Sony AX43 4K Handycam With Exmor R Cmos Sensor - FDRAX43/B

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Gimbal mechanism inside

Sony’s Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ is a unique image 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. In HD shooting mode, it further reduces the effect of camera shake with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode compensating for vibration across pan, tilt, roll, pitch, and yaw.

Accessories for every shooting style

Open up new storytelling possibilities with a range of accessories from microphones to grips—all designed for professional results and seamless compatibility.

4K image quality

Capture your movies with the stunning realism and detail of 4K (3840 x 2160). With four times more detail than Full HD, all your images are enhanced by the subtle qualities that bring images to vibrant life.

The latest-generation image sensor exclusively for 4K

The new-generation sensor is designed for optimal 4K recording. With pixel sizes around 1.6x larger than previous models, the AX43 captures beautiful images with less noise, even in the extremes of low and bright lighting conditions.

ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens for 4K

The AX43 features a custom lens, developed for the highest-quality 4K imaging throughout its entire wide-to-telephoto range. The use of AA (advanced aspherical) lens elements ensures each scene is faithfully captured, even with the compact design, while ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass delivers accurate colour without aberration. The ZEISS® T* Coating further enhances image quality by reducing unwanted reflections, including ghosting and flare.

Up to 26.8mm wide angle lens

Whether you’re shooting movies or still images, the class-leading wide-angle lens can help you capture more of landscapes and indoor scenes when you don’t have enough room to step back. Even without a wide conversion lens, the camcorder shoots as wide as 26.8 mm (16:9 aspect ratio) in movie mode.

Super-sampled Full HD playback

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

Rapid AF response to capture decisive moments

Fast Intelligent AF achieves speedy, accurate contrast-detection auto focus by minimizing lens motion, predicting the AF range, and accelerating lens drive, thereby improving response so you can capture more fleeting moments.

Lock-on AF

Enhance your tracking of moving subjects with a simple touch. Simply select your subject on the LCD touchscreen, and the AX43 will automatically adjust the tracking frame and lock onto even fast-moving targets, for precise auto-focusing.

Face Detection and Smile Shutter

Use Face Detection to optimize focus, exposure, and colour for key people in a shot, even in selfies, so you only need compose and narrate the scene. Prioritize a face simply by touching it on the LCD. And with Smile Shutter, you can set the camera to automatically capture still shots of those magical, fleeting smiles even while recording movies.

Golf Shot

Capture and analyze high-speed motion with no need for fancy equipment. Golf Shot mode lets you capture video and a series of stills revealing each step of the action.

Extensive zoom shooting capabilities 

With the high-quality, stabilized, 20x optical zoom there’s plenty of range to capture your subject. And, when shooting far away, our Clear Image Zoom uses a proprietary algorithm to deliver optical-zoom quality even at up to 40x (30x in 4K mode).

Realistic recording of voices, music and other sound

Thanks to the three-capsule mic, the AX43 microphone gathers sound from five directions and, with advanced audio processing, results in dramatically better built-in audio recording. Around 40% less background noise is captured, and you’ll enjoy better stereo, or 5.1ch surround (AVCHD) separation, for more faithful capture, clearer dialogue, and more compelling soundtracks.

High Speed recording for high-quality slow motion

With support for high-frame-rate capture up to 100fps/120fps in Full HD, you can create slow-motion recordings, elevating every movement in startling detail. Simply import your video into PlayMemories Home (free) or other popular editing software to reveal smooth, sharp action in even the most everyday activities.

4K Time-lapse Capture

With Time-lapse Capture, shoot stills of a scene over a period of time with a chosen interval between shots. The resulting images can be combined at high resolution into a time-lapse movie on a PC, and viewed with a simple variable-speed preview function on the camera, even in high-quality 4K.

Trimming Playback

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.

Time Code/User Bit

The AX43 can add embedded data elements to your video, for professional workflows and tracking. The Time Code function records a frame-accurate synchronization sequence, ideal for precise edit matching in multi-camera shoots. User Bit lets you embed an eight-character reference, such as a scene number, along with your footage, for easier tracking in post-production.

Exceptional image quality

The AX43 can capture video using the XAVC S format for high-quality images. Based on formats used for professional productions, XAVC S offers bitrates up to 100 Mbps, and highly efficient compression, for detailed images and easily manageable file sizes.

