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Sony - Handycam AX33 4K Flash Memory Camcorder - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 493 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good 4K Camera With Few Drawbacks

    Posted
    AshTray900
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    Ok first of I really like this camcorder, I have a few gripes but overall I'm very happy, ill just get to the details rather than keep on talking for now. What's great: Image stabilization - Not the digital, the magnetic floating lens. Works absolutely awesome, this feature is unlike anything ive seen before. I can ride down the road on a bumpy road and the camera doesn't flinch, it works great without sacrificing image quality. This is one of its best features. Very good shooting in well lit areas - The color and clarity in 4k 100Mbps on a sunny day or an evening when the sun is still above this horizon is stunning. Still Images - they shoot with very good quality when not shooting stills at the same time as video. beats any smartphone. Battery - first camcorder whos included battery could last long enough to be useful. there is no need for the typical user to purchase another spare or larger one. Feel - this camera fits in your hand well, its larger than my old SD camcorder but they managed to make it fit in my large hand well, it has an adjustable strap so as long as your thumb can reach record and your index finger reach the zoom wheel at the same time you will like the way it feels, its a little heavy but that's the price you pay for long battery life, a well worthwhile trade off. 60p mode in 1080p and the ability to speed it up to 120p - (you'll need good light) but this will give you absolute jitter free video but only at 1080p. Semi low light performance - this will record great video, especially in 1080p 30fps when in parking lots, city streets and other areas lit up with city lights. Viewfinder - I like being able to use the camera without the side open in very bright light this is great. A port up top (for a flash) but also very useful for video lights you can get for low light films. the cover is slightly finicky on mine. I had to adjust the tabs on it to get it to close and snap tight. Zoom - while only 10x, it keeps the quality intact very well and the stabilization without digital correction still keeps the video smooth Whats ok: Night vision - kind of a blair witch gimmick, but it does work, even for far away targets the IR lamp cannot reach will still be amplified but of course mostly a green recording. Uses UHS-I U3 cards which are getting cheap, however this causes some limitations, also probably due to a small sensor. limitations include no 60p for 4k recording, some shooting modes are turned off for different recording formats. Price - it was affordable, under 1k even after purchasing memory card (a must because their is no internal memory) Play Memories - this software is nice but the ability for windows 10 to do an import without it as in the case of my Canon cameras would be even better, there is a bug in the app, it sometimes says it cannot import some of the files even though it got them all and removed them from the camcorder What I don't like: They are still using the usb pull out cord, this is useless, its to short to get to most usb ports without standing the camera up on the battery, its also a weak point, a part that could short, it needs a USB port Import speed kind of slow, USB 3.0 has been around for awhile and the SD card could hold up to it, Needs USB 3.0 Support. The touchscreen - this is horrible, it is laggy, doesn't always know where you hit it if you have big fingers, good quality screens have been around for a long time, this is essentially the same touchscreen as in my old SD camera just with higher pixel count. Wifi - this is by far the worst feature, its basically useless, when you can get it connected to your phone about all its good for is seeing what you are recording. NOTICE TO ANYONE ABOUT THIS FEATURE - it will not wirelessly send your videos like you may think, the only way this appears to work is if you dual record and send the lower quality file, full resolution recordings will not even show up in the list of items to transfer. This should support AC but it only works with N wireless, it should be able to connect to your network and be discoverable as a network device you can easily pull files from, it is not. if you are purchasing this camera based on wifi abilities, turn away. The mobile app - mobile apps come in all kinds of quality varieties, some absolutely excellent like ones made by Samsung or google for a large user base, this one falls low on the spectrum, its interface is not well designed, and the wifi stuff is nonsense to begin with see above. when you get to control with phone, it will give you a remote viewfinder and a zoom option. but it wasn't worth the hassle so I removed the app from my phone as it screws with your wifi, for this to work it really needs Bluetooth, NFC is not very good either. Very low light recordings - these are poor, lots of noise, you can lower resolution and fps and turn on low lux feature but this only goes so far. if you manually slow the shutter speed down you can get more light in but any movement will look like your are on drugs. Overall view of the camera: It may seem like I have a lot of complaints listed, these are why I dropped a star, some could be improved and some I could have just done without to save cost (wifi and nfc could have been left of altogether) but this are mainly just issues that come with getting a very nice camera a good price point. If you want stunning video, I mean its gorgeous, captures color very well, focuses very quickly when it can see something well and has the best stabilization I've ever seen (just looking at that eyeball lens move around as you shake is awesome) this camera is defiantly for you, you wont regret it one bit, and this was the reason I purchased it, so 4 stars for me, it gets the job done and it does it well! I my opinion you buy a camcorder to shoot great video and you do the processing, editing, and uploading online after the file is transferred to a computer. if you are looking at this camera for flashy features etc., don't waste your money and stick with your cell phone. This is not the purpose or reason to buy a video camera Good overall job on this camera Sony!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent all round camera

