Sony FDR-AX33

Sony’s 4K camcorder with Balanced Optical SteadyShot is rich in manual operation features, all contained in a compact body.

Manufacturer
Sony
SKU
FDRAX33B
05-01-2015
Handy 4K camcorder with Balanced Optical SteadyShot™


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..

The FDR-AX33 is over 30% smaller and over 20% lighter than current model the FDR-AX100, making it the most mobile 4K camcorder on the market..

Our advanced image stabilisation enables blur-free footage, even when the recording circumstances are shaky or bumpy..

Enjoy total customisation 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..

Enhance your viewing experience even without a 4K television. Using super-sampling, the FDR-AX33 automatically down-converts 4K footage to exceptionally detailed Full HD..

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 size with the zoom lever or on-screen display icon..

More shots mean more editing opportunities. Easily record footage from a variety of angles, whether using cameras mounted directly to the FDR-AX33 or triggered wirelessly. Multi Camera Control makes it easy to sync shooting settings on all devices..

From performances to sports events, some things are best seen in real time. Share scenes as they happen with high-quality picture and sound..

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 your transitions to your chosen soundtrack..

This cutting-edge sensor enhances image clarity, reduces noise in dark environments, and enables soft background defocusing..

The advanced BIONZ X image processing engine helps achieve more naturally vivid and lifelike image quality as well as faster processing capabilities..

This 29.8mm wide-angle ZEISS lens providing 10x optical zoom is not only ideal for capturing grand landscapes, among a range of other scenes — it is fine-tuned specifically for 4K..

By employing XAVC S format, which was developed from the XAVC format for professional use, 4K Ultra HD and high-bitrate recording of incredible quality are realised. Yet, XAVC S data is compressed so that it is more manageable for general consumers..

Sometimes you don’t need — or want — video. Put your video camera in still image mode and capture amazing high-quality single images as easily as you do with a still camera..

This feature uses infrared light to take pictures even in complete darkness. By using NIGHTSHOT, parents can easily capture children’s cute sleeping faces..

This convenient feature allows playback of a dramatic sequence of superimposed images to trace every split second of action, a powerful tool for analysing sports motion on screen. During playback, you can adjust the interval between images, or pause to capture still images to share with friends..

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..

Use Face Detection to optimise focus, exposure and colour for people who are the most important subject of a shot. You can prioritise a subject’s face by touching it on the LCD. And with Smile Shutter, the FDR-AX33 can also automatically capture still shots of great (but fleeting) smiles, even while recording movies..

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. Thanks to advances in phase-detection AF, it’s now more accurate than ever — so lock on and shoot fast-moving targets with precision..

Record clear sound that accurately captures the atmosphere of the scene, and enjoy surround sound playback on your home theatre system. Level meters on the LCD panel provide visual monitoring of each channel’s levels..

Using an advanced sound-analysis algorithm, this feature eliminates wind noise — the biggest culprit of bad outdoor audio..

Reduce the intensity of behind-camera sounds, whether you are talking to or cheering on your subject as you shoot..

Analyse your swing with no need for fancy equipment. Golf Shot mode lets you capture video and stills of each step of your swing..

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..

The built-in USB cable stowed in the hand strap is very convenient for extra-quick charging and connection to a PC, so there is no need to pack a bulky extra USB cable or AC adapter. For charging without a PC, use a compact AC-USB adapter (optional)..

Technical details

Colour of product 
Black
Back light compensation
Yes (Auto)
Weight 
Approx. 700g (with supplied battery)
Focal length range (f-f) 
3.8 - 38 mm
Adjustable angle
Opening Angle:max.90 deg.;Turning Angle:max.270 deg.
Audio recording formats
Dolby® Digital 5.1ch, Dolby® Digital 5.1Creator, Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator, MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch, MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch (48kHz/16bit)
Compatible memory cards 
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)
Display 
7.5cm(3.0 type) Xtra Fine LCD display (921 600dots) Wide (16:9)
F-number (relative aperture)
F1.8 - F3.4
Flash exposure compensation
AE Shift(Touch Panel/Ring)
Flash metering modes
Pre-flash TTL
Flash modes 
Auto/On/Off
Focus
Contrast AF
Image processor
BIONZ™ X image processor
Microphone operation mode
Built-in Zoom Microphone
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Y
Optical zoom 
10x
Scene modes 
Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Beach, Snow
Self-timer 
Approx.10sec.(Still Image/Golf Shot)
Sensor type 
1/2.3 type (7.76mm) back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor
Speakers
Monaural Speaker
USB charging
Y
Viewfinder type 
0.6cm(0.24 type)/Color 1 555 200 dots equivalent
White balance 
Auto, Outdoor, Indoor
Built-in WiFi
Y
Clear image zoom
4K: 15x, HD: 20x
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Approx. 71 x 78.5 x 155 (with supplied battery)
Display brightness control
Yes (Menu)
Effective pixels (movie)
Approx. 8.29 MP (16:9)
Effective pixels (still image)
Approx. 10.3 MP (16:9), Approx. 7.74 MP (4:3)
Focus area
Full range Focus, Spot Focus
Focusing distance
Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele)
I/O ports 
4K Output (HDMI Out), Accessory Shoe, DC IN, HDMI Terminal, Headphone Jack, Multi/Micro USB Terminal, Composite Video Out, Stereo Minijack
Picture effects
Y
Power consumption (viewfinder)
4K: 5.6W
Shutter speed
Auto Control Range (1/6 - 1/10000 sec.), Standard (1/50 - 1/10000 sec.), Manual Iris Control (1/25 - 1/10000 sec.), Manual Shutter (1/6 - 1/10000 sec.), Smooth Slow Rec (1/215 - 1/10000 sec.)
SteadyShot
Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Supplied battery
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70)
Touch panel
Y
Wind noise reduction
Yes (On/Off)
Power consumption
4K: 5.6W

Lens system

Digital zoom 
120x
Number of diaphragm blades
6

Camera

Playback modes
Highlight Movie Maker, 4K Super-sampled Full HD Playback, Trimming Playback, Slideshow (Still Images)

Light exposure

Light exposure modes 
Auto

Flash

Flash exposure correction
Yes (3 steps)

Packaging content

Lens cover included
Auto

Other features

Lens system 
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T*