AX43 4K Handycam® with Exmor R CMOS sensor

AX43 4K Handycam® with Exmor R CMOS sensor

Capture your world in stunning color and detail on the Sony 4K Handycam®, with Balanced Optical SteadyShot and 20x optical zoom. Fast Intelligent AF and a sophisticated built-in multi-capsule microphone, plus powerful in-camera video processing, make it a compact content-creation powerhouse.
AX43 4K Handycam<sup>®</sup> with Exmor R<sup>™</sup> CMOS sensor

Gimbal mechanism inside

Sony's Balanced Optical SteadyShot is a unique image stabilizer, with a gimbal mechanism about 13 times more effective than other optical systems1. Capture smooth, professional-looking images, even at full zoom or while running, with no need for bulky external gimbals. In HD shooting mode, it further reduces the effect of camera shake with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode compensating for vibration across pan, tilt, roll, pitch, and yaw.

Accessories for every shooting style

Open up new storytelling possibilities with a range of accessories from microphones to grips-all designed for professional results and seamless compatibility.

4K image quality

Capture your movies with the stunning realism and detail of 4K (3840 x 2160). With four times more detail than Full HD, all your images are enhanced by the subtle qualities that bring images to vibrant life.

The latest-generation image sensor exclusively for 4K

The new-generation sensor is designed for optimal 4K recording. With pixel sizes around 1.6x larger than previous models2, the AX43 captures beautiful images with less noise, even in the extremes of low and bright lighting conditions.

ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens for 4K

The AX43 features a custom lens developed for the highest-quality 4K imaging throughout its entire wide-to-telephoto range. The use of AA (advanced aspherical) lens elements ensures each scene is faithfully captured, even with the compact design, while ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass delivers accurate color without aberration. The ZEISS® T* Coating further enhances image quality by reducing unwanted reflections, including ghosting and flare.

Up to 26.8 mm 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 mm3 (16:9 aspect ratio) in movie mode.

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.

Rapid AF response to capture decisive moments

Fast Intelligent AF achieves 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.

Lock-on AF4

Enhance your tracking of moving subjects with a simple touch. Simply select your subject on the LCD touchscreen, and the AX43 will automatically adjust the tracking frame and lock onto even fast-moving targets, for precise autofocusing.

Face Detection and Smile Shutter4, 5, 6

Use Face Detection to optimize focus, exposure, and color for key people in a shot, even in selfies, so you only need compose and narrate the scene. Prioritize a face simply by touching it on the LCD. And with Smile Shutter, you can set the camera to automatically capture still shots of those magical, fleeting smiles even while recording movies.

Golf Shot7

Capture and analyze high-speed motion with no need for fancy equipment. Golf Shot mode lets you capture video and a series of stills revealing each step of the action.

Extensive zoom shooting capabilities

With the high-quality, stabilized, 20x optical zoom there's plenty of range to capture your subject. And, when shooting far away, our Clear Image Zoom uses a proprietary algorithm to deliver optical-zoom quality even at up to 40x (30x in 4K mode)1.

Realistic recording of voices, music and other sound

Thanks to the three-capsule mic, the AX43 microphone gathers sound from five directions and, with advanced audio processing, results in dramatically better built-in audio recording. Around 40%2 less background noise is captured, and you'll enjoy better stereo, or 5.1ch surround (AVCHD) separation, for more faithful capture, clearer dialog, and more compelling soundtracks.

High Speed recording for high-quality slow motion

With support for high-frame-rate capture up to 100fps/120fps in Full HD, you can create slow-motion recordings, elevating every movement in startling detail. Simply import your video into PlayMemories Home (free) or other popular editing software to reveal smooth, sharp action in even the most everyday activities.

4K Time-lapse Capture

With Time-lapse Capture, shoot stills of a scene over a period of time with a chosen interval between shots. The resulting images can be combined at high resolution into a time-lapse movie on a PC, and viewed with a simple variable-speed preview function on the camera, even in high-quality 4K.

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 size8 with the zoom lever or on-screen display icon.

Time Code / User Bit

The AX43 can add embedded data elements to your video, for professional workflows and tracking. The Time Code function records a frame-accurate synchronization sequence, ideal for precise edit matching in multi-camera shoots. User Bit lets you embed an eight-character reference, such as a scene number, along with your footage, for easier tracking in post-production.

Exceptional image quality

The AX43 can capture video using the XAVC S format for high-quality images. Based on formats used for professional productions, XAVC S offers bitrates up to 100 Mbps9, and highly efficient compression, for detailed images and easily manageable file sizes.

5.1ch surround10 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 for each channel level.

My Voice Canceling

Reduce the intensity of the voice of a user shooting from close behind the camera, thanks to the innovative microphone and My Voice Canceling feature.

