Sony FDR-AX43A UHD 4K Handycam Camcorder

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Sony FDR-AX43A 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
  • 3" LCD Flip-Out & Tilting Touchscreen
Capture ultrasmooth video on the go with the FDR-AX43A 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.
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Sony FDR-AX43A Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 7Easy Point-and-Shoot Operation
  • 81/2.5" Exmor R Low-Light CMOS Sensor
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  • 10Built-In Gimbal with Optical Stabilization
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  • 12ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T Lens with 20x Optical Zoom
  • 13Fast Intelligent AF
  • 145.1 Channel Onboard Audio Capture
  • 15Lower Noise Audio Performance
  • 16High-Speed Full HD Recording
  • 17XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4 Codecs
  • 18Dual-Video Recording
  • 194K Time-Lapse
  • 20Super-Sampled Full HD Playback
  • 21Timecode and User Bit
  • 223" Clear Photo LCD Touchscreen Display
  • 23Highlight Movie Maker
  • 24Simple Connectivity to Smartphones via Wi-Fi/NFC
  • 25Live Streaming
  • 26Multicamera Control
  • 27Intelligent Auto Mode
  • 28Multi Interface Accessory Shoe
  • 29Trimming Playback
  • 30Additional Features
By B&H Photo's
Capture ultrasmooth video on the go with the FDR-AX43A 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-AX43A'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.
Tilting Touchscreen LCD
For monitoring your shots from behind the camera or from the front when using the camera for vlogging, the 3" 921K tilting touchscreen LCD is ideal for selfie-style shooting and for all other shot composition options. Simply flip the screen to its open position and power is automatically turned on, giving you access to the camera's settings menu for fast and easy operation.
Easy Point-and-Shoot Operation
The FDR-AX43A 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.
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-AX43A'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 up to 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-AX43A 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 postproduction, 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" 921K 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
  • Face Detection and Smile Shutter
  • Motion/Golf Shot
  • BRAVIA Sync (CEC)
  • Lock-on AF
  • My Voice Cancelling

Sony FDR-AX43A Specs

Key Specs
Image Sensor
1/2.5"-Type CMOS
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 8.57 Megapixel
Effective: 8.29 Megapixel
Image Stabilization
Optical
Zoom
Optical: 20x
Clear Image Zoom: 30x 4K
Clear Image Zoom: 40x (in HD)
Digital: 250x (in HD)
Built-In Mic
Yes
Built-In Speaker
Yes
Built-In Light/Flash
Light - No
Flash - No
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TS Mono Microphone Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Wireless
2.4 GHz Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Mobile App Compatible
No
Battery
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8 VDC, 1960 mAh
Imaging
Image Sensor
1/2.5"-Type CMOS
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 8.57 Megapixel
Effective: 8.29 Megapixel
Image Stabilization
Optical
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed
1/10000 to 8 Seconds in Photo Mode
Shooting Modes
Auto
M (Manual)
Interval Recording
1 Second
2 Second
5 Second
10 Second
30 Second
60 Second
White Balance Modes
Auto
Indoor 1
Onepush
Outdoors
Self-Timer
10 Sec
Lens
Focal Length
4.44 to 88mm
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length
26.8 to 536mm at 16:9
32.8 to 656mm at 4:3
Maximum Aperture
f/2 to 3.8
Minimum Focus Distance
0.4" / 1.0 cm
Fixed Focus
No
Zoom
Optical: 20x
Clear Image Zoom: 30x 4K
Clear Image Zoom: 40x (in HD)
Digital: 250x (in HD)
Filter Size
55 mm
Recording
System
NTSC
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid
Internal Recording Modes
AVCHD
1920 x 1080p at 59.94 fps [28 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98 fps [17 to 24 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 59.94 fps [17 to 24 Mb/s]
1440 x 1080i at 59.94 fps [5 to 9 Mb/s]
MP4
1280 x 720 at 29.97 fps [3 Mb/s]
XAVC S
3840 x 2160 at 23.98/29.97 fps [60 to 100 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
Video Format
3840 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)
Still Image Support
JPEG
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)
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
Monitor
Display Type
Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Display Size
3.0"
Features
Scene Modes
Preset: Yes
Creative Effects
Yes
Built-In Mic
Yes
Built-In Speaker
Yes
Built-In Light/Flash
Light - No
Flash - No
Accessory Shoe
1 x Multi Interface Shoe
Tripod Mounting Thread
1/4"-20 Female
Input/Output Connectors
Video I/O
1x Micro-HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TS Mono Microphone Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Other I/O
1x Sony Multi/Micro-USB Control/Video
Wireless
2.4 GHz Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Mobile App Compatible
No
General
Color
Black
Supported Languages
Brazilian Portuguese
English
French
Spanish
Battery
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8 VDC, 1960 mAh
Charging Method
AC Adapter
Power Adapter
100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60Hz
Power Consumption
In LCD Operation: 4.9 W
In Viewfinder Operation: 4.9 W
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions (W x H x D)
6.8 x 3.2 x 2.9" / 173 x 80.5 x 73 mm
Weight
22.05 oz / 625 g (With Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.6 x 6.6 x 4.2"

