AX53 4K Handycam® with ExmorR™ CMOS sensor
4K camcorder with Balanced Optical SteadyShot™
Advanced features for great movies
The performance packed into the top-class 4K Handycam® is peerless. Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ and Fast Intelligent AF achieve exactly the images you aim for. A new microphone structure captures ambiance that’s all-surrounding. You can even play with time in motion or gain control of pro-style/manual functions. The possibilities and pleasures are endless.
What’s balanced optical steady shot
Sony's Balanced Optical SteadyShotTM is a unique stabilizer, with a gimbal mechanism about 13 times more effective than other optical systems. Capture smooth, professional-looking images, even at full zoom or while running, with no need for bulky external gimbals.
The brilliant true-to-life quality of 4K
A newly developed lens and image sensor enhance the spectacular definition of 4K resolution3, with particular sensitivity for capturing high-quality movies in low light.
New ZEISS™ 20x zoom 4K-compatible lens
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar® T* lens with 26.8 mm widest angle allows more of a subject to fit in frame
New Exmor R™ CMOS sensor for 4K
Bigger pixel size improves sensitivity for shooting movies with less noise, even in darkness.
The wonder of high-bitrate 4K and HD
High-bitrate recording4 in XAVC S format clearly captures even changing scenes with a lot of motion.
Extra-steady shooting on the move
The short movie below shows the camera shake compensation effects of Balanced Optical SteadyShot (right) and optical image stabilization (left), respectively.
Less image shake within a broad zoom range
For extra-stable movie shooting from wide to telephoto. In HD shooting mode, 5-axis Intelligent Active mode further compensates for camera shake, even when shooting while running.
Focus with stunning speed
Fast Intelligent AF autofocuses not only with exceptional speed, but with uncanny precision as well.
Fast Intelligent AF speeds up smartly
A new AF algorithm optimizes communication between the lens and image processor for extra-fast AF, and a state-of-the-art AF range prediction system keeps the subject in sharp focus.
Capture real-life sound
The new microphone structure is designed to capture high-quality sound that conveys fuller ambiance with approximately 40% less noise
Bring memories to greater life with the 4K camcorder. Record spectacular 4K Ultra HD detail. Minimize image shake with Balanced Optical SteadyShot. Autofocus with extra-precise Fast Intelligent AF. Capture a range of stunning results using a 4K-compatible optical 20x zoom ZEISS Vario-Sonnar® T* lens with 26.8 mm widest angle.
Sensor Type1/2.5 type (0.28 in) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS SensorEffective Pixels (Video)approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)2
Effective Pixels (Still Image)approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)/approx. 6.22 Megapixels (4:3)
Image ProcessorBIONZ X™ image processor
Lens TypeZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T*Filter Diameter55 mmLens CoverAutoApertureF 2.0-3.8Focal Distancef=4.4-88 mm
Focal Length (35 mm equivalent) (Video)f=26.8-536.0 mm (16:9)2Focal Length (35mm equivalent) (Still Image)f=26.8-536.0 mm (16:9) f=32.8-656.0 mm (4:3)Minimum Focus Distanceapprox. 13/32" (Wide), approx. 31 1/2" (Tele), approx. 1 cm (Wide), approx. 80 cm (Tele)Iris Diaphragm6 blades
Optical Zoom20xClear Image Zoom4K: 30x HD: 40x3
Viewfinder Type0.24 type (0.6 cm)/Color 1,555,200 dots equivalentField of View100%
Diopter adjustmentYes (-4.0 to +3.0 mstyle name="sup"-1/style)
Screen Type3.0 type (3.0") Xtra Fine LCD™ display (921 x 600 dots) Wide (16:9)Touch PanelYesBrightness ControlYes (Menu)5
Marker/Grid DisplayGrid Line6Angle AdjustmentOpening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Image Stabilization TypeBalanced Optical SteadyShot w/ Intelligent Active mode (5-axis)7
Focus TypeContrast AFFocus ModeAuto/Manual (Touch Panel/Ring)Focus AreaFull range Focus/Spot Focus
Fast Intelligent AFYesLock-On AFYes8Manual Focus AssistMagnified display for precise manual focus, Peaking Display
ModeAuto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Menu/Ring)Metering ModesMulti-segment/SpotExposure CompensationAE Shift (Touch Panel/Ring)LOW LUX ModeYesAuto Iris ControlF2.0-F11Manual Iris ControlF2.0-F11
Manual Exposure AssistZebra Pattern DisplayBacklight CompensationYes (Auto)Gain ControlAutoAGC LimitYesMinimum Illumination4K: Standard: 9 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed) HD: Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed), 4K: Low Lux 1.8 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) HD: Low Lux 1.2 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed), NightShot: 0 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed)
Auto Control Range1/8–1/10000Standard1/60–1/10000Manual Iris Control (Photo Mode)1/30–1/10000
Manual Shutter1/8–1/10000Smooth Slow1/250–1/10000
White Balance ModesAuto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor
White Balance Shift Yes
Flash Metering SystemPre-flash TTL9Flash CompensationYes (3 steps)9
