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Sony Black 4K HD Handycam Camcorder - FDRAX53/B

Abt Model: FDRAX53B | UPC Code: 027242895638
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4K Image Quality/ New Image Sensor Exclusively For 4K/ New ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T Lens For 4K/ Up To 26.8 mm Wide-Angle Lens/ Balanced Optical SteadyShot/ Rapid AF Response To Capture Decisive Moments/ Extensive Zoom Shooting Capabilities/ Shoot In Full HD At 120/100 fps/ 4K Time-Lapse Capture/ Superb Night Shooting/ Balanced Optical SteadyShot With 5-Axis Intelligent Active Mode/ 3.0-Inch LCD Screen/ Black Finish
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Sony Black 4K HD Handycam Camcorder - FDRAX53/B

Relive great moments
Picture brilliant action. Pursue with passion. Keep it fresh forever. With a 4K Handycam® at hand, the most moving memories really come alive.


  • 4K image quality
    Shoot 4K footage that contains about four times more detail than Full HD (3840 x 2160 pixels vs. 1920 x 1080) footage, and capture more of the incredible qualities that bring images to vibrant life.
  • New image sensor exclusively for 4K
    A newly developed image sensor, with pixels of approximately 1.6 times bigger size15, offers superior sensitivity for capturing beautiful high-quality images with less noise under dark as well as bright shooting conditions.
  • New ZEISS™ Vario-Sonnar® T* lens for 4K
    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.
  • Up to 26.8 mm wide-angle lens
    Whether you're shooting movies or still images, the class-leading wide-angle lens can help you capture more of landscapes and indoor scenes, when you don't have enough room to step back. Even without a wide conversion lens, the camcorder shoots as wide as 26.8 mm1 (16:9 aspect ratio) in movie mode.
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot™
    Advanced image stabilization suppresses camera shake to stabilize a movie as it is being shot within the wide-angle-to-telephoto zoom range. In HD shooting mode, it further reduces effects of camera shake even under unstable conditions with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode compensating for vibration in five different directions, so you can shoot stable high-quality movies even while running.
  • Rapid AF response to capture decisive moments
    Fast Intelligent AF achieves very speedy, accurate contrast-detection autofocus by minimizing lens motion, predicting the AF range, and accelerating lens drive, thereby improving response so you can capture more fleeting moments.
  • Extensive zoom shooting capabilities
    20x optical zoom lens and Clear Image Zoom of 30x/40x (for 4K/HD) allow you to shoot far away subjects and capture memorable moments.
  • Realistic recording of voices, music and other sound
    Its new structural design enables the microphone to gather clearer sound from five directions with approx. 40%15 less noise and twice as effective15 2ch stereo (for XAVC S shooting) and three times as effective15 5.1ch surround (for AVCHD shooting) sound performance. This makes it possible to faithfully reproduce audio with clearly defined separation.
  • High Speed REC in Full HD for high-quality slow motion
    Shoot in Full HD at 120/100 fps (NTSC/PAL), edit the footage after shooting, and the resulting slow-motion images of the movie will look startlingly smooth and sharp in playback. This is excellent for reviewing, in greater slow-motion detail, sports and everyday action that can occur too quickly in real time for you to see clearly.
  • 4K Time-lapse Capture
    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.
  • Super-sampled Full HD playback
    Enhance your viewing experience even without a 4K television. Using super-sampling, the camera automatically down-converts 4K footage to exceptionally detailed Full HD.
  • Trimming Playback
    You can select a specific portion of the picture and play it back in Full HD, thanks to 4K high resolution. Also, you can change trimming size16 with the zoom lever or on-screen display icon.
  • Advanced shooting features
    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. The electronic viewfinder offers accurate image preview.
  • Time Code / User Bit
    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.
  • Exceptional image quality
    By employing XAVC S format, which was developed from the XAVC format for professional use, 4K 100 Mbps17 and Full HD 50 Mbps high-bitrate recording create incredibly high-quality images. Yet, XAVC S data is compressed so that it is more manageable for general consumers.
  • Superb night shooting
    This feature uses infrared light to take images even in complete darkness. By using NIGHTSHOT, parents can easily capture children's cute sleeping faces.
  • Lock-on AF
    Enhances the tracking of moving subjects by using the optimal AF point at all times, and adjusting the target frame size to match your subject's characteristics. Just touch the subject on LCD to lock on fast-moving targets precisely for shooting.
  • Face Detection and Smile Shutter
    Use Face Detection to optimize focus, exposure and color for people who are the most important subject of a shot. You can prioritize a subject's face by touching it on the LCD. And with Smile Shutter, the camera can also automatically capture still shots of great (but fleeting) smiles, even while recording movies.
  • Golf Shot
    Analyze your swing with no need for fancy equipment. Golf Shot mode lets you capture video and stills of each step of your swing.
  • 5.1ch surround sound microphone
    Record clear sound that accurately captures the atmosphere of the scene, and enjoy surround sound playback on your home theater system. Level meters on the LCD panel provide visual monitoring of each channel's levels.
  • My Voice Canceling
    Reduce the intensity of the voice of a user shooting from close behind the camera, whether the user is talking to subjects or cheering them on.
  • Motion Shot Video
    This convenient feature allows playback of a dramatic sequence of superimposed images to trace every split second of action, a powerful tool for analyzing sports motion on screen. During playback, you can adjust the interval between images, or pause to capture still images to share with friends.
  • Dual Video Recording
    Record two movies at the same time — one in the maximum-quality XAVC S or AVCHD format and another in MP4 format. That way you've got a small file ready for instant sharing, plus a professional-grade file for further editing.
  • Highlight Movie Maker
    A versatile function to streamline movie editing, Highlight Movie Maker offers several time-saving features. Add highlight points to key moments while recording, and let the camcorder automatically sync movie transitions to your chosen soundtrack.
  • Live Streaming via USTREAM®
    From performances to sports events, some things are best seen in real time. Share scenes as they happen with high-quality picture and sound.
  • Multi Camera Control
    More shots mean more editing opportunities. Easily record footage from a variety of angles, whether using cameras mounted directly to the Handycam® or triggered wirelessly. Multi Camera Control makes it easy to sync shooting settings on compatible Wi-Fi® connected devices.
  • One-touch remote and one-touch sharing
    One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera, and One-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. Either way, by installing PlayMemories Mobile app to your NFC enable Android smartphone or tablet, you can avoid complex set-up sequences and establish wireless connection simply by touching your device to the camera. You are now ready to control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot, or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. No NFC? No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.
  • Xtra Fine LCD with WhiteMagic™
    The high-precision 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 in bright sunlight.



