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Sony FDR-AXP33 Camcorder

20.6MP 1/2.3 725g Jan 2015
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Handy 4K camcorder with Balanced Optical SteadyShot 4K image quality: Shoot 4K footage that contains about four times more detail than Full HD (3840 x 2160 pixels vs. 1920 x 1080) footage, and... More
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29 Reasons For

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 32 owner reviews the average owner rating of this big total megapixels camcorder is fantastic.

Easy to Use

Several Sony FDR-AXP33 owners who bought this camcorder agreed that it was easy to use. Chappers rated the product as excellent and wrote “The AXP33 features a very handy wifi control function that is becoming increasingly common on such devices”. Chappers also mentioned “If you were to use a less speedy card the device will still work.”. Jrdaddykins scored it 5 stars and mentioned “I think it will prove very handy on occasions when I want to show friends some footage”.

One person who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Jrdaddykins mentioned two years ago “Superb picture quality and excellent menu system” in their review of the Sony FDR-AXP33.

One Sony FDR-AXP33 owner mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good interface. Two years ago Jrdaddykins said “For this purpose the multi interface shoe is nicely placed, dead centre on the top of the camcorder” in their review of this camcorder.

One Sony FDR-AXP33 owner who purchased it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Stucumber mentioned two years ago “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”.

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Good Quality Lens

Three customers who purchased it thought it had a good zoom. Lark wrote “The device's focus and zoom are brilliant, there is also some good stabilising technology in the lens of the camera too” and scored it very highly. Peter Ward wrote on Amazon “The optical zoom is superb for doing our job of building surveys” in his review of this camcorder.

Some Sony FDR-AXP33 owners said in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Chappers scored it very highly and wrote in their review on Amazon “The excellent lens, touchscreen panel, accessories shoe”.

A few Sony FDR-AXP33 owners who purchased the Sony FDR-AXP33 agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Chappers said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “It allegedly is capable of a better level of image stabilisation afforded by the smaller lens”. Two years ago Jrdaddykins mentioned “The image stabiliser is the best I have encountered in a camera or camcorder”.

One customer who reviewed this camcorder considered that it had a good autofocus. Lark scored the product very highly and mentioned in their review of this camcorder 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”.

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Robust

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

One customer concluded that it was strong and durable. Two years ago Lark scored the Sony FDR-AXP33 very highly and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “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 customers who bought it thought it was good looking. Lark mentioned on Amazon “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 rated it 5 stars. Lark also wrote “This allows for some pretty quick playback viewing for more than a single user, permitting decisions about what is satisfactory, what isnt”. Stucumber gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Using them to record, zoom or take a still is pretty easy” in their review.

One Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewer concluded that it was a good design. One Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewer who bought the product reckoned that it had a good case. Lark wrote in their review “It is possible to see the lens move within the casing to correct for any shaking of the cameraman/woman's hand” .

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Good Product Quality

Several customers who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. Peter Ward mentioned in his review of the Sony FDR-AXP33 “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 rated it as very good. Peter Ward also mentioned “Sound quality is also VERY good”. R. Palmer said “Its hinges are well made, so it never feels as though it will be broken in a fall or anything like that” in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review and rated it as very good.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few Sony FDR-AXP33 owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good screen. R. Palmer rated it 5 stars and mentioned in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review two years ago “The screen is nice (touch screen responsive too)”. Also two years ago Stucumber wrote “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” in their review of this camcorder. White Eagle rated it as excellent and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon in the same month “It has a decent size display which rotates 180 degrees”.

A few Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Jrdaddykins said “The viewfinder is extremely useful when the sun is behind you” in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review. Lark said on Amazon “There is a view finder with which to take pictures or footage which can be opened out from the side of the camera” in their Sony FDR-AXP33 review.

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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Sony has good average reviews for its big total megapixels camcorders as well as across its entire camcorder range.

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Good Size

A few people concluded that the Sony FDR-AXP33 was compact. Chappers said “Sterling performance and compact design” and rated the product as very good. Chappers also said “Capability of this surprisingly compact unit”. Stucumber wrote 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” and gave it an excellent review score.

Good Technical Features

A few Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewers reckoned that this camcorder had good features. Stucumber wrote on Amazon two years ago “It also has a vast host of other features that will give amazing results” in their review of this camcorder and scored the Sony FDR-AXP33 5 stars. White Eagle said on Amazon “Some features that liked about this camera were” in their review.