Media TypeXAVC S 4K (100 Mbps): SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, UHS-I U3 or Higher)/SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I U3 or Higher), XAVC S 4K (60 Mbps): SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, Class 10 or Higher)/SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 or Higher), XAVC S HD: SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, Class 10 or Higher)/SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 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)
Recording Format (Video)XAVC S format:MPEG4-AVC/H.264, AVCHD format ver. 2.0 compatible:MPEG4-AVC/H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264Video ResolutionXAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160/30p, 24p, XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080/60p, 30p, 24p, AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/60p (PS), 24p (FX, FH), 60i (FX, FH), 1440 x 1080/60i (HQ, LP), MP4: 1280 x 720 30pVideo Recording Rate (ABR / VBR)XAVC S 4K: approx. 100 Mbps10, XAVC S 4K: approx. 60 Mbps10, XAVC S HD: approx. 50 Mbps10, AVCHD PS: approx. 28 Mbps/FX: approx. 24 Mbps/FH: approx. 17 Mbps/HQ: approx. 9 Mbps/LP: approx. 5 Mbps1011, MP4: approx. 3 Mbps10Recording Format (Still Image)JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline-compliant)Still Image Size (Photo Mode)L: 16.6 Megapixels 16:9 (5440 x 3056), 12.5 Megapixels 4:3 (4080 x 3056), M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160), 6.2 Megapixels 4:3 (2880 x 2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080), 0.3 Megapixels 4:3 (640 x 480)
Still Image Size (Movie Mode)M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)Still Image Size (Photo Capture)XAVC S 4K: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160), XAVC S HD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080), AVCHD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)Still Image Size (Time-Lapse Capture)4K: L (8.3 M, 3840 x 2160)/HD: S (2.1 M, 1920 x 1080)Still Image Size (Dual Record)M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160)12, S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)81312
MicrophoneBuilt-in Zoom MicrophoneAudio Recording FormatMPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch (48 kHz/16 bit)14, Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator15, Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator15, MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch16Mic Level ControlYes (31 steps)
Auto Wind Noise ReductionYes (On/Off)My Voice CancelingYesSpeakerMonaural Speaker
High Speed RecYes (120p/1920 x 1080, 100/60 Mbps)Time-lapse CaptureYes, Shooting Interval (1/2/5/10/30/60sec), Shot Number (1-999), Capture Image Size (4K:L(8.3M, 3840 x 2160)/HD: S (2.1 M, 1920 x 1080)), AE Mode (AE Lock/AE Tracking)Scene SelectionAuto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow
NightShot infrared SystemYesTime Code/User BitYesOther FeaturesFace Detection8, Cinematone, Golf Shot15, Smooth Slow Rec15, Fader Effect(s) (White/Black)17, Intelligent Auto (Portrait/Baby/Walk/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light/Auto wind noise reduction), Smile Shutter (Off/Dual Capture/Always On)81312, Red Eye Reduction (Yes9), Direct Copy
Fast PlaybackAbout 5 times/10 times/30 times/60 timesSlow PlaybackForward: 1/5 speed, Reverse: 1/2 speedTrimming PlaybackYes
Highlight Movie MakerYes15, Highlight background music (Preinstalled 6 music files, Music transfer compatible18Motion Shot VideoYes19Slide Show (Still Image)Slideshow
Wi-Fi®Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band))20NFC™Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
Live Streamingyes21Multi Camera Controlyes
Terminal / Shoe
Accessory shoeYes (Multi Interface Shoe)HDMI TerminalYes (HDMI micro)22Multi/Micro USB TerminalYes23Remote Terminalintegrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal23STD OutputComposite Video Out (AV CABLE (sold separately))
Microphone InputStereo minijackHeadphone JackStereo minijackMemory Card SlotMemory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatibleDC INYes
Battery TypeInfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)24Power Consumption (LCD)4 K: 4.9 W25Power Consumption (Viewfinder)4 K: 4.9 W25
Power Requirements6.8 V/7.3 V (battery pack), 8.4 V (AC Adapter)Charge on Camcorder (charging time with supplied battery)Yes (approx. 3h 25min)26USB ChargingDC 5 V 1500 mA
Size & Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) (including supplied battery)Approx. 2 7/8" x 3 1/4" x 6 3/8" (Approx. 2 7/8" x 3 1/4" x 6 5/8" (NP-FV70)/Approx. 2 7/8" x 3 1/4" x 6 7/8" (NP-FV70A) (including supplied battery))2728, Approx. 73 mm x 80.5 mm x 161 mm (Approx. 73 mm x 80.5 mm x 166.5 mm (NP-FV70)/Approx. 73 mm x 80.5 mm x 173 mm (NP-FV70A) (including supplied battery))2728Weight (main unit only)Approx. 1 lb 2.9 oz, Approx. 535 g
Weight (including supplied battery)Approx. 1 lb 4.6 oz (NP-FV50A)29, Approx. 1 lb 6.4 oz (NP-FV70)/Approx. 1 lb 6 oz (NP-FV70A) (supplied battery)29, Approx.1 lb 8.0 oz (NP-FV100A)29, Approx. 585 g (NP-FV50A)29, Approx. 635 g (NP-FV70)/Approx. 625 g (NP-FV70A) (supplied battery)29, Approx. 680 g (NP-FV100A)29
What's In The Box
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70/NP-FV70A) (1)30, AC Adapter (1)30, Power Cord (1)30, Operating Guide (1)30, HDMI (micro) Cable (1)30, micro USB Cable (1)30