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Sony FDR-AX53

alaTest has collected and analyzed 302 reviews of Sony FDR-AX53. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the zoom and portability are overall positive. The image quality and size are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the color, while there are some negative opinions about the battery.

usability, size, image quality, portability, zoom

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony FDR-AX53 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 302 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony FDR-AX53

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony FDR-AX53 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the zoom and image quality. The price and usability are also appreciated.

portability, usability, price, image quality, zoom

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony FDR-AX53 Ultra HD 4K Compact Camcorder (5-Axis Balanced Optical SteadyShot, 20x Optical Zoom, Wi-Fi and NFC)Sony FDR-AX53 Ultra HD 4K Compact Camcorder (5-Axis Balanced Optical SteadyShot, 20x Optical Zoom, Wi-Fi and NFC)

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony FDR-AX53

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sony FDR-AX53 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony FDR-AX53/B 4K Handycam Camcorder Deluxe Bundle includes Handycam, 55mm Filter Kit, Battery x 2, Charger, 64GB SDXC Memory Card x 2, Bag, Tripod, Sony FDR-AX53/B 4K Handycam Camcorder Deluxe Bundle includes Handycam, 55mm Filter Kit, Battery x 2, Charger, 64GB SDXC Memory Card x 2, Bag, Tripod,

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: Rik Henderson (pocket-lint.com)

Sony FDR-AX53 offers pro quality 4K video recording for a consumer price

 

As part of its annual camcorder line-up refresh, Sony has introduced a powerhouse 4K Handycam that brings professional standard features to the consumer field. And it won't be priced in loopyville neither, as it comes in at the same price as last...

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: Eric Reagan (photographybay.com)

Sony’s New FDR-AX53 Handycam is a Consumer-Oriented 4K Camcorder

 

Sony unveiled the FDR-AX53 Handycam at CES 2016 to add it to the company's growing 4K lineup. The AX53 features a new 20x optical zoom lens (26.8-536mm equivalent) with advanced aspherical (AA) and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lens elements that allow it...

Does anyone know of any camcorders on the foreseeable horizon that are small, light and sub $1000 that will do this?

Jan, 2016

Consumer review by: Brisals (johnlewis.com)

4k camcorder

 

I have had this camcorder now for couple of weeks, over all i am happy with it but there are some functions that i'm not happy about, like the lose of IS when on a tripod, and there is only 12 seconds of slow motion video,also you have to use a...

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: Alek Hidell (johnlewis.com)

An embarrassment of riches

 

This 4K camcorder proves that the format is far from extinct. It can double as a very competent stills camera and does so very successfully. The 30x optical zoom is very clean, and the ability to program the “focus” ring to other functions is very useful.

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: saab (johnlewis.com)

Mr

 

Excellent Camera beautiful 4K Videos a proud owener love the camera

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: HowH (johnlewis.com)

AX53

 

Product does exactly what it is supposed to. Easy to use and set up. Excellent video and stabilsation works well

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: Demmy (johnlewis.com)

Good but needs more manual control

 

The best camera I ever bought in my life, couldn't ask for more except full manual control over the camera

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: chasjardine (johnlewis.com)

Great value for money

 

I bought this about a month ago to replace my 12 year old HD Sony, This new AX53 4K is a great upgrade, Sony have always made great products. I use it to record speaking engagements and some outdoor activities, really good in low light.

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Luccombe Lad (johnlewis.com)

Good Value

 

Good camera, which works great in Auto mode. I like the touch screen, and the fact you can turn it to face you, which is great for Vlogging. But, I would have liked S-log gamma control.

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Gricerman (johnlewis.com)

Great quality video pictures, not such good sound

 

I bought this Handycam 3 months ago and thought the picture quality was, as expected, excellent. The image stabilisation is also excellent. However I find the microphone being located on top of the camcorder with only a small; aperture pointing...

Nov, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:LC-AAC, MP4, PCM
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):13
Battery technology:Lithium
Battery Type:NP-FV70
Battery voltage:6.8
Number of Batteries Supported:1

Camera

Back light compensation: Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:Highlights, Slide show
Image quality adjustment:Brightness
Remotely operated: Yes
Self-timer:10
Self-timer delay:10
Shooting modes:Auto, Manual
Smartphone remote support: Yes
Supported aspect ratios:4:3, 16:9

Design

Colour of product:Black
LED indicators: Yes

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:7.62
Display resolution (numeric):921600
Touchscreen: Yes
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes

Flash

Flash Modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Pre-flash

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Closest focusing distance:0.0100
Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Smile detection: Yes

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):8.29
Effective megapixels (movie):8.29
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:8.29

Lens System

Digital Zoom:250
Filter Size:5.5
Focal length range (f-f):26.8 - 536
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Maximum aperture number:3.8
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):65.6
Minimum aperture number:2
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.68
Optical Zoom:20
Wide angle lens system: Yes

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto, Manual
Light metering:Spot

Networking

Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC, HDMI, Micro-USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/6 - 1/10000

Still image

Maximum image resolution:5440 x 3056
Still image resolution(s):5440 x 3056, 4080 x 3056, 3840 x 2160, 2880 x 2160, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, MPF
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, MS XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No

Technical Details

Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash Modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Pre-flash
Self-timer: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:100
HD type:4K Ultra HD
Maximum frame rate:120
Maximum Video Resolution:3840 x 2160
Supported video modes:720p, 1080p, 1440p, 2160p
Video formats supported:H.264, MP4, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160

Viewfinder

Viewfinder:1555200
Viewfinder resolution:1555200
Viewfinder screen size:0.24
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:16.6
Height :8.05
Weight:635
Width:7.3

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Indoor, Outdoor