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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Size Comparison With Older Handycams

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Playback

    Received my camera today. It was described as "Open Box", "Condition Excellent", and I agree. There is no damage or even sign of use on the camera or accessories and everything was included and nicely packed into the original box. I had read some reviews saying this was a larger HandyCam, so I got out my older HandyCams to compare. The largest is a Video8 unit from 1995. I used it 7 years and documented both of my sons' first years and many important family events. The 2002 HandyCam DVD was a nice upgrade in picture quality and convenience. It was much smaller and featured Super SteadyShot, so the video was much smoother. The AX53 is longer than the HCDVD, but not as tall. I expected to use the bag from the DVD HandyCam, but the AX53 is about 1 inch too long and doesn't fit. Well, it does fit with the battery removed but there is nowhere in the case to put the battery. Of the three cameras, the AX53 is much smaller than the Video8 HandyCam, and smaller than the DVD HandyCam in all dimensions but length. In the hand, the start/stop button, picture button, and zoom rocker are right where I expect them to be, so it feels very familiar. One point notes is that the first two came with remotes for recording and for playback, so you can wire the camera to a TV and control it across the room. The AX53 did not include a remote but can use a smartphone to control it. I've used the Sony HandyCams and a long zoom Cybershot for 25 years now, and have never had a failure. The old ones are hopelessly outdated but still work. Expecting this AX53 to continue the family tradition!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Even in 2020

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Features

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    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Ease of use, Picture quality

    I bought the AX53 shortly after the birth of our first child, wanting something that was better for video than my phone (Pixel 3xl). I have zero regrets with this purchase as it's allowed my to effortlessly capture hours and hours of memories in surprisingly high quality. When picking a camcorder, picture and sound quality, and ease of use were the only important criteria. I knew 4K was going to be a must, and contemplated spending more, up to 2.5x more, for HDR (looking at Sony's AX100 and 700 cams, as well as those from Canon and Panasonic). I also was interested in trying to find a camcorder that would shoot in 5.1 surround while in 4k mode, but this wasn't possible inside the price range I was considering. I've owned other Sony imaging products, with my main camera being an a6300, so having a common hot shoe interface was definitely a plus, and I knew Sony sensors are among the best for imagine quality which is what drove me here. After hours of comparison videos on YouTube and reviews and forum posts, I finally landed on the AX53 primarily for one reason: the absurdly amazing optical image stabilization. They describe it as having what is essentially an internal gimbal, and after hours of usage in a variety of scenarios (walking around, zooming in, etc) I can say without a doubt that this is the greatest feature of this camera. Generally, if you're not using a tripod, your videos are going to be annoyingly shaky. This simply isn't an issue in the vast majority of scenarios with the AX53. It's the reason I chose this one over the slightly superior imagine quality of the 1" sensor on the AX100, which is relatively close in cost. That one has no optical stabilization, so the trade-off in image quality was easily worth it. That being said, I'm also very satisfied with how great the videos look. Watching them using the included HDMI cable on both a 55" 4K TV and a 4K projector on a 93" screen, I'm very, very pleased with how good they turn out. The only really semi downside, which would've been better on the AX100, is that sometimes low light videos look less than stellar, especially when compared to what this thing does in daylight. Overall, great video quality though when using the 4K 100mbps setting. Usability with the AX53, like others on the market I suspect, is what I'd consider comparable to a point and shoot camera. You flip the screen open, that turns it on, and you're immediately ready to start taking videos. When you're done, close the screen and it's off. This couldn't be any simpler. Changing shooting modes and settings is also simple, with most of the options being configurable from a button on the main display. One additional option that I didn't think I'd use, but that I'm really glad to have, is the dual shooting mode, where you can record videos simultaneously in full quality, as well as in lesser quality .MP4 files. This enables quick sharing without the need to down convert in situations where you just want to quickly share a video to social media or via text. Great feature. The main downside I've seen discussed with the AX53 is the manual image setting controls. While you can technically set most of the aspects of the image, you can only set one thing at a time, meaning you don't REALLY have manual control over the image. For me, this isn't really that much of an issue, given the cam's auto mode does a pretty great job of getting things right in the vast majority of scenes. This may be a huge sticking point for those who desire complete control over things like aperture, focus, and WB, though. Overall, I am completely satisfied with the AX53. It does it's job very well with no nagging issues. Even though it's a couple years old at this point, the image quality is very good. I would highly recommend this one.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good, not great

