Sony FDR-AX53 4K UHD Handycam with BOSS Stabilisation Technology

Model: FDRAX53

SKU: 945461 Product ID: 829590

  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot (BOSS)
  • Fast Intelligent Autofocus
  • High-quality sound recording
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    Advanced features for great movies
    The performance packed into the top-class 4K Handycam® is peerless. Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ and Fast Intelligent AF achieve exactly the images you aim for. A new microphone structure captures ambience that’s all-surrounding. You can even play with time in motion or gain control of pro-style/manual functions. The possibilities and pleasures are endless.

    Balanced Optical SteadyShot™
    Advanced image stabilisation suppresses camera shake to stabilise a movie as it is being shot within the wide-angle-to-telephoto 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.

    4K image quality
    Shoot 4K footage that contains about four times more detail than Full HD (3840 x 2160 pixels vs. 1920 x 1080) footage, and capture more of the incredible qualities that bring images to vibrant life.

    The keys to extraordinary image quality
    Advanced lens and image sensor capabilities enhance high-precision depiction, sensitivity and power.

    Balanced Optical SteadyShot
    Superior image stabilisation lets you shoot steadily throughout the zoom range even as you walk.

    Fast Intelligent Autofocus (AF)
    Extra-efficient lens drive and AF range prediction can shift focus from far to near subjects quickly.

    High-quality sound recording
    New mic structure captures sound from five directions with approximately 40% less noise2 for realistic ambience.

    Have fun during and after shooting
    Get creative with High Speed REC and Time-lapse Capture to make an impressive movie.   

    More professional-style functions   
    Shoot like a pro with manual setting functions, EVF, plus Time Code and User Bit data recording.

    Key Features

    4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) recording

    Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode

    26.8mm wide-angle ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens

    20x optical zoom with 30x/40x (4K/HD) Clear Image Zoom

    Versatile manual settings


    Camera type - Camcorder

    Colour - Black

    Movie recording - 4K Ultra HD

    Video Frames Per Second - 24 - 60

    Resolution (Pixels) - 3840 x 2160

    Megapixels (still) - 16.9

    Image sensor - 1/2.5 type Exmor R CMOS sensor

    Optical zoom - 20.0

    Digital zoom - 250

    Lens - Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T

    Camera lens type - Wide Angle Zoom

    Lens diameter (mm) - 55

    Expandable memory format - Memory Stick Pro Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/Memory Stick XC-HG Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC

    Touchscreen - True

    Device screen size (inches) - 3.0

    Rechargeable - True

    Advanced image stabiliser - True

    Intelligent auto - True

    Wi-Fi - Yes

    NFC - True

    Micro HDMI ports - 1

    Micro USB ports - 1

    Manufacturer's warranty - 1 Year


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good picture; terrible focus; large & cumbersome This is a strange camera from Sony. It's nearly double the size of our older full-HD model. Picture quality is good to very good, but the auto-focus, focus-tracking and touch to focus are extremely unreliable and/or incredibly slow. Just the worst focussing performance of any Sony camera we've ever owned. Note that we also own a new Sony A7RIII mirrorless which is just stunning in comparison (ok; perhaps not surprising given the price point). And even our ~6 year old full-HD Sony video cam is half the size and far faster/more reliable in focussing. Anyway, can't recommend this camera. Sony can make excellent cameras but this isn't one of them.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Manual controls. Very misleading. Let me say from the out set. I have no issues with JB HIFI. Knowing what I know now, i would not have purchased this camera. I purchased this camera thinking I could a just the manual control separately, namely the iris and shutter speed separately. Yes it is try you can but only one or the other, not both together. One will cancell the other out. In Sony's misleading advertising they says "Total customisation with ergonomic manual controls. If it was total customisation, you should be able to ajust the manual controls and have them stay that way. If you want manual controls, do not buy this camera.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Video Camera Sony FDR AX53 4K I used this camera on our first Europe holiday for 2017 it was absolutely amazing with crisp and clear footage and sound as I only filmed using AVCHD 28M at 50P which looked brilliant on my HD TV I look forward to recording in 4K when I finally get a 4K TV to watch it on. This video camera is a must buy.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great product, however, extremely slow focus. Video is very clear and great zoom. Just ultra slow focus. Miss a great deal while waiting for it to focus.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features and recording quality! The best camcorder ever, the focus, stability and quality of recording is excellent. Most definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Camera Amazing quality very easy use and battery life is excellent.
Date published: 2016-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FDRAX53 A very good Camcorder, may not be suitable for a first time beginner.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome never had something better yes i bought this and it is the best thing ive done
Date published: 2016-09-11
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