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Sony FDR-AX33

87

Overall Score

87

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX33

$539.95
$185.04
Our Verdict:
A high image quality and award winning 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with great features and a fair price
97
Reviews
841 Reviews + 1 Award
85
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Overall Score
Excellent
10x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 20.6MP 1" May 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 10x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 20.6MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date May 2015
Sony HDR-CX900

85

Overall Score

85

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX900

$1,155.69
$461.60
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and positively reviewed 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with a reasonable price and a giant 20.9MP total megapixels
96
Reviews
248 Reviews
81
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Overall Score
Excellent
12x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 20.9MP 1" Feb 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 12x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 20.9MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015
Sony FDR-AX33

87

Overall Score

87

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX33

$539.95
$185.04
Our Verdict:
A high image quality and award winning 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with great features and a fair price
97
Reviews
841 Reviews + 1 Award
85
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Overall Score
Excellent
10x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 20.6MP 1" May 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 10x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 20.6MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date May 2015
Sony HDR-CX900

85

Overall Score

85

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX900

$1,155.69
$461.60
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and positively reviewed 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with a reasonable price and a giant 20.9MP total megapixels
96
Reviews
248 Reviews
81
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Overall Score
Excellent
12x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 20.9MP 1" Feb 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 12x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 20.9MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015

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Reasons For

Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
6 Reasons For
Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 26.8mm. That's 2.2mm shorter than the Sony HDR-CX900 (29mm).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

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Built-In Flash
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a built-in flash, but the Sony HDR-CX900 does not have a built-in flash.

This denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

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

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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Cheaper by $616
The Sony FDR-AX33 costs $539.95, whereas the Sony HDR-CX900 is $1,155.69.
More Shops Are Selling it
The more sellers stock the product, the greater competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
More Popular
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a more popular choice amongst buyers.
7 Reasons For
Bigger Optical Zoom
The Sony HDR-CX900 has an optical zoom of 12x, but the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 10x optical zoom camcorder (2x smaller).

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.

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40x Bigger Digital Zoom
The Sony HDR-CX900 is a 160x (digital) camcorder. That's 40x bigger than the Sony FDR-AX33 (120x).

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.

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Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Sony HDR-CX900 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 426mm. That's 128mm longer than the Sony FDR-AX33 (298mm).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

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A Bit Bigger Total Megapixels
The Sony HDR-CX900 has a total megapixels of 20.9MP, however the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 20.6MP camcorder (0.3MP smaller).

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.

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A Lot Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Sony HDR-CX900 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 14.2MP, however the Sony FDR-AX33 is only an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.91MP lower).

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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Larger Display Diagonal
Sony HDR-CX900 is 3.5" screen size, but the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 3" screen size camcorder (0.5" smaller).

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

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

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User Reviews Are Better
The average user review score of the Sony HDR-CX900 is 89% based on 204 reviews, but the average rating of the Sony FDR-AX33 is 83% (based on 753 reviews).

Reasons Against

Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
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Reviews & Awards

Awards

Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
1 Award
Digital Versus: 5 Star
No awards found

Average Expert Rating

Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Best
5 stars
3 reviews
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Sony HDR-CX900 has better user reviews than the Sony FDR-AX33. The average user reviews score for the Sony HDR-CX900 is 89% based on 204 reviews, where as the average score for the Sony FDR-AX33 is 83% based on 753 reviews.
Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
5 stars
393 reviews
4 stars
206 reviews
3 stars
74 reviews
2 stars
38 reviews
1 star
42 reviews
Best
5 stars
132 reviews
4 stars
51 reviews
3 stars
11 reviews
2 stars
2 reviews
1 star
8 reviews

Proportion of Users That Recommend It

For both the Sony FDR-AX33 than the Sony HDR-CX900 the same percentage of owners recommend the product. In both cases 66.2% recommend the product, based on a total of 811 reviews for the Sony FDR-AX33 and 811 reviews for the Sony FDR-AX33.

Date Released

Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
33 months old Best 36 months old

Key Features

Optical Zoom

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.

Digital Zoom

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.

Total Megapixels

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.

