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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.
- 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
4K image qualityCapture 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 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.
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens for 4K
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.
Rapid AF response to capture decisive moments
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)
Extensive zoom shooting capabilities
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.
4K Time-lapse Capture
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What's IncludedFDR-AX43 Handycam
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70A)
HDMI (micro) Cable
micro USB Cable
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)
approx. 8.29 MP (16:9) / approx. 6.22 MP
|Image Processor||BIONZ X image processor|
|Lens Type||ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T|
|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|
|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)|
|Brightness Control||Yes (Menu)|
|Marker / Grid Display||Grid Line|
|Angle Adjustment||Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.|
|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)|
|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)|
|Auto Control Range||1/8–1/10000|
|Manual Iris Control (Photo Mode)||1/30–1/10000|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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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Sony AX43 4K Handycam with Exmor R CMOS Sensor
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