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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)
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- Newly developed Exmor R CMOS sensor has 1.6x larger pixels than its predecessor, giving better low light quality
- HD 5 Axis Stabilisation - combining Sony's incredible Balanced Optical SteadyShot 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
- A new microphone structure reproduces sound in the most faithful way in both stereo and 5.1ch surround sound.
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Bring memories to greater life with the 4K camcorder. Record spectacular 4K Ultra HD detail. Minimize image shake with Balanced Optical Steady Shot. 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.
FDRAX53 Handy camera Rechargeable Battery Pack NPFV70 AC Adaptor Power Cord HDMI Micro Cable Micro USB Cable Operating Guide
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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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quality is amazing, stability is mind blowing, zoom is just perfect, audio is perfect and all the other options are excellent.
If you film aviation then this camcorder is perfect!
needs a little cut out of fluff for the mic to act as a windshield in windy weather but that's about all it needs.
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I largely agree with the jgw89 review, and it is a good review so I don't need to repeat any of it. The microphone I am not yet sure about. I am used to AVCHD recording mode and 5.1ch surround sound setting, this is certainly available on this model but not so if you select 4K or HD XAVC S mode. In these modes only 2ch stereo is available which is a shame for those who own home theatre systems. I used to find my voice quite loud from behind the camera but now I struggle to hear myself during playback in 2ch stereo. There is a 'my voice cancelling' feature on this camera but I have not activated it, I have activated the built in zoom microphone function though which may have something to do with it ?
I recorded in 4K 60Mbps mode at 25fps and plugged the camera straight into my 4K television using the supplied HDMI cable, WOW again ! The first actual raw 4K I have seen on my television set and not one pixel showed anything but sharp, clear definition and I had my nose pressed to the screen. Brilliant.
I was impressed with the BOSS system also, I had mine set to 'Active' which is the greatest stabilisation mode available when in XAVC S format, it was weird whilst recording as the lens position appears to have a mind of it's own when compensating for any untoward movement by the user. Initially one would think the camera was broken inside as the lens can move when you shake the camera around - gently !
It is still early days for recording and storing 4K for the consumer, I use the Sony PlayMemories Home software which is great in my opinion. This comes available free with the camera via a download from the Sony UK website. It is extensive enough unless you are a pro editor. It can store 4K and HD XAVC S and allow some editing. I have bought a 4TB external hard drive to store 4K, 2hrs worth can eat 64GB memory ! I do not know when it will be possible to burn 4K to disc to watch on the recently available Ultra HD Blu-ray players so we are left waiting for now. The HD XAVC S mode will allow up to 50Mbps at 1080p which is great definition and can be burned to Blu-ray disc using PlayMemories Home, I will try this out as my old camera could only achieve 15Mbps at 1080i.
I recorded in my living room in fairly low light and the result was better than my old camera which would have needed a light fitted in the same conditions. Speaking of which I bought the Sony ADPMAC Shoe Adapter which fits directly to the multi interface shoe and adapts to the Active interface shoe to allow the fitting of older Sony accessories. However, my light was "device not supported" on this camera - shame.
Intelligent Auto appears to be a good feature which can easily be selected from the LCD monitor screen by touching the icon. This can switch several functions on automatically if required such as face detection, scene detection, camera shake detection and sound detection (for auto wind NR). The touch screen works well, my old one was the (push) resistive type whereas this one is capacitive, it is like a mobile phone screen which is certainly easier to clean. The menu systems are intuitive and become very user friendly.
I also like the fact that the camera is on and ready upon opening the LCD monitor or pulling out the view finder, great for those quick shot moments.
A great camera, thoroughly recommended until the next model is released...........