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SONY FDR-AX53 4K CAMCORDER 20X 3" is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
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  • 4K Camcorder
  • 20x Optical Zoom
  • 1 2/5" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
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  • 4K Camcorder
  • 20x Optical Zoom
  • 1 2/5" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 4K Time-lapse Capture
  • 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD
  • 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.
  • Image sensor exclusively for 4K:
  • A newly developed image sensor, with pixels of approximately 1.6 times bigger size, offers superior sensitivity for capturing beautiful high-quality images with less noise under dark as well as bright shooting conditions.
  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens for 4K:
  • This new lens helps to depict remarkable details of high-quality 4K images throughout its wide-angle-to-telephoto range. The use of an AA (advanced aspherical) lens not only keeps depiction faithful, it also keeps the lens unit compact. ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens helps to ensure accurate reproduction of color. Multilayer ZEISS T* Coating further enhances image quality by reducing unwanted reflection, such as ghost and flare.
  • Up to 26.8 mm wide-angle lens:
  • Whether you're shooting movies or still images, the class-leading wide-angle lens can help you capture more of landscapes and indoor scenes, when you don't have enough room to step back. Even without a wide conversion lens, the camcorder shoots as wide as 26.8 mm1 (16:9 aspect ratio) in movie mode.
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot:
  • Advanced image stabilization suppresses camera shake to stabilize 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.
  • Rapid AF response to capture decisive moments:
  • Fast Intelligent AF achieves very speedy, accurate contrast-detection autofocus by minimizing lens motion, predicting the AF range, and accelerating lens drive, thereby improving response so you can capture more fleeting moments.
  • Extensive zoom shooting capabilities:
  • 20x optical zoom lens and Clear Image Zoom of 30x/40x (for 4K/HD) allow you to shoot far away subjects and capture memorable moments.
  • Realistic recording of voices, music and other sound:
  • Its new structural design enables the microphone to gather clearer sound from five directions with approx. 40% less noise and twice as effective15 2ch stereo (for XAVC S shooting) and three times as effective 5.1ch surround (for AVCHD shooting) sound performance. This makes it possible to faithfully reproduce audio with clearly defined separation.
  • High Speed REC in Full HD for high-quality slow motion:
  • Shoot in Full HD at 120/100 fps (NTSC/PAL), edit the footage after shooting, and the resulting slow-motion images of the movie will look startlingly smooth and sharp in playback. This is excellent for reviewing, in greater slow-motion detail, sports and everyday action that can occur too quickly in real time for you to see clearly.
  • 4K Time-lapse Capture:
  • You can capture 4K size 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.
  • Trimming Playback:
  • You can select a specific portion of the picture and play it back in Full HD, thanks to 4K high resolution. Also, you can change trimming size with the zoom lever or on-screen display icon.
  • Advanced shooting features:
  • Enjoy total customization with ergonomic manual controls. Use the intuitive multi-purpose manual ring to adjust zoom, focus, exposure, IRIS, shutter speed, AE shift, or white balance shift mode after using the manual button to select the mode. The electronic viewfinder offers accurate image preview.
  • Time Code / User Bit:
  • Time Code and User Bit can be added to movies as data elements. Time Code function records hours/minutes/seconds/frames on image data for precise advanced video editing. User Bit function records information such as date/time/scene number, etc. in eight-digit arbitrary numbers, and is useful for editing movies using two or more cameras.
  • Exceptional image quality:
  • By employing XAVC S format, which was developed from the XAVC format for professional use, 4K 100 Mbps and Full HD 50 Mbps high-bitrate recording create incredibly high-quality images. Yet, XAVC S data is compressed so that it is more manageable for general consumers.
  • Superb night shooting:
  • This feature uses infrared light to take images even in complete darkness. By using NIGHTSHOT, parents can easily capture children's cute sleeping faces.
  • Face Detection and Smile Shutter:
  • Use Face Detection to optimize focus, exposure and color for people who are the most important subject of a shot. You can prioritize a subject's face by touching it on the LCD.
  • And with Smile Shutter, the camera can also automatically capture still shots of great (but fleeting) smiles, even while recording movies.
  • Lock-on AF:
  • Enhances the tracking of moving subjects by using the optimal AF point at all times, and adjusting the target frame size to match your subject's characteristics. Just touch the subject on LCD to lock on fast-moving targets precisely for shooting.
  • Golf Shot:
  • Analyze your swing with no need for fancy equipment. Golf Shot mode lets you capture video and stills of each step of your swing.
  • 5.1ch surround sound microphone:
  • Record clear sound that accurately captures the atmosphere of the scene, and enjoy surround sound playback on your home theater system. Level meters on the LCD panel provide visual monitoring of each channel's levels.
  • My Voice Canceling:
  • Reduce the intensity of the voice of a user shooting from close behind the camera, whether the user is talking to subjects or cheering them on.
  • Motion Shot Video:
  • This convenient feature allows playback of a dramatic sequence of superimposed images to trace every split second of action, a powerful tool for analyzing sports motion on screen. During playback, you can adjust the interval between images, or pause to capture still images to share with friends.
  • Highlight Movie Maker:
  • A versatile function to streamline movie editing, Highlight Movie Maker offers several time-saving features. Add highlight points to key moments while recording, and let the camcorder automatically sync movie transitions to your chosen soundtrack.
  • 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. That way you've got a small file ready for instant sharing, plus a professional-grade file for further editing.
  • Live Streaming via USTREAM:
  • From performances to sports events, some things are best seen in real time. Share scenes as they happen with high-quality picture and sound.
  • Multi Camera Control:
  • More shots mean more editing opportunities. Easily record footage from a variety of angles, whether using cameras mounted directly to the Handycam or triggered wirelessly. Multi Camera Control makes it easy to sync shooting settings on compatible Wi-Fi connected devices.
  • One-touch remote and one-touch sharing:
  • One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera, and One-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. Either way, by installing PlayMemories Mobile app to your NFC enable Android smartphone or tablet, you can avoid complex set-up sequences and establish wireless connection simply by touching your device to the camera. You are now ready to control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot, or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. No NFC? No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.
  • Xtra Fine LCD with WhiteMagic:
  • The high-precision Xtra Fine LCD features a WhiteMagic display that uses white pixels in addition to RGB pixels to boost screen brightness, allowing users to see subtle details and tones on the screen in all types of shooting environments, including outdoors in bright sunlight.


