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Sony FDRAX53B Camcorder

$853.30
8.29MP 1/2 635g Jan 2016
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Good owner reviews
A top selling product
Good quality
32 Reviews
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Good Value for Money

Six Sony FDR-AX53 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was good value for money.

Marcin Rucinski mentioned “However I would expect sharper image on much better viewfinder for this price and a bit more manual options camera returned Overly” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX53. Mr. A. P. Parker wrote “Install Flash Player What fantastic value for money! I've not got a 4K TV.” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX53. In April last year Ryan Bolohan said on Amazon “I would recommend this to anyone in the market for a moderately priced handy cam” in his review of the Sony FDR-AX53.

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Cheap

One Sony FDR-AX53 reviewer who bought the Sony FDR-AX53 reckoned that it was cheap.

Rolo said last year “It records on to inexpensive SD cards”.

Expensive

Two Sony FDR-AX53 reviewers who purchased the Sony FDR-AX53 agreed that it was expensive.

Martian Invader rated it 7 stars and mentioned on Amazon in April last year “I returned it to Amazon who refunded me without question - why I always buy from Amazon, even if they are sometimes a pound or two more expensive.”.

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Reviews

Good Owner Reviews

Based on 44 owner reviews this medium total megapixels camcorder has an average owner rating of 84%. 50% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sony is one of the superior camcorder brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Sony also has good reviews for its medium total megapixels camcorders.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The FDR-AX53 is Full HD, as are most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the FDR-AX53.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The FDR-AX53 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolutions supported by most medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to it. In addition, this Sony camcorder support a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels and 3840 x 2160 pixels.

This video camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the FDR-AX53.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of video camera is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Only 3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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Display

Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 921,600 pixels, the FDR-AX53 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) amongst camcorders of this age. Camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the FDR-AX53 have display resolutions (numeric) of between 920,000 pixels and 1,600,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 1,200,000 pixels.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the FDR-AX53 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX53.

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Other Features

Not Waterproof

Like most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the FDR-AX53, the Sony FDR-AX53 is not waterproof.

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Audio

Noisy

Two customers who reviewed it wrote that it was noisy.

Jgw89 wrote “The microphone has good noise cancelation and helps lower the wind noise well enough in a slightly breezy day”.


Image Sensor

Very High Effective Megapixels (image)

Across all the medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the FDR-AX53 the effective megapixels (image) range from 5MP to 8.3MP. The FDR-AX53 has a very high effective megapixels (image) (8.29 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the FDR-AX53.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Sony FDR-AX53 is 1". That's 25% more optical sensor size than a 4/3" video camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size.

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Viewfinder

Very High Viewfinder

The viewfinders of camcorders that have been around for more than a year range from 100 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels. At 1,555,200 pixel, the FDR-AX53 has a very high viewfinder compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the FDR-AX53.

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Still Image

5440 X 3056 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The FDR-AX53 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 5440 x 3056 pixels. That's 81% more maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 4032 x 2272 pixels. Across all similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year the worst maximum image resolution is 2304 x 1296 pixels and the best is 6048 x 3400 pixels.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The FDR-AX53 has an image stabilizer, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age do not have an image stabilizer.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture Number

The FDR-AX53 has a fairly low minimum aperture number (only 2) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FDR-AX53. The average minimum aperture number of video cameras of a similar type and age to the FDR-AX53 is 3.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 26.8 millimeters, the Sony FDR-AX53 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the FDR-AX53. The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of camcorders of a similar type and age to the FDR-AX53 range from 26mm to 41mm.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of only 3.8, the FDR-AX53 has a quite low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year. The average maximum aperture number of camcorders that were released one year ago is 4.9, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 3.7 to 6.3.

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Average Digital Zoom

The FDR-AX53 has a pretty typical digital zoom (250 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the FDR-AX53.

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Other

A Top Selling Product

The FDR-AX53 is a popular choice of video camera.

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this medium total megapixels camcorder was released.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Sony FDR-AX53 supports HDMI, which is unusual. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than a year ago do not support HDMI.

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Power

Good Battery Life

One Sony FDR-AX53 reviewer who bought the product thought it had a good battery life.


Features

Good Features

Two Sony FDR-AX53 owners mentioned in their reviews that it had good features.

Martian Invader said on Amazon “This is an excellent consumer-level camera with some very useful pro-level features” in their review of this camcorder. Lark mentioned “I think I've really got a better appreciation for these features today than I had then”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Two people agreed that the product was compact.

Rolo mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “And it is compact and light - it’s about 6.5” x 2.5” by 3””. Gary White he wrote on Amazon “I needed something altogether more compact and dedicated to the task”.

Lightweight

Two Sony FDR-AX53 owners wrote in their reviews that it was lightweight.

Tony mentioned in April last year “Fantastic little lightweight camera, easy to use” in his Sony FDR-AX53 review and gave the product a score of 7 stars. Also in April last year Dr. Michael Heron mentioned in his Sony FDR-AX53 review on Amazon “This is a tremendously good video camera, combining a lightweight frame with a tremendous amount of visual punch” and scored it 7 stars.

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Heavy and Bulky

Two customers reckoned that the product was heavy and bulky.

Mr Carmine wrote on Amazon last year “Also given the chunky size of the cam I would think the sensor could have been bigger” in his Sony FDR-AX53 review. Jgw89 gave the Sony FDR-AX53 a rating of 7 stars and wrote in their review of the Sony FDR-AX53 on Amazon “Quite heavy”.

