Sony Handycam FDR-AX53 4K Camcorder

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The performance packed into the top-class Sony Handycam FDR-AX53 4K Camcorder is peerless. Balanced Optical SteadyShot and Fast Intelligent AF achieve exactly the images you aim for. A new microphone structure captures ambience that’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.


The brilliant true-to-life quality of 4K
A newly developed lens and image sensor enhance the spectacular definition of 4K resolution, with particular sensitivity for capturing high-quality movies in low light.
* An SDXC card is required for XAVC-S video recording; this includes all 4K formats, as well as some high-bitrate Full HD.

New ZEISS 20x zoom 4K-compatible lens
The Sony FDR-AX53 camcorder features a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 26.8 mm widest angle that allows more of a subject to fit in frame.

Balanced Optical SteadyShot
The Sony FDR-AX53 camcorder’s superior image stabilization lets you shoot steadily throughout the zoom range even as you walk.

Fast Intelligent AF speeds up smartly
A new AF algorithm optimizes communication between the lens and image processor for extra-fast AF, and a state-of-the-art AF range prediction system keeps the subject in sharp focus.

Capture real-life sound
The Sony FDR-AX53 camcorder’s new microphone structure is designed to capture high-quality sound that conveys fuller ambiance with approximately 40% less noise.

High-speed REC for slow-motion movies
Record a movie at a high frame rate such as 120 fps/100 fps (NTSC/PAL) in Full HD. Slow motion movie will reveal startling image quality in every instance of action.

See times change with 4K time-lapse movies
With Time-lapse Capture, shoot stills of a scene over a period of time with a chosen interval between each shot and edit the sequence into a high-quality 4K time-lapse movie. 

Record Time Code and User Bit data
These functions are indispensable for advanced editing. Optional remote commanders can make editing more convenient as well.


Size & Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx.73 x 80.5 x 166.5 mm (including supplied battery)
Weight Approx.635 g (including supplied battery)
Sensor Type 1/2.5 type (7.20 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor
Effective Pixels (Video) Approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)
Effective Pixels (Still Image) Approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)/Approx. 6.22 Megapixels (4:3)
Lens Type ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T*
Filter Diameter 55 mm
Aperture Type F2.0-3.8
Focal Length (35mm) (Video) f= 26.8 - 536.0 mm (16:9)
Focal Length (35mm) (Still Image) f=1 1/16 - 21 1/8 inch (16:9), f=1 5/16 - 25 7/8 (4:3), f=26.8 - 536.0 mm (16:9), f=32.8-656.0 mm (4:3)
Minimum Focus Distance Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80 cm (Tele), Approx. 13/32 inch (Wide), Approx. 31 1/2 inch (Tele)
Optical Zoom 20x
Clear Image Zoom 4K : 30x;HD : 40x
Digital Zoom 250x
Image Stabilization
Steadyshot Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode
Exposure Modes Auto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Menu/Ring)
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
Viewfinder Type 0.6 cm (0.24 type)/Color,  1 555 200 dots equivalent
Screen Type 7.5 cm (3.0 type) Xtra Fine LCD display (921 600dots) Wide (16:9)
Angle Adjustment Opening Angle: Max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: Max.270 deg.
Brightness Control Yes (Menu)
Touch Panel Yes
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
High Speed Rec Yes (120p(NTSC)/100p(PAL)1920x1080,100Mbps/60Mbps)
Time-Lapse Capture Yes (Shooting Interval (1/2/5/10/30/60sec), Shooting number (1-999), Capture Image Size, (4K:L(8.3M;3840x2160)/HD:S(2.1M;1920x1080)), AE Mode (AE Lock/AE Tracking))
Self-Timer Approx. 10sec.(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, NIGHTSHOT, 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(100Mbps): SDHC Memory Card(4GB or over,UHS-I U3 or Higher)/SDXC Memory Card(UHS-I U3 or Higher), XAVC S 4K(60Mbps)/XAVC S HD: SDHC Memory Card(4GB 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)
Recording Format (Video) XAVC S format:MPEG4-AVC/H.264, AVCHD format ver.2.0 compatible:MPEG4-AVC/H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recording Format (Still Image) DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Video Resolution XAVC S 4K : 3840x2160/30p(NTSC)/25p(PAL), 24p, XAVC S HD : 1920x1080/60p(NTSC)/50p(PAL), 30p(NTSC)/25p(PAL), 24p, AVCHD:1920x1080/60p(NTSC)/50p(PAL)(PS),30p(NTSC)/25p(PAL)(FX,FH),24p(FX,FH),60i(NTSC)/50i(PAL)(FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i(NTSC)/50i(PAL)(HQ,LP), MP4: 1280x720 30p(NTSC)/25p(PAL), MP4: 1280x720 30p
Video Recording Rate (ABR / VBR) XAVC S 4K: Approx.100Mbps/Approx.60Mbps, XAVC S HD: Approx.50Mbps, AVCHD PS: Approx.28Mbps/FX: Approx.24Mbps/FH: Approx.17Mbps/HQ: Approx.9Mbps/LP: Approx.5Mbps
Still Image Size (Photo Mode) L: 16.6 Megapixels 16:9 (5440x3056),12.5 Megapixels 4:3 (4080x3056), M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840x2160), 6.2 Megapixels 4:3 (2880x2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080),0.3 Megapixels 4:3 (640x480)
Still Image Size (Movie Mode) M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840x2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Still Image Size (Photo Capture) XAVC S 4K: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840x2160), XAVC S HD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080), AVCHD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Still Image Size (Dual Record) M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840x2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Microphone Built-in 5.1ch Zoom Microphone
Audio Recording Format XAVC S: MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch(48kHz/16bit), AVCHD: Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator, Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Mic Level Control Yes (31 steps)
My Voice Canceling Yes
Auto Wind Noise Reduction Yes (On/Off)
Speaker Monaural Speaker
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, with background music (Preinstalled music files, Music transfer compatible, Motion Shot Video, Slide Show (Still Images)
Supplied battery NP-FV70
Power Consumption (Viewfinder) 4K: 4.9W
Power Consumption (LCD Screen) 4K: 4.9W
What's In The Box Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70), AC Adaptor, Power Cord, Operating Guide, HDMI (micro) Cable, Micro USB Cable