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Sony FDR-AXP33 Camcorder

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20.6MP 1/2.3 725g Jan 2015
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28 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 32 user reviews the average user rating of this video camera is marvellous.

Good Product Quality

Some customers reckoned that this camcorder was good quality. Last year Jrdaddykins said in their review on Amazon “Superb picture quality and excellent menu system”. Peter Ward mentioned “The camera is broadcast quality - works every time - very stable, incredible macro / zoom - perfect picture of the head of a screw in full zoom” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Peter Ward also wrote “Sound quality is also VERY good”.

Good Quality Lens

Several Sony FDR-AXP33 owners who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good zoom. Lark said “The device's focus and zoom are brilliant, there is also some good stabilising technology in the lens of the camera too” in their review. Last year Peter Ward wrote on Amazon “The optical zoom is superb for doing our job of building surveys”.

Some people considered that this camcorder had a good lens. Chappers mentioned on Amazon “The excellent lens, touchscreen panel, accessories shoe”.

Two Sony FDR-AXP33 owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. Chappers gave it a rating of 5 stars and said in their review “It allegedly is capable of a better level of image stabilisation afforded by the smaller lens”. Jrdaddykins wrote on Amazon “The image stabiliser is the best I have encountered in a camera or camcorder” in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33.

One person wrote in their reviews that the Sony FDR-AXP33 had a good autofocus. Lark wrote on Amazon “It projects onto a any flat surface and following a little focusing adjustment provides as perfect a picture as any link to a TV or laptop” in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33.

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Easy to Use

Eight people who purchased this camcorder considered that it was easy to use. Chappers wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “If you were to use a less speedy card the device will still work.” and gave the product an excellent review score. Jrdaddykins wrote in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33 in December last year “I think it will prove very handy on occasions when I want to show friends some footage”. R. Palmer mentioned in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review “So this was fun to use” .

One customer who purchased this camcorder said that it was easy to use the menus.

One person who purchased it considered that it had a good interface. Jrdaddykins mentioned in their review in December last year “For this purpose the multi interface shoe is nicely placed, dead centre on the top of the camcorder” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

One Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewer who purchased it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Stucumber wrote on Amazon “Low weight make the Sony easy to hold and easy to operate, you probably won't get a tired or sore arm when using it for extended periods” in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review.

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Robust

Some Sony FDR-AXP33 owners said in their reviews that this camcorder was well made. Jrdaddykins mentioned in their review on Amazon “It weighs 725g (1lb 9oz), solid enough to aid stability”. R. Palmer said on Amazon “Unlike the video cameras I remember people having when I was younger, this is a small and solid unit” in their review and scored the product very highly. R. Palmer also said “It's solid and well built”.

One person thought it was strong and durable. In December last year Lark mentioned “It has proven durable too as I transported it in a shoulder bag on a flight”.

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Nice Design

A number of Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewers who purchased the Sony FDR-AXP33 agreed that it was good looking. Last year Lark wrote “Are all pretty intuitive and easy to discover for someone such as myself who is already familiar from using an android phone, laptop, tablets” and scored it 5 stars. Lark also said “This allows for some pretty quick playback viewing for more than a single user, permitting decisions about what is satisfactory, what isnt”. Stucumber mentioned in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33 on Amazon “Using them to record, zoom or take a still is pretty easy” and gave this camcorder an excellent review score.

One Sony FDR-AXP33 owner who reviewed this camcorder thought it was a good design.

One Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewer considered that it had a good case. In December last year Lark mentioned on Amazon “It is possible to see the lens move within the casing to correct for any shaking of the cameraman/woman's hand” in their review and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few Sony FDR-AXP33 owners said in their reviews that it had a good screen. R. Palmer mentioned on Amazon “The screen is nice (touch screen responsive too)”. Stucumber wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Of course, you'll need something to view that on, so you'll need to already have a 4K display to get the best results”. White Eagle gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote “It has a decent size display which rotates 180 degrees”.

A number of customers who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Jrdaddykins said in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33 “The viewfinder is extremely useful when the sun is behind you” . Lark wrote in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review “There is a view finder with which to take pictures or footage which can be opened out from the side of the camera” and scored the Sony FDR-AXP33 5 stars.