  • Sensor Type: 1 2/5-inch ((7.20 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
  • Effective Pixels (Video): Approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)
  • Effective Pixels (Still Image): Approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)/Approx. 6.22 Megapixels (4:3)


  • Lens Type: ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T*
  • Filter Diameter: 2.17 in
  • Aperture Type: F 2.0-3.8
  • Focal Length (1.38 In) (Video): f= 26.8 - 536.0 mm (16:9)
  • Focal Length (1.38 In) (Still Image): f= 1 1/16 - 21 1/8 inch (16:9), f= 1 5/16 - 25 7/8 inch (4:3), f=26.8 - 536.0 mm (16:9), f= 32.8-656.0 mm (4:3)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: Approx. 13/32 inch (Wide), Approx. 31 1/2 inch (Tele), Approx. 1 cm (Wide), Approx. 80 cm (Tele)


  • Optical Zoom: 20x
  • Clear Image Zoom: 4K: 30x; HD: 40x
  • Digital Zoom: 250x

Image Stabilization

  • Steadyshot: Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode


  • Exposure Modes: Auto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Menu/Ring)
  • Exposure Compensation: AE Shift (Touch Panel/Ring)
  • Backlight Compensation: Yes (Auto)
  • Minimum Illumination:
    • 4K: Low Lux 1.8 lux (1/30(NTSC)/1/25(PAL) Shutter Speed)
    • 4K: Standard: 9 lux (1/60(NTSC)/1/50(PAL) Shutter Speed)
    • HD: Low Lux 1.2 lux (1/30(NTSC)/1/25(PAL) Shutter Speed)
    • HD: Standard: 6 lux (1/60(NTSC)/1/50(PAL) Shutter Speed)
    • NightShot: 0 lux (1/60(NTSC)/1/50(PAL) Shutter Speed)
  • Metering Modes: Multi-segment/Spot

White Balance

  • White Balance Modes: Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor


  • Viewfinder Type: (0.24 in)/Color, 1 555 200 dots equivalent


  • Screen Type: 3.0-inch (7.5 cm) 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)
  • Touch Panel: Yes


  • Shutter Speed:
    • Auto Control Range (1/8(NTSC)/1/6(PAL)-1/10000)
    • Standard (1/60(NTSC)/1/50(PAL)-1/10000)
    • Manual Iris Control (1/30(NTSC)/1/25(PAL)-1/10000)
    • Manual Shutter (1/8(NTSC)/1/6(PAL)-1/10000)
    • Smooth Slow (1/250(NTSC)/1/215(PAL)-1/10000)


  • Focus Type: Contrast AF
  • Focus Mode: Auto/Manual (Touch Panel/Ring)
  • Focus Area: Full range Focus / Spot Focus
  • Fast Intelligent AF: Yes
  • Lock-On AF: Yes