    Posted
    dpeterson97526

    After using this camera for 2 weeks I LOVE it. It is just as many reviews have stated a great camera that does more than expected. What I would like to share is a few things that other reviews do not really mention some of which are limitations the camera has but given the current technology available were not too surprising. The 4K is excellent. It should be noted though that if you decide to go the highest quality setting, you cannot take stills on the fly. This goes for both 100mbs 4k and Hd AVCHD recording modes. In 4K the audio is only stereo while full surround does become available in Standard HD. During shooting the max still capture is 10.3mp while in dedicated still mode you can do 20mp. Something that other reviewers did not cover is how great of stills this camera captures. It is very fast response and takes very clear pictures in good light. Light sensitivity is where things get interesting. At lower light still do show some minor noise and 4k video is the same in this manner. The nightshot function is about the same as my DCR-TRV in 4K mode. Reducing down 1080 significantly improves the light response. I have yet to get the IR lamp which I do have for my old DCR-TRV which helped that model considerably in night time shooting. Lastly what was not mentioned on many reviews was how great all the manual controls are for those of us that are control freaks. While the manual ring can only have one of 6 settings at one time, that is okay. So far I have found that the ring is best set to focus or exposure control. This still does not stop you from having other settings manually set at the same time as you can set almost all setting manual through the touchscreen. I honestly thought that the touchscreen would place some barriers to ease of use but that is hardly the case. If it could have one feature that is lacking that would be the ability to scroll by swiping through settings like a smartphone. This might be a moot point though if in fact the NFD remote app does exactly that on one's phone. If there was any one fault with this camera that really bugs me is that it does not have the environmental protection that older models like my DCR-TRV has. I have had that out in wind, rain and even dust which out of all dust concerned me the most due to the tape mechanism. With this camera one purchase you should do immediately is a clear 52mm UV filter to protect the lense unit from dust and moisture as the camera is probably the most vulnerable to damage through the opening. I highly suggest taking precautions in rain and wet due to the design of the zoom controls and hot shoe on the top. I do hope that maybe Sony will get back to a few good protective features that were on my DCR-TRV like rubber jack plugs and sealed control surfaces on the top.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality camcorder that's easy to use

    Posted
    frosty357
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    I'm not a techie so this review is just a quick overview. I have an old Sony Hi-8 camcorder that was one of the better models they offered back when I purchased it close to 15 years ago. I believe I paid $899 on sale at Best Buy. There's nothing wrong with my old Sony but when I saw that a package of two Hi-8 tapes would cost me $33 + tax I thought why spend 35 bucks on two tapes (especially since new HDTVs don't have necessary hookups I need to view my videos on them) when I can get a new Sony for 300 bucks?! Wrong! Despite the leaps and bounds in technology over so many years, the focusing speed and smooth zooming action of my old Sony is better than the $300 Sony models I looked at prior to purchasing the FDR-AX33. I REALLY liked the 30x optical zoom of the Sony CX675 but the ZEISS lens on the FDR-AX33 was a big plus in favor of the FDR-AX33 despite it's much smaller 10x optical zoom. I LOVE my new camcorder! I love that it turns on simply by flipping the LCD screen open - you can begin recording within seconds of picking it up. Crazy as it sounds, I primarily use my camcorder to video dogs - so I can study their structure, movement and overall conformation, so a camcorder that focuses quickly and is able to easily track maintain focus is important to me. Next in importance to me is quick but smooth zooming action. The FDR-AX33 delivers both. Even a non-techie like me had no trouble figuring out how to view my recorded video on a tv as well as copying it over to my laptop. The 4K capability was of zero importance to me - files would be too big for me to easily share and I don't even own a 4K HDTV - but I can see that it would be a fun feature to play with. I did take off one star on my overall rating for two reasons: 1) There isn't a remote control which makes playback a royal pain. Even my 15 year old Sony camcorder came with a simple remote control with the basic functions of a tv or dvd remote: stop, play, pause, fast forward, rewind, skip forward, skip back, etc. And maybe it's just me but I often have to tap the screen more than once to get it to do what I want. 2) Viewing in slow motion - a feature I use often to watch the details of a dog's' movement to see the details and where their paws are landing as they move. Without a remote you have to use the touch screen which means looking back and forth between the LCD screen and tv. Actually viewing the video in slow motion is marred by the icons and functions remaining on the screen so can't see much of the video despite watching via a 60" screen. I've done a bit of searching online and it looks like the only remote available for this camcorder is a cable remote for recording - no controls for playback. C'mon Sony! It's bad enough that you didn't include a remote with the camcorder but to not even offer one separately?!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi frsoty357, you can use the RMVPR1 or RMVP1K remote to control recording using the FDRAX33. But note that these don't have the capability to control playback. Thanks_Mitch sony_US