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Good Size

Four Sony FDR-AXP33 owners said in their reviews that the Sony FDR-AXP33 was compact. Chappers mentioned “Sterling performance and compact design”. Chappers also mentioned “Capability of this surprisingly compact unit”. Stucumber scored the Sony FDR-AXP33 5 stars and said on Amazon “I am hugely impressed with the Sony FDR-AXP33 Handycam, not only does it succeed in its main aim of being a compact consumer level 4K camcorder” in their review of this camcorder.

Good Brand

Sony big sensor size video cameras have good reviews on average and across all video cameras Sony is one of the better rated manufacturers.

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Good Technical Features

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had good features. Chappers mentioned “The AXP33 features a very handy wifi control function that is becoming increasingly common on such devices” in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33. Stucumber scored the product 5 stars and wrote in their review of this camcorder “It also has a vast host of other features that will give amazing results”. Last year White Eagle said “Some features that liked about this camera were” in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review.

Good Support

Several people who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it had good technical guidance. Jrdaddykins mentioned in their review of this camcorder “I like it that I can superimpose a simple grid to help me align horizontals” . Stucumber gave the product a score of 5 stars and said in their review of this camcorder in December last year “The assignable manual ring is nice though”.

Good Connectivity

One customer thought it was wifi compatible.

Reasonably Priced

One person who bought it said that it was good value for money.

One customer who purchased the Sony FDR-AXP33 reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Jrdaddykins mentioned in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review “Sony have obviously put a good deal of thought into the Menu system, which is the best I have ever had on a camera or camcorder” .

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony FDR-AXP33 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the FDR-AXP33.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including the HC-WX970[pl_2749737_price], or the HC-V770[pl_2778988_price] both from Panasonic which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony FDR-AXP33 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than a year ago also have an image stabiliser.

Other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to look at include the HC-WX970[pl_2749737_price], or the HC-V770[pl_2778988_price] both from Panasonic which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the FDR-AXP33, the FDR-AXP33 has an HDMI port.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the HC-WX970[pl_2749737_price], or the HC-V770[pl_2778988_price] both from Panasonic.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The FDR-AXP33 has a built-in projector, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the FDR-AXP33 do not have a built-in projector.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The FDR-AXP33 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This video camera also support MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo and MS XC-HG Duo and SD memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of this age and type.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder is SD.

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

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Optical Image Stabiliser

The FDR-AXP33 has a better image stabiliser type than most camcorders of a similar age and spec to it. This video camera has an Optical image stabiliser, whereas most video cameras that were released one year ago have a Hybrid image stabiliser. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

This camcorder's image stabiliser type (Optical) is in fact the best image stabiliser type across all similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than a year.

The worst image stabiliser type amongst similar types of camcorder is Digital.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony FDR-AXP33 has a built-in display. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the FDR-AXP33 also have a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the HC-WX970[pl_2749737_price], and the HC-V770[pl_2778988_price] both from Panasonic is also worth considering.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The FDR-AXP33 supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution supported by most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. In addition, this video camera support a video resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This camcorder's video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all camcorders of a comparable type and age to the FDR-AXP33.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder is 640 x 360 pixels.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

The projector brightness of video cameras of this spec and age range from 13 ANSI lumens to 50 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 25 ANSI lumens. When compared to other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the FDR-AXP33, the FDR-AXP33's projector brightness of 50 ANSI lumens is one of the brightest.

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6048 X 3400 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The FDR-AXP33 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. Video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the FDR-AXP33 maximum image resolutions range from 3840 x 2160 pixels (worst) to 6784 x 3816 pixels (best).

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Fairly High Display Resolution

At 921,600 pixels, the Sony FDR-AXP33 has a quite high display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the FDR-AXP33. The display resolutions of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the FDR-AXP33 range from 460,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on video cameras of this age and type.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the FDR-AXP33 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the FDR-AXP33. The white balance modes "Indoor" and "Outdoor" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

The lowest minimum aperture of comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the FDR-AXP33 is 1.8 and the highest is 5.6. With a minimum aperture of only 1.8, the FDR-AXP33 has a fairly low minimum aperture compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the FDR-AXP33.

