Steady movies – no gimbal required

Pictured with optional Shooting Grip (GP-VPT1) and Shotgun Microphone (ECM-B1M)


AX43A 4K Handycam® with Exmor R™ CMOS sensor

Built for stability and productivity

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. 

Diagram depicting internal gimbal mechanism, with explanatory illustration showing conventional gimbal
Suppress camera shake - Gimbal Mechanism Inside
Highly detailed image of buildings and bridge
High-resolution 4K recording
Fast-moving subject (e.g. dancer)
High-performance AF
Image of sound recording scene, with street musicians displayed on LCD screen of AX43A
Sound recording with superb natural presence
Image of selfie shooting with AX43A, optional grip and shotgun microphone
Ideal for content creators and videographers
Mixed group of young adults having fun on the beach
Special effects, for high-impact movies
Suppress camera shake - Gimbal Mechanism Inside
Extra-steady shooting on the move

Watch Balanced Optical SteadyShot in action

Stable while walking

The unique Balanced Optical SteadyShot stabiliser, 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.

High-resolution 4K recording
The brilliant true-to-life quality of 4K

The latest-generation lens and image sensor enhance the spectacular detail of 4K resolution, with increased sensitivity for capturing high-quality movies in low light.  High-bitrate recording in XAVC S format clearly captures even fast-moving and complex scenes.

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ZEISS® 20x zoom 4K-compatible lens

The ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens has a widest angle of 26.8 mm, allowing more of a subject to fit in the frame. Capture a wide variety of scenes with the 20x optical zoom (26.8-536.0mm; 16:9 mode), plus 30x (4K) or 40x (HD) Clear Image Zoom and 250x digital zoom

Images of Exmor R™ sensor and BIONZ X™ chip
Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and BIONZ X™ image processing engine

The Exmor R CMOS sensor enhances image clarity, reduces noise in dark environments, and enables soft background defocusing, while the BIONZ X image processing engine achieves more naturally vivid and lifelike images and faster processing. 

See 4K movies in HD on non-4K devices
Image of couple, illustrating down-conversion from 4K, displayed at Full HD on TV via cable from AX43A
Super-sampled Full HD Playback on non-4K TV or device

4K movies automatically down-convert to Full HD to play on an HD TV.

Image of woman, illustrating trimming of down-converted 4K footage, displayed at Full HD on TV via cable from AX43A
Trimming Playback trims movie frame on TV at a touch

Trace a finger on the LCD to trim the frame of a 4K movie playing on TV in Full HD. 

High-performance AF
Image illustrating AF operation with feedback loop involving lens, sensor and BIONZ X
Fast Intelligent AF speeds up smartly

The AF algorithm optimises communication between the lens and image processor for extra-fast AF, while a state-of-the-art AF range prediction system helps ensure even moving subjects remain in sharp focus.

Sound recording with superb natural presence
Image of microphone on top face of AX43A, with arrows representing 5 directions from which sound is collected
Great sound, less noise

Three mic capsules capture clear sound and reduce noise, enabling high-quality recording of sound with clear stereo separation. 

Ideal for content creators and videographers
Images illustrating shooting from high and low positions, and selfie shooting
Shoot selfies, high- and low-position at will

Create the perfect vlogging setup with an optional shooting grip or microphone. The tilting LCD and grip make selfies, high- and low-position shots easy.

LCD touch control

With all settings accessible right on the touch screen, operation is fast and simple.

Image illustrating operation of touch screen
Image of AX43A with optional shotgun microphone and headphones in use, illustrating audio connectivity
Serious audio connectivity

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

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Battery life

The AX43A uses a high-capacity battery to enable recording for long periods. Continuous recording is possible for up to 235 mins with the supplied battery.

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One-touch remote and one-touch sharing

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

Special effects, for high-impact movies
Image illustrating automatic editing with Highlight Movie Maker
Highlight Movie Maker

Streamline your movie editing with Highlight Movie Maker. Using Dual Video Rec, the FDR-AX43A can simultaneously capture at 4K (3840x2160) or Full HD (1920×1080) for full quality storage, and at HD (1280x720) using an efficient MP4 video format for easy sharing. From the HD version, Highlight Movie Maker can quickly and automatically create HD highlight movies for immediate sharing - complete with video transitions and your choice of background music.

Fast frame rates, for slow-motion

With support for high framerate capture, up to 100fps/120fps in Full HD, you can create slow-motion recordings, elevating every movement in startling detail.

See times change with 4K time-lapse movies

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 in 4K high resolution into a time-lapse movie on a PC, or viewed with a simple variable-speed preview function on the camera.

Specifications & Features

Capture your world in stunning colour and detail on the Sony 4K Handycam®, with Balanced Optical SteadyShot and 20x optical zoom. Fast Intelligent AF and a sophisticated built-in multi-capsule microphone, plus powerful in-camera video processing, make it a compact content-creation powerhouse.
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode

  • 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) recording

  • 26.8mm wide-angle ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens

  • 20x optical zoom with 30x/40x (4K/HD) Clear Image Zoom

  • Highlight Movie Maker

Sensor Type
1/2.5 type (7.20 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Effective Pixels (Video)
approx. 8.29 Megapixels (16:9)
Lens Type
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T*
Optical Zoom
Clear Image Zoom
4K: 30x, HD: 40x
Screen Type
7.5 cm (3.0 type) Xtra Fine LCD™ display (921 600 dots) Wide (16:9)
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