Sony FDR-AX53

MPN: FDRAX53.CEN  |  EAN: 4548736021310  |  Model: FDR-AX53

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as at 24 Sep 19 | 6:30 AM CET



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Sony FDR-AX53 - FDRAX53.CEN Performance, Usage and Feature Ratings
Use Rating
Basic Skill Level (Video)
Intermediate Skill Level (Video)
Basic Skill Level (Photo)
Events Photography
Home Videos
4K Videos
Sports Photography
High FPS Videos
Underwater Photography
Slow Motion Videos
Time-lapse Videos
Live Streaming
Wildlife Photography
Everyday Life Photography
Event Videos
Landscape Photography
WiFi Connectivity
Regular Looks
Bluetooth Connectivity
Camera Body with Lens

Kind of Camera

As a dedicated device for video, the Camcorder is a very good option that can cater for a wide variety recording needs.

Photography Skillset

Keeping it simple - For someone who is not too bothered about technicalities, this Sony device works!

Video skill level

Simple clips - As a videography noob, this Sony FDR-AX53 video camera should be sufficient for your needs.

Even though recording videos is a passion, you're not necessarily looking to go pro. You're content with making tweaks to a couple of settings to suit the shot you're about to take. The FDR-AX53 is very accessible which makes it suitable for this.

Video Scenarios

Streaming video live is a great way to share your experiences and this camera from Sony provides a couple of connectivity options to help you with this.

The Sony FDR-AX53, is a very competent option when it comes to recording occasions and related activities. Also, the presence of its built-in Image stabilizer does help with making your clips look smooth and steady.

Its always great to capture moments of delight at home or while spending time with family and friends on an outing. For this, the Sony FDR-AX53 is a great companion to have.

For the YouTubers - This is a good choice for your video recordings because in addition to it's excellent Image Sensor Size (5.76 x 4.29 mm mm), it comes with an in-built image stablizer that ensures your shots remain steady.

Other Video needs

Slow motion recordings add an extra dimension of fun and entertainment. This camera comes with an in-built setting that enables this mode.

Ultra High Definition - you'll be able to capture immersive and highly detailed footage with this camera's 4K capability.

If you're looking for that silky-smooth rendering of your videos, this camera has got it as its able to handle 60 FPS at 1080p resolutions.

Breathtaking transitions such as rolling clouds or city lights can captured as a time-lapse using the Sony's in-built intervalometer

Photo Scenarios

If you're looking to simply use your camera to point-and-shoot everyday moments with an item or person as the subject matter, then the FDR-AX53 is an easy recommendation for this.

Its important to ensure the celebrant (or special guests) are in clear view in every photo taken. Keeping them in focus while they're moving about is one of the great features that comes with the FDR-AX53.

As lots of sports happen at night or in-doors, the image sensor size plays an important role in image quality during low light conditions. In addition to its 5.76 x 4.29 mm(mm) sensor size, the Sony FDR-AX53, also comes with a Tracking Focus mode which is great for photos were the subject is constantly moving.

Whether its for living or non-living things, using the Sony FDR-AX53 for aquatic photos is a treat.

Whether on holiday or exploring new places, this camera from Sony is a great choice. Taking photos of what's around you - near and far - with the FDR-AX53 is a breeze.

From ants to zebras, a camera for nature's mosaic needs to have a great image sensor which is why the 5.76 x 4.29 mm (mm) that comes with this model works well for this scenario. It comes with a Continuous Shooting Mode allowing you to take successive shots rapidly. 

To capture mother nature in her full beauty requires a good eye and a camera that can adequately handle landscape scenarios. This model from Sony is good fit as it's got the ability to focus on multiple parts of your picture frame.

Other considerations

Transferring your shots from your camera to another device is made even more convenient with the in-built Wi-FI capability of this camera.


It looks simple, capable and doesn't stand out in any particular way.

