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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 529 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Size Comparison With Older Handycams

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

    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 The old ones are hopelessly outdated but still work.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
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Plays above its' pay grade....

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    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Price, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Battery, Resolution

    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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good vid quality, poor interface for ProAm users

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

    4K recorded video looks marvelous on playback. 1080 HD looks great on playback w smaller files ,too! Good optical zoom quality; digital zoom ...works. Wireless is has good range and works well w iPhone iPad. User ergonomics are simple and easy to locate/use. Enough said! ... If you only want to record events on the fly...like the trip to amusement park, birthdays...kids at ballgame. ProAm users... Skip this camera. No access to manual features without either touching the screen or toggling thru a list of manual options with one (focus) ring serving all function access...also requiring touching the body. The problem w even slightly touching the camera is the floating iris mechanism (boss system) works only when hand held... When on a tripod it magnifies every vibration immensely and you video will be very, very shaky for just a couple seconds until the camera figures it out...then all good again. No remote trigger port... So you won't be pressing the record/capture button unless you physically touch the buttons. Wireless only offers record/play/zoom..no other options... When you use wireless, all video and access to the functions on the camera are disabled...the video screen simply says,"using wireless"... So to change any settings you have to disconnect t wireless...all your manual settings are lost when you switch to wireless. HDMI port - only accessible when the camera is on! To turn off the camera you need to unhook everything...so you can't leave it set up. No simple way to delete content on the card...pressing delete ...when you can go into the settings to find it..will delete some items but not others...even if you select delete all. Using lowlight setting blocks usage of the gain settings. So it's either one or the other... And lowlight setting works far better than the gain controls. The list goes on.... Bottom line... This camera is a mess for ProAm users, but excellent for average simple use when shaky video and getting what the camera gives you is all you need. Did I say the video quality was excellent overall..when it's not shaky. 5 stars for everyday use. 2 stars for advanced user functionality.

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

    Good Camera!!

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    Ease of Use
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    Bought this to replace a Canon. I did a lot of research and finally made a decision and went with this one. The images/video is so incredible. The only con I have is it’s not very good in low light settings. I’d highly recommend YouTubing the camera and looking at the accessories you can attach, which on the accessories there’s a ton you can choose from to add onto the cameras. Excellent streaming camera to social media or other platforms. It was also easy to hook up to your smartphone just read and follow the instruction booklet. Make sure you register your camera through Sony online as well to start your One Year Limited Warranty.

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

    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
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love what this Sony camcorder is able to do.

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    Owned for 5 months when reviewed.

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    Perfect camcorder for someone who needs a stabilizing Function built in. Makes a great camcorder for active people. I did a fair amount of research before buying. The person whom it was gifted, absolutely loves it. Even has night vision functions.

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

    Great features,compact,light,smooth zoom

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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    Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality

    Super smooth zoom in and out,great battery life,super great picture quality

    Features

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

    Good Camera for the every day user

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    I bought this to record my church services during the Covid outbreak. Like most churches its a little darker inside. Honestly I don't notice much difference between this camera and my older 1080p sony camcorder. Don't get me wrong, the camera did a pretty good job. (Not much noise). I took more video outside in the sun and the video quality was pristine. I didnt' give it 5 stars because I think the price was a little high.

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

    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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Very happy with my purchase

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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    I have been looking for a camera to video tape my sons sports. Needed something that had zoom incase he was across the field and I was up in the stands of a HS football field. The camera has not yet disappointed me. I can follow the action and works well.

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

    Great camera

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

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    Really like this camera, I use it for my personal stuff but also good for business stuff. Easy to use and not that heavy.

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

    very good camera

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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    I had a sony CX 550v for 10 years , and loved it , it was time for an upgrade , i like everything about the AX 53 except the built in mic , The Mic on my CX 550 was better , it had a front and rear facing Mic , the AX 53 is only front facing , so when the camera is facing away from me , my voice to sound as good, Other than that , The video quality is amazing , And now i use a sony lav mic , and everything sounds good again.

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

    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
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Camcorder

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    Owned for 5 months when reviewed.

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    I love this thing, great in lowlight, and it comes with the most handy image stabilizer, I love it.

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

    Awesome camera for my work!

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    I can't get enough of this camera. Certainly hard to top it off. The only thing I wish it had a feature where I could completely mute the sound. Other than that, it's great.

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

    Excellent

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

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    A very impressive video camera. 4 k, touch screen.

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

    Better Picture

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Very clear picture and versatile camcorder that does a great job.

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

    Love Love Love

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    Use this for streaming and it is wonderful! Easy to use, set up for steaming you will need to read a little but overall, best quality out there

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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