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's not awful but is simply not worth the money

    Posted
    nctritech
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    I do professional video work. I needed a cheap, quickly-purchased second camcorder to capture continuous fixed shots at shows without the infamous stills camera 30-minute time limit. I was aware of the inability to set iris and shutter speeds manually at the same time and I didn't really need that ability in my secondary camcorder anyway. I soon discovered that FOCUS cannot be set manually with any other manual setting, either! That is a MAJOR problem for pro work because it is critical that focus, exposure, and white balance can all be locked. I found a workaround where you can use the "spot meter" and "spot focus" functions to set exposure and focus based on a point you touch, then you can adjust focus and/or exposure manually, and I was okay with this workaround. Then I realized something that was unredeemable: there is a LOT of yucky noise in shadows, even in shots with plenty of daylight. I have never seen a camera with so much noise in shadows at the lowest gain setting and I don't understand why it's like that. I looked up a side-by-side comparison of the AX33 and AX53 quality and noticed the same issue with the AX33. If you are okay with the lack of independent manual control (setting one thing to manual and then setting another to manual will reset the first thing to AUTO) and you want to get one of these, spend the extra cash on the AX53, or better yet, get a Panasonic VX870 which I already own and is around the same price but is far more useful (but doesn't have BOSS stabilization, the only negative I can think of).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Video Cam for everyone esp. 4 the growing family

    Posted
    CVA2014
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    I'm a photographer hobbyist by heart. I needed something to shoot video after the learning that my wife and I were expecting. I knew a 4k camera would keep me up to date with technology for a couple of years. I compared several cameras and ended up with 2 Sony models, one being the FDR AX100 (very good sensor, and has inboard ND sensor but bulky for travel and no optical steady shot) . Having seen that this camera is more geared to a hobbyist but has professional capabilities I decided to go with this. Plus, Sonys' Play Memories smart phone app works great especially when you are planning to mount the camera in a tripod. I suggest doing your research in you tube as well. If you'd like better audio quality consider purchasing ECM-W1M and/or ECM-XYST1M. I would also consider the video grip (GP-VPT1) if the position of the camera does not suit your needs. You can buy ND filters in Amazon if need be. Try your local best buy stores if they have an open box or call sony at night, typically they do price match or they give some accessories for free. When you decide to buy at Sony's 1.800 number consider buying in bulk you get a negotiating advantage. Lastly, I highly recommend buying an accidental warranty for this video camera just in case something happens, especially when your planning to use it for a long time. Wether you go with Sony or Best Buys' Geek Squad it insures you for accidental damage or technical issues. 3 years is a long time especially if you are using this for capturing your vacations, holidays and parties. No need to freak out when a family member or a close friend drops the unit or spills a liquid on it. If that happens, you'll be a kind, gentle and forgiving person as you should be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good 4k Camcorder for under $1k

    Posted
    TigerMAS
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    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

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      SonyListens

      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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Runs hot, eats batteries, 4K is OK.

