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Sony - Handycam AX53 4K Flash Memory Premium Camcorder - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 446 reviews

97%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressed so far

    Posted
    Nate
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I haven't had much of a chance to use the camera yet, although set up seemed easy. Camera is a little bigger and heavier than the standard HD camera which was expected. Battery is a bit bulky, and it doesn't lock in really tight. The battery hasn't came loose or fallen out, but there is a small rattle when you move the camera much since the battery was a little loose. My only concern so far is with Best Buy and their choice of camera bag that they gave away with the purchase of the camera. "Sony LCS U11 Soft Camera Case - Black", is not big enough to hold the camera even if you take the battery off. Best Buy certainly didn't plan this out very well. I will update more once I have used the camera more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony steady shot video cameras are incredible

    Posted
    Rich
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have had a Sony HDR-PJ670 Handycam since 2012 and I love it. However, in bright sunlight, it was difficult to see the view screen. I bought the AX53 Model primarily because it has an optical viewfinder in addition to the view screen. Other advantages include time lapse capability with adjustable picture taking intervals, much large batteries and three resolution modes including 4K.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    Posted
    Mentaltraffic
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    The video quality of this camcorder is excellent. The video quality is amazing. The only minor gripe I've is that the battery life is not exceptionally long compared to other video cameras I've owned. Especially on 4K.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely perfect

    Posted
    TheRealtorsVoice
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I use this when skouting our properties for my out of town clients. Video quality is superb. I also use it to record my tennis matches. I like that you can use the viewfinder only to avoid wasting battery with the screen. I like that it takes pictures too, during recording or during playback. This is one of the best camcorders I have owned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sony AX53 video camera

    Posted
    Revlimter
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I purchased this video camera for my wife to replace our older Sony HDR-SR11 which we enjoyed for years. We like having a separate camcorder vs using phone or ipads, The quality is better. I was not able to look at the AX53 as our local store did not have one on display. I ordered on line and took a chance. Upon unboxing I was disappointed. The build quality and feel were not close to the old AX53. The view finder protrudes from the body. When you add the battery that comes with it sticks way out and is not protected. I wonder how long it will be before it breaks. I was disappointed to find no hard drive only memory cards. It is not a big deal but the AX53 has both. I was not able to discuss the camera with an associate b/c they did not have one and they looked at me like I had 2 heads for wanting to purchase one. Having said this, the picture quality and ease of use is OUTSTANDING! it is FAR superior to our old AX53. My wife loves it. which is reason enough to buy it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Plays above its' pay grade....

    Posted
    BNme2016
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    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'sn't 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'sn'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