Sony - Handycam AX33 4K Flash Memory Camcorder - Black

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Capture special moments in 4K video with this Sony Handycam AX33 camcorder, which features a NightShot infrared system and Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to ensure quality footage in a variety of lighting conditions.

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What's Included


  • Handycam AX33 4K Flash Memory Camcorder
  • 6.8V InfoLithium battery pack
  • USB cable, micro HDMI cable
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (363 out of 388)

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Features


10x optical/120x digital zoom

Brings you closer to the action.

3" LCD

Along with a 0.24" color viewfinder for a clear view.

Exmor R CMOS sensor

With approximately 18.9 megapixels captures 4k/24p/30p video for gripping detail.

BIONZ X image processor

Reproduces vivid and accurate coloring.

Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens

Provides professional quality for optimal footage.

Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization

Minimizes shake and vibration distortion for clear video.

White/black fader effects

Add a professional touch to your videos and still images.

Photo mode

Captures JPEG images with up to 20.6 megapixels resolution.

Image special effects

Include auto, night, sunrise and sunset, fireworks, landscape, portrait, spotlight, beach and snow for a variety of preset options.

5.1-channel microphone

With manual audio controls captures crystal-clear surround sound.

Multicard slot

Compatible with MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.

InfoLithium battery pack with AccuPower Meter System

Powers your shots and can be recharged via USB connection.

USB interface

For simple image transfer and charging.

Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)

Allows you to transfer footage to other devices and connect up to 5 cameras at a time for professional, multi-angle footage. NFC technology makes it easy to share images wirelessly.


Overall customer rating

4.6
94%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent all round camera

    Posted
    dpeterson97526

    After using this camera for 2 weeks I LOVE it. It is just as many reviews have stated a great camera that does more than expected. What I would like to share is a few things that other reviews do not really mention some of which are limitations the camera has but given the current technology available were not too surprising. The 4K is excellent. It should be noted though that if you decide to go the highest quality setting, you cannot take stills on the fly. This goes for both 100mbs 4k and Hd AVCHD recording modes. In 4K the audio is only stereo while full surround does become available in Standard HD. During shooting the max still capture is 10.3mp while in dedicated still mode you can do 20mp. Something that other reviewers did not cover is how great of stills this camera captures. It is very fast response and takes very clear pictures in good light. Light sensitivity is where things get interesting. At lower light still do show some minor noise and 4k video is the same in this manner. The nightshot function is about the same as my DCR-TRV in 4K mode. Reducing down 1080 significantly improves the light response. I have yet to get the IR lamp which I do have for my old DCR-TRV which helped that model considerably in night time shooting. Lastly what was not mentioned on many reviews was how great all the manual controls are for those of us that are control freaks. While the manual ring can only have one of 6 settings at one time, that is okay. So far I have found that the ring is best set to focus or exposure control. This still does not stop you from having other settings manually set at the same time as you can set almost all setting manual through the touchscreen. I honestly thought that the touchscreen would place some barriers to ease of use but that is hardly the case. If it could have one feature that is lacking that would be the ability to scroll by swiping through settings like a smartphone. This might be a moot point though if in fact the NFD remote app does exactly that on one's phone. If there was any one fault with this camera that really bugs me is that it does not have the environmental protection that older models like my DCR-TRV has. I have had that out in wind, rain and even dust which out of all dust concerned me the most due to the tape mechanism. With this camera one purchase you should do immediately is a clear 52mm UV filter to protect the lense unit from dust and moisture as the camera is probably the most vulnerable to damage through the opening. I highly suggest taking precautions in rain and wet due to the design of the zoom controls and hot shoe on the top. I do hope that maybe Sony will get back to a few good protective features that were on my DCR-TRV like rubber jack plugs and sealed control surfaces on the top.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good 4K Camera With Few Drawbacks

