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Is The Sony AX53 Still A Good Buy In 2019

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    Posted: 26 June 2019 at 01:26
Well it has been 5 years since my last camcorder purchase. Yesterday I traded in my beloved Sony CX900 and purchased the Sony AX53. I hope I didn't make a mistake losing the one inch sensor. I really wanted two things out of a camcorder. A 20x optical zoom and 4k recording. The B.O.S.S stabilization system in this camera is just a bonus. I'll take you guys through the camera do a few tests and give you my initial thoughts. I know I am very late moving to this camera but there may be others like me out there wondering if there is still any point in making this purchase.

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Originally posted by Fivepin Fivepin wrote:

Yesterday I traded in my beloved Sony CX900 and purchased the Sony AX53. I hope I didn't make a mistake losing the one inch sensor.
These things you should consider before you buy a camera....

It seems Sony uses the same lens on all 1" camcorders. Did you consider the Sony RX10 III or RX10 IV? It is a completely different form factor, but it is about the price your CX900 was and it is a more versatile camera: it is both good in video and stills.
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Addy, yes I really did consider the Rx10iv...but I like the camcorder factor. I own both A and E mount DSLR's. I find some things are just better with a camcorder. I shoot a lot of kids events...sports and plays etc.

After doing some low light with the AX53 last night reviewing yesterdays footage and then recording a baseball game I filmed last evening I can clearly see the AX53 is not the same image quality as the cx900. Its very good. I would say 83%...Yes not quite 85...but certainly not 80...However this camera does so many things I want ie; 20x zoom, faster zoom, faster AF, 4k, B.O.S.S stabilization and the biggest surprise to me the weight and size. I think I still have to keep it. If for only one reason. Sony doesn't make a 1 inch camcorder with all of those other boxes checked. I will upload some follow up low light footage and compare it to the cx900 in a later video if anyone cares.
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You can use your E-mount cameras when you need better low light performance anyway.
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For anyone interested in video quality and a short comparison to the 1 inch cx900
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