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Sony Handycam® FDR-AX33

4K Ultra HD camcorder with Wi-Fi® and 10X optical zoom

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Overview

Our take on the Sony Handycam® FDR-AX33

The Sony Handycam FDR-AX33 shoots beautiful video at super-sharp 4K resolution. That means it looks great, and the level of detail is incredible even when you zoom in on your subject. You'll get 10X optical zoom, plus digital zoom up to 120X. You may not get the best seat in the house at the high school play, 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-AX33 and you'll feel like you're there all over again when you watch it later.

A compact 4K camera with optical zoom

The Sony Handycam FDR-AX33 shoots beautiful video at super-sharp 4K resolution. That means it looks great, and the level of detail is incredible even when you zoom in on your subject. You'll get 10X optical zoom, plus digital zoom up to 120X. You may not get the best seat in the house at the high school play, 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 SteadyShot technology so your shots have rock-solid framing. The internal BIONZ® X processor can keep up with just about anything. If you're the one that's moving as you follow a fast-moving pet, no problem. If you're riding in a car, filming what's outside the window? Also covered. Even when the lens is zoomed out to its full range, SteadyShot helps keep small movements from wrecking the shot.

Loaded with special features

You've got all those pixels, so let's put them to use. Want to record the adorable face of your sleeping child? 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 'AX33 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-AX33 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 Near Field Communication (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®. The wireless path goes both ways, too. Smart Remote Control lets you direct some of the camera's operation from a distance, using your mobile device as the interface. It's the quick and easy way to make sure you can be in the picture, too.

Product Highlights:

  • shoots crystal-clear 4K video
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode
  • upload and share video via Wi-Fi and pair compatible devices via NFC
  • 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor for excellent low light performance
  • Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* wide-angle lens with 10X optical zoom (120X digital zoom)
  • fast BIONZ® X image processor
  • 3" LCD screen (921,600-dot) display
  • multi-interface accessory shoe for optional system accessories
  • ergonomic controls offer easy manual access to settings
  • records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards, as well as Memory Stick Duo media
Special Features:
  • NightShot mode uses infrared light to capture low-light images
  • face detection technology with voice enhancement keeps people in focus and easy to hear
  • My Voice 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
  • compatible with UStream® and other live-streaming apps for instant sharing
Included Accessories:
  • rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NP-FV70)
  • AC adapter
  • micro HDMI cable
  • USB cable
  • 2-13/16"W x 3-1/8"H x 6-1/8"D
  • weight: 24.69 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 4K camcorder
  • NP-FV70 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (6.8V 1960 mAh 13Wh)
  • AC-L200D AC adapter with attached 67" DC output cable (DC Output: 8.4V 1.7A)
  • 41" AC cord (C7 unpolarized)
  • 42" HDMI cable (Type A HDMI connector on one end and Type D Micro HDMI connector on other end)
  • 40" USB extension cable (Male Type A USB on one end and Female Type A USB on other end)
  • Getting Started (Eng)
  • Getting Started (Span)
  • Limited Warranty sheet (US)
  • Consumer Warranty sheet (Canada)
  • Product Registration sheet
  • Accessories sheet

Great picture very easy to use wifi works great also would recommend

Pete, Beachwood, NJ

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General Features

4K Digital Camcorder: The FDR-AX33 is a 4K Handycam camcorder from Sony. With four times the resolution of Full HD, you can record breathtaking video and audio with professional results. Ultra High Definition/4K content can be played back on a 4K TV in full resolution (3840 x 2160), or, by changing the HDMI output setting, in Full High Definition (1920 x 1080) on an HDTV.

3.0" LCD Screen: The FDR-AX33 features a 16:9 wide-screen 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD display. The high resolution 921,600-dot LCD screen can swing out 180 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.

0.24" Color Viewfinder: The FDR-AX33 also features an adjustable 0.24" wide-screen color viewfinder (1,555,200 dots) that lets you record and review video and still images when the LCD display is closed or in Mirror mode. The viewfinder can be pulled out to turn the camcorder on, and angled up to 45° if desired. The camcorder turns off when the viewfinder is pushed back in.

Multi-channel Microphone: The camcorder has a new microphone structure that lets you capture high-quality sound from five directions with approximately 40% less noise. You can record in 2-channel stereo for XAVC S shooting, and 5.1-channel surround for AVCHD shooting.

Recording Media: The AX33 records video in the XAVC S format onto SDXC or SDHC memory cards only (SD Speed Class 10 or faster, or UHS Speed Class 1 or faster). When recording at 100 Mbps or faster, UHS Speed Class 3 is required. If recording images in formats other than XAVC S, you can use SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards (Class 4 or faster), as well as Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2) or Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media. It is recommended that the memory card be formatted inside the camcorder prior to use.

