Sony FDR-AX43 UHD 4K Handycam Camcorder

BH #SOFDRAX43 • MFR #FDRAX43/B
Sony FDR-AX43 UHD 4K Handycam Camcorder
Key Features
  • UHD 4K 24/30p & 16.6MP Stills
  • Built-In Gimbal, Optical Stabilization
  • 1/2.5" Exmor R Low-Light CMOS Sensor
  • 20x Optical Zoom & 40x Clear Image Zoom
Capture ultra-smooth video on the go with the FDR-AX43 UHD 4K Handycam from Sony. This compact camcorder features a built-in gimbal with Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and a low-light Exmor R CMOS image sensor to produce crisp, high-quality UHD 4K video or 16.6MP still photos. Record up to UHD 4K video at 24 or 30 fps using Sony's XAVC S codec at rates up to 100 Mb/s or up to 50 Mb/s 1080p HD video. Fast, intelligent autofocus tracks your subjects while keeping them sharp, and the ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens features a 20x optical/30x digital zoom in 4K and up to 250x digital zoom in HD. The FDR-AX43's Dual Video mode enables you to record MP4 movies simultaneously with your XAVC S 4K video, perfect for playback on your phone and faster uploading to your network or the web. The Dual Video Mode also enables the use of the Highlight Movie Maker, a one-button function that creates a highlight reel of your footage you can quickly play back at an event. A 4K time-lapse mode can be used to condense your adventures or capture stunning nature or atmospheric sequences.
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Sony FDR-AX43 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 21/2.5" Exmor R Low-Light CMOS Sensor
  • 3Built-In Gimbal with Optical Stabilization
  • 4ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens with 20x Optical Zoom
  • 5Fast Intelligent AF
  • 65.1 Channel Onboard 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
  • 13Timecode and User Bit
  • 143" Clear Photo LCD Touchscreen Display
  • 15Highlight Movie Maker
  • 16Simple Connectivity to Smartphones via Wi-Fi/NFC
  • 17Live Streaming
  • 18Multicamera Control
  • 19Intelligent Auto Mode
  • 20Multi Interface Accessory Shoe
  • 21Trimming Playback
  • 22Additional Features

Capture ultra-smooth video on the go with the FDR-AX43 UHD 4K Handycam from Sony. This compact camcorder features a built-in gimbal with Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and a low-light Exmor R CMOS image sensor to produce crisp, high-quality UHD 4K video or 16.6MP still photos. Record up to UHD 4K video at 24 or 30 fps using Sony's XAVC S codec at rates up to 100 Mb/s or up to 50 Mb/s 1080p HD video. Fast, intelligent autofocus tracks your subjects while keeping them sharp, and the ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens features a 20x optical/30x digital zoom in 4K and up to 250x digital zoom in HD. The FDR-AX43's Dual Video mode enables you to record MP4 movies simultaneously with your XAVC S 4K video, perfect for playback on your phone and faster uploading to your network or the web. The Dual Video Mode also enables the use of the Highlight Movie Maker, a one-button function that creates a highlight reel of your footage you can quickly play back at an event. A 4K time-lapse mode can be used to condense your adventures or capture stunning nature or atmospheric sequences.

Monitor your shots or vlog using the FDR-AX43's tilting, flip-out 3.0" Clear Photo touchscreen display. For large-screen playback, use the HDMI output port for connecting a larger 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, the FDR-AX43 is Wi-Fi enabled, offering one-touch remote control and sharing using your compatible smartphone.

The FDR-AX43 camcorder features a range of automatic image and audio options for easy point-and-shoot operation, as well as enhanced manual controls that offer greater creative freedom for advanced users. 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.

1/2.5" Exmor R Low-Light CMOS Sensor

The CMOS sensor provides enhanced sensitivity for capturing high-quality images with less noise under dark as well as bright shooting conditions.

Built-In Gimbal with Optical Stabilization

The FDR-AX43's integrated gimbal with Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization cushions your images against shaking and jarring, even while running or zoomed in.

ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens with 20x Optical Zoom

The ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens 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 in UHD 4K. Multicoating reduces unwanted reflections, ghosting, and flares. 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.

Fast Intelligent AF

The Fast Intelligent AF uses accurate contrast-detection autofocus to minimize lens motion, predicting the AF range, and accelerating lens drive so you can capture more fleeting moments.

5.1 Channel Onboard 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: The 5.1 channel audio is only available when recording in AVCHD, so it is not available for UHD 4K recording, which uses the XAVC S codec.

Lower Noise Audio Performance

The microphone is designed to gather clear sound from five directions, making 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-AX43 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 an MP4 wrapper which allows for extensive record times and easy editing. Additionally, you can choose 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.

Timecode and User Bit

Timecode and User Bit can be added to movies as data elements. The Timecode function records hours/minutes/seconds/frames on image data for precise advanced video editing. The 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.

3" Clear Photo LCD Touchscreen Display

The flip-out, tilting 3" Clear Photo LCD provides a crisp view perfect for viewing, playback, or vlogging.

Highlight Movie Maker

Highlight Movie Maker automatically selects the best scenes from your videos and creates a short MP4 highlight reel of your recorded action to share and enjoy instantly.

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. 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.

Multicamera 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 multiview movies.

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.

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: 027242920330

Sony FDR-AX43 Specs

Camera
Sensor1-Chip 1/2.5" CMOS
Backside IlluminationYes
Color FilterRGB
Sensor Resolution8.57 MP
Effective Pixels8.29 MP (16:9 Video)
8.29 MP (16:9 Photo)
6.22 MP (4:3 Photo)
Optics
Focal Length4.44 to 88mm
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length26.8 to 536mm at 16:9 
32.8 to 656mm at 4:3 
Maximum Aperturef/2 - f/3.8
Minimum Focusing Distance0.4" / 1.0 cm
Fixed FocusNo
ZoomOptical: 20x
Clear Image Zoom: 30x 4K
Clear Image Zoom: 40x (in HD)
Digital: 250x (in HD)
Filter Size55 mm
Recording
SystemNTSC
Recording MediaSD/SDHC/SDXC
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
Video Format3840 x 2160p at 24/30 fps (100, 60 Mb/s XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 24/30/60 fps (50 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)
Aspect Ratio16:9
Still Image SupportJPEG
16.6 MP (5440 x 3056)
JPEG
12.5 MP (4080 x 3056)
JPEG
8.3 MP (3840 x 2160)
JPEG
6.2 MP (2880 x 2160)
JPEG
2.1 MP (1920 x 1080)
JPEG
.3 MP (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
Size3.0"
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed10,000 - 8 Second (Photo)
Shooting ModesAuto
M (Manual)
Interval Recording1 Second
2 Second
5 Second
10 Second
30 Second
60 Second
Self-Timer10 Sec
Features
Image StabilizationOptical
Scene ModesPreset: Yes
White Balance ModesAuto
Indoor 1
Onepush
Outdoors
Creative EffectsYes
Built-In MicYes
Built-In SpeakerYes
Built-In Light/FlashLight - No
Flash - No
Wi-FiYes, 802.11b/g
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
Supported LanguagesBrazilian Portuguese
English
French
Spanish
BatteryRechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8 VDC, 1960 mAh
Charging MethodAC Adapter
Power Adapter100 - 240 VAC, 50 / 60Hz
Power ConsumptionIn LCD Operation: 4.9 W
In Viewfinder Operation: 4.9 W
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions (W x H x D)6.8 x 3.2 x 2.9" / 173.0 x 80.5 x 73.0 mm with battery attached
Weight22.05 oz / 625 g with battery attached
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.395 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.5 x 5.9 x 4.3"
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