I decided to upgrade my camera gear a bit with some 4K videos. For that, I chose the latest Sony FDR-AX33, which is Sony’s latest 4K camera just released at end of Febuary in 2015. Sony did release a larger FDR-AX100 (which has larger sensor) but the newer FDR-AX33 is a lot more portable plus it has BOSS (Balanced Optical Steady Shot) along with 100Mbps bitrate. Now, for those of you looking for a good 4K camcorder to make 4K videos, this may be one of the best 4K camcorders out right nowt that’s under $1000.
With a price tag of $999, the Sony FDR-AX33 isn’t cheap by any means but it does a lot of things right and why I bought one. First, I really like the optical stabilization that allows you to make full use of the zoom on the camcorder. Many consumer camcorders do a lot of zoom but at the price of noise and shaking. With the Sony FDR-AX33 BOSS technology, you can really get stable shots even at its maximum 15X zoom. That may not sound like a lot but if you make a lot of videos, you know how useful that is especially when you are traveling and don’t want to carry a tripod everywhere you go.
I also wanted a 4K camcorder that wasn’t too heavy to carry around with me everywhere. I will be traveling to Thailand and South Korea in the summer soon and want to have a good camcorder that will allow me to make videos on the go without carrying all my DSLR gear. For that, the FDR-AX33 fit the bill and it comes with nifty features you can’t live without.
Some of my favorite features on the Sony FDR-AX33 include its permanent USB plug (that you can use to recharge) along with a AC adapter (if you want to recharge faster), manual focus ring (which you can also use for other things like aperture, exposure, etc…etc…), headphone/microphone jacks, hot shoe mount (for mounting microphone, LED lights, etc…etc…), MP4 format for 4K recording, and fast F1.8 wide-angle lens (when zoomed all the way out).
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