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Sony FDR-AX53

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 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. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and design. The image quality and size are also appreciated, whereas views are divided on the color. Many are critical about the battery.

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

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

 

As part of its annual camcorder line-up refresh, Sony has introduced a powerhouse 4K Handycam that brings professional standard features to the consumer

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: the1lemming (sony.com)

Does NOT record or capture meta-data to mp4 files

 

I have had my Sony AX53 since April 2016 and I am very happy with the video quality recorded by this device. However I have discovered that the Sony AX53 does not capture or record meta-data to the mp4 files it creates. Just about every other video...

Jun, 2016

Consumer review by: (sony.com)

Surveillance Tool

 

Great video camera for obtaining surveillance footage. The feature I like are that you have an assignable button to switch to manual control a number of variables such as zoom or focus. When the cam powers up within 2 seconds and it restores that last...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Rhosyn (sony.com)

Good Camera

 

+ side- Fantastic picture and sound quality, very light and easy to handle. -side- Very hard to see anything through the viewfinder in brilliant sunshine, it would help if had an eye cup, also I find the fader a bit awkward to use and it can't be used...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Walkerab (sony.com)

Great feature and big advance on my last one

 

Very pleased with the handy cam and has much more to offer over and above my last one but lighter and does not seem so well built. Also photos can be downloaded online but videos only in certain formats unfortunately.

May, 2016

Consumer review by: tspark95 (sony.com)

Great image stabilizer.

 

Upgrading my old camcorder, i found the Sony AX53 to be the best to suit my needs. As i do a lot of Air show and car racing videos, the camera has good smooth image stabilization for fast action. Also being able to control the camera manually is a...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Gord flyer (sony.com)

Good Handycam but could be better.

 

I bought this camcorder a month ago and although the recorded 4K video is great there are two major issues that spoil it for my application. I use it mainly for recording model aircraft flying and trying to keep track of a moving target with the EVF is...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Jeanpied (sony.com)

Great performance

 

Bought just under a month ago, used extensively on a long weekend in Amsterdam, filming flower displays at the Kuekelhof gardens.

May, 2016

Consumer review by: (sony.com)

Pretty good camcorder

 

Great stabilisation features. Great image quality.

Apr, 2016
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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
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:Highlights, Slide show
Image quality adjustment:Brightness
Remotely operated: Yes
Self-timer: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

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 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