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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: 1 out of 5 stars

    This camera is horrible.

    Posted
    Skyler
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    It kept shutting down while I was trying to record. After reviewing the instructions, reaching out to Sony and Best Buy it still wouldn't operate or record. Returned after 2 weeks. You tube showed people having the same error message with no solution. Junk!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly Sharp Picture

    Posted
    Jack
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    Very sharp picture, very noticeable, also when zoomed. Stable video even when hand held and not on a tripod, although I would recommend a tripod for best results. Owners manual seems inadequate, covers the basic but not everything. Must use special SD cards made for 4K video, cannot just use any SD card. . In 4K recording, it takes about 1GB per minute so plan ahead when purchasing an SD card. I don't have a 4K TV yet, but it is very sharp on my current 1080p TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    As good or better then ax100,.

    Posted
    joefur1

    It is lighter ,It does not have the great viewfinder or large sensor ,or the manual controls,,It is lighter and just as good in low light ,,The microphone is super sound and of course the optical steady shot is perfect,side note,. ,. ,the rmt-835 remote works with this have to turn remote on in menu,,also the hand held remote tripod gpvp11 works great. . ,takes some time to learn correct ways to use controls and the menu,,once you do no probs,,Amazing pics,, and the play memories home software works great,,have to adjust in settings for HD playback,,only thing I wish it had is the line for playback that panasonic has instead of the fast forward etc,,you can not pinpoint the part you want to see. . but works on computer with software,. ,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A lot in one package

    Posted
    controlanator
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    The Sony AX53 has a lot to offer. For me, however, it's too complex to select the desired settings in the menus. The manual doesn't address nearly all its features. I learn how online but forget sometimes and, when in run and gun mode, I don't haver the right setting and get blurry results. One thing I've had a hard time is focus. The camera will focus on something other than what I wanted it to. For example, the clip was ruined when two children sitting beside each other were out of focus when the camera focused on the distance background between their faces. The screen is so small that I didn't notice that until playback...then I missed the moment. On the plus side, the video quality is awesome. The small size and light weight are great. The touch screen is also nice. I would recommend it with reservation, considering Best Buy has a great return policy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good vid quality, poor interface for ProAm users

    Posted
    Mikeinastoria
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mostly good some not too good

    Posted
    mikewinb
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This will be a fantastic camera for those who will simply capture family memorize in 4K. Picture is nice in all modes. Lowlight mode is effective ( better in HD than in 4K ... Go figure. @@@@@@@ All cords and connections are supplied... But they are each like 3ft max... So you won't really be able to set this on a 5' tripod while connected to A/C main. This will NOT be a camera for true videographers, though. Videographers need access to all manual tools while shooting. Unfortunately, you cannot access the manual features without touching the monitor. But touching the monitor while it's on a tripod or steady surface (steady cam feature on or off same result), the floating mechanism magnifies all vibrations and the video becomes extremely shaky...) Using this wirelessly would solve that problem... Except that the wireless function only allows you to zoom and start/ stop recording (or snap the photo). No other options are available in wireless mode. What's worse, when in wireless, the video screen isn't accessible. @@@@@@@@ It then only shows "using wireless". So, to access the exposure controls, you have to turn off the wireless ... Which turns off the recording. @@@@@@@ So, again, if you simply want to point and shoot, or set it on a tripod and record without accessing any features you'll simply love this camera. Videographers... I'd have to say, this camera isn't ready for pro-am users.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great consumer camcorder, fantastic stabilization!

    Posted
    MikeyA
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    I needed a camera for some personal movie making as in vlogs and some short films. I wanted a small camera that I could run and gun with and that had great picture quality. After a bit of research, it came down to either the Sony AX-100 or this. The debate for me was between more manual controls (AX-100) vs. BOSS stabilization (AX-53). I was willing to spend the extra money for the AX-100 though the price difference is significant ($800). I chose the AX-53 because in the end it suited my needs of run and gun portability better. Because of the BOSS stabilization, most moving or walking shots are rock solid. In fact, this camera is better handheld than with a tripod. It's very easy to just point and shoot. The trade off is that this camera really should be used in "auto" most of the time. The manual controls are never fully manual. You get the camcorder equivalent of aperture and shutter priority along with manual focus and limited exposure compensation. You can do basic settings if you find a need. For example, you can set a constant 1/48 sec shutter speed to help with the "film look." . The only shortcoming I found necessary to address was to buy a separate variable ND filter for really bright sunlight. Other than that, it's full auto most of the time. The AX-100, conversely, has a better sensor, real manual control and a higher ceiling as far as picture quality,. But it's also bigger and shakier and more complicated. It's meant for a more measured style of shooting. I have a DSLR for that. The AX-53 is a capable camera with fantastic picture stabilization. The picture quality is remarkable. It's small and relatively inexpensive. There are a few creative controls but not many. That suits me just fine as I can focus my creativity on what's in front of the camera instead.

    I would recommend this to a friend