Introduction to the FDR-AX53
Released in early 2016, the Sony FDR-AX53 camcorder is the successor to the FDR-AX33. Unlike many camera upgrades, this camera has seen changes in key areas like an entirely new sensor. It’s an expensive camcorder but a low priced camera considering the functionality, portability and image quality it offers. It’s an excellent option for YouTube, vlog work and anywhere you need professional image quality but need complete portability.
Below are a number of videos I’ve published to my YouTube channel over the past month reviewing and testing various aspects of the camera’s use. The tests are a little crude but hopefully they will help you decide whether this camera is the right one for you. If you have any questions, please do comment below or come back to me on YouTube via the video comments section.
FDR-AX53 Tests, Experiments and X-AVC Clip Downloads
The first video looks at the main bad points I’ve noticed after a few weeks using the FDR-AX53. I don’t want this to come across as a negative video. It’s just there are so many attractive features of this camera, I felt it better to concentrate on the couple of bad points so you can decide if any of them are deal breakers.
Unboxing & Overview
As part of my ‘Goods In’ playlist, I did a full unboxing and overview of the AX53 in the video below.
Stabilization Test 01 – Plane Landing
This video was shot in FHD and uses the full Sony BOSS Intelligent Active Stabilization system.
40x FHD Clear Image Zoom Test
This camera offers 20x optical zoom and 30x clear image zoom in Ultra HD and 40x clear image zoom in 1080p FHD. This video shows the reach of the full 40x zoom as well as how usable handheld footage can be even when zooming in to such a degree.
FHD 1080p 100fps / 120fps Slow Motion
A look at the 100fps (PAL) / 120fps (NTSC) HD 1080p recording mode on the Sony FDR-AX53 camcorder. I use some footage shot here in Bristol to give a fairly quick and dirty edit and example of how this looks.