Still Images from the AX53

I went out to Leigh Woods in Bristol a few days ago and decided to take a few images to see how the Sony AX53 would hold up as a stills camera. Below is a video where I work through a few images in Adobe Lightroom and look at the good points and where the camera hits it’s limitations as a point and shoot replacement.

Let’s face it, this isn’t going to compare to a full frame DSLR with a good quality lens but it’s interesting to see how well it does. As it’s pulling the same resolution data from the sensor, this is pretty much what you can achieve in 4K video on this camera too.

The Good and the Bad

Good:
• Extremely accurate and vivid colours
• You can use the zoom in the same way
• The jpeg files hold together well in processing
• The image detail is excellent
• The focus control is nice and simple
• It’s extremely quick and easy to switch modes in camera
• Get the benefit of stabilisation for stills

Bad:
• JPEG compression and a bit too much of it
• Maybe a little over sharp and over saturated out of camera
• Image artifacts in very high contrast areas or blown out areas
• No rotation sensor to detect portrait images
• Ergonomics don’t lend themselves to a stills camera

Download the Original & Processed Files

You can download the photos I look at in the video at the links below.

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Algimantas Medelis says:

    Hi.

    Thank you for providing photos from camera. It’s very hard to find photo samples on line made with video camcorders. I do understand that video camcorders are made for video but I’m trying to ditch as much of hardware as possible while on vacation. Would be nice to have just one camera for everything. No, I don’t want good photo camera to also make videos. It is not cost effective and takes way too much space. Photo camera that takes good 4K video cost a fortune.

    My question is: while photos looks really nice on you page, but why originals are just 8MP? That’s what you get if take stills from 4K video. Camera is rated 16MP for stills. Do you need to change settings on camera to get 16MP or this is as good as it gets? If it is possible to make 16MP photos, could you please make some to see? I would really appreciate. Thank you very much!

    Al

  • Algimantas Medelis says:

    Thank you for reply! If I understand correctly where is no reason to take photos – you can simply pull 8 MP frames straight from 4K footage using Sony Catalyst Browse? In this case I don’t even need to pack photo camera for my vacation. I’m not trying to make professional photos anyway while on vacation with family.

    Thanks again!

    • Torsten says:

      Yes, that’s partially true. You can certainly get some excellent quality frame grabs from the AX53 in 4K! There are a couple of potential problems working this way but possibly nothing to worry about.

      1. You’re stuck to the 16:9 aspect ratio for the original.
      2. Video composition would most likely be different than photo composition (e.g. a group photo)
      3. You’re forced to use the h.264 video codec for your photos rather than JPEG.
      4. You may want to limit your video shutter speed to, e.g. 1/50sec which wouldn’t be ideal for pictures.

      Just a few things to consider, but, in reality, I have always got some candid and interesting photos from video frame grabs in the past.

      Torsten.

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