Sony FDR-AX33 vs Sony HDR-CX900

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Sony FDR-AX33
Sony HDR-CX900

Top Prices

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Walmart
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Newegg US
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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 26.8mmmm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 2.2mm shorter than the Sony HDR-CX900 (29mmmm).
91% higher display resolution Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 921,600 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 829 pixels higher than the Sony HDR-CX900 (92,100 pixels pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Lighter Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a weight of 700gg, but the Sony HDR-CX900 is a 790gg weight camcorder (90g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Cheaper by $498
The Sony FDR-AX33 costs $699.99, whereas the Sony HDR-CX900 is $1,198.00.
1 shops are selling it
The more sellers stock the product, the greater competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
5 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX900 is 12xx (optical), but the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 10xx (optical) camcorder (2x smaller). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

40x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 is a 160xx (digital) camcorder. That's 40x bigger than the Sony FDR-AX33 (160xx). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 is a 426mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 128mm longer than the Sony FDR-AX33 (426mmmm).
Larger screen size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 has a screen size of 3.5"", but the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 3"" screen size camcorder (0.5" smaller). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

User reviews are moderately better
The Sony HDR-CX900 has an average user review score of 83% based on 29 reviews, but the Sony FDR-AX33 has an average rating of 79% (based on 47 reviews).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony FDR-AX33 is only 10xx (optical). That's 2x smaller than the Sony HDR-CX900 (12xx). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

A lot smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 120xx (digital) camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX900 is a 160xx (digital) camcorder (40x bigger). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

A lot shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a maximum focal length of 298mmmm, however the Sony HDR-CX900 is a 426mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (128mm longer).
Smaller screen size Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 3"" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" smaller than the Sony HDR-CX900 (3.5""). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

User review Rating is slightly Worse
The Sony FDR-AX33 only has an average user score of 79%, but the Sony HDR-CX900 has an average user rating of 83% (based on 29 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
2.2mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 has a minimum focal length of 29mmmm, however the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 26.8mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (2.2mm shorter).
Significantly lower display resolution Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 has a display resolution of 92,100 pixels pixels, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 921,600 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder (829 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 is a 790gg weight camcorder. That's 90g heavier than the Sony FDR-AX33 (790gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

$498 more expensive
The Sony HDR-CX900 is more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX33 by $498.01.
Not as many stockists
Only 5 stores sells the Sony HDR-CX900, however 6 retailers sell the Sony FDR-AX33. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Three months older
The Sony HDR-CX900 is older than the Sony FDR-AX33 by three months.

Awards

1 Award
Digital Versus: 5 Star
No awards found

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

20 months Ago 23 months Ago

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 20.9MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
10.3MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
8.29MP
BEST
14.2MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
10x 12x
BEST
Digital Zoom
120x 160x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
298mm 426mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
Minimum Focal Length
26.8mm
BEST
29mm
Maximum Aperture Value
Unknown - Click to provide data 4.5
Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 29 - 348
Focal Length Range
3.8 - 38 9.3 - 111.6

Storage

Memory Card Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01m
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - 1
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Night
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Night
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Push
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Push

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/6 - 1/10000 0.0001 - 0.125

Display

Screen Size
3" 3.5"
BEST
Display Resolution
921,600 pixels
BEST
92,100 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Resolution
1,555,200 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 3lx
Self-Timer
10 10

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 50 Mbit/s
Video Capturing Speed
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
BEST
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 PAL
BEST

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 6048 x 3400
 5968 x 3352
BEST
 6048 x 3400
 5968 x 3352

Audio

Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Battery

Battery Type
NP-FV70 NP-FV50
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Charging Source
 AC
 AC

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
700g
BEST
790g
Height
78.5mm 83.5mm
Depth
155mm 196mm
Width
71mm 81mm

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data PlayMemories Home
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI

Technical Details

Flash Exposure Compensation
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Diaphragm Blade
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
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