Sony FDR-AX40 vs Sony FDR-AX53

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Sony FDR-AX40
Sony FDR-AX53

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
Marginally bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony FDR-AX40 has a total megapixels of 8.57MP, however the Sony FDR-AX53 is only an 8.29MP sensor camcorder (0.28MP smaller). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

5% lighter Edit
The Sony FDR-AX40 is a 610g weight camcorder. That's 25g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX53 (635g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

2 Reasons For
19% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 656mm, however the Sony FDR-AX40 is only a 536mm maximum focal length camcorder (120mm shorter).
50% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 460,800 pixels higher than the Sony FDR-AX40 (921,600 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
23% shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX40 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 536mm. That's 120mm shorter than the Sony FDR-AX53 (656mm).
460,800 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX40 is a 460,800 pixels display resolution camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder (460,800 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

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3 Reasons Against
4% smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a total megapixels of 8.29MP. That's 0.28MP smaller than the Sony FDR-AX40 (8.29MP). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

25g heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a weight of 635g, but the Sony FDR-AX40 is a 610g weight camcorder (25g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Older by four months
The Sony FDR-AX53 is four months older than the Sony FDR-AX40.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
8.57MP
BEST
8.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
8.29MP 8.29MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
8.29MP 8.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x
Digital Zoom
250x 250x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
536mm 656mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
2 2
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
26.8mm 26.8mm
Maximum Aperture Number
3.8 3.8
Filter Size
55mm 55mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
26.8 - 536 26.8 - 536
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8 - 536
Wide Angle Lens System
 Wide angle lens system
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 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
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera 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
Face Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) lock

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Light Metering
 Spot
 Spot
BEST

White Balance

Outdoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Outdoor white balance
Indoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Indoor white balance
Onepush White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Onepush white balance
White Balance
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/60 1/6 - 1/10000
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,800 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display

Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
BEST
 BIONZ X
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.2lx
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data 10
Smartphone Remote Support
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smartphone remote support
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated
Camera Playback
 Highlights
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Slide show
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness

Design

LED Indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data
 LED indicators
Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 4K Ultra HD
 4K Ultra HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 100 Mbit/s
Supported Video Modes
 2160p
 1440p
 1080p
 720p
 2160p
 1440p
 1080p
 720p
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
Video Resolutions
 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
Unknown - Click to provide data 120fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 3840 x 2160
 2880 x 2160
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 3840 x 2160
 2880 x 2160
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 5440 x 3056
 3840 x 2160
 5440 x 3056
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LC-AAC
 MP4
 PCM
 AAC++
 LC-AAC
 MP4
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
Wind Filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wind filter
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
 IEEE 802.11b
 IEEE 802.11g
 IEEE 802.11n
 IEEE 802.11b
 IEEE 802.11g
 IEEE 802.11n

Battery

Battery Type
NP-FV70 NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.8V
Battery Technology
 Lithium
 Lithium
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Unknown - Click to provide data 13Wh
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
610g
BEST
635g
Height
80.5mm 80.5mm
Depth
166.5mm 166.5mm
Width
73mm 73mm

Packaging Content

Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 Micro-USB
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
BEST
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
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