Good Support

Three Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewers who reviewed the Sony FDR-AXP33 thought it had good technical guidance. Jrdaddykins wrote two years ago “I like it that I can superimpose a simple grid to help me align horizontals” in their review of this camcorder. Stucumber rated it as very good and mentioned on Amazon “The assignable manual ring is nice though” in their review.

Good Connectivity

One Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewer thought this camcorder was wifi compatible.

Reasonably Priced

One person who bought it thought it was good value for money.

One Sony FDR-AXP33 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Two years ago Jrdaddykins wrote “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, which is unusual. Most of the other big total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years are not Full HD.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony FDR-AXP33 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other big total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to the FDR-AXP33.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price], or the Panasonic HC-X1000[plb_2561788_price].

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The FDR-AXP33 has an HDMI. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FDR-AXP33 also have an HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price], or the Panasonic HC-X1000[plb_2561788_price].

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The FDR-AXP33 supports a better memory card type than most big total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. This Sony camcorder supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC compatible memory cards. In addition, this video camera support MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo and MS XC-HG Duo and SD 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 video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the FDR-AXP33.

An MS PRO compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera.

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

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The FDR-AXP33 has a built-in projector, unlike most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the FDR-AXP33 which do not have a built-in projector.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an Optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec. 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.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Sony FDR-AXP33 supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions which is higher than the 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions supported by most similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years. This video camera also support video resolutionss of 1280 x 720 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels. The best video resolution of all similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the FDR-AXP33 is 4096 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 176 pixels.

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Has Six Scene Modess

The FDR-AXP33 has a greater number of scene modes than most comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This video camera has a Snow scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on big total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the FDR-AXP33. The scene modess "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Portrait", "Spotlight" and "Beach" are also found on this camcorder.

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6048 X 3400 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the FDR-AXP33 is 6048 x 3400 pixels. That's over six times the maximum image resolution of a 2304 x 1296 pixels video camera, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. Across all comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years the maximum image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6592 x 3712 pixels (best).

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of 50 ANSI lumens, the FDR-AXP33 has one of the brightest projector brightnesss amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The dimmest projector brightness of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the FDR-AXP33 is 13 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 50 ANSI lumens.

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Has a Built-In Display

The FDR-AXP33 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price], and the Panasonic HC-X1000[plb_2561788_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of 921,600 pixels, the FDR-AXP33 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 230,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 620,000 pixels.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony FDR-AXP33 has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution found on most camcorders of this age and spec. Across all camcorders of a similar age and type to the FDR-AXP33 the maximum video resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels to 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2.8, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.1 to 11. The FDR-AXP33 has a quite low minimum aperture number (only 1.8) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has Three White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the FDR-AXP33 is more than most big total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras of a similar age and type to the FDR-AXP33. The white balances "Outdoor" and "Indoor" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the FDR-AXP33, the FDR-AXP33 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D

Most big total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as the FDR-AXP33 are not 3D. The FDR-AXP33 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Not Waterproof

The FDR-AXP33 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the FDR-AXP33 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the FDR-AXP33 do not have a night mode. The Sony FDR-AXP33 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Heavy

At 725 grams, the Sony FDR-AXP33 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other big total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The weights of big total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as the FDR-AXP33 range from 65g to 3kg.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-X1000[plb_2561788_price] (1.6kg), or the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price] (500g) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has Three Cables Includeds

The FDR-AXP33 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of this type and age. This video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the FDR-AXP33. The cables includeds "AC" and "HDMI" are also found on this camcorder.

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Only BIONZ Image Processor

This video camera has a BIONZ X image processor, which is the most frequently found image processor on comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

The FDR-AXP33 has one of the smaller viewfinder screen sizes (only 0.24 inches) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The smallest viewfinder screen size of camcorders of this spec and age is 0.24", the largest is 0.5", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.39".

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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 commonly found HD type on big total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

This Sony video camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sony FDR-AXP33 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the FDR-AXP33.

Other 3" screen size video cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price].

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 120 times zoom factor, the Sony FDR-AXP33 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the FDR-AXP33.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 10 times zoom factor, the Sony FDR-AXP33 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

We compared this video camera to all the other 10x (optical) camcorders and we think the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Image Processor
Self-Timer Delay
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Wind Filter
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Headphone Connectivity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables 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 Blades
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

(24)
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
(Verified Purchase)

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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