Sony FDR–AX53 | 4K Handycam Camcorder

  • Up To 26.8mm Wide–Angle Lens
  • 4K Image Quality
  • Loaded With Advanced Features
  • Multiple White Balance Modes
  • Multiple Exposure Modes

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Details & Highlights

Product Highlights

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then HD video must be priceless. Capture first steps, record breaking wins and your favorite getaway spots with the Sony AX53 4K Handycam®. Recording high quality movies in low–light is a breeze with the Sony advanced lens and image sensor. Designed to deliver 4K quality with lifelike brilliance, the Sony Handycam® boasts a 4K–compatible ZEISS Vario–Sonar® T lens with 20x optical zoom and 26.8mm wide angle for improved subject framing. Then there's the Exmor R™ CMOS sensor with larger pixel size and improved sensitivity for less noise. Don't have a 4K HDTV yet? Not to worry. The FDR–AX53 automatically down–converts 4K recorded video into Full HD for HD TVs without 4K. Balanced Optical SteadyShot keeps your handheld shooting steady at any zoom length – even while walking, and fast intelligent autofocus keeps moving subjects in focus as you shift from near to far. High–quality audio recording captures sound from five directions for realistic ambience with 40 percent less noise. The AX53 also features manual setting functions so you can shoot like a professional.

Details from Sony

    Advanced Features For Great Movies

    The performance packed into the top–class 4K Handycam® is peerless. Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ and Fast Intelligent AF achieve exactly the images you aim for. A new microphone structure captures ambiance thata??s all–surrounding. You can even play with time in motion or gain control of pro–style/manual functions. The possibilities and pleasures are endless.

    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 capture more of the incredible qualities that bring images to vibrant life.

    New Image Sensor Exclusively For 4K

    A newly developed image sensor, with pixels of approximately 1.6 times bigger size, offers superior sensitivity for capturing beautiful high–quality images with less noise under dark as well as bright shooting conditions.

    New ZEISS™ Vario–Sonnar® T Lens For 4K

    This new lens helps to depict remarkable details of high–quality 4K images throughout its wide–angle–to–telephoto range. The use of an AA (advanced aspherical) lens not only keeps depiction faithful, it also keeps the lens unit compact. ED (Extra–low Dispersion) lens helps to ensure accurate reproduction of color. Multilayer ZEISS T Coating further enhances image quality by reducing unwanted reflection, such as ghost and flare.

    Up To 26.8mm Wide–Angle Lens

    Whether you're shooting movies or still images, the class–leading wide–angle lens can help you capture more of landscapes and indoor scenes, when you don't have enough room to step back. Even without a wide conversion lens, the camcorder shoots as wide as 26.8 mm1 (16:9 aspect ratio) in movie mode.

    Balanced Optical SteadyShot™

    Advanced image stabilization suppresses camera shake to stabilize a movie as it is being shot within the wide–angle–to–telephoto zoom range. In HD shooting mode, it further reduces effects of camera shake even under unstable conditions with 5–axis Intelligent Active mode compensating for vibration in five different directions, so you can shoot stable high–quality movies even while running.

    Rapid AF Response To Capture Decisive Moments

    Fast Intelligent AF achieves very speedy, accurate contrast–detection autofocus by minimizing lens motion, predicting the AF range, and accelerating lens drive, thereby improving response so you can capture more fleeting moments.

    Extensive Zoom Shooting Capabilities

    20x optical zoom lens and Clear Image Zoom of 30x/40x (for 4K/HD) allow you to shoot far away subjects and capture memorable moments.

    4K Time–Lapse Capture

    You can capture 4K size still images continuously over an extensive period of time at a selected constant interval from each shot to the next, edit the entire sequence of still images in post–production, and enjoy playback of that series of images as a time–lapse movie.

    Realistic Recording Of Voices, Music And Other Sound

    Its new structural design enables the microphone to gather clearer sound from five directions with approx. 40 percent less noise and twice as effective 2ch stereo (for XAVC S shooting) and three times as effective 5.1ch surround (for AVCHD shooting) sound performance. This makes it possible to faithfully reproduce audio with clearly defined separation.

    High Speed REC In Full HD For High–Quality Slow Motion

    Shoot in Full HD at 120/100 fps (NTSC/PAL(, edit the footage after shooting, and the resulting slow–motion images of the movie will look startlingly smooth and sharp in playback. This is excellent for reviewing, in greater slow–motion detail, sports and everyday action that can occur too quickly in real time for you to see clearly.

    Super–Sampled Full HD Playback

    Enhance your viewing experience even without a 4K television. Using super–sampling, the camera automatically down–converts 4K footage to exceptionally detailed Full HD.