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Heavy

The lightest camcorder of a similar age and spec to the FDR-AX53 is 50g weight and the heaviest is 1.2kg. The FDR-AX53 is quite heavy (635 grams) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Good Image Stabiliser

Eleven customers said in their reviews that the Sony FDR-AX53 had a good image stabiliser.

Mr Carmine said “This gives better low light due to bigger pixels and the BOSS stabiliser is awesome (when its working), its like being on a gimble all the time”. Marcin Rucinski mentioned in their Sony FDR-AX53 review “It has very good image stabilization” and scored it 7 stars. Andrew mentioned in his review of the Sony FDR-AX53 “Low light is improved, stabilization is rock steady”.

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Good Zoom

Five people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good zoom.

Krazzeeblonde mentioned in their Sony FDR-AX53 review on Bhphotovideo.com “A full zoom it gets a little jumpy.” and scored the Sony FDR-AX53 7 stars. Mr. A. Poole mentioned on Amazon “My only tiny criticism is that the zoom sharply accelerates at the wide end, which is a minor issue if you like a progressive zoom in or out”. Gadget Man gave the product a score of 6 stars and wrote on Amazon “Wanders around at full zoom”.

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Good Lens

Three customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good lens.

Lark said last year “The lens stabilisation is brilliant” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX53. Jgw89 said in their review of the Sony FDR-AX53 “This one has now introduced a native 16x9 aspect ratio along with the Carl Zeiss lens which provides wonderful detailed images - the detail is incredible vs HD” .

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Good Screen

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good screen.

Tony said “Touch screen is very responsive”.

Good Viewfinder

Three Sony FDR-AX53 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good viewfinder.

Marcin Rucinski said on Amazon “I found you ever used any modern viewfinder on latest mirror less cameras it i nothing like it” in their Sony FDR-AX53 review.

Good Autofocus

Two Sony FDR-AX53 owners who reviewed the Sony FDR-AX53 considered that it had a good autofocus.

Krazzeeblonde mentioned “It does a great job of focusing at night, even with headlights” in their Sony FDR-AX53 review.


Design

Good Quality

Nine Sony FDR-AX53 owners considered that this camcorder was good quality.

Marcin Rucinski wrote “Image quality is OK” in their Sony FDR-AX53 review. Paul Jackson gave it a rating of 9 stars and he said “Owned this for about a month now and absolutely LOVE IT! Quality is amazing, stability is mind blowing, zoom is just perfect, audio is perfect” in his review of this camcorder. Mr. A. P. Parker wrote “I used a good quality large SD card”.

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Smooth

Three Sony FDR-AX53 owners reckoned that it was smooth.

In April last year Martian Invader scored the product 6 stars and said on Amazon “I have a PJ620 with BOSS ( Balanced Optical Steady Shot ) which works great, giving smooth footage” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX53. Dr. Michael Heron rated it 7 stars and he wrote on Amazon last year “When combined with a half-way reasonable tripod you'll get rock-solid smooth motion with minimal effort” in his review of the Sony FDR-AX53. Also last year Jgw89 gave it a rating of 7 stars and wrote on Amazon “While this model isn't 100% stable wheb fully zoomed it is smooth and watchable, rather than all over the place”.

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Easy to Use the Menus

Three Sony FDR-AX53 owners mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use the menus.

Martian Invader scored the Sony FDR-AX53 6 stars and said “You need to export these to software to make the actual video - much improved menu touch screen which is responsive - dual recording on the SD card” in their Sony FDR-AX53 review. In April last year Dr. Michael Heron rated it 8 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “The flip-out LCD screen gives you a lot of control over the precise settings you want to make use of - the manual control options are fantastic”.

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Good Looking

Three customers who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was good looking.

Mr Carmine mentioned on Amazon “The actual performance seems to be a step up from my old VX 870 which in itself was pretty good.” in his review of this camcorder. Mr Carmine also wrote “Other than that I am pretty pleased with the camcorder” in his review. Lark wrote “The mic technology on this camera alone is pretty good, featuring noise cancellation qualities” in their Sony FDR-AX53 review.

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Comfortable and Easy to Hold

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold.

Concertina wrote on Amazon in April last year “Well pleased, comfortable to hold”.

Easy to Setup

One Sony FDR-AX53 owner wrote in their reviews that the Sony FDR-AX53 was easy to setup.

Lark said on Amazon “The view finder is touch screen and easy to set up and operate, intuitive pretty much”.

Easy to Use

Five people wrote in their reviews that the Sony FDR-AX53 was easy to use.

Martian Invader mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Essentially, this product reminds me why I always buy Nikon I would strongly advise anyone wanting to use Optical Steady Shot to do walking hand-held footage to look elsewhere”. Marcin Rucinski said on Amazon “It I really bad plus it it very plastic and because I wear glasses it is impossible to use” in their Sony FDR-AX53 review but in spite of that they only rated the product 68.156395582198 out of 100.

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Well Made

One Sony FDR-AX53 owner who reviewed the Sony FDR-AX53 reckoned that it was well made.

Lark wrote “The other was a slightly smaller unit, with an external charging dock for the battery and a built in projector for watching or reviewing film” and gave the product a rating of 7 stars.

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Support

Does Not Have Good Technical Guidance

Three Sony FDR-AX53 owners mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder did not have good technical guidance.

Mr Carmine wrote on Amazon in April last year “The only reason I have knocked a star off is the annoying manual restrictions which I did not have on the VX-870” in his review of this camcorder. Marcin Rucinski said on Amazon “It has very restricted manual mode, you can only use one options are time” in their Sony FDR-AX53 review. Marcin Rucinski also mentioned “Don't like viewfinder and lack of better manual options” in their review.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04548736021310, 04548736021327

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