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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 574 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    BOSS stabilization is awesome!

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    Sony created the perfect intermediate camera for the recreational user. Stabilization works great while tracking horses running around barrels and weaving through poles at youth rodeos. Be sure to get a UV filter to keep dust out of the BOSS system, and also get the Mennon DV-S (16:9) lens hood to keep sunlight and rain away, without vignetting. And YES, a good quality UV filter will have inside and outside threads that will accept this lens hood! For extra stability, buy a 6" screws-into-the-camera handle and people will think you are running your own auto speed trap!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Manual control is limited, quality is not great

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
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    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Price, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Focus, Instructions

    I returned this camcorder because it has vastly inferior image quality compared to the AX53, but even compared to my Panasonic VX870 the image is poor. The thing that I could not stand was the heavy noise in the shadows even when shooting in daylight. The other major issue is that Sony consumer/prosumer camcorders advertise manual controls but DO NOT TELL YOU THAT ONLY ONE THING CAN BE MANUAL AT A TIME. Iris, shutter speed, focus, etc. will be switched back to "auto" if you pick any one of them to be under manual control. That means you can't set a 1/50 shutter and f/1.8 iris for "the film look," but far worse is that focus and exposure can't both be locked using their auto/manual switches! There is a workaround which involves setting them using the spot focus/spot metering setting instead of the normal manual settings. In the end, I realized that I would be far better off getting another Panasonic VX870 camcorder than to keep the AX33. If you are going to buy the AX33, just spend the extra money on the AX53 instead. It's way worth the extra cost. The attached photo is a blown-up and contrast-boosted section of a shadowed area in an otherwise strong daylight shot, showing the crazy amount of excessive shadow noise. AX53 footage is both sharper and far less noisy.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A great camera for beginner and advanced users

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    I give this camera and A+ rating as I am a private investigator with 17 years of experience in the field, this camera is phenomenal !

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony AX33 . I love this camera.

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    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Ease of use, Video quality

    I love this camera so much! Films in 4k, zooms really far while maintaining clarity and has a built in stabilizer which is a super plus. The audio on it is 2 channel and pretty good, but I added an external mic for 5.1 surround to capture live music and you get really clear (not distorted) audio. The AX33 has a nighttime setting to film in low light, which looks surprisingly crisp. The camera itself feels pretty durable and the touchscreen menu is easy to use once you learn what the icons mean. One thing, if you're going to be filming in 4k, be sure to get a computer that has a fast processor to compatible with the Xavcs format. If 4k doesn't matter to you, the settings can be set to full HD and honestly it still looks really great. (Pictured below with lens hood and microphone on tripod.)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My Sony - Handycam AX33 Flash Memory Cam - Black

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Picture quality, Video quality

    I bought this camera/cam for my son's wedding. It was sooo easy to operate and just thrilling that I could do both "still pictures" and videos with one camers/cam. Everyone who looked it over and tried it out were quite impressed. This review gets 5 stars from me.

    Features

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    Ease of Use
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    I got two of them! But buy the warranty

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    Pros mentioned:
    Price, Video quality

    Really great camera. I was looking for something with an eye piece so I could shoot outdoors. This one has that feature, and the image quality is outstanding. I wish the eyepiece had a piece that conforms to your face, to keep stray light from messing up your vision. Because it has moving parts inside to stabilize the lenses, I bought the extra extended warrantee from Best Buy. And I'm glad I did. The camera got knocked over from a height of about 3 feet. It survived, but an error message came up on the screen. It was returned to Best Buy, who sent it off for repairs. They were unable to repair it, so they refunded my money. I immediately bought a second camera of the same model. It is the best video camera I've ever owned.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very easy to use.

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    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Picture quality, Video quality

    I love the simplicity of this camcorder as well as the amazing video/picture quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    good little camera with a big picture

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    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Video quality

    I Use this camera as a backup for my bigger pro cameras. It has a great picture for video and still photo. Attached is a still photo.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Quality
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    Value
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    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Video quality

    I bought this beauty to film my son's football games,they colors looked amazing will recommend this camera.

    Features

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    Value
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    Ease of Use
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Video quality

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    I have been using this camera to film instructional videos for mathematics and economics. I have yet to use it in more challenging environments, but the 1080p footage is very good. Since I don't own anything 4K I have yet to try that functionality. If you are looking for a SMALL device, this isn't your camera, but it sure seems to check all the performance boxes.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

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    Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.

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    Been using this unit for several years. I have recorded lots if videos for work purposes. There is lots of walking involved while making the videos i shoot, and the outcome of the videos are great. Wont make a person dizzy or feel uncomfortable watching.

    Features

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A very complicated camcorder

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

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    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    It’s definitely a great camcorder but there are so many options that you have to learn you almost need to take an online course to figure them out if you get one I suggest you buy an extra battery because they don’t last that long

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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    This is my first 4K camcorder besides my iPhone. I only wish you could record 5.1 surround sound in 4K. There’s a blue dot glare through the lens while aiming at bright light objects. I was about to return the camcorder for this reason, but quickly found out that it wasn’t a defect and that the solution is to either use a lens hood or zoom in slightly. It’s a wide angle lens issue.

    Features

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    So far so good!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    First camcorder I have ever purchased and only been using a couple months so far but from what I have experienced it's pretty good. The zoom is excellent. Battery life is excellent. No need for a gimbal as it's stabilization is super. Functions are easy enough to get started right out of the box. Have not really got into all it's capable of yet. Happy so far.

    Features

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    Ease of Use
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera, zoom just ok

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    Pros mentioned:
    Video quality

    For the price, no camera even comes close… I shot a citywide competition I was hired to do, and the video came out beautifully even though I was in difficult lighting situations. Color handling is impeccable. Would recommend this camera over any other in this price range.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Works nice.

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Value
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    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    The Sony - Handycam AX33 4K takes excellent videos and pictures. Bright sunlight makes viewing through the LTD hard to see the controls.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best camera ever!

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    Owned for 11 months when reviewed.

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    Bought this to film sports with, easy to use, great quality!!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good 4k Camcorder for under $1k

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    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Price, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Use in low light

    This camcorder has great qualities for its price. First of all the balanced Optical SteadyShot system works excellent for shooting while walking or if you just don't have steady hands. You won't find any other camcorder that is 4k at this price that has such an excellent SteadyShot system. 4k videos are very clear and bright outdoors but the indoors and low light video shooting is not so perfect. There's gaussian effects in low light and it is just not that bright in low light conditions. In 4k 30p mode you have to keep your motions laterally very slow otherwise you will see significant motion blur when you watch it in review but as long as you keep the lateral motion meaning side to side or up and down slow it looks great. Another downside is it is advertised at having a 5.1 surround sound mic but they fail to tell you that the 5.1 surround sound only works when shooting 1080p resolution videotherefore they should not even mention it associated with the 4k video camcorder. Overall I would recommend this camera because of the balanced Optical SteadyShot and the price. It's not a professional series camera especially since all of the controls are located on the touch screen but is great for shooting family trips and not so professional video shots.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi TigerMAS, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the camcorder. We're glad you like it, and we'll let the right people know about this. Thanks_Mitch Sonystyle

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    working great

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    working perfect for our livestream in our church great

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    camcorder

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Great camcorder, good quality for an open box purchase.

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    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
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