Sony 4K Vlogging Kit with Sony FDR-AX53 Camera, Zoom Mic & Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod

Sony 4K Vlogging Kit with Sony FDR-AX53 Camera, Zoom Mic & Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod
Key Features
  • FDR-AX53 Ultra HD 4K Handycam Camcorder
  • ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone
  • GP-VPT1 Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod
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.
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Sony FDR-AX53 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder
  • 3Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe
  • 4Sony GP-VPT1 Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod

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

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 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.

Monaural, electret condenser microphone that powers directly from the camera or camcorder's hot shoe
Removable windscreen helps reduce wind noise for shooting outdoors


For all Sony camcorder models that feature the Multi-Interface Shoe. Note: This is not compatible with earlier camcorders that use Active Interface Shoe (AIS)
UPC: 027242876439

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.

UPC: 027242869370

Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder Specs

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)
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length26.8 to 536mm at 16:9 
32.8 to 656mm at 4:3 
Maximum Aperturef/2 - f/3.8
Minimum Focus Distance0.4" / 1.0 cm
ZoomOptical: 20x
Clear Image Zoom: 30x 4K
Clear Image Zoom: 40x (in HD)
Digital: 250x
Filter Size55 mm
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 SupportJPEG
16.6 MP (5440 x 3056)
12.5 MP (4080 x 3056)
8.3 MP (3840 x 2160)
6.2 MP (2880 x 2160)
2.1 MP (1920 x 1080)
.3 MP (640 x 480)
Audio FormatAAC-LC
Dolby Digital 2ch
Dolby Digital 5.1
Sampling FrequencyLPCM: 48.0 kHz
Bit RateLPCM: 16.0-Bit
Display TypeLCD
Screen Size3"
Screen Resolution921,600 Dots
Aspect Ratio16:9
RotationOpening Angle: 90°
Turning Angle: 270°
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
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
Creative EffectsYes
Built-In MicYes
Built-In SpeakerYes
Built-In Light/FlashLight - No
Flash - No
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
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"

Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe Specs

CapsuleMonaural electret condenser
Pick-up PatternShotgun / zoom
Frequency Response150 Hz to 15 kHz
InterfaceSony proprietary Multi-Interface Shoe
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Dimensions1.1 x 2.3 x 4.2" / 28 x 57 x 106 mm
Weight1.6 oz / 45g - main unit only
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.4 x 5.8 x 1.6"

Sony GP-VPT1 Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod Specs

Material of ConstructionABS plastic, polycarbonate, nylon-PA, and nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR)
Load Capacity35.3 oz (1.0 kg)
Camera Attachment1/4"-20 screw
Remote Control TypeMulti-terminal remote connector
Start/Stop, Photo, and Zoom buttons
Operating Temperature32 to 104° F (0 to 40° C)
DimensionsLegs folded: Approx. 1.8 x 5.2 x 2.7" (4.5 x 13.2 x 6.8 cm)
Led open: Approx. 5.0 x 3.8 x 4.5" (12.7 x 9.6 x 11.4 cm)
Cord length: Approx. 9.8" (25.0 cm)
WeightApprox. 4 oz (114 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.485 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.9 x 4.4 x 2.15"
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hi, sony ax53 is its real 4k image.
Asked by: Jasim U.
It is a high-quality UHD 4K video. So it is not full 4K.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2019-10-23

Does it have night vision

Does it have night vision
Asked by: Devil
Yes. I gives "light" for about fifteen feet, past that it doesn't do much on its own, but still helps when videoing something from afar, if there is some light in that area. It will have a greenish tint. (Similar to black and white)
Answered by: benjamin
Date published: 2021-08-03


Playmemories mobile connect to iphone/ipad does not work. I keep scanning the QR code and setting up but then after rebooting the app like it says it still will not connect to camera. It asks me to rescan QR code... it's an endless loop. Anybody have a solution?
Asked by: O A.
This sounds like a Sony Service question. I would suggest contacting the Sony Product Operation Support Center (POSC) at 800-883-6817. 8:00 am to 8:00 pm ET, excluding weekends and holidays.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Can a lens hood be added?
Asked by: Anonymous
A 55mm wide-angle lens hood may be added.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Will the Rode VMGO Video Mic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone work on the Sony AX53?(134)Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone
Asked by: Kenneth Q.
Plug-in power is provided by the camera, so it will power the RODE VideoMic GO
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Is there a special mode to record in Bl.& Wh. ?

Is there a special mode to record in Bl.& Wh. ?
Asked by: karen
Yes, the unit does have a Picture Effect feature to record in black and white.
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2020-09-23


I just got my new AX53 today. I wonder how good ( in resolution) is the MP4 in 4K setting and how big its file as compare to AVCHD setting? and can I still burn into Blu-ray with this 4K MP4 file?
Asked by: Johnny
Codecs are confusing. First let me say this: SD or Standard Definition can fit on a DVD. HD or High Definition fits on a Blu-ray. (AVCHD is an HD format.) 4K at this time cannot fit on any disk. Next: There is a MP4 codec on the AX53 and its resolution is HD 1280 x 720p. At 17Mbps, a 6GB card will give you a 1 hour recording. Finally: the only 4K codecs on the camera are XAVC-S. (They are in MP4 wrappers, AKA containers, which may be what is particularly confusing here.) XAVC-S when using its highest quality, 100mpbs, a 64GB card will give you 75 minutes of recording.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2019-09-14


Can I use the Sennheiser MKE 440 Stereo Shotgun Mic with the Sony FDR-AX53 4K Handycam Camcorder?
Asked by: FERNANDO
Thank you very much!!
Answered by: FERNANDO M.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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