Sony FDR-AX53 4K Video Camera


Sony has launched a new consumer video camera with 4K video, the Sony FDR-AX53.

Specifications include:

  • 1/2.5″ sensor (8 Megapixels)
  • 20X zoom
  • $999
  • Slow motion of 120P in 1080P
  • Expected to be available in March

We have not been satisfied with small sensor 4K video cameras yet.  While small sensors worked fine for 1080P they haven’t done great so far for 4K.  This is probably fixable but we will believe it when we see it.

The other area lacking in 4K consumer video cameras is the image stabilization; it hasn’t been as good as the 1080P video cameras of previous generations.  This model claims to have better image stabilization than the AX33, as well as a better sensor with larger pixels (1.6 times larger as compared to the AX33).

The video codec of 4K 100 Mbps via XAVC S should be okay, but we would like to see higher.

  • Oberoth

    I can’t believe no one brought 4k at 60p to the table this year, massively disappointed. I only really use a camcorder to record my club football but I want the quality of 4k but the ability to do a few slow-mos every now and then. If they were worried about bitrates or file sizes they could have just switched to H.265.

    Does anyone know of any camcorders on the foreseeable horizon that are small, light and sub $1000 that will do this?

    • Blandest

      I remember reading a post in January of 2015 at a different site titled “No small, <$2k cameras with 50/60p 4k". It's disappointing that a year has past and nothing has changed.

      We were really hoping for some improvements on the frame rate and color space fronts. I think you will get your wish in 2016 except for the sub $1000 part. We have no reliable rumors at this time for 4K 60P. One source indicates that the Panasonic GH5 will have better dynamic range and 4K 60P but this report remains unconfirmed.

      • Oberoth

        Also, when did the consumer/prosumer camcorder market just become Sony and Panasonic? What happened to Sanyo, JVC, Canon, Samsung, Hitachi…?

        • Blandest

          I’m surprised Canon has stuck with 1080P for as long as they have in their consumer/prosumer video cameras.

          The concentration of manufactures is to our detriment. JVC seems to be barely hanging in there. I really wanted to like their most recent video cameras, which aren’t bad, but aren’t exciting either.

          I guess at CES next year we might have the cameras you want.

          Good question about what happened to those companies.

      • Oberoth

        Yeah, sadly the GH5 isn’t ideal for had holding 90 mins of sports filming.

        When did the normal consumer and prosumer market just become Sony and Panasonic? What ever happened to JVC, Sanyo, Samsung, Hitachi, Xiaomi, Toshiba, Canon (taking it seriously)…?