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Sony Handycam® FDR-AX43

4K Ultra HD camcorder with Wi-Fi® and 20X optical zoom

Item # 158FDRAX43

Shoots beautiful 4K video, with up to 20X optical zoom and SteadyShot™ image stabilization.

Shoots beautiful 4K video, with up to 20X optical zoom and SteadyShot™ image stabilization.

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About the Sony Handycam® FDR-AX43

A compact 4K camera with powrful zoom

The Sony Handycam FDR-AX43 shoots beautiful video at super-sharp 4K resolution. That means you get an incredible level of detail in all your shots – even when you zoom in, thanks to the powerful 20X optical zoom lens. You may not be able to get as close as you'd like to that herd of deer, but nobody will know it when they watch your video.
Use the Sony Handycam FDR-AX33's 4K video feature to do this majestic scene full justice.

Record 4K video with the Sony Handycam FDR-AX43 to feel like you're there all over again.

A compact 4K camera with powrful zoom

The Sony Handycam FDR-AX43 shoots beautiful video at super-sharp 4K resolution. That means you get an incredible level of detail in all your shots – even when you zoom in, thanks to the powerful 20X optical zoom lens. You may not be able to get as close as you'd like to that herd of deer, but nobody will know it when they watch your video.

Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization

It doesn't matter how detailed your image is if it's shaky and blurry. Sony takes care of that, building in their trademarked Balanced Optical SteadyShot technology so your subjects are easy to keep framed.

The camera's built-in stabilization uses a gimbal system to help you record smooth, professional-looking images, even at full zoom or while running. It's a handy tool for everyday family videos, or shooting your own content for uploading to YouTube.

Better sound

The 'AX43 has a three-capsule microphone built in, so you can get the high-quality audio that your best shots deserve. And since your voice is closer to the mic than your subject's, "My Voice Canceling" technology keeps the voice behind the camera from overwhelming the audio. Voice enhancement technology works with the camera's face detection to keep your subject's voice "in focus" just like the image.

Loaded with special features

You've got all those pixels, so let's put them to use in some specific situations. NightShot mode does an excellent job in low-light situations. If you like to spoil a good walk by knocking a little white ball around the fairway, use Golf Shot mode to make sure you're maximizing your swing. And the 'AX43 offers many more special shooting modes for events we all like to record, like fireworks and sunsets.

Wi-Fi connectivity and live streaming

No need to wait until you get home to share your videos with friends and family. The FDR-AX43 is equipped with internal Wi-Fi, so you can go from shooting to sharing in a flash. If you're an Android™ user, just use one-touch NFC to pair your compatible device to the camera, and you're on your way. And if you really don't want to wait, share your video as it happens via live streaming apps like UStream®.

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Product highlights:

  • shoots crystal-clear 4K video
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode and internal gimbal mechanism
  • upload and share video via Wi-Fi
  • 1/2.5" Exmor R CMOS sensor for excellent low light performance
  • Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* wide-angle lens with 20X optical zoom (40X digital zoom)
  • fast BIONZ® X image processor
  • 2.95" LCD screen (460,800-dot) display
  • three-capsule mic for improved sound recording
  • multi-interface accessory shoe for optional system accessories
  • records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards, as well as Memory Stick Duo media
Special features:
  • lock-on autofocus helps track a moving subject
  • face detection technology with voice enhancement keeps people in focus and easy to hear
  • My Voice Canceling technology keeps the voice behind the camera from overwhelming the audio
  • automatic wind-noise reduction keeps audio clean and clear
  • Golf Shot mode lets you capture video and stills of each step of your swing
  • in-camera picture effects for more creative video and still photos
  • nine scene modes for common shooting environments (Portrait, Snow, Fireworks, and more)
  • Dual Record mode lets you simultaneously shoot high-res files for editing and compressed files for quick sharing
Included accessories:
  • rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NP-FV70)
  • AC adapter
  • micro HDMI cable
  • micro USB cable
  • 2-3/16"W x 3-1/4"H x 6-13/16"D
  • weight: 1 lb., 3.8 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # FDRAX43/B

What's in the box:

  • 4K camcorder
  • NP-FV70A Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.3V 1900 mAh 13.8 Wh)
  • AC-L200D AC adapter with attached 67" DC output cable (DC output: 8.4V 1.7A)
  • 40" AC cord (C7 unpolarized)
  • 40" HDMI cable (Full size HDMI connector on one end and a Type D Micro HDMI connector on other end)
  • 23" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and a Micro-B USB on other end)
  • Operating Guide (Eng)
  • Operating Guide (Fren)
  • Operating Guide (Span)
  • Reference Guide
  • Limited Warranty sheet (US + Canada)
  • Online Product Registration sheet
  • Accessories sheet

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General Features
Recording Features
Battery Information
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Software

General Features

4K Digital Camcorder: The FDR-AX43 4K Handycam camcorder from Sony can record breathtaking video and audio with professional results. Sony's Balanced Optical SteadyShot features a new internal Gimbal Mechanism to help you produce smooth professional-looking images, even at full zoom or shooting while in motion. In addition to shooting 4K and Full HD movies, the camcorder can also capture beautiful still images.

