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Preserve your memories in 4K and get smooth footage thanks to Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. You can adjust settings with the Manual Control ring, and take advantage of versatile shooting formats in XAVC S, AVCHD and MP4. There's built-in Wi-Fi so you can easily share your memories too.
Capture 4k/30p video that far exceeds HD resolution - Capture the finest details in 4k (QFHD: 3840 x 2160), 4x Full HD resolution. The XAVC S3 codec and incredibly high resolution produces vibrant and extremely realistic images. What's more, the blazingly fast image processor is the same one employed in professional Sony models, making it possible to record 30p movies in 4K and 60p in Full HD 1080 resolution for incredibly smooth and sharp playback, with no loss in realism, even when panning the camera and shooting moving subjects.
Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization-for 4K - Now for the first time in 4K, get the ultimate in image stabilization with B.O.S.S. On standard Optical SteadyShot camcorders, a single "shift lens" is moved in the optical block to offset camera shake. Balanced Optical SteadyShot moves the entire optical block at once, maintaining the integrity of the optical path and reducing shake and distortion in videos and still photos.
Premium ZEISS optics - Capture incredibly sharp 4K or HD with the newly developed ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens. Not only is this 29mm wide-angle ideal for capturing grand landscapes, you can also zoom to get you closer to the action with 10x optical zoom and 20x Clear Image Zoom.
Direct Pixel Read Out for smooth edges and color gradation - The FDR-AX33 incorporates 'direct pixel readout' utilizing the entire width of the image sensor without line skipping or pixel binning. Therefore in both HD and 4K video acquisition it can read and process data from every one of the sensor's pixels. This results in smooth edges and color gradation giving you the incredible video from a tiny camera.
Manual Control (Iris / Shutter / Exposure / White Balance) - Get the most out of your camcorder with enhanced manual controls. The assignable dial allows for control of focus, exposure, white balance, iris, and shutter speed.
Versatile shooting w/ XAVC S3, AVCHD and MP4 codecs - The FDR-AX33 records 4K and HD movies in the XAVC S3 format, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 for video compression and linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in a MP4 wrapper which allows for extensive record times and easy editing. Additionally, you can chose to record HD in AVCHD (ideal for HDTV and Blu-ray disc burning) or MP4 HD (ideal for sharing over the internet). Having the ability to switch between all three formats or choosing dual record to capture both XAVC S and MP4 at the same time, makes this camcorder an as versatile as they come.
High contrast 0.24" OLED EVF for eye-level framing - The FDR-AX33 employs high contrast a 0.24" (1,555,200 dot) OLED Tru-Finder EVF which reproduces rich color and deep black. A new optical design of the EVF, using four dual-surface spherical lenses, allows for a 33-degree wide angle view that is amazing clear through the edge of the view finder.
3" Xtra Fine LCD (921K) touch screen - The 3" (921k dot) Xtra Fine LCD screen displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene. Touch screen functionality allows for easy operation of menus and advanced features like touch focus and metering.
5.1ch surround sound mic w/ new audio record controls - Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording. Advanced sound features such as Auto Wind Noise Reduction and Premium Closer Voice make it even easier to attain ideal sound quality in various situations. Records high quality linear PCM (XAVC S) and AAC-LC 2ch (MP4).
Connect, control, backup and share wirelessly with NFC2/Wi-Fi - Easily connect to an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet with Wi-Fi and the PlayMemories Mobile app to control the camcorder (Rec, photo, zoom) or instantly transfer, share movies and photos via your mobile device. NFC (Near Filed Communication) makes it even easier to connect to NFC compatible mobile devices with one touch.
Broadcast LIVE from your camcorder using Ustream live-streaming - Share the adventure as it happens via Ustream live streaming. Now your circle of friends and family can share the excitement in real time by simply logging in to UStream from anywhere. You can also link your favorite social accounts with the streaming to notify your friends when you start streaming video.
Multi-camera control - Add a different point of view by including other camera angles to your movies. The camcorder connects up to five compatible cameras - like an Action Cam - via Wi-Fi and uses the camcorder's LCD to preview what the other cameras are seeing and simultaneously start recording on all synced cameras. Use PlayMemories Home to easily edit a muli-view movie for a great video experience.
Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips - Highlight Movie Maker produces a short highlight movie clip to share and enjoy instantly. Using an advanced algorithm, based on the motion gyro, Highlight Movie Maker, selects the best scenes from your videos and automatically creates a MP4 highlight video from multiple clips.