    Trimming Playback

    You can select a specific portion of the picture and play it back in Full HD, thanks to 4K high resolution. Also, you can change trimming size16 with the zoom lever or on–screen display icon.

    Advanced Shooting Features

    Enjoy total customization with ergonomic manual controls. Use the intuitive multi–purpose manual ring to adjust zoom, focus, exposure, IRIS, shutter speed, AE shift, or white balance shift mode after using the manual button to select the mode. The electronic viewfinder offers accurate image preview.

    Exceptional Image Quality

    By employing XAVC S format, which was developed from the XAVC format for professional use, 4K 100 Mbps and Full HD 50 Mbps high-bitrate recording create incredibly high–quality images. Yet, XAVC S data is compressed so that it is more manageable for general consumers.

    Time Code / User Bit

    Time Code and User Bit can be added to movies as data elements. Time Code function records hours/minutes/seconds/frames on image data for precise advanced video editing. User Bit function records information such as date/time/scene number, etc. in eight–digit arbitrary numbers, and is useful for editing movies using two or more cameras.

    Superb Night Shooting

    This feature uses infrared light to take images even in complete darkness. By using NIGHTSHOT, parents can easily capture children's cute sleeping faces.

    Golf Shot

    Analyze your swing with no need for fancy equipment. Golf Shot mode lets you capture video and stills of each step of your swing.

    Face Detection and Smile Shutter

    Use Face Detection to optimize focus, exposure and color for people who are the most important subject of a shot. You can prioritize a subject's face by touching it on the LCD. And with Smile Shutter, the camera can also automatically capture still shots of great (but fleeting) smiles, even while recording movies.

    Lock®on AF

    Enhances the tracking of moving subjects by using the optimal AF point at all times, and adjusting the target frame size to match your subject's characteristics. Just touch the subject on LCD to lock on fast-moving targets precisely for shooting.

    Motion Shot Video

    This convenient feature allows playback of a dramatic sequence of superimposed images to trace every split second of action, a powerful tool for analyzing sports motion on screen. During playback, you can adjust the interval between images, or pause to capture still images to share with friends.

    My Voice Canceling

    Reduce the intensity of the voice of a user shooting from close behind the camera, whether the user is talking to subjects or cheering them on.

    5.1ch Surround Sound Microphone

    Record clear sound that accurately captures the atmosphere of the scene, and enjoy surround sound playback on your home theater system. Level meters on the LCD panel provide visual monitoring of each channel's levels.

    Live Streaming Via USTREAM®

    From performances to sport


Features & Specs

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Manufacturer's Warranty
    1 Year Limited Warranty
Detailed Specifications
  • Sensor Type: 1 2/5–inch ((7.20 mm) back–illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
  • Effective Pixels (Video): Approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9) 1
  • Effective Pixels (Still Image): Approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)/Approx. 6.22 Megapixels (4:3)

  • Lens
  • Lens Type: ZEISS® Vario–Sonnar® T
  • Filter Diameter: 2.17 in
  • Aperture Type: F 2.0 – 3.8
  • Focal Length (1.38") (Video): f= 26.8 – 536.0 mm (16:9)
  • Focal Length (1.38"e;) (Still Image): f= 1 1/16 – 21 1/8 inch (16:9), f= 1 5/16 – 25 7/8 inch (4:3), f=26.8 – 536.0 mm (16:9), f= 32.8-656.0 mm (4:3)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: Approx. 13/32 inch (Wide), Approx. 31 1/2 inch (Tele), Approx. 1 cm (Wide), Approx. 80 cm (Tele)

  • Zoom
  • Optical Zoom: 20x

  • Clear Image Zoom
    • 4K: 30x
    • HD: 40x 2
  • Digital Zoom: 250x

  • Image Stabilization
  • Steadyshit: Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ with 5–axis Intelligent Active Mode

  • Exposure
    Exposure Modes
    • Auto
    • Flexible Spot
    • Manual
  • Exposure Compensation: AE Shift (Touch Panel/Ring)
  • Backlight Compensation: Yes (Auto)

  • Minimum Illumination
    • 4K: Low Lux 1.8 lux (1/30(NTSC)/1/25(PAL) Shutter Speed)
    • 4K: Standard: 9 lux (1/60(NTSC)/1/50(PAL) Shutter Speed)
    • HD: Low Lux 1.2 lux (1/30(NTSC)/1/25(PAL) Shutter Speed)
    • HD: Standard: 6 lux (1/60(NTSC)/1/50(PAL) Shutter Speed)
    • NightShot: 0 lux (1/60(NTSC)/1/50(PAL) Shutter Speed)
  • Metering Modes: Multi–segment/Spot

