This B&H 4K Vlogging Kit consists of the Sony FDR-AX53 Handycam Camcorder, ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone with Multi-Interface Shoe, and GP-VPT1 Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod. It has been assembled to provide you with a low-profile 4K/HD shooting package. The camera shoots and records in UHD 4K at 24 or 30 fps, and HD at up to 120 fps to SDXC media cards (not included). The Exmor R CMOS sensor is designed for improved low-light performance, and the BIONZ processor handles the high data rate of the 4K footage and supports 40x Clear Image Zoom to enhance the camera's 20x optical zoom. The camera also features Sony's Multi-Interface Shoe.
The included zoom microphone attaches to, and powers from, the camera's Multi-Interface Shoe. The microphone can be used as a zoom microphone which adjusts its pickup pattern in relation to the zoom length of your lens, or it can be used as a fixed pickup pattern microphone. The Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod incorporates a wired remote control for your Handycam and can be used as a grip with the legs folded in, or as a mini tripod support with the legs unfolded.
Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder
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
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens with 20x Optical Zoom
Balanced Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Fast Intelligent AF
5.1 Channel On-Board Audio Capture
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
High Speed Full HD Recording
XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4 Codecs
Dual Video Recording
Super-Sampled Full HD Playback
Time Code / User Bit
0.24" OLED EVF
3.0" Xtra Fine LCD Touchscreen Display
Simple Connectivity to Smartphones via Wi-Fi/NFC
Highlight Movie Maker
Note: Highlight Move Maker is only available in AVCHD.
Intelligent AUTO Mode
Multi Interface Accessory Shoe
Manual Control Ring
- 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
Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe
The Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone is a monaural on-camera microphone that features a hot shoe interface specifically for Sony cameras and camcorders that have the propriety Multi-Interface Shoe. The microphone is designed to help isolate the sound you want originating from the subject while rejecting unwanted ambient noise. It offers two setting to choose from: a "Gun" Mode which locks the microphone in a fixed pick-up pattern, and a "Zoom" Mode which dynamically adjusts the pick-up pattern in relation how much you zoom in, making the microphone pick-up angle narrower as you zoom closer - Zoom Mode requires a camera or camcorder with a zoom lens.
Sony GP-VPT1 Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod
The Sony GP-VPT1 Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod provides one-handed operation of your multi-terminal equipped Sony camcorder or camera. It can also fold out into a mini tripod for hands-free use. The GP-VPT1 features a pan handle with wired remote control, adjustable grip angle, and zoom, photo, and start/stop record buttons. A hand strap, cable clamper, and carrying pouch come included.
Your camera mounts to the shooting grip via a 1/4"-20 screw. The wired AV cable uses Sony's Multi Terminal connector, which plugs in to the corresponding port on compatible camcorders/cameras and lets you control zoom, take photos, and start/stop recording using the buttons found on the grip. Using the cable clamper keeps the cable out of the way while recording. The grip angle is adjustable in increments of approximately 10 degrees by pressing the angle adjust button on the side of the grip. This allows you to find the angle that is comfortable for you.
For added convenience, two legs fold out from the shooting grip to turn the GP-VPT1 into a mini tripod, letting you set it on a tabletop for hands-free shooting.