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Has Three Cables Included

The Sony FDR-AXP33 has a greater number of included cables than most big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on video cameras of a similar type and age to the FDR-AXP33. The cables included "AC" and "HDMI" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the FDR-AXP33 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of similar spec video cameras that came out more than a year ago range from 10x to 20x, and the average optical zoom is 16x. With an optical zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Sony FDR-AXP33 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the FDR-AXP33.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the HC-WX970[pl_2749737_price] (20x and higher rated), or the HC-V770[pl_2778988_price] (20x and higher rated) both from Panasonic.

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Not 3D Compatible

The FDR-AXP33 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the FDR-AXP33 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The FDR-AXP33 does not have a night mode. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the FDR-AXP33 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of this age and spec are not waterproof. The FDR-AXP33 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Six Number of Diaphragm Blades

The FDR-AXP33 is a six number of diaphragm blade video camera.

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Quite Low Maximum Aperture Value

The average maximum aperture value of camcorders of this type and age is 3.7. At only 3.4, the FDR-AXP33 has a fairly low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Very Small Screen Size

Across all the big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the FDR-AXP33 the screen sizes range from 3" to 3.5", and the average screen size is 3.2". At only 3 inches, the Sony FDR-AXP33 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the FDR-AXP33.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 3" screen size video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the HC-WX970[pl_2749737_price], and the HC-V770[pl_2778988_price] both from Panasonic is also worth considering.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Sony FDR-AXP33

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders that were released more than a year ago.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Sony released the FDR-AXP33.

Average Weight

At 725 grams, the FDR-AXP33 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the FDR-AXP33.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the Sony FDR-AXP33 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] (1,500x) which is also higher rated.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Self-Timer
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Wind Filter
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Projector
Built-In Projector
Projector Brightness
Native Resolution
Minimum Projection Distance
Technical Details
Flash Exposure Compensation
Self-Timer
Number of Diaphragm Blade
USB Charging

Expert Reviews

1 June 2015

Der Sony FDR-AXP33 bietet zwei Alleinstellungsmerkmale: einen eingebauten Videobeamer und einen sehr effizienten Bildstabilisator. Dieser könnte zusammen mit dem in dieser Kameraklasse sonst...

13 May 2015

Auf der einen Seite kann Sony in dieser Preisklasse ein paar wichtige Alleinstellungsmerkmale aufweisen, die für ambitionierte Filmer durchaus kaufentscheidend sein können: Vor allem der...

User Reviews

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Reviewed 13 December 2015 by Alf09

I have not used much but I am very pleased with the quality of what I have done with this Camera so far eg. Stabiliser system,quality of video and pictures,Auto mode very good,plenty of choice for... Read more…

Reviewed 22 November 2015 by Feethea

I bought this some 10 days ago and as the weather here in the NW UK hasn't been good at all I've only used the camcorder on a few occasions. First impressions are that the picture quality is... Read more…

Reviewed 15 September 2015 by Scubalover

A lightweight entry into 4K video on both weight and pocket. Amazing ease of use and long battery life make it a must have on any trip...

Reviewed 13 September 2015 by DuncanS

The AXP33 is a very good camcorder, but you also need a very good TV to see the difference. I have a 42" LG and a 55" Samsung, both 4K; but it is only really on the 55" can you see that it... Read more…

Reviewed 29 June 2015 by Peter Ward
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Superb! Good service, prompt delivery. The camera is broadcast quality - works every time - very stable, incredible macro / zoom - perfect picture of the head of a screw in full zoom, and... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony axp33, sony axp33b, sony 7631260k, sony fdraxp33, sony fdraxp33b, sony fdraxp33bd, sony fdraxp33bc, sony fdraxp33bdi, sony fdraxp33bce, sony fdraxp33bdiy, sony fdraxp33bcen, sony 4548736000896, sony fdraxp33bdiyg
Barcodes 04548736000896, 05013493255715

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