Today, Sony launched a new member of its Handycam lineup, the Sony FDR-AX43/B. This small, compact Handycam features some state of the art technological advancements, which includes 4K recording, and advanced image stabilization. Let’s not wait for long, and dive deeper into this mini but powerful video recorder.
Sony FDR-AX43/B Specifications
The FDR-AX43/B features Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens with a wide-angle of 26.8mm for better and sharp optical performance. This will definitely get your clearest of the clearest video capture quality. And you know Zeiss, they are the best in the market for their Optics!
This particular lens will allow you to zoom into your subject with 20x the Optical Zoom, and the Clear Image Zoom at 30x for 4K and 40x for the HD resolution. The aperture of the lens ranges between f/2.0-3.8.
The sensor behind this amazing lens is 1/2.5 type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor. This sensor will give you a better image capturing with the best of the best color reproduction. There is a BIONZ X image processing engine inside the sensor, which will give you excellent image quality, no matter what the lighting condition is.
Moreover, you get a High-Bitrate shooting feature, which includes 100Mbps for XAVC S™ 4K whereas 50Mbps for XAVC S HD. A 3-Capsule microphone present on the Handycam ensures advanced sound quality. I will mention more of this in the features section below.
A 3″ Flip-Screen will let you view what the lens is actually seeing. The Handycam includes some handy features, for example, Highlight Movie Maker, which creates short video clips from your capture videos. The videos will be pre-edited, and is sharable to social media without any hassle, directly, thanks to the inbuilt 2.4GHz WiFi.
For the longer on the go juice, the Sony FDR-AX43/B comes with an InfoLITHIUM with AccuPowerTM Meter System (V Series) battery. Inside the box, you will get a charger which takes around 3hrs 25mins to charge fully.
With a great Handycam, comes great features onboard. First of all, it comes with the basic requirement – 4K recording, that too with advanced Image Stabilization alongside. More features are yet to cover, so sit tight!
The Lens – ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T*
The ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T* comes from one of the reputed brands known for its amazing quality. The lens here is a 26.8mm wide-angle lens, which gives you enough area to cover in a single image or a video frame. The de-facto is 26.8mm, even without the wide-angle conversion, which shoots images and videos in 16:9 aspect ration. The ZEISS T* coating reduces glares & ghostings to a greater extent, and thanks to the ED or Extra-low Dispersion glass, you will get accurate colors with no aberration.
The greatest image sensor out there!
The Sony FDR-AX43/B comes with an amazing sensor, which has an amazing image processing engine BIONZ X, capable enough to capture crystal-clear images and videos, even in the low-light condition. It is the latest generation 4K sensor and has a larger pixel size than the previous generation. Thanks to the AX43’s sensor, you can capture enough of the details with noise reduction, even in the low or bright light condition.
That Fast Intelligent AF though!
Fast Intelligent AF focuses accurately on the subject, which happens due to minimization of the lens movement, and range prediction, you can capture more and more shots easily. The Lock-on AF is one of another feature of this Handycam. The AF is so fast and accurate, that it can lock-on the moving speedy object with ease with precise autofocusing. Face Detection also works flawlessly. Combined with the Smile Shutter (which works like a flag to click the capture function).
That stabilization though….!
This level of stabilization can only be achieved by the 5-axis Gimbal Mechanism present inside. The Gimbal Mechanism stabilizes the camera sensors to make the image/video capturing little to no shakiness. This is called Sony’s Balanced Optical SteadyShot. This is 13 times better than other methods. Thanks to this implementation, you will no longer require an external expensive Gimbal set for stabilization.
Reduce your own voice with the inbuilt microphones.
The 3-Capsule Microphone ensures crystal clear voice clarity all around. The mics on the AX43 captures sounds from 5 different directions, and thanks to the advanced audio processing, the quality improves more. With the new My Voice Cancelling, you can reduce your voice dramatically down from the recording, thus making the editor’s life easier. You will experience around 40% of the noise reduction thus giving crystal clear subject’s audio.
Several Accessories to choose from!
…and many more!
The Sony FDR-AX43/B will cost you around $849.99 and is not available for purchase on the date of writing this article. However, the FDR-AX43/B will be shipped to North America this month.
For more information on the product, visit Sony FDR-AX43/B for more!
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