- Capture 4k/24p/30p video that far exceeds HD resolution
- ZEISS lens w/ Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
- Direct Pixel Read Out for smooth edges and color gradation
- Manual Control ring (Iris / Shutter / Exposure / White Balance)
- Versatile shooting w/ XAVC S3, AVCHD and MP4 codecs
- 0.27" EVF (201K) and touch screen 3" Xtra Fine LCD (921K)
- 5.1ch surround sound mic w/ manual audio controls
- Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips
- Connect, control, backup and share wirelessly with NFC2/Wi-Fi
- Broadcast LIVE from your camcorder using Ustream live-streaming
Camera Type: Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder
Imaging SensorImaging Sensor: 1/2.3" (7.76mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Processor: BIONZ X image processor
Pixel Gross: Approx. 18.9M pixels
Effective Picture Resolution: Movie: Approx. 8.29 MP(16:9) Still: Approx. 10.3 MP (16:9) / Approx. 7.74 MP (4:3)
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Media Type: XAVC S 4K(100Mbps): SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I U3 or Higher) XAVC S 4K(60Mbps): SDXC Memory Card (Class10 or Higher) XAVC S HD: SDXC Memory Card (Class10 or Higher) AVCHD,Still: 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)
Still Image Mode: JPEG
Still Image Max Effective Resolution: 20.6 megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9: Movie Mode: M: 10.3 Megapixels 16:9(4288x2408); S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9(1920x1080) Photo Mode: L: 20.6 Megapixels 16:9(6048x3400); M: 10.3 Megapixels 16:9(4288x2408); S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9(1920x1080)
Still Image Size 4:3: Photo Mode: L: 15.4 Megapixels 4:3 (4528x3400); M: 7.7 Megapixels 4:3 (3216x2408); S: 0.3 Megapixels 4:3 (640x480)
Video Format: XAVC S format: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD format ver.2.0 compatible: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Video Mode: XAVC-S: MPEG4-AVC/H264; AVCHD ver.2.0 compatible:MPEG4-AVC/H.264; MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Video Resolution: XAVC-S 4K : 3840?2160/30P, 24P; XAVC-S HD : 1920x1080/60P, 30P, 24P; *Class 10+ SDXC memory card is required for recording in XAVC S AVCHD: 1920x1080/60p(PS), 24p(FX,FH), 60i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i(HQ,LP); MP4: 1280x720 30p
Video Actual (Pixel): Approx. 8.29M pixels(16:9) *1
Video Signal: UHDTV, HDTV, NTSC color, EIA standards
Photo Capture from Movie: XAVC S 4K: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840x2160) XAVC S HD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080) AVCHD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Dual Record: M: 10.3 Megapixels 16:9 (4288x2408) S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Audio Format: MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch(48kHz/16bit) [XAVC S 4K only]; Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator [AVCHD only]; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator [AVCHD only]
Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monoroal Speaker
Dual Video Recording: Yes
Mic Level Control: Yes (31steps)
Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): XAVC S 4K: approx.100Mbps
Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): XAVC S 4K: approx.60Mbps
Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): XAVC S HD: approx.50Mbps
Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): AVCHD PS: approx.28Mbps/ FX: approx.24Mbps/ FH: approx.17Mbps/ HQ: approx.9Mbps/ LP: approx.5Mbps
Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): MP4: approx.3Mbps
Still Image File Format: DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Wind Noise Reduction: Yes (On/off)
Dual Video Recording: Yes
Lens Type: ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T*
Lens Stabilization: Balanced Optical SteadyShot
Aperture: F1.8 - F3.4
Optical Zoom: 10x
Digital Zoom: 120x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): Movie: f=1 3/16 - 11 3/4 inch (f=29.8-298.0mm) (16:9) Photo: (f=1 1/16 - 10 5/8 inch (16:9), f=1 5/16 - 13 inch (4:3) (f=26.8-268.0mm(16:9), f=32.8-328.0mm (4:3))
Filter Diameter: 52mm
Minimum Focus Distance: Approx.1cm (Wide), Approx.80cm (Tele)
Aperture Blade: 6 blades
Direct Manual Focus: Yes
Clear Image Zoom: 4K: 15x; HD: 20x
Focal Distance: f=5/32 - 1 1/2 inch (f = 3.8-38.0mm)
ND Filter: OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Type: 0.6cm(0.24 type)/Color 1 555 200 dots equivalent
Diopter Adjustment: Yes (-4.0 to +3.0 m-1)
Field of View: 100%
LCD Type: 7.5cm(3.0 type) Xtra Fine LCD display (921 600dots) Wide(16:9)
Angle Adjustment: Opening Angle: max.90 deg., Turning Angle: max.270 deg.