Motion Shot Video11

Use Motion Shot Video to create dramatic motion playback sequences, superimposing images of your moving subject to trace each split-second of action. You can adjust the interval between images to create amazing images for sharing with friends, or use it as a powerful tool for analyzing sports motion on screen.

Dual Video Recording12

Record two movie formats at the same time-one in the maximum-quality XAVC S or AVCHD format and another in MP4 format. That way, you've got a small file ready for instant upload, plus a professional-grade file for further editing.

Highlight Movie Maker

Streamline your movie editing with Highlight Movie Maker. Using Dual Video Rec, the FDR-AX43 can simultaneously captures at 4K (3840 x 2160) or Full HD (1920 x 1080), and HD (1280 x 720) for both full-quality storage and easy sharing. The HD (1280 x 720) resolution uses an efficient MP4 video format to create quick and automatic HD highlight movies for immediate sharing, complete with video transitions and your choice of background music13.

Multi Camera Control

More shots mean more editing opportunities. Easily record footage from a variety of angles, whether using cameras mounted directly to the Handycam® or triggered wirelessly. Multi Camera Control makes it easy to sync shooting settings on compatible Wi-Fi® connected devices.

One-touch remote and one-touch sharing

One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera, and one-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. You can control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot, or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. Additionally, by installing Imaging Edge Mobile14 app on an NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet, you can even skip the pairing sequences by simply touching your device to the camera.