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    Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Video quality

    Video/photo quality is great. Menues are understandable but UI is mediocre. It’s kind of a pain to switch between different photo/vid settings. Would love to see more actual buttons instead of having to go to the menu for everything. Camera is a decent size and weight. But don’t expect to be able to take great action footage. Overall this is a good prosumer model that can handle a wide variety of needs. A jack of all trades and master of none.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best Camcorder yet still it’s just a camcorder

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    In my opinion the Sony ax-53 has performed incredibly well. It’s surpassed nearly all my expectations. High School soccer and Basketball are no problem for this camcorder. Even for interviews and walk and talk filming as well. Very stable for handheld use. It’s not fair to judge this product by standards beyond its limitations. So please understand that my issue with it is really more a matter of what I am looking for in a product than the product itself. I realized after using it for multiple uses that what I really needed was a camera with ability to record video in 4K for an hour without overheating but also be able to take photos like a camera with a full frame or crop sensor. If you’re looking for a product to record things like sporting events in 4K and also wanting to have a product that can take quality photos than this Camcorder is probably not for you. If you’re looking for what I believe is the best camcorder available to consumers then I believe that this is the best one out there to get

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Plays above its' pay grade....

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    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Price, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Battery

    Before making this purchase, I spent 6 months reviewing multiple brands and units. Haven't owned a camcorder in 25yrs, currently use my Nikon D810 with 20mm prime f1.8 and 24-70 f2.8 for the occasional 5-10 min video. That said to qualify that I have a high expectation of image clarity and color reproduction. Substandard equipment [within my budget] just won't do. By sheer luck, I came across a comment someone made about seeing this at CES and found a video accordingly. After reviewing the specs and seeing the ''bare minimum'' posted video from this particular camcorder, decided to wait and look personally when it came out. Very glad I did.... Pro's: In sunlight, 4K, this camcorder is absolutely PHENOMENAL. Color, clarity, depth of detail is simply beyond expectation. 1080P is slightly less when compared side by side, but still fantastic. You can pause a recording and see details in the image the look like a still photograph. Daylight, indoors, 4K, still produced recordings above my personal expectations. Color is great, clarity [if you have your settings and focus tracking properly] still great. Sound capture: Using only the internal mic, it's not perfect but MUCH better than expected and for home/personal use I have no need for a shotgun mic [which is available] Depending on your settings it offers Stereo, in 4K, or 5.1 surround in lower resolution. Low Light: wow, read the specs but really didn't think it would be this good. Not studio grade, but for my experience and needs pretty close. Scenes filmed on the city street, at night, 4K, are clear and colorful even handheld. In depth, real world, low light test: https://youtu.be/jA3TpopmSvw Optical stabilization: Are you kidding me? 5 axis floating head you can see move? This thing records video in low light, 4K from a moving car you can easily use for home movies [or security footage] if desired. Stop the frame and you can read the road signs going down the highway... B.O.S.S. in 1080P is even better when walking around, almost no movement. Cons: Occasionally struggles a bit in low light moving from varying depth of field objects if it's a dark subject and faster moving pan, but actually I don't see the need for that [you can also bump the focus assist to correct or simply let the camera catch up] Dropping the resolution to take advantage of 5.1 surround and additional image stabilization results in more noise [especially bare minimum lighting], but who wants that/those shots anyway. Battery life with the supplied unit isn't stellar [2-1/2 hrs +/-], better than the 90's units though ~ I'd recommend buying a spare and an external charger as it's only rechargeable using the cord when on the unit otherwise. Summation: For the money, this unit easily performs above it's level. I put it on par, perhaps better, with the more expensive AX100 for 700.00 less. Still well within my return period, have around 50hrs of recorded video used and have no buyers remorse. It's a keeper.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great product and purchase experience

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    This is one of the best camcorders for home purpose as well as to be used for streaming purposes. You would need video capture device like star link or other hdmi to usb converters to connect to PC. the shopping experience with Best Buy was also great.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best Camera Ever

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    Owned for 10 months when reviewed.

