Sony FDR-AX33 vs Sony FDR-AX53

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Sony FDR-AX33
Sony FDR-AX53

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
2mm smaller Edit
Sony FDR-AX33 is 78.5mmmm high, but the Sony FDR-AX53 is an 80.5mmmm high camcorder (2mm bigger).
Marginally smaller Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 155mmmm deep camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 166.5mmmm deep camcorder (11.5mm bigger).
Marginally smaller Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 71mmmm wide camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 73mmmm wide camcorder (2mm bigger).
$150 cheaper
The Sony FDR-AX33 is $150 cheaper than the Sony FDR-AX53.
6 Reasons For
10x bigger optical zoom Edit
Sony FDR-AX53 is 20xx (optical), but the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 10xx (optical) camcorder (10x 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.

Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 is a 250xx (digital) camcorder. That's 130x bigger than the Sony FDR-AX33 (250xx). 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 FDR-AX53 is a 656mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 358mm longer than the Sony FDR-AX33 (656mmmm).
Lighter Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 is a 635gg weight camcorder. That's 65g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX33 (635gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Available from 3 shops
The more stores stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
User reviews are better
The Sony FDR-AX53 has an average user review score of 84% based on 18 reviews, but the Sony FDR-AX33 has an average rating of 79% (based on 47 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
10x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 10xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 20xx (optical) camcorder (10x bigger). 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.

Two times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a digital zoom of 120xx. That's 130x smaller than the Sony FDR-AX53 (250xx). 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.

Significantly shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 298mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 358mm shorter than the Sony FDR-AX53 (656mmmm).
10% heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 700gg weight camcorder. That's 65g heavier than the Sony FDR-AX53 (635gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Fewer sellers
Only 9 shops sells the Sony FDR-AX33, but 12 sellers sell the Sony FDR-AX53. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Eight months older
The Sony FDR-AX33 is older than the Sony FDR-AX53 by eight months.
Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony FDR-AX33 is only 79%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony FDR-AX53 is 84% (based on 18 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
2mm bigger Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a height of 80.5mmmm, however the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 78.5mmmm high camcorder (2mm smaller).
Slightly bigger Edit
Sony FDR-AX53 is 166.5mmmm deep, but the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 155mmmm deep camcorder (11.5mm smaller).
Slightly bigger Edit
Sony FDR-AX53 is 73mmmm wide, but the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 71mmmm wide camcorder (2mm smaller).
$150 more expensive
The Sony FDR-AX53 is more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX33 by $150.

Awards

1 Award
Digital Versus: 5 Star
No awards found

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

20 months Ago 11 months Ago

Image Sensor

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

Lens System

Optical Zoom
10x 20x
BEST
Digital Zoom
120x 250x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
298mm 656mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Minimum Focal Length
26.8mm 26.8mm
Maximum Aperture Value
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.8
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 55mm
Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8 - 536
Focal Length Range
3.8 - 38 26.8 - 536

Storage

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
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Light Metering Type
 Spot
 Spot
BEST

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/6 - 1/10000 1/6 - 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display Resolution
921,600 pixels 921,600 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" 0.24"
Viewfinder Resolution
1,555,200 pixels 1,555,200 pixels
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
BEST
 BIONZ X
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.2lx
Self-Timer
10 10
Playback
 Highlights
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Slide show
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
BEST
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 100 Mbit/s
Video Capturing Speed
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Mode
 2160p
 1440p
 1080p
 720p
 2160p
 1440p
 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
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps
BEST
120fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Still Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 2880 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 2880 x 2160
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6048 x 3400
 5440 x 3056
BEST
 6048 x 3400
 5440 x 3056

Audio

Audio Format
 MP4
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 MP4
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
BEST
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Battery Type
NP-FV70 NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.8V
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 13Wh
Battery Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
700g 635g
BEST
Height
78.5mm
BEST
80.5mm
Depth
155mm
BEST
166.5mm
Width
71mm
BEST
73mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 Micro-USB

Technical Details

Flash Mode
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
BEST
Flash Exposure Compensation
1 1
Number of Diaphragm Blade
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
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