Sony customer reviews


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Sensor Type 1/2.5 type (0.28 in) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Effective Pixels (Video) approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)15
Effective Pixels (Still Image) approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9) / approx. 6.22 Megapixels (4:3)
Image Processor BIONZ X image processor
Lens Type ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T*
Filter Diameter 2.17 in
Lens Cover Auto
Aperture F 2.0-3.8
Focal Distance f = 4.4 to 88 mm
Focal Length (35 mm equivalent) (Video) f= 26.8-536.0 mm (16:9)
f = 1-1/16 to 21-1/8 inch15
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) (Still Image) f = 26.8 to 536.0 mm (16:9), f = 32.8 to 656.0 mm (4:3)
f = 1-1/16 to 21-1/8 inch (16:9), f = 1-5/16 to 25-7/8 inch (4:3)
Minimum Focus Distance approx. 13/32 inch (Wide), approx. 31-1/2 inch (Tele) (approx. 1 cm (Wide), approx. 80 cm (Tele))
Iris Diaphragm 6 blades
ND Filter -
Optical Zoom 20x
Clear Image Zoom 4K: 30x, HD: 40x16
Digital Zoom 250x17
Viewfinder Type -
Field of View -
Diopter adjustment -
Screen Type 2.95 inch (3.0 type) Clear Photo LCD display (460,800 dots) Wide (16:9)
Touch Panel Yes
Brightness Control Yes (Menu)18
Marker/Grid Display Grid Line19
Angle Adjustment Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Image Stabilization
Image Stabilization Type Balanced Optical SteadyShot w/ Intelligent Active mode (5-axis)20
Focus Type Contrast AF
Focus Points -
Focus Mode Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
Focus Area Full range Focus / Spot Focus
Fast Intelligent AF Yes
Lock-On AF Lock-on AF21
Manual Focus Assist Peaking Display
Mode Auto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Menu)
Metering Modes Multi-segment / Spot
Exposure Compensation AE Shift (Touch Panel)
LOW LUX Mode Yes
Auto Iris Control F2.0-F11
Manual Iris Control F2.0-F11
Manual Exposure Assist Zebra Pattern Display
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
Gain Control Auto
AGC Limit Yes
Minimum Illumination 4K: Standard: 9 lux (1/60 shutter speed), HD: Standard: 6 lux (1/60 shutter speed), 4K: Low Lux 1.8 lux (1/30 shutter speed), HD: Low Lux 1.2 lux (1/30 shutter speed)
Shutter Speed
Auto Control Range 1/8–1/10000
Standard 1/60–1/10000
Manual Iris Control (Photo Mode) 1/30–1/10000
Manual Shutter 1/8–1/10000
Smooth Slow 1/250–1/10000
White Balance
White Balance Modes Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
White Balance Shift Yes
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL22
Flash Compensation Yes (3 steps)22
Flash Mode Auto / On / OFF22
Storage Media
Media Type 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): SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, Class 10 or higher) / SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 or higher), XAVC S HD: SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, Class 10 or higher) / SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 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)
Internal Media -
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
Video Resolution XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 / 30p, 24p, XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 / 60p, 30p, 24p, AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 / 60p (PS), 30p (FX, FH), 24p (FX, FH), 60i (FX, FH), 1440 x 1080 / 60i (HQ, LP), MP4: 1280 x 720 / 30p
Video Recording Rate (ABR / VBR) XAVC S 4K: approx. 100 Mbps, XAVC S 4K: approx. 60 Mbps, XAVC S HD: approx. 50 Mbps, AVCHD PS: approx. 28 Mbps / FX: approx. 24 Mbps / FH: approx. 17 Mbps / HQ: approx. 9 Mbps / LP: approx. 5 Mbps, MP4: approx. 3 Mbps23
Recording Format (Still Image) JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible)
Still Image Size (Photo Mode) L: 16.6 Megapixels 16:9 (5440 x 3056), 12.5 Megapixels 4:3 (4080 x 3056), M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9, (3840 x 2160), 6.2 Megapixels 4:3 (2880 x 2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080), 0.3 Megapixels 4:3 (640 x 480)
Still Image Size (Movie Mode) M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
Still Image Size (Photo Capture) XAVC S 4K: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160), XAVC S HD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080), AVCHD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
Still Image Size (Time-Lapse Capture) 4K: L (8.3 M
3840 x 2160) / HD: S (2.1 M
1920 x 1080)
Still Image Size (Dual Record) M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)21, 6, 24
Microphone Built-in Zoom Microphone
Audio Recording Format LPCM 2ch (48 kHz / 16 bit)25, Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator26, Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator26, MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch27
Mic Level Control Yes (31 steps)
Auto Wind Noise Reduction Yes (On / Off)
My Voice Canceling Yes
Speaker Built-in Zoom Microphone, Monaural Speaker
Advanced Feature
High Speed Rec Yes (120p / 1920 x 1080, 100 / 60 Mbps)
Time-lapse Capture Time-Lapse Capture, Shooting Interval (1/2/5/10/30/60 sec), Shot Number (1-999), Capture Image Size (4K: L (8.3 M, 3840 x 2160) / HD: S (2.1 M, 1920 x 1080)), AE Mode (AE Lock / AE Tracking)
Scene Selection Auto / Night Scene / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
NightShot infrared System -
Time Code/User Bit Yes
Other Features Face Detection21, Cinematone, Golf Shot (Yes26), Smooth Slow Rec (Yes26), Fader Effect(s) (White / Black28), Intelligent Auto (Portrait / Baby / Walk / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low-light / Auto wind noise reduction), Smile Shutter (Off / Dual Capture / Always On21, 6, 24), Red-Eye Reduction22, Direct Copy
Fast Playback About 5 times / 10 times / 30 times / 60 times
Slow Playback Forward: 1/5 speed, Reverse: 1/2 speed
Trimming Playback Yes
Highlight Movie Maker Highlight Movie Maker, highlight background music (6 preinstalled music files, music transfer compatible29)
Motion Shot Video Yes30
Slide Show (Still Image) Slideshow
Light Output -
Resolution Output -
Projected Image Size -
Endurance (Battery Life) -
Projector Input -
Keystone Adjustment -
Wireless Function
Wi-Fi® Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz band))31
NFC™ Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
Multi Camera Control Yes
Terminal / Shoe
Accessory shoe Yes (Multi Interface Shoe)
HDMI Terminal Yes (HDMI micro)32
Projector Input -
Multi/Micro USB Terminal Yes33
Remote Terminal Integrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal33
STD Output Composite Video Out (AV CABLE (sold separately))
Microphone Input Stereo minijack
Headphone Jack Stereo minijack
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD / SDHC / SDXC compatible
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM with AccuPowerTM Meter System (V Series)34
Power Consumption (LCD) 4K: 5.1 W35
Power Consumption (Viewfinder) -35
Power Requirements 6.8 V/7.3 V (battery pack)
8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Charge on Camcorder (charging time with supplied battery) Yes (approx. 3h 25min)36
USB Charging DC 5 V 1500 mA
USB Power Supply -
Size & Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) (including supplied battery) Approx. 2-7/8 inch x 3-1/4 inch x 5-5/8 inch (Approx. 2-7/8 inch x 3-1/4 inch x 6-7/8 inch (NP-FV70A) (including supplied battery)), (Approx. 73 mm x 80.5 mm x 142.5 mm (Approx. 73 mm x 80.5 mm x 173 mm (NP-FV70A) (including supplied battery)))37, 38
Weight (main unit only) Approx. 1 lb 2.0 oz (510 g)
Weight (including supplied battery) Approx. 1 lb 3.8 oz (NP-FV50A), Approx. 1 lb 5.2 oz (NP-FV70A) (supplied battery), Approx. 1 lb 7.3 oz (NP-FV100A), (Approx. 560 g (NP-FV50A), Approx. 600 g (NP-FV70A) (supplied battery), Approx. 660 g (NP-FV100A))39

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70A) (1), AC Adaptor (1), Power Cord (1), Operating Guide (1), HDMI (micro) Cable (1), micro USB Cable (1)40