Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema vs Sony FDR-AX33

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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema
Sony FDR-AX33

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
Interchangeable lens Edit
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema has an interchangeable lens, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 does not. Read more

The lens in the device can be swapped round.

An interchangeable lens system allows the user to use alternative lenses which might be better suited for a shoot than a standard lens.

Larger screen size Edit
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is a 3.5" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" larger than the Sony FDR-AX33 (3"). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

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

Hugely lighter Edit
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema has a weight of 355g, but the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 700g weight camcorder (345g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Vastly smaller Edit
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema has a height of 38mm. That's 40.5mm smaller than the Sony FDR-AX33 (78.5mm).
89mm smaller Edit
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is 66mm deep. That's 89mm smaller than the Sony FDR-AX33 (155mm).
Better user reviews
The average user review score of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is 85%, but the average rating of the Sony FDR-AX33 is 79% (based on 47 reviews).
5 Reasons For
Built-in flash Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a built-in flash, however the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema does not have a built-in flash.
Vastly smaller Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a width of 71mm, however the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is a 128mm wide camcorder (57mm bigger).
£344 cheaper
The Sony FDR-AX33 costs £344.13 less than the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema.
Available from 6 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Expert reviews are vastly better
The Sony FDR-AX33 has an average expert review score of 100% based on 2 reviews, however the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema has an average rating of 80% (based on 1 review).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Does not have a built-in flash Edit
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema does not have a built-in flash, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 does.
Bigger Edit
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is 128mm wide. That's 57mm bigger than the Sony FDR-AX33 (71mm).
More expensive by £344
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is £344.13 more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX33.
Not as many stockists
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is only stocked by 5 retailers, however the Sony FDR-AX33 is stocked by 11 stores. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
Older by over one year
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is 16 months older than the Sony FDR-AX33.
Expert review Rating is hugely Worse
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema has an average expert score of 80%, but the Sony FDR-AX33 has an average expert rating of 100% (based on 2 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
Does not have an interchangeable lens Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 does not have an interchangeable lens, whereas the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema does. Read more

The lens in the device can be swapped round.

An interchangeable lens system allows the user to use alternative lenses which might be better suited for a shoot than a standard lens.

17% smaller screen size Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a screen size of 3", however the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (0.5" larger). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

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

50% heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 700g weight camcorder. That's 345g heavier than the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema (700g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

40.5mm bigger Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 78.5mm high camcorder, whereas the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is a 38mm high camcorder (40.5mm smaller).
Vastly bigger Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a depth of 155mm, however the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is a 66mm deep camcorder (89mm smaller).
Lower user review Score
The Sony FDR-AX33's average user rating is only 79%, however the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema's is 85% (based on 17 reviews).

Awards

No awards found 1 Award
Digital Versus: 5 Star

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

36 months Ago 20 months Ago

Image Sensor

Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 10.3MP
Movie Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 8.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 10x
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 120x
Image Stabiliser
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Image stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
BEST
 Interchangeable lens
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 298mm
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8mm
Focal Length Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.8 - 38

Storage

Memory Card
 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
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
BEST
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
Unknown - Click to provide data

Shutter

Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/6 - 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
3.5"
BEST
3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,600 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"
Viewfinder Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,555,200 pixels
Viewfinder
 electrical
BEST
 electrical

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D Compatible
 3D compatible
 3D compatible
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data 10

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
BEST
Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps

Still Image

Still Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6048 x 3400
 6048 x 3400
BEST

Audio

Built-In Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker
Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out port
Microphone in Port
 Microphone in port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
 Headphone out port
S-Video Out Port
 S-Video out port
 S-Video out port
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge

Networking

WiFi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication

Battery

Battery Life
1h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
EN-EL20 NP-FV70
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Recharge Time
1.25h Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity Range
0 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature Range
-20 - 45 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
355g
BEST
700g
Height
38mm
BEST
78.5mm
Depth
66mm
BEST
155mm
Width
128mm 71mm
BEST

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
 Included battery
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
DaVinci Resolve Lite,Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Nuke - the Foundry, Adobe Photoshop, DaVinci Resolve Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included

Other Features

Night Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Night mode
The Windows Operating System
 The Windows operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity
Mac Operating Systems
 Mac operating systems
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Number of Diaphragm Blade
Unknown - Click to provide data 6
USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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