Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

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Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder
Key Features
  • 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
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.
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Sony FDR-AX53 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 3Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens with 20x Optical Zoom
  • 4Balanced Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • 5Fast Intelligent AF
  • 65.1 Channel On-Board Audio Capture
  • 7Lower Noise Audio Performance
  • 8High Speed Full HD Recording
  • 9XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4 Codecs
  • 10Dual Video Recording
  • 114K Time-Lapse
  • 12Super-Sampled Full HD Playback
  • 13Time Code / User Bit
  • 140.24" OLED EVF
  • 153.0" Xtra Fine LCD Touchscreen Display
  • 16Simple Connectivity to Smartphones via Wi-Fi/NFC
  • 17Live Streaming
  • 18Multi-Camera Control
  • 19Highlight Movie Maker
  • 20Intelligent AUTO Mode
  • 21Multi Interface Accessory Shoe
  • 22Trimming Playback
  • 23Manual Control Ring
  • 24Additional Features

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

Sony FDR-AX53 Specs

Camera
Sensor1-Chip 1/2.5" CMOS
Backside IlluminationYes
Effective Pixels8.29 MP (16:9 Video)
8.29 MP (16:9 Photo)
6.22 MP (4:3 Photo)
Optics
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length26.8 to 536 at 16:9 
32.8 to 656 at 4:3 
Maximum Aperturef/2 - f/3.8
Minimum Focusing Distance0.4" / 1.0 cm
ZoomOptical: 20x
Clear Image Zoom: 30x 4K
Clear Image Zoom: 40x (in HD)
Digital: 250x
Filter Size55 mm
Recording
SystemNTSC
Recording Media x Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video Format3840 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 Mode120 fps Recorded at 1920 x 1080p
Still Image ResolutionJPEG: 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
Channels5.1-Channel 
Audio FormatAAC-LC
Dolby Digital 2ch
Dolby Digital 5.1
LPCM
Sampling FrequencyLPCM: 48.0 kHz
Bit RateLPCM: 16.0-Bit
Display
Display TypeLCD
TouchscreenYes
Screen Size3"
Screen Resolution921,600 Dots
Aspect Ratio16:9
RotationOpening Angle: 90°
Turning Angle: 270°
EVF
Screen Size.24"
EVF Resolution1,555,200 Dots
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed1/8 - 1/10000 Second ()
Exposure MeteringMulti, Spot
Exposure ModesModes: Auto, Manual
Interval Recording1 Second
2 Second
5 Second
10 Second
30 Second
60 Second
Self-Timer10 Sec
Features
Image StabilizationOptical
Scene ModesPreset: Yes
Lux1.8 (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 ModesAuto
Indoor 1
Onepush
Outdoors
Creative EffectsYes
Built-In MicYes
Built-In SpeakerYes
Built-In Light/FlashLight - No
Flash - No
Wi-FiYes
Accessory Shoe1 x Multi Interface Shoe
Tripod Mount1/4" - 20
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
1 x Multi-Terminal micro-USB
Microphone InputYes
Headphone JackYes
General
BatteryRechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8 VDC, 1960 mAh
Charging MethodAC Adapter
Power ConsumptionIn 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
Weight22.4 oz / 635 g with battery attached
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.5 x 5.95 x 4.15"
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