Optics: The FDR-AX33 has a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* (T-star) wide-angle lens with a 10x optical zoom and a focal length of 3.8-38mm (35mm equivalent: 29.8 - 298mm for 16:9 photos and movies). The maximum aperture range is F1.8-F3.4. The minimum focus distance is approximately 0.39" (1 cm) in wide angle and 31.5" (80 cm) in telephoto.

Image Sensor: The camcorder has a 1/2.3" (7.76mm) back-illuminated Exmor-R CMOS sensor with 8.29-million effective pixels for video and 10.3-million effective pixels for 16:9 photos and 7.74-million for 4:3 photos.

NightShot: The NightShot feature lets you capture images in total darkness by using infrared light. With NightShot, parents can record sleeping children without worrying about waking them with a video light. In addition, the Low Lux setting lets you record bright color images, even in dim light. Minimum Illumination is as follows:

  • Default Setting: 9 lux 4K, 6 lux HD
  • Low Lux Setting: 5 lux 4K, 3 lux HD
  • NightShot: 0 lux

Built-in Wi-Fi: The AX33 has built-in Wi-Fi, enabling you to connect the camcorder wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet, computer, or TV. You can load the PlayMemories Mobile app (available for Android on Google Play or for iOS devices from the App Store) on your smartphone or tablet and turn your device into a remote control/viewing device. You can also transfer your MP4 movies and photos to your mobile device wirelessly for instant sharing, and stream live video to others. When the camcorder is connected to your network, you can back up your files to your computer, or watch your videos and photos on your connected TV.

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 AX33 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-AX33 4K camcorder records Ultra High Definition and High Definition movies in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 XAVC S format. Audio is recorded in 2-channel Linear PCM (48 kHz, 16-bit). High Definition movies can also be recorded in AVCHD format with Dolby Digital 2ch/5.1ch or MP4 with AAC audio. You can choose from the following recording format options:

  • XAVC S:
    • 3840 x 2160 / 30p, 24p / 100 Mbps, 60 Mbps
    • 1920 x 1080 / 60p, 30p, 24p / 50 Mbps
  • AVCHD:
    • 1920 x 1080 / 60p, 30p, 24p, 60i / 28 Mbps, 24 Mbps, 17 Mbps
    • 1440 x 1080 / 60i / 9 Mbps, 5 Mbps
  • MP4: 1280 x 720 / 30p

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.

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 20.6MP (6048 x 3400), M 10.3MP (4288 x 2408), S 2.1M (1920 x 1080)
    • 4:3: L 15.4MP (4528 x 3400), M 7.7MP (3216 x 2408), S 0.3MP (640 x 480)
  • Movie Mode: M 10.3MP (4288 x 2408), S 2.1M (1920 x 1080)

Balanced Optical SteadyShot: The camcorder is equipped with 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. When shooting in HD mode, the 5-axis Intelligent Active mode compensates for vibration in five different directions. In all other modes, you can choose Active SteadyShot or Standard SteadyShot.

Auto/Manual Focus: The Sony FDR-AX33 allows you to choose between Auto Focus or Manual Focus. To focus manually, you can set the focus switch to "manual" and rotate the focus ring around the lens. You can temporarily use auto focus temporarily, even in Manual mode, by pressing the Push Auto button. The Focus Magnifier function will magnify the center of the screen by approximately 2 times to allow you to confirm the focus.

Manual Adjustment Ring: The camcorder offers manual adjustment to exposure parameters using the programmable manual ring around the lens. By default, the Iris (aperture), gain (ISO), shutter speed, and exposure are set automatically. You can, however, adjust each manually by selecting the respective setting and turn the manual ring. While one setting is being adjusted, the others remain under automatic control.

Battery Information

InfoLithium Battery: This unit comes with an NP-FV70 InfoLithium (Lithium-ion) battery (6.8V, 1960mAh, 13Wh). 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 135 minutes of continuous recording time, and 65 minutes of typical recording time. Playback time is estimated at 235 minutes.

Charging: You can charge the NP-FV70 battery in the camcorder using the supplied AC-L200D AC adapter. The battery charges in approximately 3 hours 15 minutes using the AC adapter, or 9 hours 15 minutes via USB on your computer.

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 TV's remote control. A 42" 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-AX33 does not come with software in the box. Instead, the PlayMemories Home software can be downloaded directly to your computer via the Internet (URLs for Windows and Mac are provided in the supplied Operating Guide). With PlayMemories Home, you can:

  • Easily organize your videos and play them back instantly
  • Manage and play back content easily using Calendar View
  • Upload to online services simply and easily, including Facebook and YouTube

Compatible Operating Systems: PlayMemories Home is compatible with the following Windows Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X v10.8-10.11.

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it was a good review from other sites and i liked the gyro lens. it was purchased as a gift to my sister. [ Raul  Jul 20, 2016 ]

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I have this camera and I use the same all digitals use Mb wise ur good just needs to be standard size sd card and it will work Great camera Records amazing video and works great with lapel mics All around an awesome camera U can control it from your cell phone to Hope this is helpfull [ travis  Nov 17, 2017 ]
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