Sony has launched a new consumer video camera with 4K video, the Sony FDR-AX53.
- 1/2.5″ sensor (8 Megapixels)
- 20X zoom
- 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.