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Sony FDRAX33B Camcorder

$727.00
20.6MP 1/2 700g May 2015
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
One industry award
Good technical features
Best seller
49 Reviews + 1 Award
Digital Versus 5 Star
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Reviews

One Industry Award

The editor of one expert review site wrote that this camcorder was good. Digital Versus gave this Sony camcorder a "5 Star" award.

Excellent Expert Reviews

This camcorder received an expert rating of 100% from Digital Versus. This puts this video camera in the top 1% of all the video cameras of this spec and age when ranked by average expert review score.

Average Owner Reviews

Based on 48 owner reviews this video camera has an average owner rating of 79 out of 100. 76% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 4,270 user and expert reviews (including 352 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its camcorders. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its big total megapixels video cameras compared to other brands. 91% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Other Features

Features USB Connectivity

The FDR-AX33 features USB connectivity, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three people wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. Richcovephoto gave the product a score of 6 stars and wrote two years ago “You can zoom in and out with buttons on the flip out screen which is really helpful when holding the screen to balance the camera in your hand” in their review of this camcorder. Tavo mentioned “It also starts really fast, you just open the screen and you can instantly start recording (amazing)” in their review of this camcorder.

One owner who reviewed it wrote that it had a good viewfinder.

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Good Image Stabiliser

Fifteen owners agreed that the product had a good image stabiliser. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Good Image Stabilization” in their review of this camcorder. Two years ago Jr in Pa scored it 6 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “The image stabilization was terrific” in their review of this camcorder. Jdm gave it a score of 7 stars and wrote also two years ago “The BOSS image stabilization system works fantastic for handheld shooting” in their review of this camcorder.

Nine customers who reviewed this camcorder thought it had a good zoom. Bhphotovideo.com said “Zoom rangeperformance” in their Sony FDR-AX33 review. Two years ago Tavo wrote “Using the camera, you can notice that it has a great optical zoom” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33. Nico said on Bhphotovideo.com in the same month “I thought it was digital zoom at first.” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33 and scored it 5 stars.

Two customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Paulabruann wrote “Im very happy to bought this Sony at this time, Im in focus with the best of 4K small camcorder” in their review of this camcorder. Couch Potato Films scored it 77.096455740386 out of 100 and said “It has a grid, focus peaking, zebra” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33.

Two customers wrote that it had a good lens. Two years ago Horsemoney2 said in their Sony FDR-AX33 review on Walmart.com “It has a larger lens” and scored it 4 stars.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Nine people mentioned in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Bhphotovideo.com said in their Sony FDR-AX33 review two years ago “Manual controls” . Jdm said on Bhphotovideo.com “There is a manual white-balance feature that works well” in their review of this camcorder. Rob a said in his review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “Audio quality is fine and you have manual level control as long as you use the decent onboard mics” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.


Power

Good Battery Life

Three customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good battery life. Jdm said in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33 on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Battery life is excellent” and scored it 7 stars. Moisesmcardona gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars and said “The only bad thing is the battery, which may not be enough for recording full events at the 4K quality”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eight people thought it was heavy and bulky. Expert review site Digitalversus.com scored this camcorder 7 stars and wrote “The FDR-AX33 is definitely one of the heavier camcorders on the market” in their review of this camcorder. Jake Fantom said in his review of the Sony FDR-AX33 “It's quite heavy compared to other recent camcorders I have owned” . Jake Fantom also mentioned “Somewhat bulky” in his review.

Two people reckoned that it was good structurally. One person who reviewed it thought it was compact. Andyb wrote “The best things I can say about the AX33 is it is small, compact, very easy to use, incredible audio” and rated it 6 stars.

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Heavy

At 700 grams, the Sony FDR-AX33 is quite heavy compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. Across all the video cameras of this spec and age the weights range from 50g to 2.3kg.

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the Sony FDR-AX100 ($1,594.99) (790g) which also has a higher rating.

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Display

Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Sony FDR-AX33 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) (921,600 pixels) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. The display resolutions (numeric) of big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this video camera range from 460 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 700,000 pixels.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera range from 2.9" to 3.5". With a display diagonal of only 3 inches, the FDR-AX33 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released one year ago.

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Still Image

6048 X 3400 Pixels 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 the most common maximum image resolution of 4032 x 2272 pixels.

A 6048 x 3400 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the best maximum image resolution across all similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

Across similar types of video camera the worst maximum image resolution is 2304 x 1296 pixels.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The FDR-AX33 has a batteries included, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony FDR-AX33 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder also have an AC adapter included.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Fifteen people considered that the Sony FDR-AX33 had good features. Jake Fantom mentioned in his review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “I suppose this is necessary to accommodate the camcorder's advanced features and sensor.” and gave it a rating of 7 stars. Sbonaccorsi scored it 7 stars and wrote “Lots of great features, yet is fairly easy to use”. Steve wrote in his review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “It has way more useful features than my older Sony camcorder (HDR-XR160”.