    Posted
    AshTray900
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Ok first of I really like this camcorder, I have a few gripes but overall I'm very happy, ill just get to the details rather than keep on talking for now. What's great: Image stabilization - Not the digital, the magnetic floating lens. Works absolutely awesome, this feature is unlike anything ive seen before. I can ride down the road on a bumpy road and the camera doesn't flinch, it works great without sacrificing image quality. This is one of its best features. Very good shooting in well lit areas - The color and clarity in 4k 100Mbps on a sunny day or an evening when the sun is still above this horizon is stunning. Still Images - they shoot with very good quality when not shooting stills at the same time as video. beats any smartphone. Battery - first camcorder whos included battery could last long enough to be useful. there is no need for the typical user to purchase another spare or larger one. Feel - this camera fits in your hand well, its larger than my old SD camcorder but they managed to make it fit in my large hand well, it has an adjustable strap so as long as your thumb can reach record and your index finger reach the zoom wheel at the same time you will like the way it feels, its a little heavy but that's the price you pay for long battery life, a well worthwhile trade off. 60p mode in 1080p and the ability to speed it up to 120p - (you'll need good light) but this will give you absolute jitter free video but only at 1080p. Semi low light performance - this will record great video, especially in 1080p 30fps when in parking lots, city streets and other areas lit up with city lights. Viewfinder - I like being able to use the camera without the side open in very bright light this is great. A port up top (for a flash) but also very useful for video lights you can get for low light films. the cover is slightly finicky on mine. I had to adjust the tabs on it to get it to close and snap tight. Zoom - while only 10x, it keeps the quality intact very well and the stabilization without digital correction still keeps the video smooth Whats ok: Night vision - kind of a blair witch gimmick, but it does work, even for far away targets the IR lamp cannot reach will still be amplified but of course mostly a green recording. Uses UHS-I U3 cards which are getting cheap, however this causes some limitations, also probably due to a small sensor. limitations include no 60p for 4k recording, some shooting modes are turned off for different recording formats. Price - it was affordable, under 1k even after purchasing memory card (a must because their is no internal memory) Play Memories - this software is nice but the ability for windows 10 to do an import without it as in the case of my Canon cameras would be even better, there is a bug in the app, it sometimes says it cannot import some of the files even though it got them all and removed them from the camcorder What I don't like: They are still using the usb pull out cord, this is useless, its to short to get to most usb ports without standing the camera up on the battery, its also a weak point, a part that could short, it needs a USB port Import speed kind of slow, USB 3.0 has been around for awhile and the SD card could hold up to it, Needs USB 3.0 Support. The touchscreen - this is horrible, it is laggy, doesn't always know where you hit it if you have big fingers, good quality screens have been around for a long time, this is essentially the same touchscreen as in my old SD camera just with higher pixel count. Wifi - this is by far the worst feature, its basically useless, when you can get it connected to your phone about all its good for is seeing what you are recording. NOTICE TO ANYONE ABOUT THIS FEATURE - it will not wirelessly send your videos like you may think, the only way this appears to work is if you dual record and send the lower quality file, full resolution recordings will not even show up in the list of items to transfer. This should support AC but it only works with N wireless, it should be able to connect to your network and be discoverable as a network device you can easily pull files from, it is not. if you are purchasing this camera based on wifi abilities, turn away. The mobile app - mobile apps come in all kinds of quality varieties, some absolutely excellent like ones made by Samsung or google for a large user base, this one falls low on the spectrum, its interface is not well designed, and the wifi stuff is nonsense to begin with see above. when you get to control with phone, it will give you a remote viewfinder and a zoom option. but it wasn't worth the hassle so I removed the app from my phone as it screws with your wifi, for this to work it really needs Bluetooth, NFC is not very good either. Very low light recordings - these are poor, lots of noise, you can lower resolution and fps and turn on low lux feature but this only goes so far. if you manually slow the shutter speed down you can get more light in but any movement will look like your are on drugs. Overall view of the camera: It may seem like I have a lot of complaints listed, these are why I dropped a star, some could be improved and some I could have just done without to save cost (wifi and nfc could have been left of altogether) but this are mainly just issues that come with getting a very nice camera a good price point. If you want stunning video, I mean its gorgeous, captures color very well, focuses very quickly when it can see something well and has the best stabilization I've ever seen (just looking at that eyeball lens move around as you shake is awesome) this camera is defiantly for you, you wont regret it one bit, and this was the reason I purchased it, so 4 stars for me, it gets the job done and it does it well! I my opinion you buy a camcorder to shoot great video and you do the processing, editing, and uploading online after the file is transferred to a computer. if you are looking at this camera for flashy features etc., don't waste your money and stick with your cell phone. This is not the purpose or reason to buy a video camera Good overall job on this camera Sony!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality camcorder that's easy to use

