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Sony FDR-AX33 Camcorder

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1/2.3 700g CMOS 10x Jan 2015
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Handy 4K camcorder with Balanced Optical SteadyShot Shoot 4K footage that contains about four times more detail than Full HD (3840 x 2160 pixels vs. 1920 x 1080) footage, and capture more of the... More
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CES 2015 | Sony Handycam FDR-AX33 4K Camcorder | Ultra HD | FDR-AX33/B | 100Mbps |  SmartReview.com
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20 Reasons For

Good Product Quality

A few Sony FDR-AX33 reviewers considered that this camcorder was good quality. Arheddis Varkenjaab said in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33 on Amazon in December last year “Stunning image quality, amazing optical stabilisation.”. Arheddis Varkenjaab also said “This is a fantastic camera, extremely easy to use with excellent quality results”. Arheddis Varkenjaab also said “A 64Gb card is plenty big enough) and the quality of the image is stunning -”.

Easy to Use

Several Sony FDR-AX33 reviewers who purchased this camcorder thought it was easy to use. A. P. Farrell-Vinay wrote in their review “The wide-angle to telephoto control is tiny and only easy to use for thsoe with fingers like a spider”. Bantam Dave said in their review “Pin-sharp pictures and easy to use”. Bantam Dave also wrote “It is relatively simple to use”.

Good Quality Lens

Several Sony FDR-AX33 owners who purchased the product mentioned that it had a good image stabiliser. Bantam Dave said on Amazon last year “Perhaps the AX33’s outstanding feature though is that it is equipped with an absolutely brilliant image stabilisation system (AKA Balanced Optical SteadyShot”. Digitalversus.com gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Digital Versus in December last year “It records 4K/UHD videos with fantastic picture quality, aided by highly effective image stabilization and a wide-angle le”.

Several people who bought it reckoned that it had a good zoom. Last year Arheddis Varkenjaab said on Amazon “It also makes the very impressive 15X optical zoom (to a highly-mental 120x zoom digitally) usable without using a tripod”. Bantam Dave said in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33 on Amazon “The zoom is very responsive and it is easy to adjust it to the exact degree of zoom that is required”.

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Nice Design

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. In December last year Arheddis Varkenjaab wrote “The quality of the shooting itself is pretty mind blowing”. Simon Phipps he wrote “With a 128Gb SD card the recording time available is immense in HD mode and pretty good in 4K mode” in his review of this camcorder.

Some customers who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was smooth. Arheddis Varkenjaab rated it as excellent and mentioned “HD recording is wonderfully smooth and with a deep range of colour” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33. Arheddis Varkenjaab also mentioned “The image stabilising produces a pleasingly smooth movement on the screen, removing all the jerkiness”.

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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Based on 3,510 expert and user reviews, Sony has good reviews for its camcorders. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its video cameras compared to other manufacturers.

Good Technical Features

Several people who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. In December last year Dillan rated the product 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “A professional Cam with great features in amazing 4K quality”. Dillan also said “It has fantastic features”. Simon Phipps said on Amazon “Love its size and features -- not much larger than a DSLR” in his Sony FDR-AX33 review.

Good Size

One Sony FDR-AX33 owner said in their reviews that the product was a good depth. Arheddis Varkenjaab said in their review last year “The lens itself will go down to f1.8, (at wide angle) which is of course fantastic for low light shooting or a wonderfully shallow depth of field” .

One Sony FDR-AX33 reviewer wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good structurally. Bantam Dave mentioned “The AX33 is a lovely looking camera and the construction appears to be of the highest quality” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33 and scored the product very highly.

One customer said in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Bantam Dave said “Doesn’t feel at all heavy in the hand”.

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Good Connectivity

One person considered that the product was good in terms of USB connections. Simon Phipps said in his review on Amazon “The fact it charges from a built-in USB cord is great -- no extra charger to carry”. One person wrote in their reviews that the product was wifi compatible.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who purchased the Sony FDR-AX33 considered that it had a good screen. One Sony FDR-AX33 owner who reviewed it concluded that it had a good viewfinder.

Robust

One person wrote that the product was well made.

