4K Handycam® with Exmor R® CMOS sensor

4K Handycam® with Exmor R® CMOS sensor

Your moments deserve the stunning clarity that only 4K Ultra HD can provide. With wide-angle lens, a 20x zoom and the unrivaled stability of Balanced Optical Steady Shot, you'll always get the perfect shot. Fast Intelligent Autofocus and new 5-direction microphone ensure clean and crisp video and sound, all in a compact body.
4K Handycam<sup>®</sup> with Exmor R<sup>®</sup> CMOS sensor

Stunning video in both 4k/24p/30p and Full HD 60p/30p

Capture the finest details in 4k ( QFHD: 3840 x 2160), 4x Full HD resolution. A newly developed image sensor, with pixels of approximately 1.6 times bigger size1, offers superior sensitivity for capturing beautiful high-quality images with less noise under dark as well as bright shooting conditions. The XAVC Scodec and incredibly high resolution produces vibrant and extremely realistic images. What's more, the blazingly fast image processor is the same one employed in professional Sony models, making it possible to record 30p movies in 4K and 60p in Full HD 1080 resolution for incredibly smooth and sharp playback, with no loss in realism, even when panning the camera and shooting moving subjects.5Shoot in Full HD at 120/100fps (NTSC/PAL), edit the footage after shooting, and enjoy incredibly smooth and sharp slow-motion video.

Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Intelligent Active Mode

On standard Optical SteadyShot camcorders, a single "shift lens" is moved in the optical block to offset camera shake. Balanced Optical SteadyShot moves the entire optical block at once, maintaining the integrity of the optical path and reducing shake and distortion in videos and still photos. BOSS has now been improved to offer 5-xis stabilization from wide angle to telephoto.

Fast Intelligent AF captures the decisive moment

Fast Intelligent AF achieves incredibly rapid and accurate contrast-detection. It minimizes lens motion, predicting the AF range, and accelerates the lens drive, thereby improving response so you can capture precise moments.

Get wider on and closer to your subjects and scenery with a 26.8mm ZEISS lens with 20x Optical Zoom

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. Whether you're shooting movies or still images this professional wide-angle 26.8mm ZEISS lens captures more breathtaking landscapes and indoor scenes, when you don't have enough room to step back. With a 20x Optical zoom.

Pro features such as manual control ring and time code

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. 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.

Versatile shooting w/ XAVC S3, AVCHD® and MP4 codecs

By employing XAVC S format,3 which was developed from the XAVC format for professional use, 4K 100Mbpsand Full HD 50Mbps high-bitrate recording5 realize incredibly high-quality images. Yet, XAVC S data is compressed so that it is more manageable for general consumers.

High contrast 0.27" EVF and 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD with WhiteMagic

The FDR-AX53 employs a newly designed high contrast .27" EVF, using four dual-surface spherical lenses, allows for a 33-degree wide angle view that is amazingly clear through the edge of the view finder. The high-precision 3.0"Xtra Fine LCD features a WhiteMagic display that uses white pixels in addition to RGB pixels to boost screen brightness, allowing users to see subtle details and tones on the screen in all types of shooting environments, including outdoors.

Premium 5 directional mic for realistic sound reproduction

The FDR-AX53 has a premium mic with a new structural design that enables it to gather sound from 5 directions. This enables the camera to reproduce clearer sound, yielding up to 40%1 less noise and is twice as effective as a 2ch stereo (for XAVC S shooting) and three times as effective as 5.1ch surround9 sound performance1This makes it possible to faithfully reproduce audio with clearly defined separation. Advanced sound features such as Auto Wind Noise Reduction and Premium Closer Voice make it even easier to attain ideal sound quality in various situations. Records high quality linear PCM (XAVC S) and AAC-LC 2ch (MP4).

Produce high quality 4K Time Lapse for an immersive experience

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.