2.95" LCD Screen: The FDR-AX43 features a 16:9 wide-screen 2.95" Clear Photo LCD screen. The 460,800-dot LCD screen can swing out 90 degrees, and rotate up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles. The LCD provides sharp and detailed images for monitoring or playback. The screen automatically switches to Mirror mode when the screen is rotated 180 degrees (for self-recording), but the image will still be normal when recorded.

Multi-channel Microphone: The camcorder's built-in zoom microphone features three mic capules for capturing clear sound from all directions with reduced noise. For AVCHD format movies, you can record in Dolby Digital 5.1ch surround or 2ch stereo. For XAVC S recording, movies are recorded in 2-channel Linear PCM (48 kHz/16-bit), while MP4 movies feature 2ch AAC stereo audio.

Recording Media: The AX43 will accept two types of recording media: SD / SDHC / SDXC memory cards, and Memory Stick PRO Duo media:

Recording Formats Supported Memory Cards
Still Photos SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
AVCHD SD, SDHC, SDXC (Class 4 or U1 or faster)
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
XAVC S

4K 60 Mbps
HD 60 Mbps (High Speed REC)
HD 50 Mbps

SDHC, SDXC (Class 10 or faster, U1 or faster)
4K 100 Mbps
4K 100 Mbps (High Speed REC)
SDHC, SDXC (U3)

Optics: The FDR-AX43 has a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* (T-star) wide-angle lens with a 20x optical zoom and a focal length of 4.4-88mm (35mm equivalent: 26.8 - 536mm for 16:9 photos and movies). The maximum aperture range is F2.0-F3.8. The minimum focus distance is approximately 0.39" (1 cm) in wide angle and 31.5" (80 cm) in telephoto.

Fast Intelligent AF: The AX43's Fast Intelligent AF minimizes lens motion, and uses accurate contrast detection to achieve fast auto focusing. The lens predicts the auto focus range and accelerates the lens drive to focus with exceptional speed and precision so you won't miss a moment.

Image Sensor: The camcorder has a 1/2.5" (7.2mm) back-illuminated Exmor-R CMOS image sensor with 16.6-million total recording pixels and 8.29-million effective pixels each for 16:9 video and still image recording. The sensor is made especially for 4K recording, and has 1.6x bigger pixels than previous models.

Built-in Wi-Fi: The AX43 has built-in Wi-Fi, enabling you to connect the camcorder wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet, computer, or TV. To use the Wi-Fi function, you should load the Imaging Edge Mobile app (available for Android 6.0 and up on Google Play or for iOS 12.4 or later devices from the App Store) on your smartphone or tablet. With the app, you can turn your device into a wireless remote commander. You can also transfer your MP4 movies and photos to your mobile device wirelessly for instant sharing, and stream live video to others. With PlayMemories Home software on your computer you can transfer and save movies and photos, and back up your files.

Near-Field Communication (NFC): For Android devices that support NFC, you can wirelessly connect the camcorder via NFC One-Touch Connection. By touching the camcorder to the device at the "N" logo near the hand strap, the wireless connection is made. The PlayMemories Mobile app will start up on the device within a second or two.

Multi Interface Shoe: The AX43 has a top-mounted Multi Interface Shoe for mounting a variety of optional accessories, such as video lights (HVL-LEIR1) or external microphones (ECM-XYST1M).

Recording Features

Video Recording: The Sony FDR-AX43 4K camcorder records Ultra High Definition and High Definition movies in three different formats, and at the following resolutions:

  • XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 / 30p, 24p / 100 Mbps, 60 Mbps
  • XAVC S HD:
    • Normal Shooting: 1920 x 1080 / 60p, 30p, 24p / 50 Mbps
    • High Speed REC: 1920 x 1080 / 120p / 100 Mbps, 60 Mbps
  • AVCHD:
    • PS: 1920 x 1080 / 60p / 28 Mbps (max)
    • FX: 1920 x 1080 / 60i, 24p / 24 Mbps (max)
    • FH: 1920 x 1080 / 60i, 24p / 17 Mbps (average)
    • HQ: 1440 x 1080 / 60i / 9 Mbps (average)
    • LP: 1440 x 1080 / 60i / 5 Mbps (average)
  • MP4: 1280 x 720 / 30p, 24p / 3 Mbps (average)

Dual Video Recording Mode: This mode allows you to record an XAVC S movie and an MP4 movie simultaneously, or record an AVCHD movie and an MP4 movie simultaneously. The MP4 movie can easily be transferred to a smartphone or tablet for sharing or uploading to social media websites.

