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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 672 reviews

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  • Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Video quality

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Size Comparison With Older Handycams

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    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 The old ones are hopelessly outdated but still work.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
  • Features

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

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Even in 2020

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    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.

    Features

    Ease of Use
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    Value
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Video quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, not great

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    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
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    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
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    Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great features,compact,light,smooth zoom

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Plays above its' pay grade....

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    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
  • Features

    Ease of Use
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Old school equipment with new school video quality

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Probably the best mini camcorder out there that you can buy. 4K video quality is hard to find, even with the latest cell phones. But the best feature has to be the image stabilization. Can film my sons sporting events and watch them afterwards without getting motion sickness. Only wish it had wifi uploading functionality like cell phones.

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

    Best Camera Ever

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    Owned for 10 months when reviewed.

    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
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Professional camera at consumer-level price

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    The camera does everything advertised and is easy to use. It brings many formerly professional camera attributes to a consumer grade camera at a reasonable price.

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

    Crazy Good

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

    This thing is absolutely legit. Picture quality is fantastic. The coolest feature is how the lens can counteract your movements to remain as level as possible. Not like the old camcorders where you got dizzy watching - this thing softens movement unbelievably well. I'm impressed for sure.

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

    Intro to college film courses

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    We really spent a lot of time with the sales people and they were very knowledgeable. I bought this camera for my daughter going into a film college. It has most of the features of the much more expensive models and she has been using it quite a lot and loves it.

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

    Try out the fit in your hand before purchasing.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    Amazing camera with a great 5 axis image stabilization. I’m only giving this a 4 star instead of 5 star because the zoom toggle is too close for where you put your hand through the strap in the camera. I was literally using my other hand to zoom and was unable to keep had to return the product.

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

    Sony Handycam AX53 GREAT CAMCORDER

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Great camcorder. I was on vacation and when a camcorder I brought with me did not operate, I had to buy this one. This Sony handycam AX53 was amazing. It was so much better than my older Sony handycam. I am glad I bought this product. Thank you.

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    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

    Nice camcorder but little pricey

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I would give this camera five stars but I have found issues with recording in certain lighting and cannot make certain adjustments. I have taken really good videos with this camcorder. I will admit in a few different lighting conditions it did take really good videos.

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

    Outstanding Camera

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Best video camera out!!!! Clean picture, I have two of these about to get one more. Great for live streaming.

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

    Best camcorder 4K ever

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    Best camcorder ever..... in my humble opinion... every thing I wanted and more

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

    Love It!!!!

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Best camera in this range for night vision. Looks great. The built in 5.1 microphone is fantastic. Google how to put it in 5.1. It’s not default. Love this camera!!

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

    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
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow!

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    Posted .
    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

    A prosumer camcorder that does everything you need. Full 4K acquisition and playback.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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