger that plugs into a cigarette lighter. This makes the charger ideal for use both at home and on the road.

    The Compact AC/DC Charger features a USB power output that allows you to charge and power MP3 players, phones, digital cameras, and other devices with a USB power input--even while charging your camera or camcorder batteries. With its easily interchangeable plate, the charger can also be used for other battery models via the purchase of an additional battery adapter plate.

    Compatible with any Sony NP-FP50, NP-FP70, NP-FP71, NP-FP90, NP-FH50, NP-FH70, NP-FH100, NP-FV50, NP-FV70, NP-FV100 type batteries.
    Charger features a fold-out AC plug for easy storage and travel.
    • Comes with an included Euro plug adapter for charging in Europe.
    • Included DC adapter with car lighter plug lets you charge while on the road.
    USB Output
    Charge or supply power for MP3 devices, mobile phones, digital cameras, and other related devices with a USB power input.
    Safety Features
    The charger features protection against overcharging and overheating.
    UPC: 847628541597
  • Tiffen 52mm UV Protector Filter

    The Tiffen 52mm UV Protector Filter is a general use, clear filter that helps to absorb ultraviolet light and reduce the bluish cast of daylight. This filter is especially useful when photographing at high altitudes or around bodies of water. No additional coloration or contrast is provided, allowing you to pair this filter with others.

    The UV filter is also useful as a general protective filter to leave on lenses at all times. Filters help to reduce dust and moisture from reaching your lens element and provide additional protection in case of drops or situations where scratching could occur.

    Tiffen filters are made using ColorCore technology; a process that involves laminating the filter substrate between 2 pieces of optical glass, grinding flat to a tolerance of 1/10,000th of an inch, then mounting to precision metal rings.

