Could that purple tint possibly be what is causing the purple fringe on the edges of dark objects with light backgrounds? And I agree; I think it is the glass that is the letdown for the AX The latter has exactly the same sensor and processor as the AX But resolution tests e. Given your comparison to the wide angle same sensor FDRXV, it is, for one possible explanation, very plausible that the signal processing is deliberately compromised in sharpening rather than a soft lens being the weak link. Many cameras today include built-in image stabilization systems, but when it comes to video that’s still no substitute for a proper camera stabilization rig.

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There are several potential explanations for softer images but no convincing evidence to me that it can only be the lens to blame.

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But, how stable zound the video from the AX33 without active mode at the long aaopen Well this is the footnote: If I attempt equivalent 4K video using, for example, a Panasonic FZ at the same focal length, the much less effective FZ stabilizer results in videos which are, for all practical purposes, useless.

Additionally, to compare the Ax33 to the Xv isn’t fair because the Xv has a fixed lens and is at a wide angle.

The only comparison that comes close to fair would be to have the Ax33 at its widest angle, but even then you still comparing a prime lens to a zoom lens and we all know that prime lenses provide better imaging. Could that purple tint possibly be what is causing the purple fringe on the edges of dark objects with light backgrounds? The frame grab was done in my video editor and is the same Fujifilm’s X-mount has suddenly become a credible option for video Feb 19, F Forum M My threads.


It degrades the quality and makes it look worse than p camcorders.

These entry level cameras should be easy to use, offer good image quality and easily connect with a smartphone for sharing. At the end of the day it does not matter why the Ax33 does not resolve as well as other Sony camcorders, though it is useful to know that turning off active mode improves video quality.

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In our latest buying guide we’ve selected some cameras that while ax333 a bit older, still offer a lot of bang for the buck. This makes much much more sense from a designer’s perspective given the requirement to shoot 20 Megapixel still photos through that very same lens.

Wacom’s latest pro tablet can help take your editing workflow — and most importantly, the final image results — to the next level. The Ax33 is still very stable at long end with just using the standard stabilization. The difference is ONLY the lens. Reproduction in whole or part in any form or medium without specific written permission is prohibited.

Is it enough of a refresh to keep up with the times? The best camera bargains of If it were just a gimbal, then it wouldn’t matter the weight, but Sony designed it to be electromechanical whereas the system intelligently moves according to hand shake and extra weight in the gimbal could delay the responsiveness of the unit.

Soind, the purple coating is there to reduce internal reflections and glare, and is a common and age-old appearance of optics using anti-reflective treatment. Yes, it is made worse in active mode, but that is not what has gotten people unenthusiastic about the AX33’s picture quality.


I begged to differ with your conclusion, stating the possibility that there were other explanations. We’ve selected our favorite lenses for Canon DSLRs in several categories to make your decisions easier. What appears to happen with the Ax is that in its stabilization, it drops the binning to make use of the extra space on the sensor as a buffer when movement occurs.

Personally, I would rather buy the Ax33 if it had a prime lens rather than a zoom lens, but they never make camcorders like that.

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But while I agree that processing crippling cannot be ruled out, there is no denying the lens is inferior to that on the XV and the AX, given the CA. The same-size sensor of the Xv is It’s too bad because sony could have easily beaten Gopro if they wouldn’t have gotten so ridiculous with the wide angle.

The main problem with video today: If I were to take a guess, I could imagine that the digital signal processing in the AX 33 may be the weak link, possibly to conserve power and extend battery life, or limit the performance for marketing reasons. The ax33 doesn’t have aopdn extra sensor space to take advantage of sounc option.

It also has a 3rd mode to entirely disable the stabilizer if a tripod is being used. The difference in zoom between active and standard is completely due to the crop of the active stabilization.

No it is not.