    Posted
    frosty357
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I'm not a techie so this review is just a quick overview. I have an old Sony Hi-8 camcorder that was one of the better models they offered back when I purchased it close to 15 years ago. I believe I paid $899 on sale at Best Buy. There's nothing wrong with my old Sony but when I saw that a package of two Hi-8 tapes would cost me $33 + tax I thought why spend 35 bucks on two tapes (especially since new HDTVs don't have necessary hookups I need to view my videos on them) when I can get a new Sony for 300 bucks?! Wrong! Despite the leaps and bounds in technology over so many years, the focusing speed and smooth zooming action of my old Sony is better than the $300 Sony models I looked at prior to purchasing the FDR-AX33. I REALLY liked the 30x optical zoom of the Sony CX675 but the ZEISS lens on the FDR-AX33 was a big plus in favor of the FDR-AX33 despite it's much smaller 10x optical zoom. I LOVE my new camcorder! I love that it turns on simply by flipping the LCD screen open - you can begin recording within seconds of picking it up. Crazy as it sounds, I primarily use my camcorder to video dogs - so I can study their structure, movement and overall conformation, so a camcorder that focuses quickly and is able to easily track maintain focus is important to me. Next in importance to me is quick but smooth zooming action. The FDR-AX33 delivers both. Even a non-techie like me had no trouble figuring out how to view my recorded video on a tv as well as copying it over to my laptop. The 4K capability was of zero importance to me - files would be too big for me to easily share and I don't even own a 4K HDTV - but I can see that it would be a fun feature to play with. I did take off one star on my overall rating for two reasons: 1) There isn't a remote control which makes playback a royal pain. Even my 15 year old Sony camcorder came with a simple remote control with the basic functions of a tv or dvd remote: stop, play, pause, fast forward, rewind, skip forward, skip back, etc. And maybe it's just me but I often have to tap the screen more than once to get it to do what I want. 2) Viewing in slow motion - a feature I use often to watch the details of a dog's' movement to see the details and where their paws are landing as they move. Without a remote you have to use the touch screen which means looking back and forth between the LCD screen and tv. Actually viewing the video in slow motion is marred by the icons and functions remaining on the screen so can't see much of the video despite watching via a 60" screen. I've done a bit of searching online and it looks like the only remote available for this camcorder is a cable remote for recording - no controls for playback. C'mon Sony! It's bad enough that you didn't include a remote with the camcorder but to not even offer one separately?!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi frsoty357, you can use the RMVPR1 or RMVP1K remote to control recording using the FDRAX33. But note that these don't have the capability to control playback. Thanks_Mitch sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Video Cam for everyone esp. 4 the growing family

    Posted
    CVA2014
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I'm a photographer hobbyist by heart. I needed something to shoot video after the learning that my wife and I were expecting. I knew a 4k camera would keep me up to date with technology for a couple of years. I compared several cameras and ended up with 2 Sony models, one being the FDR AX100 (very good sensor, and has inboard ND sensor but bulky for travel and no optical steady shot) . Having seen that this camera is more geared to a hobbyist but has professional capabilities I decided to go with this. Plus, Sonys' Play Memories smart phone app works great especially when you are planning to mount the camera in a tripod. I suggest doing your research in you tube as well. If you'd like better audio quality consider purchasing ECM-W1M and/or ECM-XYST1M. I would also consider the video grip (GP-VPT1) if the position of the camera does not suit your needs. You can buy ND filters in Amazon if need be. Try your local best buy stores if they have an open box or call sony at night, typically they do price match or they give some accessories for free. When you decide to buy at Sony's 1.800 number consider buying in bulk you get a negotiating advantage. Lastly, I highly recommend buying an accidental warranty for this video camera just in case something happens, especially when your planning to use it for a long time. Wether you go with Sony or Best Buys' Geek Squad it insures you for accidental damage or technical issues. 3 years is a long time especially if you are using this for capturing your vacations, holidays and parties. No need to freak out when a family member or a close friend drops the unit or spills a liquid on it. If that happens, you'll be a kind, gentle and forgiving person as you should be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good 4k Camcorder for under $1k