Time Lapse Capture: The Time Lapse Capture feature lets you shoot a series of still images over a period of time with a chosen interval between each shot. Each image is captured at 3840 x 2160 resolution for 4K, or 1920 x 1080 for HD, and are combined into a time-lapse movie (using downloadable PlayMemories Home software). The interval can be set to 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds, and the number of photos to be recorded can be set between 1 and 999.

Still Image Recording: In addition to video, you can record Large, Medium or Small JPEG still images on the camcorder in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. You can set the unit to the Still Image mode or capture a still image while still in Movie mode. The still image recording options include:

  • Still Image Mode:
    • 16:9: L 16.6MP (5440 x 3056), M 8.3MP (3840 x 2160), S 2.1M (1920 x 1080)
    • 4:3: L 12.5MP (4080 x 3056), M 6.2MP (2880 x 2160), S 0.3MP (640 x 480)
  • Movie Mode: M 8.3MP (3840 x 2160), S 2.1M (1920 x 1080)

Balanced Optical SteadyShot: The FDR-AX43 is equipped with Sony's Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology, to give you smoother video or blur-free still images when recording in low light or when zoomed in to a distant object. The camcorder has an internal gimbal mechanism that is about 13 times more effective than other optical systems. With Balanced Optical SteadyShot engaged, you can capture smooth, professional-looking images, even at full zoom or while running, without the need for an external gimbal. When shooting in HD mode, you can turn on 5-axis (pan, tilt, roll, pitch, yaw) Intelligent Active mode to further reduce camera shake.

Auto/Manual Focus: The Sony FDR-AX43 allows you to choose between Auto Focus or Manual Focus. The Focus Magnifier function will magnify the center of the screen by approximately 2 times to allow you to confirm the focus.

Battery Information

InfoLithium Battery: This unit comes with an NP-FV70A InfoLithium (Lithium-ion) battery (7.3V, 1900mAh, 13.8Wh). The InfoLithium system exchanges data about its actual power consumption with the camcorder for a more accurate estimate of recording time available. With a fully-charged battery, you can expect approximately 160 minutes of continuous recording time, and 80 minutes of typical recording time. Playback time is estimated at 280 minutes.

Charging: You can charge the NP-FV70A battery in the camcorder using the supplied AC-L200D AC adapter. The battery charges in approximately 3 hours 10 minutes using the AC adapter, or 8 hours 55 minutes via USB on your computer.

Optional Large Capacity Battery: The optional NP-FV100A InfoLithium battery (7.4V, 3410mAh, 25Wh) gives you additional battery capacity for longer recording and playback times. A fully-charged NP-FV100A provides approximately 8 hours 20 minutes of playback time. The NP-FV100A charges in about 6 hours using the supplied AC adapter.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Micro HDMI: The camcorder has a Micro HDMI (Type D) output jack for connecting to a HDTV. The HDMI resolution can be set to Auto, 2160p/1080p, 1080p, 1080i, and 720p. With CTRL for HDMI activated, you can control some functions of the camcorder with the connected Sony Bravia TV's remote control. A 43" Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable is included.

Multi/Micro USB Terminal: The camcorder has a Micro USB terminal (marked "Multi") that can be used for connecting the camera to a PC for downloading still images and video files from the memory card or charging the battery. You can edit and save your video files onto your computer, then make DVDs of them using the downloadable PlayMemories Home software. You can also charge the camcorder via USB when connected to a computer. This Micro USB connector can be used to connect an optional AV cable (VMC-UAM2) to play movies on a non-HDMI-equipped TV.

Microphone Input: The camcorder features a 3.5mm microphone input for adding an external microphone.

Headphone Output: The camcorder features a 3.5mm minijack headphone output for connecting a pair of headphones for listening to audio/video playback.

DC In Jack: The DC In Jack is for use with the supplied AC-L200D AC adapter and charger.

Software

PlayMemories Home: The Sony FDR-AX43 does not come with software in the box. Instead, the PlayMemories Home software can be downloaded directly to your computer. With PlayMemories Home, you can manage and edit photos and videos on your computer. Photos and videos are organized by the date they were taken, the camera or lens used, or other attributes. The software provides efficient search and sharing features to keep your videos and photos organized.

Compatible Operating Systems: PlayMemories Home is compatible with the following Operating Systems: Windows 10 and 8.1, and Mac OS X v10.10-10.11 / macOS v10.12-10.14.

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