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Technical Specifications

Sony FDR-AX53 - FDRAX53.CEN Technical Specifications
Specification Description
Camcorder Type Handheld camcorder
Camera Type Camcorder
Product Colour Black
Aperture Range (F-F) 2.0-3.8
Camera File System DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, MPF
Scene Modes Auto, Night Scene, Sunrise & Sunset, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Beach, Snow
Scene Modes Present Yes
Self-timer Delay 10 s
Shooting Modes Auto, Manual
Smartphone Remote Support Yes
White Balance Auto, Indoor, Outdoor, Onepush
Flash Exposure Compensation Yes
Flash Modes Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Pre-flash
Auto Focus Yes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 0.01 m
Face Detection Yes
Focus Adjustment Auto/Manual
Focusing Distance 1
Manual Focus Yes
Smile Detection Yes
Tracking Focus 1
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes Auto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Menu/Ring)
Light Metering Multi-segment, Spot
Manual Exposure Yes
Camera Shutter Speed 1/8 - 1/10000 s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed 1/10000 s
Shutter Speed (photo) 1/30- 1/10000 s
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed 1/8 s
4K Video Capable Yes
Analog Signal Format System NTSC, PAL
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution 100 Mbit/s
Camcorder Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Full HD Yes
HD Type 4K Ultra HD
Live stream capable 1
Max FPS @4K 30
Maximum Frame Rate 120 fps
Maximum Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels
Slow-Mo Capable 1
Speakers 1
Supported Aspect Ratios 4:3, 16:9
Supported Video Modes 720p, 1080p, 1440p, 2160p
Video Formats Supported H.264, MP4, MPEG4
Video Recording Yes
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080, 3840 x 2160 pixels
Audio Formats Supported LC-AAC, MP4, PCM
Audio System Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Built-in Microphone Yes
Built-in Speaker(s) Yes
Headphone Output Type 3.5
Headphone Outputs 1
Microphone In Yes
Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
Wind Filter Yes
Lens System
Digital Zoom 250 x
Filter Size 55 mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) 26.8 - 536 mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) (photo Mode) 26.8 - 656 mm
Focal Length Range (f-f) 4.4 - 88 mm
Maximum Aperture Number 3.8
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 656 mm
Minimum Aperture Number 2
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 26.8 mm
Optical Zoom 20 x
Wide Angle Lens System Yes
Camcorder Tape Type N
Compatible Memory Cards MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, MS XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc Types Supported N
Built-in Display Yes
Display LCD
Display Aspect Ratio 16:9
Display Diagonal 3 "
Display Resolution (numeric) 921600 pixels
Flip-out Screen Yes
Touchscreen Yes
Vari-angle LCD Display Yes
Diopter Adjustment (D-D) -4.0 to +3.0
Diopter Correction Yes
Electronic Viewfinder Yes
Viewfinder Resolution 1555200 pixels
Viewfinder Screen Size 0.24 "
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Effective Megapixels (movie) 8.29 MP
Image Sensor Size 1/2.5
Image Sensor Size (W X H) 5.76 x 4.29 mm
Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5 "
Sensor Type CMOS
Total Megapixels 8.29 MP
Technical Details
Back Light Compensation (BLC) Yes
Image Stabilizer Type Optical
Remotely Operated Yes
Self-timer Yes
Other Features
Effective Megapixels (image) 8.29 MP
Interval Recording 1
Stabilizer Yes
SteadyShot 1
Ports & Interfaces
DC-in Jack Yes
HDMI (Micro) Ports Quantity 1
HDMI Connector Type D
HDMI Ports Quantity Yes
USB 2.0 (Micro USB) Ports Quantity 1
USB 2.0 Connectors 1
USB Connector Micro-USB
USB Version 2.0
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours) 13 Wh
Battery Technology Lithium
Battery Type NP-FV70
Number Of Batteries Supported 1
Near Field Communication (NFC) Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Standards b/g/n
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included Yes
Cables Included AC, HDMI, Micro-USB
Hand Strap Yes
Weight & Dimensions
Depth 166.5 mm
Height 80.5 mm
Weight 535 g
Width 73 mm
White Balance
Indoor White Balance Yes
Onepush White Balance Yes
Outdoor White Balance Yes
Picture Quality
Maximum Image Resolution 5440 x 3056 pixels
Still Image Resolution(s) 5440 x 3056, 4080 x 3056, 3840 x 2160, 2880 x 2160, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480