Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

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  • 4K Ultra HD 24/30p & 16.6MP Stills
  • Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 26.8mm Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* Zoom Lens
  • 20x Optical Zoom & 40x Clear Image Zoom
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot
  • Fast Intelligent AF
  • High Speed 120 fps Recording
  • 3.0" LCD Touchscreen / 0.24" Color EVF
  • 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Microphone
  • Wi-Fi / NFC Connectivity
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Sony FDR-AX53 overview

  • 1Description

The Sony FDR-AX53 is a palm-sized Handycam camcorder that combines a Zeiss 20x optical zoom lens and a high-sensitivity image sensor to produce crisp and high-quality UHD 4K video. The Exmor R CMOS image sensor supports UHD 4K video capture at 24 or 30 fps using Sony's XAVC S codec and features pixels that are approximately 1.6x larger than the previous model for enhanced performance in all conditions, particularly low-light scenarios. The camcorder also features Sony's Balance Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology to help produce smooth and stable footage throughout the zoom range. Further enhancements include improved autofocus speed and accuracy, a lower-noise built-in microphone, and a high-speed 1080p 120 fps recording mode to create high-resolution slow-motion content.

You can monitor your shots using 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. For large-screen playback, an HDMI output port is also provided for connecting to your HDTV to large-screen. You can even 'trim' a selected portion of a 4K video or image frame to fill the screen with Full HD quality. For enhanced connectivity and remote control, the FDR-AX53 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 on 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, along with an AC adapter, micro-HDMI cable, and micro-USB cable.

Exmor R CMOS Sensor
A newly developed image sensor, with pixels of approximately 1.6 times larger than previous models, offers enhanced sensitivity for capturing high-quality images with less noise under dark as well as bright shooting conditions.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens with 20x Optical Zoom
The FDR-AX53 comes equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens. It features a wide 35mm-equivalent focal length of 26.8mm (in movie mode) to fit more into your shots and a 20x optical zoom range. Multi-layer Zeiss T* coating further enhances image quality by reducing unwanted reflection, such as ghost and flare. To get you closer to the action, the zoom range can be extended using Clear Image Zoom of 30x/40x (4K/HD) using Clear Image zoom.
Balanced Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Advanced image stabilization suppresses camera shake to stabilize footage as it is being shot and works throughout the 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.
Fast Intelligent AF
Fast Intelligent AF achieves very speedy, accurate contrast-detection autofocus by minimizing lens motion, predicting the AF range, and accelerating lens drive, thereby improving response so you can capture more fleeting moments.
5.1 Channel On-Board Audio Capture
During AVCHD recording, a 5.1 channel built-in microphone captures active sounds coming from five directions so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording. Level meters on the LCD panel provide visual monitoring of each channel's levels.

Note: 5.1 channel audio is only available when recording in AVCHD, so it is not available for 4K UHD recording, which uses the XAVC S codec.
Lower Noise Audio Performance
A new structural design enables the microphone to gather clearer sound from five directions than the previous generation camcorder, with approx. 40% less noise and twice as effective 2ch stereo (for XAVC S shooting) and three times as effective Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround (for AVCHD shooting) sound performance. This makes it possible to faithfully reproduce audio with clearly defined separation.
High Speed Full HD Recording
Shoot in 1080p at 120 fps and bring it into your editing software to produce high-resolution slow-motion footage. This is useful for reviewing, in greater slow-motion detail, sports and everyday action that can occur too quickly in real time for you to see clearly.
XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4 Codecs
The FDR-AX53 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).
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. This gives you a small file ready for instant sharing, plus a professional-grade file for further editing.
4K Time-Lapse
Capture 4K 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.
Time Code / User Bit
Time Code and User Bit can be added to movies as data elements. The 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, and scene number in eight-digit arbitrary numbers, and is useful for editing movies using two or more cameras.
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.
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 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 only available in AVCHD.
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 Record (video and still image recording)
  • Photo capture from movie
  • NightShot infrared recording
  • Face Detection and Smile Shutter
  • Motion/Golf Shot
  • BRAVIA Sync (CEC)
  • Lock-on AF
  • My Voice Cancelling
UPC: 027242895638
In the Box
Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder
  • NP-FV70 V-Series Rechargeable Battery Pack (1960mAh, 6.8-8.4V)
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Micro-HDMI Cable
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Limited Warranty (1-Year Parts, 90-Days Labor)
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    Sony FDR-AX53 specs