    Posted
    Deaners
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I needed a camcorder that could record continuously and Sony makes camcorders with the battery attached to the outside so you can buy larger capacity batteries. The video quality is ok - not as crystal clear as I thought with it being 4K. I thought it would be like High-Def but twice as big so you could then crop parts of the video to 1920 and be as clear as a High-Def camcorder at full screen. It's not. Also, recording at 4K gets really hot, in fact, the camcorder will shut down when it gets too hot. Recording at 100 fps is very HOT, the camcorder will not even record an hour before shutting down, so I'm using 60 fps. I bought a 128gb card, but didn't need to since I record only in 60fps, could have gone with 64gb. Also, recording in 4K eats up the battery like crazy. The Sony High-Def camcorder I used before this could go 4 hours easily with the largest capacity battery. This 4K Sony can go about 2 hrs 15 minutes with the same battery, this is with everything on manual and no stabilization. On the good side, the optical stabilization works great when I used it. If you don't need continuous recording for more than 2 hrs and record in cooler environments, then this camcorder could work for you. A couple of other things, it's bigger than it looks in the picture, and it is heavy. The stabilization works really really good if needed. Debating if I should return it, thought it would be better for the price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great family 4k Camcorder...Sony is the B.O.S.S.

    Posted
    MedwayMike
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    Needed to upgrade my camcorder and really researched what was out there. Having just bought a 4K TV and wanting to future-proof my videos, I narrowed the choices to just 4K camcorders and since I've owned Sony/Canon/Panasonic camera equipment in the past I focused on those brands. Sony is clearly leading the field in the Prosumer/Consumer 4K camcorders segment currently so I began shooting video and stills with the FDR-AX100 and the FDRAX33/B in a variety of situations. Most of my video is sports and family events both indoors and out. After all is said and done, while the AX100 is an outstanding camcorder for someone who wants a Prosumer 4K video camera for under $2k with great video capabilities in a variety of situations, I was really impressed with Sony's Balanced Optical Stabilization System and went with the FDRAX33/B. Wish I could have both but the incredibly stable FDXAX33 shots outweighed the better picture (slightly) and more features of the FDR-AX100.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Spendy but Stunning!

    Posted
    johnflem

    You will pay on superfast cards(Trascend 256gb, about $200 each). You will need to buy a 4K video Card ($500 min). You will need a 4K monitor ($500 min). Oh and of course you will probably need a whole new computer with fast processor and tons of storage (maybe 3K!). However.. I took a sample into BestBuy, put it up on a 70" Sony, and even the best buy guys all came over and were oohing and ahhing.. maybe hype but sure looks great to my eye. Is it as good as the videos they show in-store? No. Those were shot with h265, probably in 60fps. This camera still records at h264 let's tell the truth about that..and it's 30fps so you'd better not drink coffee.. Photos are just OK. On vacations, I may have to bring my Nex7 as well which is a bit of a bummer. BUT if you're addicted to movie making like me , I just don't know how you do any better for the price..just be prepared to pay up for the privilege.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi johnflem! It may be quite expensive, but the quality is great. Right! If you're looking for movie shooting camera, you need to consider this. Thanks for your positive feedback. We appreciate it. - Vincent Sonystyle

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony AX33 . I love this camera.

    Posted
    CesB
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I got two of them! But buy the warranty

    Posted
    videographer
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BOSS stabilization is awesome!

    Posted
    BillInVancouver
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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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    fantastic image quality and rock solid

    Posted
    jimrobie
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    i haven't had a lot of time to use this camera so there may be features that i have not yet found. For pros: great image quality, great low light capability, rock solid build. For cons: some of the doors that protect access ports make it a little difficult to get to those ports. I would be a little concerned about snapping off the doors at the hinge over time, but they really are solid and can probably take some abuse. The unit does NOT have a built in flash or video light so depending on intended use you may want to figure to add the accessory light. I have not found a way (yet) to directly connect this to a TV for live monitoring. it seems this feature is not available for 4K output, only for regular HD. It seems like the camera records in 4K, but has to process 4K video outside the camera maybe through the "Play Memories" app to obtain 4K viewing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good Video Camera, Fatal Flaw(s)!

