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Sony FDR-AXP33 Camcorder

20.6MP 1/2.3 725g Jan 2015
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Handy 4K camcorder with Balanced Optical SteadyShot 4K image quality: Shoot 4K footage that contains about four times more detail than Full HD (3840 x 2160 pixels vs. 1920 x 1080) footage, and... More
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27 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 32 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Sony video camera is terrific.

Easy to Use

Some Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewers said that the product was easy to use. Chappers said on Amazon “The AXP33 features a very handy wifi control function that is becoming increasingly common on such devices”. Chappers also mentioned “If you were to use a less speedy card the device will still work.”. Jrdaddykins rated the product as excellent and said in November last year “I think it will prove very handy on occasions when I want to show friends some footage” in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review.

One person who bought the product said that it was easy to use the menus. Jrdaddykins mentioned on Amazon “Superb picture quality and excellent menu system”.

One customer who reviewed this camcorder thought it had a good interface. In November last year Jrdaddykins rated it as very good and wrote “For this purpose the multi interface shoe is nicely placed, dead centre on the top of the camcorder” in their review of this camcorder.

One customer concluded that this camcorder was comfortable and easy to hold. Stucumber wrote on Amazon in November last year “Low weight make the Sony easy to hold and easy to operate, you probably won't get a tired or sore arm when using it for extended periods” in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33.

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Good Quality Lens

A few Sony FDR-AXP33 owners who reviewed this camcorder thought it had a good zoom. Lark rated it as excellent and said on Amazon “The device's focus and zoom are brilliant, there is also some good stabilising technology in the lens of the camera too” in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review. Last year Peter Ward said “The optical zoom is superb for doing our job of building surveys” in his review.

A few customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good lens. Chappers scored the product 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The excellent lens, touchscreen panel, accessories shoe”.

Some customers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Last year Chappers mentioned on Amazon “It allegedly is capable of a better level of image stabilisation afforded by the smaller lens” in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33. Jrdaddykins rated the product 5 stars and wrote in their review on Amazon “The image stabiliser is the best I have encountered in a camera or camcorder”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product had a good autofocus. Last year Lark said in their review on Amazon “It projects onto a any flat surface and following a little focusing adjustment provides as perfect a picture as any link to a TV or laptop”.

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Robust

A number of customers who purchased it concluded that it was well made. Jrdaddykins wrote on Amazon “It weighs 725g (1lb 9oz), solid enough to aid stability”. R. Palmer wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Unlike the video cameras I remember people having when I was younger, this is a small and solid unit”. R. Palmer also wrote “It's solid and well built”.

One customer who purchased this camcorder considered that it was strong and durable. Lark wrote “It has proven durable too as I transported it in a shoulder bag on a flight” and scored it very highly.

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Nice Design

A few customers reckoned that the Sony FDR-AXP33 was good looking. Lark wrote on Amazon last year “Are all pretty intuitive and easy to discover for someone such as myself who is already familiar from using an android phone, laptop, tablets”. Lark also mentioned “This allows for some pretty quick playback viewing for more than a single user, permitting decisions about what is satisfactory, what isnt”. Stucumber mentioned “Using them to record, zoom or take a still is pretty easy” in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33 and scored it very highly.

One person thought the Sony FDR-AXP33 was a good design.

One customer who bought the product reckoned that it had a good case. Lark scored the product very highly and said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “It is possible to see the lens move within the casing to correct for any shaking of the cameraman/woman's hand”.

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Good Product Quality

A few customers who reviewed this camcorder thought it was good quality. Peter Ward wrote “The camera is broadcast quality - works every time - very stable, incredible macro / zoom - perfect picture of the head of a screw in full zoom”. Peter Ward also said “Sound quality is also VERY good”. Last year R. Palmer rated the Sony FDR-AXP33 5 stars and said “Its hinges are well made, so it never feels as though it will be broken in a fall or anything like that” in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Four Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it had a good screen. R. Palmer gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned last year “The screen is nice (touch screen responsive too)”. Stucumber rated it as excellent and wrote on Amazon in November last year “Of course, you'll need something to view that on, so you'll need to already have a 4K display to get the best results”. White Eagle wrote last year “It has a decent size display which rotates 180 degrees” in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33.

