Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

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  • Mfr SKU: FDRAX53/B
  • 4K Ultra HD 24/30p & 16.6MP Stills
  • 26.8mm Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* Zoom Lens
  • 20x Optical Zoom & 40x Clear Image Zoom
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot
  • 3.0″ LCD Touchscreen / 0.24″ Color EVF
  • 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Microphone

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The Sony FDR-AX53 is a palm-sized Handycam camcorder that combines a Zeiss 20x optical zoom lens and a high-sensitivity image sensor to produce crisp and high-quality UHD 4K video. The Exmor R CMOS image sensor supports UHD 4K video capture at 24 or 30 fps using Sony’s XAVC S codec and features pixels that are approximately 1.6x larger than the previous model for enhanced performance in all conditions, particularly low-light scenarios. The camcorder also features Sony’s Balance Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology to help produce smooth and stable footage throughout the zoom range. Further enhancements include improved autofocus speed and accuracy, a lower-noise built-in microphone, and a high-speed 1080p 120 fps recording mode to create high-resolution slow-motion content.

You can monitor your shots using the camcorder’s 3.0″ Xtra Fine LCD touchscreen display with 921K dot resolution, or the high-resolution 0.24″ 1,555K dot OLED EVF. For large-screen playback, an HDMI output port is also provided for connecting to your HDTV to large-screen. You can even ‘trim’ a selected portion of a 4K video or image frame to fill the screen with Full HD quality. For enhanced connectivity and remote control, the FDR-AX53 is Wi-Fi and NFC enabled. This lets you use your smartphone or tablet to control the camcorder, as well as wirelessly transfer files to your mobile device and even stream live to Ustream.

Designed for a wide range of users, the camcorder features a range of automatic image and audio options for easy point-and-shoot operation, as well as enhanced manual controls that give you more creative freedom. An assignable ring on the front of the camcorder can be assigned to control of zoom, focus, exposure, iris, shutter speed, exposure, or white balance. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack is included for powering the camcorder, along with an AC adapter, micro-HDMI cable, and micro-USB cable.

Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens with 20x Optical Zoom
Balanced Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Fast Intelligent AF
5.1 Channel On-Board Audio Capture
Lower Noise Audio Performance
High Speed Full HD Recording
XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4 Codecs
Dual Video Recording
4K Time-Lapse
Super-Sampled Full HD Playback
Time Code / User Bit
0.24" OLED EVF
3.0" Xtra Fine LCD Touchscreen Display
Simple Connectivity to Smartphones via Wi-Fi/NFC
Live Streaming
Multi-Camera Control
Highlight Movie Maker
Intelligent AUTO Mode
Multi Interface Accessory Shoe
Trimming Playback
Manual Control Ring
Additional Features
Package Weight 2.6 lbs
Package Dimensions 7.4 x 5.8 x 4.0 in

1/2.5″ CMOS




10 Sec

Image Stabilization


Scene Modes

Preset: Yes


1.8 (4K: Low Lux, 1/30 shutter speed) 9 (4K: Standard, 1/60 shutter speed) 1.2 (HD: Low Lux, 1/30 shutter speed) 6 (HD: Standard, 1/60 shutter speed) 0 (NightShot)

White Balance Modes

Auto Indoor 1 Onepush Outdoors

Creative Effects


Built-in Mic


Built-in Speaker


Built-in Light/Flash

Light – No Flash – No

Accessory Shoe

1x Multi Interface Shoe

Exposure Modes

Modes: Auto, Manual

Tripod Mount

1/4″ – 20


1x HDMI D (Micro) 1x Multi-Terminal micro-USB

Microphone Input


Headphone Jack



Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8 VDC, 1960 mAh

Charging Method

AC Adapter

Power Consumption

In LCD Operation: 4.9 W In Viewfinder Operation: 4.9 W

Dimensions (WxHxD)

2.9 x 3.2 x 6.6″ / 7.4 x 8.1 x 16.8 cm with battery attached


22.4 oz / 635 g with battery attached

Interval Recording

1 sec 2 sec 5 sec 10 sec 30 sec 60 sec

Exposure Metering

Multi, Spot

Backside Illumination


Slow Motion Mode

120 fps recorded @ 1920 x 1080p

Effective Pixels

8,290,000 @ Video 16:9 8,290,000 @ Photo 16:9 6,220,000 @ Photo 4:3

35mm Equivalent Focal Length

26.8 – 536 @ Aspect Ratio: 16:9 32.8 – 656 @ Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Maximum Aperture

f/ 2 – f/ 3.8

Focusing Distance

0.4″ / 1.0 cm – Infinity


Optical: 20x Clear Image Zoom: 30x 4K Clear Image Zoom: 40x (in HD) Digital: 250x

Filter Size

55 mm



Recording Media

Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC Requires SDXC/SDHC memory card UHS-I U3 or higher for XAVC S 4K 100 Mbps recording, and SDXC/SDHC memory card Class 10 or higher for XAVCS 4K 60 Mpbs and XAVCS HD 50 Mbps recording.

Video Format

3840 x 2160p at 24, 30 fps (100 Mbps XAVC S) 1920 x 1080p at 24, 30, 60 fps (60 Mbps XAVC S) 1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mbps AVCHD) 1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (24 Mbps AVCHD) 1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (17 Mbps AVCHD) 1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 Mbps AVCHD) 1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mbps AVCHD) 1440 x 1080i at 60 fps (9 Mbps AVCHD) 1440 x 1080i at 60 fps (5 Mbps AVCHD) 1280 x 720p at 30 fps (3 Mbps MP4)

Still Image Resolution

JPEG: 16.6 Megapixel, 5440 x 3056 (16:9) JPEG: 12.5 Megapixel, 4080 x 3056 (4:3) JPEG: 8.3 Megapixel, 3840 x 2160 (16:9) JPEG: 6.2 Megapixel, 2880 x 2160 (4:3) JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9) JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480

Shutter Speed

1/8-1/10000 sec



Audio Format

AAC-LC Dolby Digital 2ch Dolby Digital 5.1 LPCM

Sampling Frequency

LPCM: 48.0 kHz

Bit Rate

LPCM: 16.0-bit



Aspect Ratio



Opening Angle: 90° Turning Angle: 270°

Display Type


Screen Size


Pixel Count


Memory Card Type



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