    Absorbs some ultraviolet light and reduces bluish cast of daylight.
    Clear filter provides no additional coloration or contrast, allowing you to pair this filter with others.
    General protection filter reduces dust, moisture, and scratches from reaching lens elements.
    UPC: 049383099393
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Sony FDR-AX33 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder
    Sensor 1-Chip 1/2.3" CMOS
    Backside Illumination Yes
    Color Filter RGB
    Sensor Resolution 18.9 MP
    Effective Pixels 8.29 MP (Video / Image Stabilizer Off)
    10.3 MP (16:9 Photo)
    7.74 MP (4:3 Photo)
    Focal Length 3.8 - 38mm
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 29.8 - 298 movie
    26.8 - 268 still
    Maximum Aperture f/1.8 - f/3.4
    Minimum Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
    Zoom Optical: 10x
    Intelligent: 15x 4K
    Intelligent: 20x (in HD)
    Digital: 120x
    Filter Size 52 mm
    System NTSC
    Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 24, 30 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S)
    3840 x 2160p at 24, 30 fps (60 Mb/s XAVC S)
    1920 x 1080p at 24, 30, 60 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S)
    1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1440 x 1080i at 60 fps (9 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1440 x 1080i at 60 fps (5 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1280 x 720p at 30 fps (3 Mb/s MP4)
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 20.6 Megapixel, 6048 x 3400 (16:9)
    JPEG: 10.3 Megapixel, 4288 x 2408 (16:9)
    JPEG: 8.3 Megapixel, 3840 x 2160 (16:9)
    JPEG: 7.7 Megapixel, 3216 x 2408 (4:3)
    JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
    Channels 5.1-Channel
    Audio Format Dolby Digital 2ch
    Dolby Digital 5.1
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 3.0"
    Screen Resolution 921,600 Dots
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Rotation Opening Angle: 90°
    Turning Angle: 270°
    Screen Size .24"
    EVF Resolution 1,555,200 Dots
    Exposure Controlybecqdvxvewrvv
    Shutter Speed 1/8 - 1/10000 Second ()
    Exposure Metering Multi, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Manual
    Shooting Modes Auto
    Night Scene
    Self-Timer 10 Sec
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Scene Modes Preset: Yes
    Lux 9 (4K: Standard; 1/60 shutter speed)
    6 (HD: Standard; 1/60 shutter speed)
    5 (4K: Low Light; 1/30 shutter speed)
    3 (HD: Standard; 1/30 shutter speed)
    0 (Nightshot; 1/60 shutter speed)
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Indoor 1
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash Light - No
    Flash - No
    Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11b/g/n
    Accessory Shoe Multi Interface Shoe
    Input/Output Connectors
    Inputs 1 x Microphone In
    Outputs 1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
    1 x Multi-Terminal
    1 x Headphone Out
    1 x USB 2.0
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    Menu Languages Brazilian Portuguese
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8 VDC, 1960 mAh
    Max Runtime: 3.4 Hours per Charge
    Charging Method AC Adapter
    Power Adapter 100 - 240 VDC, 50 / 60Hz
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.8 x 3.1 x 6.1" / 7.1 x 7.9 x 15.5 cm with NP-FV50 battery
    Weight 1.320 lb / 600 g body only
    1.44 lb / 655 g with NP-FV50 battery
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 6.1 x 4.2"
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme UHS-I SDXC Memory Card
    Card Type SDXC
    Storage Capacity 64 GB
    Bus Type UHS-I
    Speed Class 10
    UHS Speed Class U3
    Bus Interface Speed UHS Class I
    Data Transfer Read Speed 90 MB/s Maximum
    Write Speed 40 MB/s Maximum
    Write Speed 30 MB/s Minimum
    Durability Shockproof, Temperature Extremes, Waterproof, X-Ray Proof
    Operating Temperature -13 to 185°F/ -25 to 85°C
    Storage Temperature -40 to 185°F/ -40 to 85°C
    Error Correction Yes
    Built-in Write-Protect Switch Yes
    File System Not Specified by Manufacturer
    RoHS Compliant Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Infoybecqdvxvewrvv
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.9 x 2.4 x 0.4"
  • Watson NP-FV70 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)
    Capacity (Wh) 12.95 Wh
    Amp-Hours 1750.00 mAh
    Maximum Output Voltage 7.4 VDC
    Chemistry Lithium-Ion
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 1.8 x 1.2 x 1.4" / 4.6 x 3.1 x 3.6 cm
    Weight 3 oz / 85 g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.4 x 3.1 x 1.7"
  • Watson Compact AC/DC Charger for P, H & V Series Batteries
    Power Input 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 100 mA (max), 12/24 VDC
    Power Output 4.2-8.4 VDC, 800 mA (max)
    Additional Output USB 2.0, 5 VDC, 1 A (max), for charging USB devices
    Charging Time 2-6 hours
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
    Dimensions 2 x 1.3 x 3.5" (5.1 x 3.3 x 9 cm)
    Weight 3.1 oz (88 g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.2 x 4.0 x 2.0"
  • Tiffen 52mm UV Protector Filter
    Filter Type UV
    Filter Factor 1 (0 Stop)
    Shape Circle
    Circular Size 52 mm
    Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet 52 mm
    Packaging Infoybecqdvxvewrvv
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.6 x 2.9 x 0.6"