    Posted
    Wanabe
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    Usability was very good. Setup menus are well organized and easy to follow. I liked the viewfinder and the tripod mount. The recording and playback experience was great. I ultimately returned it,though: 1) 5.1 ch recording is only available in 1080p. 4K is limited to 2ch. 2) Transferring video to a computer for editing involves plugging the camera into a USB port and uploading using their somewhat cumbersome software package. I don't understand why you can't just plug the memory card in and copy mp4 directly. I had a Cannon 1080p flash recorder and that worked fine. I will be buying a refurbished Canon camera for much less than I paid for this one. Store experience was as good as I could expect from an amateur salesman. The return process was a breeze. I would recommend this camera to anyone not interested in video production, although it's too expensive for that.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hi Wanabe, I'm saddened to hear that this unit failed to meet your expectations. Sony takes the voice of our customers very seriously. Your feedback is highly appreciated and will be forwarded to the proper department. Regards, Dave sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Video Camera

    Posted
    CMMC
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    Purchased this camera for my business. We wanted something sturdy, relatively light weight, able to connect a tripod or monopod to, easy to use, ability to attach an external mic, and with various file formats. This does everything we wanted. We've had to shoot in bad weather - used an umbrella to protect us and the camera, but still kept shooting - and found that it performed perfectly through the moisture and humidity. There's no need to go into the pro's and con's as everyone else who reviewed it did that, and we agree with them. There are many YouTube videos on how to utilize all of the functions which was very helpful in learning the camera. It produces beautiful video, and can also take still photos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Camera that gives professional results

    Posted
    kamal
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    I bought this 4K Camcorder in lDecember 2016 and I have used it several times. This is an awesome camcorder with extremely many high ends features tools at very affordable price. It is very light weight model that has a fast f1.8-3.4 Carl Zeiss len sthat flawlessly shoots at 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) which is at 8 megapixels resolution verus only 2 megapixels for Full HD. Additionally this model has one of the best Balanced Optical Steadyshot (BOSS) image stabilization. It is also equipped with NightShot® Infrared System to shoot at night or complete darkness. There are also many options for cropping and zooming in on the 4K video, while still maintaining Full HD quality.I highly recommend this camcorder and I am sure you will love its performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great...but....

    Posted
    CompGeek
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    I purchased this video camera because my 6 year old Sony (also bought from Best Buy) developed a problem and this was an upgrade for me from 1080p to 4K. Took some video of my trip to Tahoe . . . GREAT except for a little problem with the image rotational shake where the left side goes up while the right side goes down. Talked to Sony tech support, did'nt seem to help much, was told to change some settings, have'nt had a chance to try it again. May rewrite this review if things change. As for Best Buy.... they were really Great, they went out of their way to price match a KIT that was on sale from an internet vendor that comprised of the camera, SD card, case and battery!!! even though they were not selling such a Kit at the time. I am a very happy customer!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent picture quality and image stability

    Posted
    MrJ1
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    Camera has excellent picture quality and image stability. Camera size / weight is a little heavier than other lower performing models, but much better than similar performing models. No handshake visible in filmed images. 4k video usage has been limited due to video size and post processing power / time needs on PC. Have shot 98% in 1080P 60FPS which still yields excellent slow motion and zoom up on images. For direct viewing on TV, remote control would be a nice feature not included. MP4 instant video transfer to IPad works well, but is of much lower video quality than native HD images. Recommend taking the time / disk space to use original HD video for all editing/sharing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    4K is the best

    Posted
    ImNoCouchPotato
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    The picture quality is amazing. Of course more manual control buttons would be nice, but put it in Auto and go shoot. It's small and compact unlike many video cameras that don't even approach the quality of this one. I love it for casual shooting and the 4k is beautiful. I use Premiere Pro, sometimes on a PC with an i5 processor and 8g ram. That is the absolute minimum for processing 4k and even that isn't great. The nice thing is you can set it to dual record and it will generate an MP4 file that is a lot smaller. You can edit that and then apply the edit to the larger 4k file.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Got a great deal!

    Posted
    Indymo33
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    I am new to the videography business. I have several drones and we are expanding with cameras now. This camera is a dream. Small and compactor packs a powerful punch. I have not used the app, however that seems like a pretty nice add on. The picture is great and the mics work pretty well. The image stabilizer is pretty dang strong too. I mean one could use this for a vlogging camera. The stills that come out of this are amazing as well. If I would have known this? I would have not gotten the Lumix G7 - but,'I like different angles so more cameras the better. I got it during a sales and it was open box excellent condition. I think it was like 625 or so! Pretty good!

    I would recommend this to a friend