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

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Shoot video in ultrahigh 4K resolution with the Sony 4K Expert Handycam. The advanced Exmor R sensor delivers outstanding image clarity and reduces artifacts and noise for a great-looking, consistent video. Use the 29 mm wide-angle lens for up to 12x optical zoom, which ensures your Sony 4K Expert Handycam captures all the action.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Sony Handycam AX53 4K Flash Memory Camcorder
    • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70)
    • AC Adapter
    • Power Cord
    • HDMI (micro) Cable
    • Micro USB Cable
    • Operating Guide

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (302 out of 311)

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    Features


    20x optical/250x digital zoom

    Brings you up close to distant objects and scenes.

    3" precision Xtra Fine LCD display

    With color viewfinder for ease of use and a clear view.

    1 2/5-inch back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor

    For stunning detail and clarity with both video and still images.

    High Speed REC in Full HD for high-quality slow motion

    Shoot in Full HD at 120/100 fps (NTSC/PAL), edit the footage after shooting, and the resulting slow-motion images of the movie will look startlingly smooth and sharp in playback.

    New ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens for 4K

    Professional quality for optimal footage.

    Balanced Optical SteadyShot picture stabilization with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode

    Minimizes shake and vibration distortion to keep footage steady.

    Superb night shooting

    This feature uses infrared light to take images even in complete darkness.

    Photo mode

    Captures digital still images at 5440 x 3056 resolution.

    Realistic recording of sound

    Its new structural design enables the microphone to gather sound from five directions with approx. 40% less noise and twice as effective 2ch stereo and three times as effective 5.1ch surround sound performance.

    Advanced shooting features

    Use the intuitive multi-purpose manual ring to adjust zoom, focus, exposure, IRIS, shutter speed, AE shift, or white balance shift mode after using the manual button to select the mode.


    Customer rating

    4.6
    98%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Plays above its' pay grade....

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

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good vid quality, poor interface for ProAm users

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

      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

      Excellent Camera! Sound OK.

      Posted
      Leostriple
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I've become a Sony camera fan since purchasing my first action camera, and then stepped up my game with an a7, and now the FDR AX53 video camera. I purchased the AX53 for the primary purpose of filming my son's music performances. The overall picture quality and features are top notch and user friendly. One of the most outstanding features is the BOSS stabilization feature. I was first sold on Sony's stabilization features with my action cam as it provided nice shots on rugged terrain. My first shoot with the AX53 was an outdoor solo drum performance for my son. I anchored the camera tripod to a chainlink fence prior to filming in order to stabilize the tripod. About halfway through my son's performance I noticed a group of kids shaking the fence very excitedly with the music. To my dismay, the fence shaking was frantic and forceful enough that the camera was bouncing rapidly on a vertical axis with the movement. The "bouncing" was such that the camera lens was rapidly moving up and down enough that it clearly appeared to be pointing skyward and then to the ground. I "knew" the footage was trashed because the camera shaking was so severe, and removed the camera from the tripod to hand shoot the remaining of his performance. I was SHOCKED to find the footage was steady with virtually no detectable movement from the fence shaking. In fact, the only discernible movement came from my hand shots after I removed the camera from the tripod! I was immediately grateful for the BOSS stabilization system. The only reason I gave this four stars rather than five is due to the nature of my shooting live music. The camera has a good internal mic for everyday footage, but it falls way short if you need high-quality audio typically required from shooting music. I've tried several different manual audio settings and EQing to fine tune the audio, but it just doesn't cut it for the demanding needs of music. I'm still a fan of the camera, and will figure out an external micing option that will work.

      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 MemberElite 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 is not 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
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Amazing zoom! Clear video quality!

      Posted
      Teaspoon91
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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      My husband and I are vloggers and chose this camera over the G7x, because of the amazing zoom, the stereo sound, the wide aperture for improved low light shots, and the digital AND physical video stabilization. All of those features are fantastic on this camera. It is a little bigger than most vlogging cameras, but I would chose it again. I feel like this camera is very versital and a bang for your buck. People often ask us what kind of camera we have. The camera is also very easy to use and is great for capturing family videos as well. The camera is good enough to even be used for some professional video projects, in my opinion. If I could improve the camera, I would make a way for the physical stabilization (moving lense) to be turned off if needed. Sometimes, it can be a little jumpy during zoom shots. I would also make a way to insert/ remove the SD card without having to turn on the camera ( opening the panel to access the SD card reader turns on the camera). I would also make a switch on the outside for depth of field adjustment. You have to access the menu to adjust it. (I know this improves with their more expensive camcorders, but this camera would be just about perfect if there was better control of that.) Overall, I would definitely recommend this camera. It is wonderful, and we are thankful that we own one. It has been great for us.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Works great, wonderful quality

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

      So I bought this on a decent sale after looking online for good 4K camcorders. My first trip with this camcorder was to record the totality of the 2017 Eclipse, which I used in Albany Oregon. Worked great. I love the ease of use and VERY MUCH SO the COLOR EYEPIECE which is missing from so many devices today. This works for outdoor shooting as you can CLEARLY and VIVIDLY see everything you're shooting while outdoors. Couple of caveats to know up front for those that it matters to: You cannot record in 5.1 surround sound while shooting in 4K, for me I didn't care as I don't do anything with 5.1 yet. Also the full features and benefits of the BOSS (Balanced Optical Steady Shot) image stabilization system are fully working in 1080p but only partially in 4k. However it still does a good job of stabilization in 4k. I really am partial to the Full HD 1080p 60fps recording setting. Also this camcorder can record up to 100Mbps in 4k which looks great! Another really wonderful feature of this camcorder is how wide the shot is when you zoom out. Extremely useful for shooting subjects close to you. Also it does very very well in low light. I also have a JVC GS-TD1 that does wonderful in low light and I would say that this Sony does just as good.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Upgrade from 1080p

      Posted
      OLED4K3D
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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




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