Sony FDR-AX43A Reviews

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Does the mic input provide phantom power?

Does the mic input provide phantom power?
Asked by: Joshua
Yes. The Sony FDR AX53A will have phantom power via the microphone input.
Answered by: Whitney H
Date published: 2023-07-03

Can I use this while charging and connecting it ...

Can I use this while charging and connecting it to laptop to use as a webcam side by side ??? moreover what's included in box?
Asked by: Kaka
The Sony FDR-AX43A UHD 4K Handycam Camcorder includes a Micro-USB cable, a Micro-HDMI cable, a power cord, a Sony AC-L200 AC Adapter for Handycam Using A/P/F-Series InfoLITHIUM Batteries, and the Sony NP-FV70A V-Series Battery Pack for Handycam Camcorders (1900mAh). It is possible to power the camera from the wall using the Sony AC-L200 AC Adapter for Handycam Using A/P/F-Series InfoLITHIUM Batteries and capturing the HDMI output from the camera into the computer using a plug and play product like the Atomos Nexus HDMI to USB Converter. See the link below: https://bhpho.to/3UidvMt
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2023-04-02

What is the resolution and framerate on HDMI ...

What is the resolution and framerate on HDMI output?
Asked by: aleksandar
The HDMI port on the Sony FDR-AX43A UHD 4K Handycam Camcorder will output video at the same resolution and frame rate the camera is set to record at.
Answered by: Kennethc
Date published: 2023-05-29

Can this camcorder be used in Kenya? We use ...

Can this camcorder be used in Kenya? We use 250V/50HZ
Asked by: ERICK
Yes, the Sony FDR-AX43A UHD 4K Handycam Camcorder can be used in Kenya, the included power adapter will work on 240V/50Hz power, which is what is used in Kenya, however you will need a wall outlet adapter for the power adapter, as it will only come with a US power plug.
Answered by: Paige K
Date published: 2023-08-12

Is this camera NTSC and can record 30 and 60P?

Is this camera NTSC and can record 30 and 60P?
Asked by: Chuck
Yes, the Sony FDR-AX43A UHD 4K Handycam Camcorder is an NTSC camera that captures 24, 30, and 60 progressive frame rates.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2023-02-21

Does outputting via HDMI and recording 4k turn ...

Does outputting via HDMI and recording 4k turn off the LCD, like some other Sony camcorders?
Asked by: Joshua
I purchased an AX43 (not the A refresh) and it will not output HDMI while recording in 4k. You can output while not recording (IE...live broadcast), but hitting the Record button presents a window on the screen that says HDMI output isn't available when recording in 4k. So, it does not turn off the LCD but it doesn't allow all three functions.
Answered by: Joshua
Date published: 2023-07-04

What's the difference between this and previous ...

What's the difference between this and previous AX43 model? Specifications seems to be the same.
Asked by: Shahed
The 43A has an improved LCD touchscreen, basically now equal in resolution and nits (brightness) as the AX53
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2023-11-05

Does this camera have an optional lens hood?

Does this camera have an optional lens hood?
Asked by: William
The Sony FDR-AX43A UHD 4K Handycam Camcorder will not feature an external lens hood in the packaging. For a lens hood, take a look at the Sensei Collapsible Rubber Lens Hood II (B&H #SELHR255).
Answered by: Whitney H
Date published: 2024-01-31
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