Optical Sensor Size

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a camcorder. The sensor is what processes the light from the lens and transfers it into a digital image.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality results, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

Display Diagonal

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

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

Weight

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Specification

 
 
 
Lens System Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Optical Zoom 10x 12x
BEST
Digital Zoom 120x 160x
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 298mm 426mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 26.8mm
BEST
29mm
Maximum Aperture Number Unknown - Click to provide data 4.5
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Filter Size Unknown - Click to provide data 62mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Max Video Resolution
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
Maximum Frame Rate 50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution Unknown - Click to provide data 50 Mbit/s
Supported Video Modes
1080p 720p
 1080p
 720p
1080p 720p
 1080p
 720p
Video Resolutions
3840 x 2160 (4K) 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
3840 x 2160 (4K) 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 
 
 
Image Sensor Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Total Megapixels 20.6MP 20.9MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 10.3MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie) 8.29MP
BEST
14.2MP
 
 
 
Storage Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Memory Slots Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
MS PRO MS PRO Duo
MS Pro-HG MS Pro-HG Duo
MSXC MS XC-HG Duo
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
SDXC SDHC
MS PRO MS PRO Duo
MS Pro-HG MS Pro-HG Duo
MSXC MS XC-HG Duo
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Closest Focusing Distance Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01m
Normal Focusing Range Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Light Exposure Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Light Exposure Modes
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
White Balance
Auto Outdoor
Indoor Push
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Push
Auto Outdoor
Indoor Push
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Push
 
 
 
Shutter Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Display Diagonal 3" 3.5"
BEST
Display Resolution (numeric) 921,600 Pixels
BEST
92,100 Pixels
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Viewfinder Screen Size 0.24" Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder 1,555,200 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Camera Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Minimum Illumination Unknown - Click to provide data 3lx
Self-Timer Delay
 
 
 
Still Image Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
6048 x 3400
 6048 x 3400
6048 x 3400
 6048 x 3400
 
 
 
Audio Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Audio System
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
USB 2.0 Port Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity Unknown - Click to provide data 1
 
 
 
Battery Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported Unknown - Click to provide data 1
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Weight 700g
BEST
790g
Height 78.5mm 83.5mm
Depth 155mm 196mm
Width 71mm 81mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Bundled Software Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
 
 
 
Technical Details Sony FDR-AX33 Sony HDR-CX900
Flash Exposure Compensation Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Diaphragm Blades 6 Unknown - Click to provide data

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Hugely lower
minimum
aperture number
Lighter
Bigger digital
zoom
Sony HDR-CX900
Sony
HDR-CX900
$1,155.69
Vastly smaller closest focusing distance
Better brand
89% bigger total megapixels
86% higher effective megapixels (movie)
Higher maximum aperture number
A lot longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)
2x bigger optical zoom
Shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)
VS
Canon XA10
Canon
XA10
$1,179.99
Vastly lower
minimum
aperture number
20% bigger
digital zoom
Lighter
Sony FDR-AX33
Sony
FDR-AX33
$539.95
Expert reviews are vastly better
VS
Ricoh Theta S
Ricoh
Theta S
$249.99
$290 Cheaper
Five more
awards
Better user
reviews
Sony FDR-AX33
Sony
FDR-AX33
$539.95
Expert reviews are slightly better
VS
Panasonic HC-X920
Panasonic
HC-X920
$813.27
Six more awards
Much better
user reviews
Sony FDR-AX33
Sony
FDR-AX33
$539.95
17.32MP bigger total megapixels
80% higher effective megapixels (image)
6.22MP higher effective megapixels (movie)
22% shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)
VS
Canon HF R88
Canon
HF R88
$800.00
2x lighter
Better brand
Significantly
bigger digital
zoom
Vastly longer
maximum focal
length (35mm
film equiv)
Bigger optical
zoom
Sony FDR-AX33
Sony
FDR-AX33
$539.95
Better brand
A lot bigger digital zoom
A lot higher effective megapixels (image)
9% bigger total megapixels
VS
Panasonic HC-VX870
Panasonic
HC-VX870
$799.99
99% lighter
10x bigger
optical zoom
Sony FDR-AX33
Sony
FDR-AX33
$539.95
85% bigger total megapixels
VS
Canon Legria HF R806
Canon
Legria HF R806
$345.28
$195 Cheaper
Significantly
shorter minimum
focal length
(35mm film
equiv)
2x lighter
Better brand
Bigger digital
zoom
22x bigger
optical zoom