5.1ch surround sound microphone

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

My Voice Canceling

Reduce the intensity of the voice of a user shooting from close behind the camera, thanks to the innovative microphone and My Voice Cancelling feature.

Motion Shot Video

Use Motion Shot Video to create dramatic motion playback sequences, superimposing images of your moving subject to trace each split-second of action. You can adjust the interval between images to create amazing images for sharing with friends, or use it as a powerful tool for analyzing sports motion on screen.

Dual Video Recording

Record two movie formats 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 upload, plus a professional-grade file for further editing.

Highlight Movie Maker

Streamline your movie editing with Highlight Movie Maker. Using Dual Video Rec, the FDR-AX43 can simultaneously capture at 4K (3840 x 2160) or Full HD (1920 x 1080), and HD (1280 x 720) for both full-quality storage and easy sharing. The HD (1280 x 720) resolution uses an efficient MP4 video format to create quick and automatic HD highlight movies for immediate sharing, complete with video transitions and your choice of background music.

Multi Camera Control

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

One-touch remote and one-touch sharing

One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera, and one-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. You can control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot, or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. Additionally, by installing Imaging Edge Mobile app on an NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet, you can even skip the pairing sequences by simply touching your device to the camera. 

Resolution Output-
Projected Image Size-
Light Output-
Motion Shot VideoYes
Slide Show (Still Image)Slide Show
Highlight Movie MakerHighlight Movie Maker, highlight background music (6 preinstalled music files, music transfer compatible)
Trimming PlaybackYes
Slow PlaybackForward: 1/5 speed, Reverse: 1/2 speed
Fast PlaybackAbout 5 times / 10 times / 30 times / 60 times
Advanced Feature
Other FeaturesFace Detection , Cinematone, Golf Shot (Yes), Smooth Slow Rec (Yes), Fader Effect(s) (White / Black), Intelligent Auto (Portrait / Baby / Walk / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low-light / Auto wind noise reduction), Smile Shutter (Off / Dual Capture / Always On), Red-Eye Reduction, Direct Copy
Time Code/User BitYes
NightShot Infrared System-
Scene SelectionAuto / Night Scene / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
Time-lapse CaptureTime-Lapse Capture, Shooting Interval (1/2/5/10/30/60 sec), Shot Number (1-999), Capture Image Size (4K: L (8.3 M, 3840 x 2160) / HD: S (2.1 M, 1920 x 1080)), AE Mode (AE Lock / AE Tracking)
High Speed RecYes (120p / 1920 x 1080, 100 / 60 Mbps)
SpeakerBuilt-in Zoom Microphone, Monaural Speaker
My Voice CancelingYes
Auto Wind Noise ReductionYes (On / Off)
Mic Level ControlYes (31 steps)
Audio Recording FormatLPCM 2ch (48 kHz / 16 bit), Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator, Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
MicrophoneBuilt-in Zoom Microphone
Still Image Size (Dual Record)M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
Still Image Size (Time-Lapse Capture)1920 x 1080), 3840 x 2160) / HD: S (2.1 M, 4K: L (8.3 M
Still Image Size (Photo Capture)XAVC S 4K: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3,840 x 2,160), XAVC S HD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1,920 x 1,080), AVCHD: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1,920 x 1,080)
Still Image Size (Movie Mode)M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3,840 x 2,160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1,920 x 1,080)
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)
Video Recording Rate (ABR/VBR)XAVC S 4K: approx. 100 Mbps, XAVC S 4K: approx. 60 Mbps, XAVC S HD: approx. 50 Mbps, AVCHD PS: approx. 28 Mbps / FX: approx. 24 Mbps / FH: approx. 17 Mbps / HQ: approx. 9 Mbps / LP: approx. 5 Mbps, MP4: approx. 3 Mbps
Recording Format (Still Image)JPEG (DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible)
