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Sony FDRAX33B Camcorder

Digital Versus 5 Star
1/2.3 700g CMOS May 2015
Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Handy 4K camcorder with Balanced Optical SteadyShot Shoot 4K footage that contains about four times more detail than Full HD (3840 x 2160 pixels vs. 1920 x 1080) footage, and capture more of the... More
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CES 2015 | Sony Handycam FDR-AX33 4K Camcorder | Ultra HD | FDR-AX33/B | 100Mbps |  SmartReview.com
Sony FDR-AX33 Review
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Sony FDR-AX33 Review - Best 4K Camcorder Under $1000

22 Reasons For

Easy to Use

Several people reckoned that the product was easy to use. In November last year A. P. Farrell-Vinay said “The wide-angle to telephoto control is tiny and only easy to use for thsoe with fingers like a spider” in their Sony FDR-AX33 review and scored the product very highly. Arheddis Varkenjaab scored this camcorder very highly and mentioned last year “This is a fantastic camera, extremely easy to use with excellent quality results” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33. Bantam Dave wrote on Amazon “Pin-sharp pictures and easy to use”.

Good Product Quality

A few people who bought the product agreed that it was good quality. Arheddis Varkenjaab rated it as excellent and wrote last year “Stunning image quality, amazing optical stabilisation.”. Arheddis Varkenjaab also wrote “A 64Gb card is plenty big enough) and the quality of the image is stunning -”. Arheddis Varkenjaab also wrote “The effect this has on the quality of your recorded footage is impressive too”.

Good Quality Lens

Three people who purchased the Sony FDR-AX33 thought it had a good image stabiliser. Bantam Dave wrote in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33 on Amazon “Perhaps the AX33’s outstanding feature though is that it is equipped with an absolutely brilliant image stabilisation system (AKA Balanced Optical SteadyShot” and gave it an excellent review score. Digitalversus.com wrote on expert review site Digital Versus in November last year “It records 4K/UHD videos with fantastic picture quality, aided by highly effective image stabilization and a wide-angle le” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Two Sony FDR-AX33 reviewers who reviewed the Sony FDR-AX33 agreed that it had a good zoom. Arheddis Varkenjaab said on Amazon “It also makes the very impressive 15X optical zoom (to a highly-mental 120x zoom digitally) usable without using a tripod” in their Sony FDR-AX33 review and gave it a score of 5 stars. Bantam Dave said in their review of this camcorder “The zoom is very responsive and it is easy to adjust it to the exact degree of zoom that is required”.

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Nice Design

A few Sony FDR-AX33 reviewers thought it was good looking. Last year Arheddis Varkenjaab rated this camcorder as very good and mentioned in their Sony FDR-AX33 review “The quality of the shooting itself is pretty mind blowing”. Simon Phipps wrote in his review “With a 128Gb SD card the recording time available is immense in HD mode and pretty good in 4K mode”.

A few people who reviewed it considered that it was smooth. In November last year Arheddis Varkenjaab gave it a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “HD recording is wonderfully smooth and with a deep range of colour” in their Sony FDR-AX33 review. Arheddis Varkenjaab also said “The image stabilising produces a pleasingly smooth movement on the screen, removing all the jerkiness”.

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Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Sony camcorders have good ratings on average and across all video cameras Sony is one of the superior brands.

A Best Selling Video Camera

The FDR-AX33 is one the fastest selling camcorder currently on sale.

Good Technical Features

Several people who purchased the Sony FDR-AX33 thought it had good features. Dillan said on Amazon “A professional Cam with great features in amazing 4K quality” and scored the product 80 out of 100. Dillan also said “It has fantastic features”. In November last year Simon Phipps said “Love its size and features -- not much larger than a DSLR” and gave it a very good rating.

Good Size

One person who bought this camcorder considered that it was a good depth. Arheddis Varkenjaab said on Amazon “The lens itself will go down to f1.8, (at wide angle) which is of course fantastic for low light shooting or a wonderfully shallow depth of field”.

One Sony FDR-AX33 owner who bought this camcorder reckoned that it was good structurally. Bantam Dave scored this camcorder 5 stars and mentioned “The AX33 is a lovely looking camera and the construction appears to be of the highest quality”.

One Sony FDR-AX33 reviewer thought this camcorder was heavy and bulky. Bantam Dave mentioned on Amazon “Doesn’t feel at all heavy in the hand” in their review of this camcorder.