    Camera
    Sensor 1-Chip 1/2.5" CMOS
    Backside Illumination Yes
    Sensor Resolution Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Effective Pixels 8.29 MP (16:9 Video)
    8.29 MP (16:9 Photo)
    6.22 MP (4:3 Photo)
    Optics
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 26.8 - 536 at 16:9 
    32.8 - 656 at 4:3 
    Maximum Aperture f/2 - f/3.8
    Minimum Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
    Zoom Optical: 20x
    Clear Image Zoom: 30x 4K
    Clear Image Zoom: 40x (in HD)
    Digital: 250x
    Filter Size 55 mm
    Recording
    System NTSC
    Recording Media Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC

    Requires SDXC/SDHC memory card UHS-I U3 or higher for XAVC S 4K 100 Mbps recording, and SDXC/SDHC memory card Class 10 or higher for XAVCS 4K 60 Mpbs and XAVCS HD 50 Mbps recording.

    Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 24/30 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S)
    1920 x 1080p at 24/30/60 fps (60 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)
    Slow Motion Mode 120 fps Recorded at 1920 x 1080p
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 16.6 Megapixel, 5440 x 3056 (16:9)
    JPEG: 12.5 Megapixel, 4080 x 3056 (4:3)
    JPEG: 8.3 Megapixel, 3840 x 2160 (16:9)
    JPEG: 6.2 Megapixel, 2880 x 2160 (4:3)
    JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
    JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480
    Channels 5.1-Channel
    Audio Format AAC-LC
    Dolby Digital 2ch
    Dolby Digital 5.1
    LPCM
    Sampling Frequency LPCM: 48.0 kHz
    Bit Rate LPCM: 16.0-Bit
    Display
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 3"
    Screen Resolution 921,600 Dots
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Rotation Opening Angle: 90°
    Turning Angle: 270°
    EVF
    Screen Size .24"
    EVF Resolution 1,555,200 Dots
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Speed 1/8 - 1/10000 Second ()
    Exposure Metering Multi, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Manual
    Interval Recording 1 Second
    2 Second
    5 Second
    10 Second
    30 Second
    60 Second
    Self-Timer 10 Sec
    Features
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Scene Modes Preset: Yes
    Lux 1.8 (4K: Low Lux, 1/30 shutter speed)
    9 (4K: Standard, 1/60 shutter speed)
    1.2 (HD: Low Lux, 1/30 shutter speed)
    6 (HD: Standard, 1/60 shutter speed)
    0 (NightShot)
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Indoor 1
    Onepush
    Outdoors
    Creative Effects Yes
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash Light - No
    Flash - No
    Wi-Fi Yes
    Accessory Shoe 1 x Multi Interface Shoe
    Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
    1 x Multi-Terminal micro-USB
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    General
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8 VDC, 1960 mAh
    Charging Method AC Adapter
    Power Consumption In LCD Operation: 4.9 W
    In Viewfinder Operation: 4.9 W
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.9 x 3.2 x 6.6" / 7.4 x 8.1 x 16.8 cm with battery attached
    Weight 22.4 oz / 635 g with battery attached
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.4 x 5.8 x 4.0"