    Posted
    TigerMAS
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This camcorder has great qualities for its price. First of all the balanced Optical SteadyShot system works excellent for shooting while walking or if you just don't have steady hands. You won't find any other camcorder that is 4k at this price that has such an excellent SteadyShot system. 4k videos are very clear and bright outdoors but the indoors and low light video shooting is not so perfect. There's gaussian effects in low light and it is just not that bright in low light conditions. In 4k 30p mode you have to keep your motions laterally very slow otherwise you will see significant motion blur when you watch it in review but as long as you keep the lateral motion meaning side to side or up and down slow it looks great. Another downside is it is advertised at having a 5.1 surround sound mic but they fail to tell you that the 5.1 surround sound only works when shooting 1080p resolution videotherefore they should not even mention it associated with the 4k video camcorder. Overall I would recommend this camera because of the balanced Optical SteadyShot and the price. It's not a professional series camera especially since all of the controls are located on the touch screen but is great for shooting family trips and not so professional video shots.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi TigerMAS, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the camcorder. We're glad you like it, and we'll let the right people know about this. Thanks_Mitch Sonystyle

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Runs hot, eats batteries, 4K is OK.

    Posted
    Deaners
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I needed a camcorder that could record continuously and Sony makes camcorders with the battery attached to the outside so you can buy larger capacity batteries. The video quality is ok - not as crystal clear as I thought with it being 4K. I thought it would be like High-Def but twice as big so you could then crop parts of the video to 1920 and be as clear as a High-Def camcorder at full screen. It's not. Also, recording at 4K gets really hot, in fact, the camcorder will shut down when it gets too hot. Recording at 100 fps is very HOT, the camcorder will not even record an hour before shutting down, so I'm using 60 fps. I bought a 128gb card, but didn't need to since I record only in 60fps, could have gone with 64gb. Also, recording in 4K eats up the battery like crazy. The Sony High-Def camcorder I used before this could go 4 hours easily with the largest capacity battery. This 4K Sony can go about 2 hrs 15 minutes with the same battery, this is with everything on manual and no stabilization. On the good side, the optical stabilization works great when I used it. If you don't need continuous recording for more than 2 hrs and record in cooler environments, then this camcorder could work for you. A couple of other things, it's bigger than it looks in the picture, and it is heavy. The stabilization works really really good if needed. Debating if I should return it, thought it would be better for the price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great family 4k Camcorder...Sony is the B.O.S.S.

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

    Needed to upgrade my camcorder and really researched what was out there. Having just bought a 4K TV and wanting to future-proof my videos, I narrowed the choices to just 4K camcorders and since I've owned Sony/Canon/Panasonic camera equipment in the past I focused on those brands. Sony is clearly leading the field in the Prosumer/Consumer 4K camcorders segment currently so I began shooting video and stills with the FDR-AX100 and the FDRAX33/B in a variety of situations. Most of my video is sports and family events both indoors and out. After all is said and done, while the AX100 is an outstanding camcorder for someone who wants a Prosumer 4K video camera for under $2k with great video capabilities in a variety of situations, I was really impressed with Sony's Balanced Optical Stabilization System and went with the FDRAX33/B. Wish I could have both but the incredibly stable FDXAX33 shots outweighed the better picture (slightly) and more features of the FDR-AX100.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Spendy but Stunning!

    Posted
    johnflem

    You will pay on superfast cards(Trascend 256gb, about $200 each). You will need to buy a 4K video Card ($500 min). You will need a 4K monitor ($500 min). Oh and of course you will probably need a whole new computer with fast processor and tons of storage (maybe 3K!). However.. I took a sample into BestBuy, put it up on a 70" Sony, and even the best buy guys all came over and were oohing and ahhing.. maybe hype but sure looks great to my eye. Is it as good as the videos they show in-store? No. Those were shot with h265, probably in 60fps. This camera still records at h264 let's tell the truth about that..and it's 30fps so you'd better not drink coffee.. Photos are just OK. On vacations, I may have to bring my Nex7 as well which is a bit of a bummer. BUT if you're addicted to movie making like me , I just don't know how you do any better for the price..just be prepared to pay up for the privilege.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi johnflem! It may be quite expensive, but the quality is great. Right! If you're looking for movie shooting camera, you need to consider this. Thanks for your positive feedback. We appreciate it. - Vincent Sonystyle




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