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Sony FDRAX33BDI 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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Sony FDR-AX33 4K (UHD) Camcorder Review. Plus Sample Video
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27 Reasons For

One Industry Award

Digital Versus gave this Sony video camera a "5 Star" award.

Excellent Expert Reviews

Expert review site Digital Versus scored this Sony camcorder 100%. The video camera expert review sites think this video camera is one of the very best comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Average User Reviews

On average, based on 48 user reviews the average user rating of this Sony camcorder is 79 out of 100.

Good Product Quality

A few Sony FDR-AX33 reviewers wrote that the Sony FDR-AX33 was good quality. Arheddis Varkenjaab said in their review on Amazon “Stunning image quality, amazing optical stabilisation.”. Arheddis Varkenjaab also wrote “A 64Gb card is plenty big enough) and the quality of the image is stunning -”. Arheddis Varkenjaab also said “The effect this has on the quality of your recorded footage is impressive too”.

Easy to Use

Several customers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use. A. P. Farrell-Vinay mentioned on Amazon “The wide-angle to telephoto control is tiny and only easy to use for thsoe with fingers like a spider” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33 and gave it a score of 5 stars. Arheddis Varkenjaab scored it very highly and said on Amazon two years ago “This is a fantastic camera, extremely easy to use with excellent quality results” in their review. Bantam Dave wrote in their review on Amazon “Pin-sharp pictures and easy to use”.

Good Quality Lens

Some people considered that the Sony FDR-AX33 had a good image stabiliser. Bantam Dave mentioned in their review on Amazon “Perhaps the AX33’s outstanding feature though is that it is equipped with an absolutely brilliant image stabilisation system (AKA Balanced Optical SteadyShot”. Two years ago Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert website Digital Versus “It records 4K/UHD videos with fantastic picture quality, aided by highly effective image stabilization and a wide-angle le” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX33.

Several customers who purchased the product concluded that it had a good zoom. Arheddis Varkenjaab mentioned 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 “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

Some customers said in their reviews that this camcorder was good looking. Arheddis Varkenjaab said “The quality of the shooting itself is pretty mind blowing” in their Sony FDR-AX33 review. Simon Phipps said on Amazon “With a 128Gb SD card the recording time available is immense in HD mode and pretty good in 4K mode” in his Sony FDR-AX33 review.

A few people who bought this camcorder thought it was smooth. Two years ago Arheddis Varkenjaab wrote on Amazon “HD recording is wonderfully smooth and with a deep range of colour”. Arheddis Varkenjaab also wrote “The image stabilising produces a pleasingly smooth movement on the screen, removing all the jerkiness”.

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Good Brand

On average Sony camcorders have good ratings compared to other brands as do all camcorders built by Sony.

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Good Technical Features

Some people wrote in their reviews that the product had good features. Dillan said in their review of this camcorder “A professional Cam with great features in amazing 4K quality”. Dillan also wrote “It has fantastic features”. Simon Phipps wrote on Amazon also two years ago “Love its size and features -- not much larger than a DSLR” in his review and rated this camcorder 5 stars.

Good Size

One Sony FDR-AX33 owner wrote in their reviews that the Sony FDR-AX33 was a good depth. Arheddis Varkenjaab said “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” in their Sony FDR-AX33 review.

One Sony FDR-AX33 owner thought the product was good structurally. Bantam Dave mentioned on Amazon “The AX33 is a lovely looking camera and the construction appears to be of the highest quality”. One customer said in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Bantam Dave wrote on Amazon “Doesn’t feel at all heavy in the hand”.

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Good Connectivity

One customer who purchased it concluded that it was good in terms of USB connections. Simon Phipps scored this camcorder very highly and he said in his review of this camcorder “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.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony FDR-AX33 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder thought it had a good screen. One person said in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder.

Robust

One customer who reviewed the Sony FDR-AX33 thought it was well made.

Good Support

One customer who reviewed the Sony FDR-AX33 wrote that it had good technical guidance. Bantam Dave gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote “The user manual didn’t help much as it was almost half an inch thick”.

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 two years ago.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Unlike most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the FDR-AX33 which do not have an HDMI, the FDR-AX33 has an HDMI.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The FDR-AX33 has an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago which do not have an image stabilizer.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Sony FDR-AX33 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. Most camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this Sony video camera support MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo and MS XC-HG Duo and SDHC compatible memory cardss. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera is Not supported.

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

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolutions

The FDR-AX33 supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions which is higher than most camcorders of this spec and age. Most video cameras that were released more than two years ago support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolutions. This Sony camcorder also support a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution across all camcorders of a comparable type and age to the FDR-AX33.

A 720 x 480 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of video camera.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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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 six times the maximum image resolution of the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 2304 x 1296 pixels. Across all camcorders that were launched more than two years ago the maximum image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels to 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The FDR-AX33 has one of the higher display resolution (numeric)s (921,600 pixels) amongst camcorders of this age. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the FDR-AX33 is 150 pixels, the highest is 1,600,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 500,000 pixels.

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Has a Built-In Display

The FDR-AX33 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in display.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The FDR-AX33 has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than most camcorders that have been around for more than two years. Most camcorders that were released more than two years ago have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

This video camera's maximum video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is actually the best maximum video resolution across all video cameras of a similar age and spec to the FDR-AX33.

The worst maximum video resolution across similar types of video camera is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Has Three White Balances

The FDR-AX33 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the FDR-AX33. The white balances "Indoor" and "Outdoor" are also found on this camcorder.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One Sony FDR-AX33 owner said in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life.

Not Full HD

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the FDR-AX33 is not Full HD.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The Sony FDR-AX33 has a quite small optical zoom (only 10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The smallest optical zoom of comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the FDR-AX33 is 1x, the biggest is 60x, and the average optical zoom is 22x.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the FDR-AX33 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Sony FDR-AX33 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Only 1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the Sony FDR-AX33 is 1920 x 1080. That's over two times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution(s) of 1280 x 720. In addition, this video camera support still image resolution(s)s of 16:9 (6048x3400), 4:3 (4528x3400), 16:9 (4288x2408), 4:3 (3216x2408) and 16:9 (1920x1080) and 4:3 (640x480). Across all video cameras of this age and spec the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of a comparable age and type to the FDR-AX33 are not waterproof. The FDR-AX33 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Not 3D

The FDR-AX33 is not 3D. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony FDR-AX33 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the FDR-AX33 do not have a built-in projector. The FDR-AX33 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

The FDR-AX33 has a quite small viewfinder screen size (only 0.24 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the FDR-AX33. The average viewfinder screen size of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 1.5".

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Pricey

We think this Sony video camera looks expensive compared to other video cameras of this spec and age. We checked 51 video cameras of this spec and age and they range in price from £29 to £6,999.

4 Other reasons to consider the Sony FDR-AX33

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market for over two years.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Sony FDR-AX33 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the FDR-AX33.

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Average Weight

At 700 grams, the FDR-AX33 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 120 times zoom factor, the FDR-AX33 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the FDR-AX33.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Image Processor
Self-Timer Delay
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
Flash Exposure Compensation
Number of Diaphragm Blades
USB Charging

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...

Digital Versus

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 fdrax33, sony fdrax33b, sony fdrax33bk2, sony fdrax33bk1
Barcodes 00616348081771, 00616639693027, 00616639693034, 04548736010062, 05013493258099

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