Brightness Control: Yes (Menu)
Grid Display: Grid Line
Touch Panel: Yes
Focus System: Contrast AF
AF Modes: Auto / Manual (Touch Panel / Ring)
Focus Area: Full range Focus / Spot Focus
Manual Focus Assist: Magnified display for precise manual focus; Peaking Display
Focus Features: Lock-on AF
Metering Modes: Multi-segment / Spot
Exposure Compensation: AE Shift (Touch Panel / Ring)
Exposure Settings: Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel); Manual (Ring / Menu)
Scene Mode(s): Auto / Night Scene / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
Noise Reduction: Yes
White Balance Mode: Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Minimum Illumination: 4K: Standard:9 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed) HD: Standard:6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed) 4K: Low Lux 5 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) HD: Low Lux 3lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) NightShot: 0 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed)
Auto Iris Control: F1.8-F9.6
Backlight Compensation: Yes (Auto)
Gain Control: Auto/Manual
LOW LUX Mode: Yes
Manual Exposure Assist: Zebra Pattern Display
Manual Iris Control: F1.8-F9.6
WB Shift: Yes(G7-M7 15steps, A7-B7 15steps)
Drive Mode: Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
Self-timer: Approx.10sec.(Still Image / Golf Shot)
Shutter Speeds: Auto Control Range: 1/8-1/10000 Standard: 1/60-1/10000 Manual lris Control: 1/30-1/10000 Manual Shutter: 1/8-1/10000 Smooth Slow Rec: 1/250-1/10000
Flash Metering System: Pre-flash TTL (w/ Optional Flash)
Flash Modes: Auto / On / OFF (w/ Optional Flash)
Flash Compensation: Yes (3 steps) (w/ Optional Flash)
Manual / Auto Lens Cover: Lens Cap
S/S & Zoom button on LCD: Yes (Touch Panel)
Self Timer: Yes
Red-Eye Reduction: Yes (On/Off)
Fader Effect(s): White / Black
Date / Time Stamp: Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
Erase/Protect: Yes / Yes
Media/Battery Indicator: Yes(recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes(recordable time, remaining capacity)
Power Save Mode: Yes
Still Image Playback Options: Slide Show
Video Playback Options: Highlight Playback (AVDHD Movie Only); Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase); Hightlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
Built-in USB Cable: Yes (USB Charge Available)
Multiple Language Display: English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Spanish
Picture Effects: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Self Recording: Yes
Assignable Dial: Yes (Exposure /AE Shift / WB Temp. / WB B-A / WB G-M Set)
Tracking Focus: Yes
AGC Limit: Yes
Airplane Mode: Yes
Audio Level Display: Yes
CinemaTone Gamma/Color: Yes
Face Detection: Yes
Golf Shot: Yes [AVCHD only]
Image Stabilization: Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Intelligent Auto: Portrait / Baby / Walk / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low light / Auto wind noise reduction
Motion Shot Video: Yes (AVCHD / XAVC S HD or MP4 only)
My Voice Canceling: Yes
NightShot Infrared System: Yes
Premium Closer Voice: Yes
Priority Setting (for Face Detection): Auto/OFF
Smile Shutter technology: Dual Capture / Always On / Off
Smooth Slow Rec: Yes [AVCHD only]
Wi-Fi: Built-In (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band)
Wi-Fi Functionality: Remote control with mobile device, send to smartphone, send to PC (with optional wi-fi accessory)
Motion Shot Video: Yes (AVCHD / XAVC S HD or MP4 only)
My Voice Canceling: Yes
Premium Closer Voice: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
NFC: Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
SD Output: Composite Video Out (AV CABLE (sold separately))
HD Output: HDMI Out (micro)(supplied)
USB Port(s): TypeA (built-in) / USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
BRAVIA Sync: Yes
PhotoTV HD: Yes
Headphone Jack: Stereo Minijack
Microphone Input: Stereo Minijack
Direct Copy: Yes [AVCHD only]
Accessory Shoe: Yes (Multi Interface Shoe)
DC IN: Yes
HDMI Terminal: Yes (HDMI micro)
Multi/Micro USB Terminal: Yes
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.): Approx.2 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 6 1/8" (Approx.71 x 78.5 x 155mm (with NP-FV50 supplied battery)
Weight (Approx.): Approx.1lb 5oz (Approx.600g) unit only; Approx. 1lb 7oz (Approx. 655g) with NP-FV50 supplied battery
Power Requirements: 6.8V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Battery Type: InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)
Operating System Compatibility: WINDOWS: Play Memories Home: Windows XP SP3(32-bit version)/Windows Vista* SP2/Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8/Windows 8.1; Image Data Converter: Windows XP SP3(32-bit version)/Windows Vista* SP2/Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8; Remote Camera Control: Windows XP SP3(32-bit version)/Windows Vista* SP2/Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8/Windows 8.1 MAC: Play Memories Home: Mac OS X v10.6 ? v10.9; Remote Camera Control: Mac OS X v10.6 ? v10.9
1. Requires a PlayMemories Mobile app installed on compatible Android or iOS device.
2. Requires NFC-compatible mobile device. Check device's user manual for compatibility.
3. Class 10+ SDXC memory card is required for recording in XAVC S.
4. Requires a Ustream ID, password and Wi-Fi setting need to be stored in the camcorder.
5. Requires compatible Sony camera (sold separately) with Wi-Fi and PlayMemories Mobile.
6. PlayMemories Home available as a free download from sony.net/pm/.
7. Highlight Movie Maker N/A when shot in 4K.