A few customers said in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Last year Jrdaddykins gave it an excellent review score and mentioned “The viewfinder is extremely useful when the sun is behind you” in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review. Lark said in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33 in November last year “There is a view finder with which to take pictures or footage which can be opened out from the side of the camera” .

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Good Size

Some people agreed that this camcorder was compact. Chappers mentioned “Sterling performance and compact design” in their review of this camcorder and gave it an excellent review score. Chappers also mentioned “Capability of this surprisingly compact unit”. Stucumber said in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review on Amazon “I am hugely impressed with the Sony FDR-AXP33 Handycam, not only does it succeed in its main aim of being a compact consumer level 4K camcorder”.

Good Brand

Sony has good average reviews for its big sensor size video cameras as well as across its entire camcorder range.

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Good Technical Features

A few customers who reviewed it concluded that it had good features. Stucumber gave the Sony FDR-AXP33 an excellent review score and mentioned in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33 on Amazon in November last year “It also has a vast host of other features that will give amazing results”. Also in November last year White Eagle wrote on Amazon “Some features that liked about this camera were”.

Good Support

A few people who bought it considered that it had good technical guidance. Jrdaddykins wrote “I like it that I can superimpose a simple grid to help me align horizontals” and gave the Sony FDR-AXP33 a very good rating. Stucumber wrote in their review “The assignable manual ring is nice though” .

Good Connectivity

One Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was wifi compatible.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony FDR-AXP33 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the FDR-AXP33 also have an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] which has better reviews.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the HC-V777[pl_2775907_price], or the HC-VX870[pl_2749701_price] both from Panasonic.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The FDR-AXP33 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than a year ago.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] is also worth considering.

Other camcorders which also have an HDMI port that you might also want to look at include the Panasonic HC-VX870[plb_2749701_price].

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the FDR-AXP33, the FDR-AXP33 is Full HD.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the HC-V777[pl_2775907_price], or the HC-VX870[pl_2749701_price] both from Panasonic.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 120 times zoom factor, the Sony FDR-AXP33 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the FDR-AXP33. The digital zooms of video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the FDR-AXP33 range from 12x to 1,500x.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] (1,500x) which is also higher rated.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The FDR-AXP33 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this video camera support MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo and MS XC-HG Duo and SD memory cards. 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 of a similar age and type to the FDR-AXP33.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of video camera.

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

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Optical Image Stabiliser

The FDR-AXP33 has an Optical image stabiliser which is better than most camcorders that are a comparable age to it. Most camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it have a Hybrid image stabiliser. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

This camcorder's image stabiliser type (Optical) is actually the best image stabiliser type across all video cameras of this spec and age.

Across similar types of camcorder the worst image stabiliser type is Digital.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The Sony FDR-AXP33 has a built-in projector, unlike most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the FDR-AXP33 which do not have a built-in projector.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than a year ago, the FDR-AXP33 has a built-in display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] which has better reviews.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in display which you might want to look at including the HC-V777[pl_2775907_price], or the HC-VX870[pl_2749701_price] both from Panasonic.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony FDR-AXP33 supports a higher video resolution than most similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This camcorder supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution, whereas most similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as it support a 1440 x 1080 pixels video resolution. This Sony camcorder also support a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all camcorders of this age and type.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

The projector brightness of camcorders of a similar age and spec to the FDR-AXP33 range from 13 ANSI lumens to 50 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 25 ANSI lumens. With a projector brightness of 50 ANSI lumens, the FDR-AXP33's projector brightness is one of the brightest amongst video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the FDR-AXP33.