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    I've been using this camera for almost a year and I've created so much amazing content and I haven't looked back. The camera stabilization is top notch and the zoom is great in multiple situations. The battery life is bearable but that's the price of recording in 4k (buy extra batteries chief). Overall it's worth the 5 stars and if you're on a budget this is bang for your buck.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Upgrade from 1080p

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    Compared to the six year old 1080p Sony camera I am replacing, the image quality, ease of operating and manual override controls (for focus, iris or zoom) are all significant with this 4K model and worth the upgrade. The only areas I'm disappointed are the audio quality (though this can be improved with a separate or shoe attached microphone) and the stabilization is sometimes too aggressive, introducing shakes or a sense of floating past the point where I intend a pan to stop, as it over compensates for intentional camera movements. The image stabilization has several intensity levels in the settings and I am still playing with it to get the right level given the amount of camera movement a particular scene needs. This takes some getting used to. I have a pretty steady hand or I will sometimes use a tripod even when moving the cam, so the over-reacting stabilization can be frustrating at times. I expect I will get used to it and overall I'm pleased with the upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Sony is Quality

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    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Ease of use, Picture quality

    A long time ago, I bought a Sony trinitron tv and it had the most beautiful picture. Sony is known for quality. I didn't like those Sony cyber-shots. They lost me then. Then, I bought a Sony HDR CX150 and that is real nice little camcorder. My complaint is that when i zoomed in and out, i had to do it slowly because my picture would blur and then refocus. that little camcorder, i could put in my pocket or a purse. that blur doesn't happen on the AX53. The AX53 has the moving lens, so you don't have to be standing perfectly still. it moves with you. it's a LOT bigger camcorder, but, it has a lot more in it. It records in 4k, in keeping up with technology. i asked best buy what are the prices on 4k tv's and, they're very reasonable. i have not reviewed 4k on a 4k tv yet, but i'm sure it will be everything i imagine and what i've been told. the camcorder is easy to operate and i found a you tube on it. that's someone else personal experience outside of what you read on the manual. i think it's a very good camcorder. i'm happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Sony AX53

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    So far it has been an excellent purchase. Video and audio quality are excellent. Color balance is good. I would recommend it for all your video needs.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome video quality

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    Owned for 9 months when reviewed.

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    Awesome video and sound quality. Menu is very user friendly and easy to navigate.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent camcorder.

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    I bought this as my primary camcorder for work (fraud investigator). It does not disappoint. This isn't your regular point and shoot..... but it can be if needed. Amazing quality, excellent low-light capability with little to no artifacts, and the nightshot is as expected. Camera turns on immediately upon opening the screen, and another awesome feature (for me) is the fact that it actually has a viewfinder, which is rare these days. Great for people (again, in the industry I'm in) to be able to open up the viewfinder discreetly without light from the screen blaring in my face. For you video-heads out there, the quality, manual controls, everything about this camcorder is top notch. No, it doesn't have the absolute control you'd find in a $5,000 camera - but the quality is comparable. Plus, post-processing matters alot as well. I would absolutely recommend this camcorder to anybody. Whether you're shooting a wedding, your kids sporting event, or doing what I do for a living.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    ALMOST A GOOD CAMERA

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I had high expectations for this camera as I owned an earlier model which performed wonderfully! However, this model was a letdown as it's auto focus was frustratingly slow. I gave it a three week try as image quality was wonderful but waiting on an image to come into focus means the loss of shots when it comes to photographing children. Nice try, Sony but you've taken a step backwards with your auto focus technology and possibly product testing standards as well. Many reviews on this camera state the same but checking the reviews after purchase was my mistake. Be forewarned there is a $150 restocking fee if you return it which is something else I didn't know in advance and is not clearly stated when purchasing on line.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Sony 4K

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    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

    Great as expected. Sony quality does stand out. Works very well for long periods of time.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Camcorder

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    This is a really nice camcorder we will enjoy this.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    great

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    it is a good camera, I wish to know more about it but a good purchase

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    High Quality Camcorder

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    This camera does everything I have needed it to so far. I bought this about a month ago and have not had a lot of chances to use it yet but seems to be a good high quality camera.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fred

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    Owned for 8 months when reviewed.

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    This has become a favorite tool and toy ! It helps me document conditions and discoveries as I disassemble systems. It also captures moments not to be forgotten

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    No disappointments with this camera for me

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    Owned for 9 months when reviewed.

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    Stunning home video with little effort. This camera does it all by itself. Just set it up and push the button.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Sony AX53 Camcorder

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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    Just beginning to learn the basics of this 4K Sony Camcorder, as the new technology of the last recent years, using memory card instead of mini-DV tape, is new to me! I really need some lessons from the Best Buy Geek Squad and will research soon if that is possible with my 3-yr extended warranty.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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