  • White Balance
    White Balance Modes
    • Auto
    • Onepush
    • Outdoor
    • Indoor

  • View Finder: (0.24 in)/Color, 1 555 200 dots equivalent

  • LCD
  • Screen Type: 3.0–inch (7.5 cm) Xtra Fine LCD display (921 600 dots) Wide (16:9)

  • Angel Adjustment
    • Opening Angle: Max. 90 deg.
    • Turning Angle: Max. 270 deg.
  • Brightness Control: Yes (Menu) 4
  • Touch Panel: Yes

  • Shutter
    Shutter Speed
    • Auto Control Range (1/8(NTSC)/1/6(PAL)–1/10000)
    • Standard (1/60(NTSC)/1/50(PAL)–1(10000)
    • Manual Iris Control (1/30(NTSC)/1/25(PAL)–1/10000)
    • Manual Shutter (1/8(NTSC)/1/6(PAL)–1/10000)
    • Smooth Slow (1/250(NTSC)/1/215(PAL)–1/10000)

  • Focus Type: Contrast AF
  • Focus Mode: Auto/Manual (Touch Panel/Ring)
  • Focus Area: Full range Focus / Spot Focus
  • Fast Intelligent AF: Yes
  • Lock–On AF: Yes

  • Shooting
  • High Speed Rec: Yes (120p(NTSC)/100p(PAL)1920 x 1080, 100 Mbps/60 Mbps)

  • Time–Lapse Capture
    • Yes 6 (Shooting Interval (1/2/5/10/30/60 sec)
    • Shooting number (1–999)
    • Capture Image Size
    • (4K:L(8.3M;3840 x 2160)/HD:S(2.1M;1920 x 1080//
    • AE Mode (AE Lock/AE Tracking))
  • Self–Timer: Approx. 10 sec. (Still Image/Golf Shot)

  • Scene Selection
    • Auto
    • Night Scene
    • Sunrise
    • Sunset
    • Fireworks
    • Landscape
    • Portrait
    • Spotlight
    • Beach
    • Snow
  • Picture Effect: Yes

  • Other Shooting Functions
    • AGC Limit
    • Face Detection
    • Smile Shutter
    • Cinematone
    • Golf Shot
    • Intelligent Auto
    • Red–Eye Reduction
    • Smooth Slow Rec
    • Fader Effects

  • Flash Metering System: Pre–flash TTL

  • Flash Mode
    • Auto
    • On
    • Off
  • Flash Compensation: Yes (3 steps)

  • Storage Media
    Compatible Recording Media
    • XAVC S 4K (100 Mbps): SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, UHS–I U3 or Higher)/SDXC Memory Card (UHS–I U3 or Higher)
    • XAVC S 4K (60 Mbps)/XAVC S HD: SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, Class10 or Higher)/SDXC Memory Card (Class10 or Higher)
    • AVCHD, Still: Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (Mark 2)
    • Memory Stick PRO–HG Duo™
    • Memory Stick XC–HG Duo™
    • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)

  • Microphone: Built–in 5.1ch Zoom Microphone

  • Audio Recording Format
    • XAVC S: MPEG–4 Linear PCM 2ch (48 kHz/16 bit)
    • AVCHD: Dolby® Digital 5.1ch
    • Dolby® Digital 5.1 Creator
    • Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo
    • Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
    • MP4: MPEG–4 AAC–LC 2ch
  • Mic Level Control: Yes (31 steps)
  • My Voice Cancelling: Yes
  • Auto Wind Noise Reduction: Yes (On/Off)
  • Speaker: Monaural Speaker

  • Interface
    Input And Output Terminals
    • Accessory Shoe (Multi Interface shoe)
    • HDMI (micro) Terminal
    • Remote (integrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal) Terminal
    • Stereo Minijack
  • WI–FI®: Yes

  • NFC™
    • One–touch remote
    • One–touch sharing

    Playback Modes
    • Highlight Movie Maker 10
    • With background music
    • Motion Shot Video 13
    • Slide Show (Still Images/

  • Supplied Battery: NP–FV70
  • Power Consumption (Viewfinder/: 4K: 4.9 W 14
  • Power Consumption (LCD Screen): 4K: 4.9 W 14

  • Dimensions
  • Width: 2.87"
  • Height: 3.17"
  • Depth: 6.56"
  • Weight: 1.4 lbs
Product Bullets
  • Up To 26.8mm Wide–Angle Lens
  • 4K Image Quality
  • Loaded With Advanced Features
  • Multiple White Balance Modes
  • Multiple Exposure Modes


Included Coverage from Sony: 1 Year Limited Warranty

Category ID: 214 | $998.00