Camera Type: Professional
Effective Pixels: Video: 8.29MP (16:9); Still: 8.29MP (16:9), 6.22MP (4:3)
Sensor Type/Size: 1/2.5" CMOS


Lens: ZEISS Vario-Sonr T*
Focusing Distance: 1 cm (Wide), 80 cm (Tele)
Optical Zoom: 20x
Digital Zoom: 250x
Additional Zoom: 4K: 30x; HD: 40x
Filter Size: 55mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length: Video: 26.8-536.0 mm (16:9); Still: 26.8-536.0 mm (16:9), 32.8-656.0 mm (4:3)
Maximum Aperture: f/2.0-f/3.8


Viewfinder Type: LCD
Screen Size: 3.0"
Display Screen Type: Xtra Fine LCD
Touchscreen: Yes

AV Recording

Video Recording: NTSC/PAL
Video Resolution: 4K UHD
File Size: 4K / HD
Aspect Ratio: 16:09
Audio Recording: MPEG-4; Dolby Digital
Recording Media: Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC
Internal Memory: No
Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
Channels: 2 Channel
Still Image Resolution: 8.29 MP (16:9); 6.22 MP (4:3)
Recording Time: Limited by Memory Card


Image Stabilization: Yes
Waterproof: No
Lux: 4K: 1.8 to 9 lux; HD: 1.2 to 6 lux; NightShot: 0 lux
Shutter Speed: 1/30 - 1/10,000 sec.
White Balance Modes: Auto, Onepush, Outdoor, Indoor
Built-in Mic: Stereo
Built-in Speaker: Moural
Built-in Light/Flash: No
Accessory Shoe: Yes
Tripod Mount: No

Input/Output Connectors

Inputs: Accessory Shoe
Outputs: HDMI micro, Multi/Micro USB Termil, Stereo Minijack, Wi-Fi, NFC


Battery: NP-FV70


Weight: 635g (22.4 oz.)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 73 x 80.5 x 166.5 mm (2.87 x 3.17 x 6.56 in)
Colour: Black

Additional Information


What’s Included:

  • Sony FDR-AX53 4K Camcorder
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70)
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • HDMI (micro) Cable
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Operating Guide
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 stars for the price. There's a few limitations for sure. Control of the exposure AND frames per second at the same time. Difficult to create and reduce a depth of field. I don't believe a filter will help with the depth of field as you still have to struggle with the frame speed, but Hey! If someone knows it worked for them , tell me. I think they could let us if they wanted to as it would just be a software up date. I think they are still trying to have people upgrade to the AX100, but that camera didn't have the floating lens as best I remember. The camera feels "Light". I little to light, almost fragile. No on\off power button. On when you open the monitor screen or pull the Eye monitor out. Flimsy top cap over shoe. I have it bolted to a heavy Manfrotto shoe, so hand held it works better. Now the good stuff. Perfect for me :) We do you tube interviews. Fully automatic is what "We" need. Not making a cinematic masterpiece but I, as one person camera operator and director, am shooting with 3 cameras. I use this one as the Key shot, while also helping direct the interview. The 4k picture is awesome. So is the HD with greater frame speed control for sports shots. The next step up would have been into the $2000 plus range. Price wise it allowed my budget to get other accessories like Lights and the Tascam mixer audio recorder. And flowers for my wife. (I just spent $2000. I should at least buy the Wife some flowers). Not to be patronizing but I'm happy I got it at Henry's with the extended warranty. I'm shooting trouble free for another 2 and a half years, and with a quality 4k picture that will work for many more years to come. Take you time to think about your own needs. Many good YouTube reviews. Enjoy the Toy :)
Date published: 2018-03-16
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