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Sony FDR-AX53

alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 reviews of Sony FDR-AX53. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and image quality. The portability and size are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the battery, while there are some mixed opinions about the color.

usability, size, portability, image quality, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony FDR-AX53 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony FDR-AX53 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and image quality. The price and usability also get good opinions.

portability, usability, price, image quality, zoom

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony FDR-AX53 Ultra HD 4K Compact Camcorder (5-Axis Balanced Optical SteadyShot, 20x Optical Zoom, Wi-Fi and NFC)Sony FDR-AX53 Ultra HD 4K Compact Camcorder (5-Axis Balanced Optical SteadyShot, 20x Optical Zoom, Wi-Fi and NFC)

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Eric Reagan (

Sony’s New FDR-AX53 Handycam is a Consumer-Oriented 4K Camcorder


Sony unveiled the FDR-AX53 Handycam at CES 2016 to add it to the company's growing 4K lineup. The AX53 features a new 20x optical zoom lens (26.8-536mm equivalent) with advanced aspherical (AA) and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lens elements that allow it...

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

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: Rik Henderson (

Sony FDR-AX53 offers pro quality 4K video recording for a consumer price - Pocket-lint


As part of its annual camcorder line-up refresh, Sony has introduced a powerhouse 4K Handycam that brings professional standard features to the consumer

Jan, 2016

Consumer review by: the1lemming (

Does NOT record or capture meta-data to mp4 files


I have had my Sony AX53 since April 2016 and I am very happy with the video quality recorded by this device. However I have discovered that the Sony AX53 does not capture or record meta-data to the mp4 files it creates. Just about every other video...

Jun, 2016

Consumer review by: (

Surveillance Tool


Great video camera for obtaining surveillance footage. The feature I like are that you have an assignable button to switch to manual control a number of variables such as zoom or focus. When the cam powers up within 2 seconds and it restores that last...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Rhosyn (

Good Camera


+ side- Fantastic picture and sound quality, very light and easy to handle. -side- Very hard to see anything through the viewfinder in brilliant sunshine, it would help if had an eye cup, also I find the fader a bit awkward to use and it can't be used...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Walkerab (

Great feature and big advance on my last one


Very pleased with the handy cam and has much more to offer over and above my last one but lighter and does not seem so well built. Also photos can be downloaded online but videos only in certain formats unfortunately.

May, 2016

Consumer review by: tspark95 (

Great image stabilizer.


Upgrading my old camcorder, i found the Sony AX53 to be the best to suit my needs. As i do a lot of Air show and car racing videos, the camera has good smooth image stabilization for fast action. Also being able to control the camera manually is a...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Gord flyer (

Good Handycam but could be better.


I bought this camcorder a month ago and although the recorded 4K video is great there are two major issues that spoil it for my application. I use it mainly for recording model aircraft flying and trying to keep track of a moving target with the EVF is...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Jeanpied (

Great performance


Bought just under a month ago, used extensively on a long weekend in Amsterdam, filming flower displays at the Kuekelhof gardens.

May, 2016

Consumer review by: (

Pretty good camcorder


Great stabilisation features. Great image quality.

Apr, 2016

Product Specifications


Supported aspect ratios:4:3, 16:9


Display aspect ratio:16:9

Lens System

Wide angle lens system: Yes


HD type:4K Ultra HD