Connect, control, backup, share and broadcast wirelessly with NFC13/Wi-Fi®

Easily connect to an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet with Wi-Fi® and the PlayMemories Mobile app to control the camcorder (Rec, photo, zoom) or instantly transfer, share movies and photos via your mobile device.13NFC (Near Filed Communication) makes it even easier to connect to NFC compatible mobile devices with one touch. Share the adventure as it happens via Ustream® live streaming4. Now your circle of friends and family can share the excitement in real time by simply logging in to Ustream from anywhere. You can also link your favorite social accounts with the streaming to notify your friends when you start streaming video. Add a different point of view by including other camera angles to your movies. The camcorder connects up to five compatible cameras12-like an Action Cam - via Wi-Fi® and uses the camcorder's LCD to preview what the other cameras are seeing and simultaneously start recording on all synced cameras. Use PlayMemories Home5 to easily edit a multi-view movie for a great video experience.3.

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Camera Type Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder
Imaging Sensor
Imaging Sensor 1/2.5" (7.20mm) back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
Processor BIONZ X image processor
Pixel Gross Approx. 8.57M pixels
Effective Picture Resolution Movie: Approx. 8.29 MP (16:9)*1
Still: Approx. 8.29 MP (16:9) / Approx. 6.22 MP (4:3)
*1.When "SteadyShot" is set to "Standard" or "Off".
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Media Type 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): SDHC Memory Card (4GB or over, Class10 or Higher) / SDXC Memory Card (Class10 or Higher)
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)
Still Image Mode JPEG
Still Image Max Effective Resolution 16.6 megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9 Movie Mode: M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840x2160); S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Photo Mode: L: 16.6 Megapixels 16:9 (5440x3056); M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840x2160); S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Still Image Size 4:3 Photo Mode: L:12.5 Megapixels 4:3 (4080x3056); M: 6.2 Megapixels 4:3 (2880x2160); S: 0.3 Megapixels 4:3 (640x480)
Video Format 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),24p(FX,FH),60i(FX,FH), 1440 x 1080/60i(HQ,LP)
MP4: 1280 x 720 30p
Video Actual (Pixel) Approx. 8.29 M pixels(16:9)
*1.When "SteadyShot" is set to "Standard" or "Off".
Video Signal UHDTV, HDTV, NTSC color, EIA standards
Photo Capture from Movie 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)
Dual Record M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840x2160)
S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Audio Format MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch(48kHz/16bit)
Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator
Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
*10. Video Mode is XAVC S HD or 4K.
*11. Video Mode is AVCHD.
*12. Video Mode is MP4.
Microphone/Speaker Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monoroal Speaker
Dual Video Recording Yes
*13. Dual Video Recording "doesn't work in "AVCHD PS" mode or "XAVC S HD 60p" mode.
Mic Level Control Yes (31steps)
Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR) XAVC S 4K: approx.100Mbps
XAVC S 4K: approx.60Mbps
XAVC S HD: approx.50Mbps
AVCHD PS: approx.28Mbps / FX: approx.24Mbps / FH: approx.17Mbps / HQ: approx.9Mbps / LP: approx.5Mbps
MP4: approx.3Mbps
Still Image File Format DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Wind Noise Reduction Yes (On/Off)
Lens Type ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T*
Lens Stabilization Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Intelligent Active Mode
Aperture F2.0 - 3.8
Optical Zoom 20x
Digital Zoom 250x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) Movie: f=1 1/16 - 21 1/8 inch
*1 (f=26.8-536.0mm) (16:9)
Photo: f=1 1/16 - 21 1/8 inch (16:9), f=1 5/16 - 25 7/8 (4:3) (f=26.8-536.0mm(16:9) f=32.8-656.0mm (4:3)
*1.When "SteadyShot" is set to "Standard" or "Off".
Filter Diameter 2 1/4" (55 mm)
Minimum Focus Distance Approx.1cm - 13/32inch (Wide), Approx.80cm - 31 1/2inch (Tele)
Aperture Blade 6 blades
Clear Image Zoom 4K : 30x; HD : 40x
*15. When "SteadyShot" is set to "Active" or "Intelligent Active".
