• Webcode: 438820 • Mfr: FDRAX43/B
Product Highlights
  • 1/2.5" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 3840 x 2160 4K Resolution
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens
  • Stereo Minijack Input
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot OIS
  • 20x / 250x Optical / Digital Zoom
  • Approx. 8.29 Effective MP
  • 2.95" Clear Photo LCD Display
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FDR-AX43 4K Handycam
Built for stability and productivity

Steady movies. No gimbal required.

Delivering superb solutions for content creators and videographers. With Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ to rival gimbal systems, high-resolution 4K movie recording, and high-quality sound with a unique mic, this Handycam® puts professional production and simple movie sharing within anyone's grasp.

Key Features:

  • Suppress camera shake with internal gimbal mechanism
  • Up to 26.8 mm wide-angle lens
  • Lock-on AF
  • High Speed recording for high-quality slow motion
  • Time Code / User Bit
  • Motion Shot Video
  • Multi Camera Control

Suppress Camera Shake
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.

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.

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 color without aberration. The ZEISS T* Coating further enhances image quality by reducing unwanted reflections, including ghosting and flare.

Rapid AF response to capture decisive moments

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

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)

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.

Stable while walking

The unique Balanced Optical SteadyShot stabilizer, with internal gimbal mechanism, is about 13 times more effective than other optical systems, allowing shake-free shooting while walking.

Stable even while running

The Balanced Optical SteadyShot internal gimbal mechanism and image processing algorithm deliver such stable shooting that you can even shoot steady movies while running.

Stable at full zoom

The stability delivered by the gimbal and algorithm of Balanced Optical SteadyShot allows you to shoot steady movies even at full zoom, where camera shake is most visible.

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 autofocusing.

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.

Serious Audio Connectivity

Headphone and microphone jacks are provided, for premium audio connectivity.

Battery Life

The AX43 uses a high-capacity battery to enable recording for long periods. Up to 235 mins continuous recording time with the supplied battery.

One-touch remote & sharing

Connect NFC-capable Android devices with a simple touch, for remote control, viewing and image transfer using the Imaging Edge Mobile app11. Easy manual pairing for iOS and other devices is also available.

High Speed recording for high-quality slow motion

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 models30, the AX43 captures beautiful images with less noise, even in the extremes of low and bright lighting conditions.

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.

Face Detection and Smile Shutter

Use Face Detection to optimize focus, exposure, and color 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.

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 dialog, and more compelling soundtracks.

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.

5.1ch Surround Sound Microphone

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

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.

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.

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.

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 Canceling feature.

Highlight Movie Maker

Streamline your movie editing with Highlight Movie Maker to save editing time. Add highlight points to key moments while recording, then let the camcorder automatically generate a finished 4K or HD movie—with transitions synced to your chosen soundtrack.

What's Included

FDR-AX43 Handycam
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70A) 
AC Adaptor
Power Cord
Operating Guide
HDMI (micro) Cable 
micro USB Cable


Product Specifications

AX43 4K Handycam w/ Exmor R CMOS Sensor


Sensor Type 1/2.5 Type (0.28") back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Effective Pixels (Video / Still Image) Video
approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)

Still Image
approx. 8.29 MP (16:9) / approx. 6.22 MP


Image Processor BIONZ X image processor


Lens Type ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T
Filter Diameter 2.17"
Lens Cover Auto
Aperture f/2 - f/3.8
Focal Distance f = 4.4 to 88 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) (Video) f = 1-1/16 to 21-1/8 inch, f= 26.8-536.0 mm (16:9)
Focal Length (35mm 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)
Min. Focus Distance approx. 13/32 inch (Wide), approx. 31-1/2 inch (Tele) (approx. 1 cm (Wide), approx. 80 cm (Tele))
Iris Diaphragm 6 blades
ND Filter  


Optical Zoom 20x
Digital Zoom 250x
Clear Image Zoom 4K: 30x, HD: 40x


Screen Type 2.95 inch (3.0 type) Clear Photo LCD display (460,800 dots) Wide (16:9)
Touch Panel Yes
Brightness Control Yes (Menu)
Marker / Grid Display Grid Line
Angle Adjustment Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.

Image Stabilization

Image Stabilization Type Balanced Optical SteadyShot w/Intelligent Active Mode (5-Axis)


Focus Type Contrast AF
Focus Mode Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
Focus Area Full Range Focus / Spot Focus
Fast Intelligent AF Yes
Lock-On AF Lock-on AF
Manual Focus Assist Peaking Display


Mode Auto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Menu)
Metering Modes Multi-segment / Spot
Exposure Compensation AE Shift (Touch Panel)
Low Lux Mode Yes
Auto Iris Control F2.0-F11
Manual Iris Control F2.0-F11
Manual Exposure Assist Zebra Pattern Display
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
Gain Control Auto
AGC Limit Yes
Min. Illumination 4K: 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)

Shutter Speed

Auto Control Range 1/8–1/10000
Standard 1/60–1/10000
Manual Iris Control (Photo Mode) 1/30–1/10000
Manual Shutter 1/8–1/10000
Smooth Slow 1/250–1/10000

White Balance

White Balance Modes Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
White Balance Shift Yes


Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation Yes (3 steps)
Flash Mode Auto / On / OFF

Storage Media

Media Type XAVC 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.264
Video Resolution XAVC 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
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)
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) 1920 x 1080), 3840 x 2160) / HD: S (2.1 M, 4K: L (8.3 M
Still Image Size (Dual Record) M: 8.3 Megapixels 16:9 (3840 x 2160), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)


Microphone Built-in Zoom Microphone
Audio Recording Format LPCM 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
Mic Level Control Yes (31 Steps)
Auto Wind Noise Reduction Yes (On / Off)
My Voice Canceling Yes
Speaker Built-in Zoom Microphone, Monaural Speaker

Advanced Feature

High Speed Rec Yes (120p / 1920 x 1080, 100 / 60 Mbps)
Time Lapse Capture Time-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)
Scene Selection Auto / Night Scene / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
Time Code / User Bit Yes
Other Features Face 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


Fast Playback About 5 times / 10 times / 30 times / 60 times
Slow Playback Forward: 1/5 speed, Reverse: 1/2 speed
Trimming Playback Yes
Highlight Movie Maker Highlight Movie Maker, highlight background music (6 preinstalled music files, music transfer compatible)
Motion Shot Video Yes
Slide Show (Still Image) Slideshow

Wireless Function

WiFi Yes (Wifi Compatible, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz band))
NFC Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag Compatible)
Multi Camera Control Yes

Terminal / Shoe

Accessory Shoe Yes (Multi Interface Shoe)
HDMI Terminal Yes (HDMI Micro)
Multi / Micro USB Terminal Yes
Remote Terminal Integrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal
STD Output Composite Video Out (AV CABLE (sold separately))
Microphone Input Stereo minijack
Headphone Jack Stereo minijack
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD / SDHC / SDXC compatible
DC In Yes


Battery Type InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)
Power Consumption (LCD) 4K: 5.1 W
Power Requirements 6.8 V/7.3 V (battery pack), 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Charge on Camcorder (Charging Time with Supplied Battery) Yes (approx. 3h 25min)
USB Charging DC 5 V 1500 mA

Physical Specifications

Weight (Main Unit / Incl. Supplied Battery) Main Unit only
510 g (1 lb 2 oz)

Incl. 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))
Dimensions (incl. 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)))

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