Sony FDR-AX53

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Key specs

Type of image definition support
Full HD (1080p), HD ready (720p), Ultra HD (4K)
Optical zoom
20
Image stabilization
Yes
Microphone connection
Yes
Headphone jack
Yes

Pros and cons

According to our camcorder expert
  • The 4K quality ensures realistic video footage.
  • The microphone records sound from 5 directions, making it sound natural.
  • You zoom in on your subject without losing image quality.
  • This camcorder doesn't have an XLR connector to record professional sound.
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Description

The Sony FDR-AX53 is a camcorder for the advanced videographer. You record realistic footage in 4K, thanks to the combination of the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens and Exmor R CMOS sensor. You record with 100fps in Full HD, so that your videos slow down to slow-motion recordings. The microphone suppresses noise and picks up sound from 5 different directions. That'll allow you to make recordings with natural sounding audio. The AX53 has 20x optical zoom. This allows you to zoom in on your subject without losing image quality.

The Sony FDR-AX53 is a camcorder for the advanced videographer. You record realistic footage in 4K, thanks to the combination of the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens and Exmor R CMOS sensor. You record with 100fps in Full HD, so that your videos slow down to slow-motion recordings. The microphone suppresses noise and picks up sound from 5 different directions. That'll allow you to make recordings with natural sounding audio. The AX53 has 20x optical zoom. This allows you to zoom in on your subject without losing image quality.


Included by default

  • Manual
  • NP-FV70 battery
  • HDMI cable
  • USB cable
  • Power cable

Included by default

  • Manual
  • NP-FV70 battery
  • HDMI cable
  • USB cable
  • Power cable

Key specs

Type of image definition support
Full HD (1080p), HD ready (720p), Ultra HD (4K)
Optical zoom
20
Image stabilization
Yes
Microphone connection
Yes
Headphone jack
Yes


Reviews

Most helpful reviews

  • 3.5 / 5 stars
    7,2/10
    It's okay

    Erwin | 31 December 2016 | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Picture in Full HD
    • Zoom range
    • Low light image
    • 4K at 25p
    • No 24p output
    • 4K playback on Full HD TV
    • Copy to USB drive on battery
    • No remote control

    - Moving the camera quickly or filming a subject is displayed stuttering in 25p and 24p. Color and lighting are fine. Filming in full HD 50p is no problem. Picture is very beautiful.
    - If you're filming in 4K 25p, you can't switch to 4K 24p without erasing your memory card. You can exchange your ticket.
    - Signal to TV is displayed as 60Hz content at 24p. So doesn't look like it. Tried with several TVs.
    - Image vibrates very much with fine details when you play 4K film on a full HD screen. Not sure what this looks like on a 4K screen.
    - Picture is ok in low light. Little noise.
    - High-speed recordings are good and can then be edited into slow motion video.
    - Nice zoom range. Good stabilization. Can easily shoot handheld.
    - Copying content to usb hdd does not work on the battery. Must connect power adapter to camera.
    - No remote control included. That's a pity.
    If you only film in 4K, save up for one that does that in 50p. But they are very expensive.

    Erwin | 31 December 2016 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Fantastic Camcorder.

    Guy Olieslagers | 24 April 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Recordings and image quality for such a price.
    • Formats to record images in
    • manageability
    • Weight
    • Possibilities

    It's a nice camcorder for all kinds of movies, ranging from vacation to YouTube. I'm still going to experiment with external microphones and field recorder, it's a matter of recording image and sound separately.

    Guy Olieslagers | 24 April 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Very satisfied

    Steven Claessens | 16 August 2016 | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Very nice images
    • Easy to use
    • Very good stabilizer

    I am very surprised at the very good quality of the images. Both the quality of the images and the stabilizer are very good, so you can film beautiful images that are calm (not jerky, moving).

    Steven Claessens | 16 August 2016 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Fantastic camera with many possibilities
    • Fantastic image stabilization
    • 30x optical zoom
    • Manual ring in front of the camera
    • internal microphone

    I've had the camera for 2 months now and have enjoyed it immensely. the picture quality at 1920 x 1080 50p is truly stunning. the only downside is that you can't record 4K at 50 fps, but that's what the price is for. the optical zoom is excellent, but you do need a good tripod or a steady hand for that. furthermore, the stabilization of both lens and sensor is fantastic. for close-up images, you hardly need a tripod anymore. You also have the option to choose from different settings which you want to manually put on the manual ring so that you can easily adjust it while recording your video. I did buy an external microphone with deadcat after the first time filming for better sound recording.

    Niels | 14 August 2019 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    8,8/10
    it of it

    the best in I had in 40 years of filming

    roger lagois | 24 July 2017 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    4K for everyone...
    • Image quality
    • Fits well in the hand
    • Can also be used as a photo camera
    • Placement button to take pictures

    Very solid device with beautiful image quality for a budget that is just achievable for the hobbyist.

    Stijn Blanckaert | 24 March 2017 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    Great Device
    • The boss stabilization is impressive and unsurpassed.
    • UHD and 1080p
    • The Codec XAVCS
    • Price excellent!
    • Sony settings menu, Sony never learns, my only minus!

    The device makes beautiful images, so-called shocking images, which I have read of some, I do not have. I am not a pan zoom tilt freak anyway, but if I have this device on a tripod for a quiet pan or tilt shot, I switch off the stabilization, otherwise it will work against each other and yes, shaky images result, logical .

    Boss is really boss, (stabilization) I was filming and deliberately shaking this camera and it can be seen minimally on a 65 inch 4K TV, just impressive. Very often and in many cases I use a tripod for composition and to make nice tight images. I don't want to get seasick from what I make and I certainly don't want to do it to someone else who looks at it. But, with this device if you hold it normally and film along normally, you don't need a tripod. I do take the tripod with me when I travel, but I'm pretty sure I don't need it with this device.

    I plan to film everything in 4k or UHD I need 1080p a matter of downscaling. Think of the SD cards. With a card of 32 gigabytes you are filmed very quickly in 4K, especially if you are not able to transfer it to a laptop or other device at the end of the day.

    As you can read the only downside, the Sony menu system. If I set something manually and press ok I want to continue in the menu but that is not possible, you have to start all over again, too bad.

    Otherwise a nice camera and not expensive for what you get.

    John | 30 July 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    8,8/10
    recommended

    Is a great device with many possibilities to make beautiful video images! It is a pity that there is no "light spot" in dark recordings! Well, that doesn't bother at all, leave all the lights on in the room and the images are fine!
    In short, a sublime camera: advice: don't hesitate but buy!
    It is not a perfect camera for taking pictures, but it is a video camera!

    yves martien | 8 January 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Very good
    • Image quality
    • Wide angle lens 26 mm
    • Image stability
    • No flash for photos

    The Sony FDR-AX53 is an excellent device. I already had experience with Sony camcorders in the past, but this is excellent in terms of image quality, the handy wide-angle lens and 20x zoom, as well as the various options, such as time-lapse and 100 p/s to film fast action scenes.

    Julien Strypsteen | 2 January 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Great camera
    • Nice clear sharp image
    • Easy operation
    • Weight

    I mainly use the camera for the holidays. The camera gives a nice clear image. Is easy to operate. Due to its size, the camera fits well in the hand. Downside is the weight.

    A van den Brink | 3 September 2017 | Automatically translated from Dutch

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Sony FDR-AX53
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    59,90 one-time payment
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    74,90 one-time payment
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Specifications

Product

Product number
698275
Manufacturer code
FDRAX53B.CEE
Brand
Sony
Warranty
2 years