Sony FDR-AX33V reviews

FDR-AX33 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 47.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent camera! Highly recommended. 4K is awesome! The 4K quality is awesome! I record at 4K 100mbit and it works great. The only bad thing is the battery, which may not be enough for recording full events at the 4K quality. This camera senses the scene and displays icons like low light, spotlight, night scene, walking, tripod mounted, and more, so you'll get the best quality possible from whatever you're shooting. Be aware you'll need a large SD card. I recorded just an hour and the file was almost 42GB, this using the 4K 100Mbit setting. Low light is good. I recorded a school talent show at a theater and the recorded quality was crystal clear. I highly recommend this camera.
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent video, limited optical zoom. First I was considering buying a Panasonic HC-VX870 4K Ultra HD Camcorder but it has no viewfinder, which is a dealbreaker for me. I had the Sony FDR-AX33 4K Ultra HD for about a month. This is my experience so far: The video resolution is the best I have seen. Pro: The camcorder is fairly small. Excellent video quality, 20 MP photos. User friendly (the controls are well positioned and not too many , easy switch to manual mode). Image stabilization seems good. Software is easy to navigate. Con: Only 10x optical zoom. Intelligent: 15x 4K Intelligent: 20x (in HD). In video mode the still pix are 10MP. In photo mode the maximum zoom is 10x. No internal flash.
Date published: 2015-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sony AX33 only 10x optical zoom Did a comparisons vs the Panasonic VX870 4k camcorder vs this sony The Panasonic has a Leica lens system which offers a 20x optical zoom i've had video cameras for years and there's been countless situations where I needed that extra reach zoom and that's where I feel the Panasonic is superior at its 20x optical Zoom offering examples are birds and wildlife and simply places you can't get close to your subject The other thing with the Panasonic is the 20 x optical zoom is just a sharp at its full 20x zoom as Non-zoom applied now don't get me wrong the Sony 4K camcorder is amazing and has very good Built quality I also saved a $
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mostly good but not real remote control First, I use this camera for aerial filming where the Balanced Image Stabilization is awesome. The video quality is exceptional. I am used to a Canon CX 760 which has several choices for remote control, but the AX33 does not. The serious drawback of this camera is that it has a wifi remote control program which would be great, except using the remote only lets you control zoom and record BUT NOT FOCUS, and putting it in wifi mode turns off all user settings! If had known this I would have not bought it. It is an expensive camera to have such poor remote capability.
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent It has way more useful features than my older Sony camcorder (HDR-XR160). It's slightly larger and heavier than the old one, but it's not a bad thing. Actually I like that. The focus on the older model is better, however the AX33 takes way better and sharper photos. Actually the photos look more artistic. Fast recording, night vision recording, all really nice features. The footage in dark look way nicer than my old camera's footage. The battery is the same as the older model has. That's a big plus. Same about the cables. I'd say it's the best for using at home or making documentaries, great with a tripod. If you travel a lot, chose a smaller/lighter model.
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best handheld camera SONY has EVER made! I shot some test footage with the new SONY AX33. No processing, hand-held, right out of the box. In short; I am absolutely stunned by the quality and performance of this camera! I have been using SONY cameras since BETACAM (BVW 1a/3A) I have purchased HI8, DVCAM, Z100, EX1, FS100, CX550V, CX760V, and the AX1. (BTW: The AX1 is the WORST camera SONY has EVER made.) The AX33 ($) far outperforms the AX1 ($) in every way possible (I just did a side by side comparison using charts and real scenes.If you have owned the 760V; the AX33 is a slightly larger version of that camera in 4K. It records 4K at 100Mbps with SDXC cards, although the SDXC cards are unbelievably expensive.The exposure latitude, color accuracy, Balanced Steady Shot (BOSS), recording algorithm, and functionality are of the highest standards (If only the AX1 had the same sensor.) The test footage includes some audio recorded with a RODE microphone.I would recommend this to your friends and their friends!Test footage shot with this camera (4K):
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Looks better than it is... Just because this is a 4k camera, don't expect super high quality. The best things I can say about the AX33 is it is small, compact, very easy to use, incredible audio and the BOSS image stabilizer is the best thing anywhere. However I was unable to pull a critical focus regardless whether I was indoors with studio lighting or outdoors in direct sunlight. In fact my Sony CX900 HD camcorder produced better results than the 4k footage I shot. I returned the AX33 in favor of JVC's GY-HN 170UA which gives me 150% of what I need.
Date published: 2015-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could be improved Overall, fairly positive. Multi-selection ring for focus, zoom, aperture, shutter speed, etc. is a definite improvement over the tiny knobs that Sony's traditionally favored. The wireless livestreaming function is definite plus...looking forward to checking it out. The negatives? Manual audio levels only work with the ECM-XYST1M microphone connected to the multi-interface shoe while it's plugged into the mic jack. Manual audio levels are vital for live concert recording. It's a power hog, even if shooting in AVCHD mode. Best order a couple of NP-FV100 batteries; if you're shooting in 4K mode, it'll suck 'em dry in a little of six hours. The biggest drawback, resulting in a less than stellar rating of three stars? It doesn't include an IR remote, nor is it even equipped with an IR receiver. The wireless function is nice but it's no substitute for a dedicated remote. And you'd best include a couple of 128 gigabyte SD cards. 4K will fill 'em faster than you'd imagine.
Date published: 2015-03-10
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