Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

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

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Sony 4K Vlogging Kit with Sony FDR-AX53 Camera, Zoom Mic & Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe Sony GP-VPT1 Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod

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  • FDR-AX53 Ultra HD 4K Handycam Camcorder
  • ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone
  • GP-VPT1 Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod

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Sony FDR-AX53 overview

  • 1Description

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
    Compatibility
    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
In the Box
  • 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)
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    • Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder
      Camera
      Sensor 1-Chip 1/2.5" CMOS
      Backside Illumination Yes
      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 x 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
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.4 x 5.8 x 4.0"
    • Sony ECM-GZ1M Zoom Microphone for Cameras with Multi-Interface Shoe
      Capsule Monaural electret condenser
      Pick-up Pattern Shotgun / zoom
      Frequency Response 150 Hz to 15 kHz
      Interface Sony proprietary Multi-Interface Shoe
      Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
      Storage Temperature 4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
      Dimensions 1.1 x 2.3 x 4.2" / 28 x 57 x 106 mm
      Weight 1.6 oz / 45g - main unit only
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.6"
    • Sony GP-VPT1 Shooting Grip with Mini Tripod
      Material of Construction ABS plastic, polycarbonate, nylon-PA, and nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR)
      Load Capacity 35.3 oz (1.0 kg)
      Camera Attachment 1/4"-20 screw
      Remote Control Type Multi-terminal remote connector
      Start/Stop, Photo, and Zoom buttons
      Operating Temperature 32 to 104° F (0 to 40° C)
      Dimensions Legs 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)
      Weight Approx. 4 oz (114 g)
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.7 x 4.4 x 2.3"

    Sony FDR-AX53 reviews

    FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 70.
    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 5 out of 5 by from Best Camera at any price I do video's for Model Airplane Flying clubs and the challenge is stable video's of small moving airplanes. The lens in this camera is suburb! The lens stabilization system allows for a smooth realistic picture that translates into what would appear as a real full size airplane. I have used the camera in auto mode for the first two weeks of use and I find no problems with focus or lighting. I love this camera!! The manual exposure really takes care of some lighting enhancements here in the northwest on dull days. Buy this product and you will be thrilled with the performance.� Puget Sound Silent Flyers Club
    Date published: 2018-01-03
    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
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