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

4 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 display diagonal Edit
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is 3.5" screen size. 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.

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).
4 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.
£324 cheaper
The Sony FDR-AX33 costs £324.01 less than the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema.
Available from 4 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

5 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.
More expensive by £324
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is £324.01 more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX33.
Not as many stockists
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema is only stocked by 1 seller, however the Sony FDR-AX33 is stocked by 5 sellers. 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).
4 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 display diagonal Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a display diagonal 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.

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

37 months Ago 21 months Ago

Image Sensor

Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
Unknown - Click to provide data 10.3MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
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 Stabilizer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
BEST
 Interchangeable lens
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 298mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.8 - 38

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 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
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

White Balance
 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

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

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5"
BEST
3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,600 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
BEST

Viewfinder

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

Camera

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

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
BEST
Video Resolutions
 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(s)
 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(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
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
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Battery

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

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-20 - 45 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

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

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
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
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included

Other Features

Windows Operating Systems Supported
 Windows operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity
Mac Operating Systems Supported
 Mac operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

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