Flash

Has a Built-In Flash

The Sony FDR-AX33 has a built-in flash, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age do not have a built-in flash.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The FDR-AX33 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Features Wi-Fi

The FDR-AX33 features wi-Fi. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year also feature wi-Fi.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The FDR-AX33 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony FDR-AX100 ($1,594.99).

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The FDR-AX33 supports a higher video resolution than most big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This video camera supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions, whereas most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolutions. In addition, this camcorder support a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution across all similar spec video cameras that came out more than a year ago.

A 640 x 480 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of video camera.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The FDR-AX33 has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best maximum video resolution across all big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than a year ago.

The worst maximum video resolution across similar types of camcorder is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The FDR-AX33 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider including the Sony FDR-AX100 ($1,594.99) which has better reviews.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Video cameras of this age and type have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 26mm and 31mm. At only 26.8 millimeters, the FDR-AX33 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Sony FDR-AX33 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. The optical zooms of camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera range from 10x to 20x.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec camcorders that came out more than a year ago is 290mm, the longest is 760mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 450mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 298 millimeters, the FDR-AX33 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the FDR-AX33 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The FDR-AX33 supports HDMI, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out more than a year ago.

We compared all the other video cameras which support HDMI to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony FDR-AX100 ($1,594.99) is also worth considering.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The FDR-AX33 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The FDR-AX33 has a composite video out, as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Sony FDR-AX33 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The FDR-AX33 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also do not support PictBridge.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Four people concluded that it was noisy. Couch Potato Films said in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33 on Bhphotovideo.com “It is very noisy and basically unuseable”. Couch Potato Films also said “NOPE! The recording was noisy as well” in their review.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The FDR-AX33 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The FDR-AX33 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than a year also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Design

Well Made

Six owners who purchased it agreed that it was well made. Bhphotovideo.com wrote two years ago “Built in USB” but even so they only scored this camcorder 1 stars. Also two years ago Tavo wrote in their review of this camcorder “The materials and the construction feels really solid, battery life is really good” and gave the Sony FDR-AX33 a rating of 7 stars. Also two years ago Bantam Dave mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “The AX33 is a lovely looking camera and the construction appears to be of the highest quality”.

Nice Design

Two people who bought the product considered that it was smooth. Arheddis Varkenjaab scored the product 8 stars and mentioned two years ago “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” in their review.

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it was good looking. Simon Phipps said two years ago “With a 128Gb SD card the recording time available is immense in HD mode and pretty good in 4K mode”. Arheddis Varkenjaab gave this camcorder a score of 8 stars and said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon also two years ago “The quality of the shooting itself is pretty mind blowing”.

One person thought the product was rough. Nico said on Bhphotovideo.com “I mounted it on a tripod with a dolly and rolled it on a semi-smooth surface and it was magical! However rough surfaces will suffer”.

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Easy to Use

Eighteen customers thought it was easy to use. Digitalversus.com wrote on expert website Digital Versus “The Sony AX33 is a handheld 4K video recorder that's easy to use and boasts a touchscreen” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a score of 8 stars. Jr in Pa wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The zoom control was nice”. Jr in Pa also mentioned “The the interface was fairly easy to use” in their review.

Two people concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Nico wrote “I do wish that there is a rubber eyepiece accessory so I feel comfortable pressing my eyeglasses to block out extra light”. One owner who purchased this camcorder concluded that it had a good interface. Lexingtondaniel wrote “The user interface is also easy to navigate” in their review of this camcorder.

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Good Quality

Twenty-eight people thought this camcorder was good quality. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Great Picture Quality” but in spite of that they scored it 17.6 out of 100. Digitalversus.com wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert website Digital Versus “It records 4K/UHD videos with fantastic picture quality, aided by highly effective image stabilization”. Jdm said in their Sony FDR-AX33 review on Bhphotovideo.com “I've shot a few hours of footage, mostly 4K, so far on this camera and the quality is absolutely fantastic”.


Other

Best Seller

The FDR-AX33 is a popular choice amongst people who purchased video cameras in the last 3 months.

Released Over Two Years Ago

Sony released the FDR-AX33 in April 2017.


Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon fdrax33bdiyg, sony fdrax33bdiyg, sony 7631265k, sony l3jaa
Barcodes 04548736010062, 05013493258099

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