Focal Distance f=3/16 - 3 1/2 inch (f = 4.4-88mm)
Steady Shot Mode:Active 4K : f=27.3 -818.4mm, HD : f=27.3 -1091.2mm
Intelligent active: f=28.1-1122.6mm
Type 0.24" (0.6cm) / Color 1 555 200 dots equivalent
Diopter Adjustment Yes (-4.0 to +3.0 m-1)
Field of View 100%
LCD Display
LCD Type 3.0" (7.5cm) Xtra Fine LCD display (921 600 dots) Wide (16:9)
Angle Adjustment Opening Angle:max.90 deg.,
Turning Angle: max.270 deg.
Brightness Control Yes (Menu)
Coverage 100%
Grid Display Grid Line
Touch Panel Yes
Focus Control
Focus System Contrast AF
AF Modes Auto / Manual (Touch Panel / Ring)
Focus Area Full range Focus / Spot Focus
Manual Focus Assist Magnified display for precise manual focus; Peaking Display
Focus Features Lock-on AF
Exposure System
Metering Modes Multi-segment / Spot
Exposure Compensation AE Shift (Touch Panel / Ring)
Exposure Settings Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel); Manual (Ring / Menu)
Scene Mode(s) Auto / Night Scene / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
Noise Reduction Yes
White Balance Mode Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
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)
NightShot: 0 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed)
Auto Iris Control F2.0-F11
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
LOW LUX Mode Yes
Manual Exposure Assist Zebra Pattern Display
Manual Iris Control F2.0-F11
WB Shift Yes
Drive System
Drive Mode Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
Shutter Speeds Auto Control Range: 1/8-1/10000
Standard: 1/60-1/10000
Manual lris Control: 1/30-1/10000
Manual Shutter: 1/8-1/10000
Smooth Slow Rec: 1/250-1/10000
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL (w/ Optional Flash)
Flash Modes Auto / On / OFF (w/ Optional Flash)
Flash Compensation Yes (3 steps) (w/ Optional Flash)
Convenience Features
Manual / Auto Lens Cover Auto
S/S & Zoom button on LCD Yes (Touch Panel)
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
*18 w/ Optional Flash Accessory
Fader Effect(s) White / Black
Date / Time Stamp Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
Erase/Protect Yes / Yes
Media/Battery Indicator Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
Power Save Mode Yes
Still Image Playback Options Slide Show
Video Playback Options Highlight Movie Maker*11; Highlight background music (Preinstalled 6 music files, Music transfer compatible
*11. Video Mode is AVCHD.
*20. PlayMemories Home Ver.4.1 or later is required.
Multiple Language Display English; French; Spanish; Brazilian Portugese
Picture Effects Yes
Remote Control Yes (Optional)
Self Recording Yes
Advanced Features
AGC Limit Yes
Airplane Mode Yes
Audio Level Display Yes
CinemaTone Gamma/Color Yes
Face Detection Yes
Golf Shot Yes [AVCHD only]
Intelligent Auto Portrait / Baby / Walk / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low light / Auto wind noise reduction
Motion Shot Video Yes (AVCHD / XAVC S HD or MP4 only)
My Voice Canceling Yes
NightShot® Infrared System Yes
Smile Shutter technology Off / Dual Capture / Always On
Smooth Slow Rec Yes [AVCHD only]
Wi-Fi Built-In: Send to Smartphone; Control with Smartphone; Multi Camera Control; Live Streaming
x.v.Color Yes
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
NFC Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
Wi-Fi Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band) )
SD Output Composite Video Out (AV CABLE (sold separately))
HD Output HDMI Out (micro)(supplied)
BRAVIA® Sync Yes
PhotoTV HD Yes
Headphone Jack Stereo Minijack
Microphone Input Stereo Minijack
Direct Copy Yes
Accessory Shoe Yes (Multi Interface Shoe)
HDMI Terminal Yes (HDMI micro) (output only)
Multi/Micro USB Terminal Yes
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx.2 7/8 x 3 1/4 x 6 5/8" (Approx.73 x 80.5 x 166.5mm) (including supplied battery)
Weight (Approx.) Approx.1lb 2.9oz (Approx.535g) unit only; Approx.1lb 4.8oz (Approx.590g) with NP-FV50 supplied battery
Supplied Battery Charger Charging Time: Approx. 3h 25min
Power Consumption (in Operation) View Finder Operation: 4K: 4.9W
LCD Operation: 4K: 4.9W
Power Requirements 6.8V /7.4V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series) (Except for NP-FV30)
Self-timer Approx.10sec.(Still Image / Golf Shot)

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70) (1)
  • AC Adaptor (1)
  • Power Cord (1)
  • Operating Guide (1)
  • HDMI(micro) Cable (1)
  • Micro USB Cable (1)