Meet Sony’s new FDR-AX53 4K ultra HD Handycam from CES 2016
Stephan Jukic – January 12, 2016
Coming out mainly as the 2016 successor to the excellent previous year’s 4K handycam the FDR-AX33, the AX53 features a number of new technologies while sticking to the same compact form factor and some powerful core specs like the older 4K camcorder model did.
The Sony AX53 is in other words definitely something to be excited about if you want an extremely compact and portable 4K shooter with great video recording capacity.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at its specs: The FDR-AX53 features a new version of Sony’s Exmor R CMOS sensor, 1.6x more pixel size than its predecessor, a newly redesigned ZEISS lens which can also manage a wide angle of 26.8mm and as a result it offers up a 20x optical zoom and a 30x 4K Clear Image electronic zoom. This Clear Image zoom extends to 40x when being used at Full HD settings.
Additionally, with the ZEISS lens, we get features like Advanced Aspherical and Extra-low Dispersion, which augment the ZX53’s capacity for accurate color reproduction and some great visual precision. There’s also a ZEISS T coating on the lens for some apparently much better reduction in unwanted ghosting and flare from reflections on the AX53’s lens.
As for some of the other internal specs, the AX53 seems to wonderfully represent Sony’s habit of packing in some premium technology features. Thus, this tiny handycam comes with the manufacturer’s enhanced version of Balance Optical Steadyshot technology, which offers up a rock solid 5-axis image stabilization system for some truly superb blur-free footage during mobile and handheld shooting.
If the performance of the inferior but still great stabilization system on the ZX33 is anything to go by, this enhance version will truly be an ass kicker. Furthermore, the Optical Steadyshot can be set to activate automatically for even easier quality on the fly shooting and Sony itself is even claiming that the new Optical Steadyshot can deliver clear footage in Full HD while a person is running with the camcorder! If true, this is impressive indeed given that the AX53 delivers Full HD video at 100fps.
4K UHD video shot on the FDR-AX53 is offered up at 100Mbps through Sony’s XAVC S recording compression format and also includes a new AF algorithm and a Fast Intelligent AF such as that found in the Sony a7S II 4K UHD mirrorless camera, which is designed to maximize communication between lens and processor for AF speeds that are 40% superior to those of older handycam models.
Finally, the AX53 offers up its 4K UHD video at 24/30p speeds and can also manage some excellent, crisp 16.6 megapixel still shots. It’s currently available on pre-order for just $998.00.
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