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Sony FDR-AX53 Ultra HD 4K Compact Camcorder (HD 5-Axis Balanced Optical SteadyShot, 20x Optical Zoom, Wi-Fi and NFC), Black
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- Newly developed Exmor R CMOS sensor has 1.6x larger pixels than its predecessor, giving better low light quality. Focal Distance f: 4.4 - 88 mm
- Battery type : InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower meter system (V Series).HD 5 Axis Stabilization - combining Sony's incredible Balanced Optical Steady Shot with Intelligent Active Mode delivers stable movies even while running and zooming
- The new Zeiss lens features a 20x optical zoom and a wide angle of 26.8mm giving you greater flexibility in your shooting.This product is compatible with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie
- A new microphone structure reproduces sound in the most faithful way in both stereo and 5.1ch surround sound
- FDRAX53 Handy camera Rechargeable Battery Pack NPFV70 AC Adaptor Power Cord HDMI Micro Cable Micro USB Cable Operating Guide
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Bring memories to greater life with the 4K camcorder. Record spectacular 4K Ultra HD detail. Minimise image shake with Balanced Optical SteadyShot. Autofocus with extra-precise Fast Intelligent AF. Capture a range of stunning results using a 4K-compatible optical 20x zoom ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 26.8mm widest angle. 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.
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The high true-to-life quality of 4 K
Shoot 4 K 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 high qualities that bring images to vibrant life.
The keys to high image quality
These lens helps to depict remarkable details of high-quality 4 K images throughout its wide-angle-to-telephoto range. The use of an AA (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 colour. Multilayer ZEISS T Coating further enhances image quality by reducing unwanted reflection, such as ghost and flare.
Balanced optical steadyshot (not supported in 4K)
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.
Fast Intelligent Autofocus (AF)
Fast Intelligent AF achieves very speedy, accurate contrast-detection autofocus by minimising lens motion, predicting the AF range and accelerating lens drive, thereby improving response so you can capture more fleeting moments.
High-quality sound recording
Its structural design enables the microphone to gather, from five directions, clear sound with approximately 40 per cent 15 less noise and twice as effective15 2 ch stereo (for XAVC S shooting) and three times as effective15 5.1 ch surround (for AVCHD shooting) sound performance. This makes it possible to faithfully reproduce audio with clearly defined separation.
4 K Time-lapse capture
You can capture 4 K size still images continuously over an extensive duration 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.
More professional-style functions
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 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.
|Quality||High Definition||High Definition||High Definition||4 K Ultra HD||4 K Ultra HD|
|Imager||1/5.8 inch||1/5.8 inch||1/5.8 inch||1/2.3 inch||1/2.5 inch|
|Wide lens size||26.8 mm||26.8 mm||26.8 mm||29 mm||29 mm|
|Screen size||2.7 inch||2.7 inch||3 inch||3.0 inch||3.0 inch|
|Image stabilisation||Optical Steadyshot||Optical Steadyshot||Balanced Optical SteadyShot||Balanced Optical Steadyshot||Balanced Optical Steadyshot|
|Wi-Fi and NFC||✓||✓||✓||✓|
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Other than that the picture quality is clear, noise is low even at higher gain settings and the stabiliser is second to none. You also get 3.5mm mic input (which I use for a rode videomicro), headphone jack and evf. I love the ability to setup manual focus using the front focus ring. I use manaul focus with the focus peaking turned on more than I thought I would. Not because the auto focus is bad but because the ring is so easy and lets you fix a focus point quickly. Used to it's full potential this camera can create great quality video.
The features and operation are immediately apparent to anyone who has operated a handicam, and most people will be able to get up and filming in no time. However, it's where you start to dive into the features of the camera that you find yourself pleasantly surprised. The wheel at the front can be used to tweak any number of things - such as focal range (magnifier included) AE balance and contrast. This, combined with a quality zoom, really helps give you control over the look of your shots. The steadicam gyroscope is also extremely handy when trying to capture a moving shot without rigid dolly or tripod stiffness.
The only thing I would recommend is a large memory card (there isn't one included). The video files easily creep into the GB range!
Otherwise- nicely weighted in the hand (I am used to the Panasonic HVX200 but also had an old, much smaller, Sony camcorder for discreet work) for my liking.
Build quality was OK with enough metal to make me think it wasn't just a toy. Inconvenient that it doesn't come with a mains lead and a battery charger. Battery life is never going to be adequate for me and I like the ability to plug into the mains if a shoot runs over or, at VERY least, charge the (second) battery.
Writing of metal... The other thing which got to me is that when I received it the lens cover was open and the outer ring's edge is very sharp metal and had "shaved" the stupid non-woven packaging. And, with the lens exposed, that allowed the lens to be covered in shavings. I'd have had to have cleaned the lens before I could have used it, if I had kept it.