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Good Connectivity

One person who purchased the Sony FDR-AX33 wrote that it was good in terms of USB connections. Simon Phipps said in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “The fact it charges from a built-in USB cord is great -- no extra charger to carry”.

One customer who reviewed it considered that it was wifi compatible.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. One Sony FDR-AX33 owner who purchased the product mentioned that it had a good viewfinder.

Robust

One Sony FDR-AX33 owner who bought this camcorder concluded that it was well made.

Good Support

One Sony FDR-AX33 owner who reviewed it thought it had good technical guidance. Bantam Dave rated the product 5 stars and said “The user manual didn’t help much as it was almost half an inch thick” in their review.

Full HD

Full HD

The FDR-AX33 is Full HD, unlike most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the FDR-AX33 which are not Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the FDR-AX33, the FDR-AX33 has an HDMI port.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the FDR-AX33, the FDR-AX33 has an image stabiliser.

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Has a Night Mode

Unlike most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the FDR-AX33 which do not have a night mode, the Sony FDR-AX33 has a night mode.

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Has a Built-In Display

The FDR-AX33 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the FDR-AX33.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX33.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder is MicroSDXC.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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6048 X 3400 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The FDR-AX33 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 6048 x 3400 pixels. That's over two times the maximum image resolution of a 4032 x 2272 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution. The maximum image resolution of all video cameras that were released around the same time as the FDR-AX33 ranges from 3840 x 2160 pixels (worst) to 6784 x 3816 pixels (best).

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Quite High Viewfinder Resolution

Across all the video cameras of a similar age and type to the FDR-AX33 the viewfinders resolutions range from 150,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels. With a viewfinder resolution of 1,555,200 pixel, the FDR-AX33 has a quite high viewfinder resolution compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the FDR-AX33.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This video camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of only 26.8 millimeters, the FDR-AX33 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the FDR-AX33. The minimum focal lengths of comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the FDR-AX33 range from 26mm to 30mm.

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6 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One Sony FDR-AX33 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder wrote that it did not have a good battery life.

Only CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the FDR-AX33 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the FDR-AX33. The smallest optical zoom of video cameras that are a similar age to the FDR-AX33 is 10x, the biggest is 30x, and the average optical zoom is 20x.

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Not 3D Compatible

The FDR-AX33 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the FDR-AX33 are also not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the FDR-AX33 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the FDR-AX33, the Sony FDR-AX33 does not have a built-in projector.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony FDR-AX33

Released Over a Year Ago

This Sony camcorder was released over a year ago.

Specification

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Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details
Flash Exposure Compensation
Number of Diaphragm Blade

1 Award

Digital Versus 5 Star

Expert Reviews

(2)
30 June 2015

The Sony FDR-AX33/AXP33 is an almost flawless camcorder?but you'd only say "almost" if you consider the lack of memory to be a flaw. It records 4K/UHD videos with fantastic picture quality, aided...

Digital Versus

16 July 2015

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Excellent image stabilization
Ability to zoom in during 4K playback
29.8mm wideangle
50lumens builtin video projector
Mic input
No internal memory (you have to use an SD card)

User Reviews

(47)
Reviewed 1 March 2015 by CinemaGuy
CinemaGuy would recommend the Sony FDR-AX33

I shot some test footage with the new SONY AX33. No processing, hand-held, right out of the box. In short; I am absolutely stunned by the quality and performance of this camera! I have been using... Read more…

Reviewed 2 March 2015 by Nico
Nico would recommend the Sony FDR-AX33

My father bought this camcorder for an upcoming trip, but I am the primary user. I have used this camcorder to film a party and tested it on filming trail walking. This camera was a great... Read more…

Reviewed 17 May 2015 by Couch Potato FIlms

I am not a soccer mom I am a professional media creator. Here is my first impressionI have a Sony AX100 and thought this would be a perfect B camera because other than the sensor its very much the... Read more…

Reviewed 6 April 2015 by Jake Fantom
Jake Fantom would recommend the Sony FDR-AX33 (Verified Purchase)

There are many things to love about this new 4K camcorder for just under $. And a few things not so much. The mechanics of the AX33 are truly extraordinary. The steady shot mechanism is... Read more…

Reviewed 17 March 2015 by JDM
JDM would recommend the Sony FDR-AX33 (Verified Purchase)

This is my first camcorder in quite some time after shooting video with a DSLR for the past few years. I was looking for something that gave better resolution, worked a little better in low light,... Read more…

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Barcodes 04548736010062, 05013493258099

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