  • High Speed Rec: Yes
    (120p(NTSC)/100p(PAL)1920 x 1080, 100 Mbps/60 Mbps)
  • Time-Lapse Capture: Yes
    (Shooting Interval (1/2/5/10/30/60 sec), Shooting number (1-999), Capture Image Size, (4K:L(8.3M;3840 x 2160)/HD:S(2.1M;1920 x 1080)), AE Mode (AE Lock/AE Tracking))
  • Self-Timer: Approx. 10 sec. (Still Image/Golf Shot)
  • Scene Selection: Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow
  • Picture Effect: Yes
  • Other Shooting Functions:
    • AGC Limit
    • Face Detection
    • Smile Shutter
    • Cinematone
    • Golf Shot
    • Intelligent Auto
    • Red-Eye Reduction
    • Smooth Slow Rec
    • Fader Effects


  • Flash Metering System: Pre-flash TTL
  • Flash Mode: Auto / On / Off
  • Flash Compensation: Yes (3 steps)

Storage Media

  • Compatible Recording Media:
    • XAVC S 4K (100 Mbps): SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, UHS-I U3 or Higher)/SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I U3 or Higher)
    • XAVC S 4K (60 Mbps)/XAVC S HD: SDHC Memory Card (4 GB 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)


  • Recording Format (Video): XAVC S format:MPEG4-AVC/H.264, AVCHD format ver. 2.0 compatible:MPEG4-AVC/H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Recording Format (Still Image):
    • DCF Ver.2.0 compatible
    • Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible
    • MPF Baseline compatible
  • Video Resolution: XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160/30p(NTSC)/25p(PAL), 24p, XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080/60p(NTSC)/50p(PAL), 30p(NTSC)/25p(PAL), 24p, AVCHD:1920 x 1080/60p(NTSC)/50p(PAL)(PS), 30p(NTSC)/25p(PAL)(FX,FH), 24p(FX,FH),60i(NTSC)/50i(PAL)(FX,FH), 1440 x 1080/60i(NTSC)/50i(PAL)(HQ,LP), MP4: 1280 x 720 30p(NTSC)/25p(PAL), MP4: 1280 x 720 30p
  • Video Recording Rate (Abr / Vbr): XAVC S 4K: Approx.100 Mbps/Approx. 60 Mbps, XAVC S HD: Approx. 50 Mbps, AVCHD PS: Approx. 28 Mbps/FX: Approx. 24 Mbps/FH: Approx. 17 Mbps/HQ: Approx. 9 Mbps/LP: Approx. 5 Mbps
  • Still Image Size (Photo Mode):
    • L:
      • 16.6 Megapixels 16:9 (5440 x 3056)
      • 12.5 Megapixels 4:3 (4080 x 3056)
    • M:
      • 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160)
      • 6.2 Megapixels 4:3 (2880 x 2160)
    • S:
      • 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
      • 0.3 Megapixels 4:3 (640 x 480)
  • Still Image Size (Movie Mode):
    • M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160)
    • S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
  • Still Image Size (Photo Capture):
    • XAVC S 4K: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160)
    • XAVC S HD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
    • AVCHD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
  • Still Image Size (Dual Record):
    • M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160)
    • S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)


  • Microphone: Built-in 5.1ch Zoom Microphone
  • Audio Recording Format:
    • XAVC S: MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch (48 kHz/16 bit)
    • AVCHD: Dolby® Digital 5.1ch
    • Dolby® Digital 5.1Creator
    • Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo
    • Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
    • MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
  • Mic Level Control: Yes (31 steps)
  • My Voice Cancelling: Yes
  • Auto Wind Noise Reduction: Yes (On/Off)
  • Speaker: Monaural Speaker


  • Input And Output Terminals:
    • Accessory Shoe (Multi Interface shoe)
    • HDMI (micro) Terminal
    • Remote (integrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal) Terminal
    • Stereo Minijack
  • Wi-Fi®: Yes
  • NFC™:
    • One-touch remote
    • One-touch sharing


  • Supplied Battery: NP-FV70
  • Power Consumption (Viewfinder):
    • 4K: 4.9 W
  • Power Consumption (LCD Screen):
    • 4K: 4.9 W


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

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 3.17"
  • Width: 2.87"
  • Depth: 6.56"

Approximate Weight:

  • Shipping: 2 lbs
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Storage TypeMicro SDHC Memory Card, Micro SDXC Memory Card, Memory Stick Micro, Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
LCD Screen Size (inches)3
Total Pixel Count8.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixel Count8.3 Megapixels
Manual FocusingYes
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom250x
Night ModeYes
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Built In Video LightNo
Mic InputYes
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still16.6 Megapixels
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityMicro USB
Included Removeable MemoryNo
Weight With Battery (pounds)2
Width (inches)2.87
Height (inches)3.17
Depth (inches)6.56
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty90 Days


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