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6048 X 3400 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The FDR-AXP33 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 camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than a year maximum image resolutions range from 3840 x 2160 pixels (worst) to 6784 x 3816 pixels (best).

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Quite High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, the FDR-AXP33 has one of the higher display resolutions amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. The display resolutions of camcorders of a similar age and type to the FDR-AXP33 range from 460,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

The average minimum aperture of camcorders that are a comparable age to the FDR-AXP33 is 2.8. The FDR-AXP33 has one of the lower minimum apertures (only 1.8) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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Has Three Cables Included

The FDR-AXP33 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of this type and age. This camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the FDR-AXP33. The cables included "AC" and "HDMI" are also found on this video camera.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the FDR-AXP33, the FDR-AXP33 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Sony FDR-AXP33 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than a year ago. The optical zooms of big sensor size video cameras that were released one year ago range from 10x to 20x, and the average optical zoom is 16x.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] (20x and higher rated).

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Not 3D Compatible

Most similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the FDR-AXP33 are not 3D compatible. The FDR-AXP33 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you want a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price].

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony FDR-AXP33 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the FDR-AXP33 also do not have a night mode.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also have a night mode including the Panasonic HC-VX870[plb_2749701_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Sony FDR-AXP33 is not waterproof. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the FDR-AXP33 are also not waterproof.

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Only Six Number of Diaphragm Blades

The FDR-AXP33 is a six number of diaphragm blade video camera.

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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has an AVC|AVCHD|H.264|MP4|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Very Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 3 inches, the FDR-AXP33 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. Camcorders that were released more than a year ago have screen sizes of between 3" and 3.5", and the average screen size is 3.2".

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony FDR-AXP33

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Sony released the FDR-AXP33.

Average Weight

At 725 grams, the FDR-AXP33 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the FDR-AXP33.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Projector
Projector Brightness
Native Resolution
Minimum Projection Distance
Technical Details
Flash Exposure Compensation
Number of Diaphragm Blade

Expert Reviews

1 June 2015

Der Sony FDR-AXP33 bietet zwei Alleinstellungsmerkmale: einen eingebauten Videobeamer und einen sehr effizienten Bildstabilisator. Dieser könnte zusammen mit dem in dieser Kameraklasse sonst...

13 May 2015

Auf der einen Seite kann Sony in dieser Preisklasse ein paar wichtige Alleinstellungsmerkmale aufweisen, die für ambitionierte Filmer durchaus kaufentscheidend sein können: Vor allem der...

User Reviews

(24)
Reviewed 13 December 2015 by Alf09

I have not used much but I am very pleased with the quality of what I have done with this Camera so far eg. Stabiliser system,quality of video and pictures,Auto mode very good,plenty of choice for... Read more…

Reviewed 22 November 2015 by Feethea

I bought this some 10 days ago and as the weather here in the NW UK hasn't been good at all I've only used the camcorder on a few occasions. First impressions are that the picture quality is... Read more…

Reviewed 15 September 2015 by Scubalover

A lightweight entry into 4K video on both weight and pocket. Amazing ease of use and long battery life make it a must have on any trip...

Reviewed 13 September 2015 by DuncanS

The AXP33 is a very good camcorder, but you also need a very good TV to see the difference. I have a 42" LG and a 55" Samsung, both 4K; but it is only really on the 55" can you see that it... Read more…

Reviewed 29 June 2015 by Peter Ward
(Verified Purchase)

Superb! Good service, prompt delivery. The camera is broadcast quality - works every time - very stable, incredible macro / zoom - perfect picture of the head of a screw in full zoom, and... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony axp33, sony axp33b, sony 7631260k, sony fdraxp33, sony fdraxp33b, sony fdraxp33bd, sony fdraxp33bc, sony fdraxp33bdi, sony fdraxp33bce, sony fdraxp33bdiy, sony fdraxp33bcen, sony fdraxp33bdiyg
Barcodes 04056572579693, 04548736000896, 05013493255715

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