Video ResolutionXAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 / 30p, 24p, XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 / 60p, 30p, 24p, AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 / 60p (PS), 30p (FX, FH), 24p (FX, FH), 60i (FX, FH), 1440 x 1080 / 60i (HQ, LP), MP4: 1280 x 720 / 30p
Storage Media
Internal Media-
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.264
Flash CompensationYes (3 steps)
Flash ModeAuto / On / OFF
Storage Media
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, Class10 or higher) / SDXC Memory Card (Class10 or higher), XAVC S HD: SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, Class10 or higher) / 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)
Flash Metering SystemPre-flash TTL
Shutter Speed
Smooth Slow1/250–1/10000
White Balance
White Balance ModesAuto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
White Balance ShiftYes
Shutter Speed
Manual Shutter1/8-1/10000
Manual Iris Control (Photo mode)1/30–1/10000
Auto Control Range1/8-1/10000
Minimum 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)
AGC LimitYes
Gain ControlAuto
Backlight CompensationYes (Auto)
Auto Iris ControlF2.0-F11
Manual Iris ControlF2.0-F11
Manual Exposure AssistZebra Pattern Display
Exposure CompensationAE Shift (Touch Panel)
Metering ModesMulti-segment / Spot
Focus AreaFull range Focus / Spot Focus
Fast Intelligent AFYes
Lock-On AFLock-on AF
Manual Focus AssistPeaking Display
ModeAuto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Menu)
Focus ModeAuto / Manual (Touch Panel)
Focus Points-
Focus TypeContrast AF
Image Stabilization
Image Stabilization TypeBalanced Optical SteadyShot w/ Intelligent Active mode (5-axis)
Angle AdjustmentOpening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Marker/Grid DisplayGrid Line
Brightness ControlYes (Menu)
Touch PanelYes
Screen Type7.5 cm (3.0 type) Clear Photo LCD display (460,800 dots) Wide (16:9)
Diopter adjustment-
Field of View-
Viewfinder Type-
Digital Zoom250x
Clear Image Zoom4K: 30x, HD: 40x
ND Filter-
Optical Zoom20x
Iris Diaphragm6 blades
Minimum Focus Distanceapprox. 13/32-inch (Wide), approx. 31-1/2 inch (Tele), approx. 1 cm (Wide), approx. 80 cm (Tele)
Focal Length (35 mm equivalent) (Still Image)f = 1-1/16 to 21-1/8 inch (16:9), f = 1-5/16 to 25-7/8 inch (4:3), f = 26.8 to 536.0 mm (16:9), f = 32.8 to 656.0 mm (4:3)
Focal Length (35 mm equivalent) (Video)f = 1-1/16 to 21-1/8 inch , f=26.8–536.0 mm (16:9)
Focal Distancef = 4.4 to 88 mm
Image ProcessorBIONZ X image processor
Lens TypeZEISS Vario-Sonnar T
Filter Diameter55 mm
Lens CoverAuto
Sensor Type1/2.5 type (7.20 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Effective Pixels (Video)approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)
Effective Pixels (Still Image)approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9) / approx. 6.22 Megapixels (4:3)
Endurance (Battery Life)-
Projector Input-
Keystone Adjustment-
Wireless Function
Wi-FiYes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz band))
NFCYes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
Multi Camera ControlYes
Terminal / Shoe
Accessory ShoeYes (Multi Interface Shoe)
HDMI TerminalYes (HDMI micro)
Projector Input-
Multi/Micro USB TerminalYes
Remote TerminalIntegrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal
STD OutputComposite Video Out (AV CABLE (sold separately))
Microphone InputStereo Minijack
Headphone JackStereo Minijack
Memory Card SlotMemory Stick PRO Duo and SD / SDHC / SDXC compatible
Battery TypeInfoLITHIUM with AccuPowerTM Metre System (V Series)
Power Consumption (LCD)4K: 5.1W
Power Consumption (Viewfinder)-
Power Requirements6.8 V/7.3 V (battery pack), 8.4 V (AC Adaptor)
Charge on camcorder (charging time with supplied battery)Yes (approx. 3h 25min)
USB ChargingDC 5V 1500mA
USB Power Supply-
Size & Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) (including supplied battery)Approx. 2-7/8 inch x 3-1/4 inch x 5-5/8 inch (Approx. 2-7/8 inch x 3-1/4 inch x 6-7/8 inch (NP-FV70A) (including supplied battery)), Approx. 73 mm x 80.5 mm x 142.5 mm (Approx. 73 mm x 80.5 mm x 173 mm (NP-FV70A) (including supplied battery))
Weight (main unit only)Approx. 1 lb 2.0 oz, Approx. 510 g
Weight (including supplied battery)Approx. 1 lb 3.8 oz (NP-FV50A), Approx. 1 lb 5.2 oz (NP-FV70A) (supplied battery), Approx. 1 lb 7.3 oz (NP-FV100A), Approx. 560 g (NP-FV50A), Approx. 600 g (NP-FV70A) (supplied battery), Approx. 660 g (NP-FV100A)

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