    Sony FDR-AX53 reviews

    FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 67.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely little monster. This is one hell of a machine. No smart phone comes close to this. The built in stabilizing system is awesome. The fact that you can dual record in 4K and in MP4 is great, allowing you to send the MP4 version videos to your phone and then share it on social media. For under $1,000 you ain't gonna find anything better. ATTACHED IMAGES AND VIDEOS WERE TAKEN WITH THE AX53. The resolution is reduced since I didn't have patience to try to upload the original 4K resolution onto YouTube. (One last thing: buy the ax 53, not the ax 33. For just 50 more bucks you get larger image sensor and intelligent stabilization.)
    Date published: 2017-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far it's pretty awsome! I just got this last week and haven't played with it a lot yet, but I was pleased that the image stabilization is great all the way up the scale, but a full zoom it gets a little jumpy, but not anywhere near as bad as others I've tried. It does a great job of focusing at night, even with headlights and street lights it did a good job. I really haven't tested the sound quality, however they claim they improved it. I hope it will work with my little ECM-GZ1M microphone as my FDR-AX33 doesn't. I did find that it seems to have trouble focusing on closer objects in the range of 10 to 15 feet away. I'm not sure what that was all about yet.
    Date published: 2016-03-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Handheld/ Bad Tripod I got this camera for my birthday to record small events I attend car shows, church events etc. so I don't have to lug my big NX3 The camera is great handheld the stabilization works good. But when put on a tripod after a few minutes the slightest touch or people walking by the tripod causes massive shake in the video which makes video unusable. Have tried turning off stabilizer all settings nothing works, but when you take it off the tripod all is normal. It seems to be designed for handheld video making thinking about returning for something else hoping Sony will fix in firmware
    Date published: 2016-06-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little camera I've had this camera for a few weeks now, I've used it for shooting a funrun, an airshow and a surfing event. I really like this camera. I mostly bought it for the stabilization, which is unbelievably amazing! The fact that it shoots 120fps is a bonus, useful for occasional stuff. It's small enough to fit in the pocket of my jacket, which means I can take my stills camera as well and can easily it grab if I see something I want. The images are making my old HVX 200 look soft and grainy, these are sharp, clean and maybe a little contrasty, but nothing a little post wont fix. The biggest pain is the photo button on top, which I keep hitting when zooming. Would be happy to recommend.
    Date published: 2017-03-17
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sent it back Really wanted to like this camera, and for what it is it's good. It just didn't fill my needs adequately. Some good things about this camera: the sabilization is out of this world, the feature set is really nice, and the size and battery life are great. What was the deal breaker for me was the soft 4K footage and abysmal low light performance. Those two made it impossible for me to use them how I wanted. I got the RX10II instead, which still isn't perfect but works better than this camera. If you just want to do family video and stuff like that this camera would be fine, but for any professional use you are better off with something else.
    Date published: 2016-10-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from LANC is missing ! The multi-function jack dose not support the LANC function anymore. I cant use my existing underwater housing anymore because of the missing LANC. I cant handle the camera without LANC in the housing. Further any other wired remotes dont work anymore. I am very disappointed because there was no publications from Sony about this fact. Otherwise, it is a good camcorder with a good BOSS stabilization...but the promised improved stabilization only works at HD Video not at 4K. .. . I have sent it back to the dealer !
    Date published: 2016-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is better than I expected. I used Sony for several years till I switched to Canon. Now, I was interested to have a 4K camcorder and the best for consumer or little prosumer available at the moment is Sony and Panasonic. I bought Sony because the 5 axis optical stabilization. After I received it I tested it and I am very happy with the stabilization, the color saturation, the resolution and it has not to much grain with low light for a consumer camcorder. I am buying from several years camcorders and photo cameras from B&H. Every thing arrived on time or early
    Date published: 2016-09-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would highly recommend this video camera. I had been using a Sony mini tape cassette camera for the past 20 years. The picture quality of this new Sony Camcorder is unbelievable . Shot some picture of a tennis match and the recording was great. You could almost read the printing on the tennis balls in the ball rack at the net post. Haven't had a lot of time to learn all the features, which this camera offers. One thing that I experienced the fact that I could see my reflection in the video screen when shooting picture and that made scanning difficult. I believe that was related to the position of the sun relative to my shooting position. Lots of learning to do, but real excited about the clarity of the pictures.
    Date published: 2016-11-25
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