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Sony FDR-AX53 Camcorder

£729.00
8.29MP 1/2 635g Jan 2016
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Good owner reviews
Good product quality
Good quality lens
32 Reviews
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Reviews

Good Owner Reviews

People who bought this video camera rated this video camera 84 out of 100 on average. 50% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 4,268 expert and owner reviews (including 409 verified purchases) for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders. 88% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Good Product Quality

Four customers who reviewed it thought it was good quality. Last year Marcin Rucinski said “Image quality is OK” in their review of the Sony FDR-AX53. Paul Jackson gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned “Owned this for about a month now and absolutely LOVE IT! Quality is amazing, stability is mind blowing, zoom is just perfect, audio is perfect”. Dr. Michael Heron wrote in April last year “This one manages to pack much the same high quality into a more affordable package -”.


Good Quality Lens

Four owners said in their reviews that the product had a good image stabiliser. Marcin Rucinski said “It has very good image stabilization” in their Sony FDR-AX53 review. Andrew mentioned “Low light is improved, stabilization is rock steady” in his review of this camcorder. Gadget Man said “The image stabilisation is very powerful.”.

Four customers who purchased the product mentioned that it had a good zoom. Krazzeeblonde mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “A full zoom it gets a little jumpy.” in their review of this camcorder. Last year Mr. A. Poole wrote “My only tiny criticism is that the zoom sharply accelerates at the wide end, which is a minor issue if you like a progressive zoom in or out”. Gadget Man said in their review of this camcorder “Wanders around at full zoom” but they only gave it a rating of 40 out of 100.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two owners said in their reviews that this camcorder had a good screen. Last year Tony said “Touch screen is very responsive”. Lark mentioned “The view finder is touch screen and easy to set up”.


Price

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the product was lightweight. Tony said in his review of this camcorder “Fantastic little lightweight camera, easy to use” and gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Dr. Michael Heron wrote on expert review site Amazon “This is a tremendously good video camera, combining a lightweight frame with a tremendous amount of visual punch” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Heavy

The FDR-AX53 is fairly heavy (635 grams) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera. The weights of medium total megapixels camcorders that were released one year ago range from 50g to 1.2kg, and the average weight is 230g.

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Released Over a Year Ago

It was January 2016 when this medium total megapixels video camera was released.


Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The FDR-AX53 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have an image stabilizer.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Sony FDR-AX53 has a relatively standard digital zoom (250 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 20 times zoom factor, the FDR-AX53 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera. Across all the comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder the optical zooms range from 20x to 40x, and the average optical zoom is 30x.

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Supports Wide Angle Lens System

The FDR-AX53 supports wide angle lens system. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera also support wide angle lens system.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder the maximum aperture numbers range from 3.7 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 9.5. At only 3.8, the FDR-AX53 has a quite low maximum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The FDR-AX53 supports HDMI, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The FDR-AX53 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera also have a headphone outputs.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The FDR-AX53 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The FDR-AX53 has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than a year.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The FDR-AX53 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Sony FDR-AX53 has a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have a touchscreen.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The FDR-AX53 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony FDR-AX53 supports a higher video resolution than most video cameras that came out more than a year ago. This Sony camcorder supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions, whereas most comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it support a 640 x 480 pixels video resolutions. In addition, this video camera support video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This camcorder's video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

A 640 x 360 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camcorder.

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Only 3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Focusing

Has an Auto Focus (AF) Lock

The FDR-AX53 has an auto Focus (AF) lock, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera.

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Has a Face Detection

The Sony FDR-AX53 has a face detection, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Features Smile Detection

The FDR-AX53 features smile detection, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out more than a year ago.

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Audio

Has a Wind Filter

The FDR-AX53 has a wind filter, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The FDR-AX53 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The FDR-AX53 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The FDR-AX53 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Features Wi-Fi

The FDR-AX53 features wi-Fi. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera also feature wi-Fi.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The FDR-AX53 has a self-timer. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera also have a self-timer.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony FDR-AX53 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than a year ago.

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White Balance

Features Outdoor White Balance

The FDR-AX53 features outdoor white balance. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also feature outdoor white balance.

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Features Onepush White Balance

The FDR-AX53 features onepush white balance, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than a year ago.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The FDR-AX53 features indoor white balance. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also feature indoor white balance.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The FDR-AX53 features back light compensation, as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a Remotely Operated

The Sony FDR-AX53 has a remotely operated. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera also have a remotely operated.

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Still Image

5440 X 3056 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony FDR-AX53 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 5440 x 3056 pixels. That's 81% more maximum image resolution than a 4032 x 2272 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Across all camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder the maximum image resolution ranges from 2304 x 1296 pixels to 6048 x 3400 pixels.

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Viewfinder

Very High Viewfinder

The viewfinders of camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder range from 100 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels. The Sony FDR-AX53 has a very high viewfinder (1,555,200 pixel) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released one year ago.

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Image Sensor

Very High Effective Megapixels (image)

When compared to other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera that we have checked, the FDR-AX53's effective megapixels (image) of 8.29 megapixels is one of the highest. The average effective megapixels (image) of camcorders of this type and age is 6.1MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

The Sony FDR-AX53 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1". That's 25% more optical sensor size than a 4/3" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size.

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8.29 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is an 8.29 megapixels sensor video camera.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04548736021310, 04548736021327

Sony FDR-AX53 Review Sources

To prepare this Sony FDR-AX53 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,287 product attributes, 24,577 camcorder reviews and 2,150,700 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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