Good Support

One person who purchased it concluded that it had good technical guidance. Last year Bantam Dave mentioned “The user manual didn’t help much as it was almost half an inch thick”.

Full HD

Unlike most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the FDR-AX33 which are not Full HD, the Sony FDR-AX33 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony FDR-AX33 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than a year also have an HDMI port.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony FDR-AX33 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also have an image stabiliser.

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Has a Built-In Display

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

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Has a Night Mode

The Sony FDR-AX33 has a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the FDR-AX33 do not have a night mode.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FDR-AX33.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of video camera.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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6048 X 3400 Pixels Maximum 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 a 4032 x 2272 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution. The maximum image resolution of all video cameras of a similar spec and age to the FDR-AX33 ranges from 3840 x 2160 pixels to 6784 x 3816 pixels.

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Quite High Viewfinder Resolution

The viewfinders resolutions of camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the FDR-AX33 range from 150,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels. The Sony FDR-AX33 has a fairly high viewfinder resolution (1,555,200 pixel) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the FDR-AX33.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camcorder has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on camcorders of this age and type.

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6 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One person who purchased it reckoned that it did not have a good battery life.

Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the FDR-AX33 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst video cameras of this age. The smallest optical zoom of camcorders of a similar type and age to the FDR-AX33 is 10x, the biggest is 30x, and the average optical zoom is 23x.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony FDR-AX33 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the FDR-AX33 are also not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

The FDR-AX33 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the FDR-AX33 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the FDR-AX33, the FDR-AX33 does not have a built-in projector.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

At only 921,600 pixels, the FDR-AX33 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX33. The lowest display resolution of comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the FDR-AX33 is 230,000 pixels, the highest is 1,600,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 1,100,000 pixels.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony FDR-AX33

Released Over a Year Ago

Sony released the FDR-AX33 over a year ago.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 120 times zoom factor, the FDR-AX33 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the FDR-AX33.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
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Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Projector
Technical Details
Flash Exposure Compensation
Technical Details

1 Award

Digital Versus 5 Star

Expert Reviews

(2)
30 June 2015

The Sony FDR-AX33/AXP33 is an almost flawless camcorder?but you'd only say "almost" if you consider the lack of memory to be a flaw. It records 4K/UHD videos with fantastic picture quality, aided...

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16 July 2015

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Excellent image stabilization
Ability to zoom in during 4K playback
29.8mm wideangle
50lumens builtin video projector
Mic input
No internal memory (you have to use an SD card)

User Reviews

(47)
Reviewed 1 March 2015 by CinemaGuy
CinemaGuy would recommend the Sony FDR-AX33

I shot some test footage with the new SONY AX33. No processing, hand-held, right out of the box. In short; I am absolutely stunned by the quality and performance of this camera! I have been using... Read more…

Reviewed 2 March 2015 by Nico
Nico would recommend the Sony FDR-AX33

My father bought this camcorder for an upcoming trip, but I am the primary user. I have used this camcorder to film a party and tested it on filming trail walking. This camera was a great... Read more…

Reviewed 17 May 2015 by Couch Potato FIlms

I am not a soccer mom I am a professional media creator. Here is my first impressionI have a Sony AX100 and thought this would be a perfect B camera because other than the sensor its very much the... Read more…

Reviewed 6 April 2015 by Jake Fantom
Jake Fantom would recommend the Sony FDR-AX33 (Verified Purchase)

There are many things to love about this new 4K camcorder for just under $. And a few things not so much. The mechanics of the AX33 are truly extraordinary. The steady shot mechanism is... Read more…

Reviewed 17 March 2015 by JDM
JDM would recommend the Sony FDR-AX33 (Verified Purchase)

This is my first camcorder in quite some time after shooting video with a DSLR for the past few years. I was looking for something that gave better resolution, worked a little better in low light,... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony ax33, sony ax33b, sony fdrax33, sony 7631265k, sony fdrax33b, sony fdrax33bd, sony fdrax33bc, sony fdrax33bdi, sony fdrax33bce, sony fdrax33bcen, sony fdrax33bdiy, sony fdrax33bdiyg
Barcodes 00027242886100, 04548736010062, 05013493258099

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