Originally Posted by Ungermann
I don't know why people ask for the AX53 with a 1-inch sensor when the AX100 is available.
I am not that fussed about the AX53 not having a 1" sensor, it would be nice, because i think that it is time for these camera manufacturers to drop these old 1/2.3" sensors and move on to something bigger, and yes i understand that these are compact type consumer camcoders so it may well be difficult to do so, but at least Sony have had the brains to update the old 1/2.3" sensor from the AX33 to this new 1/2.5" 16x9 sensor, which is a great move, one that Panasonic needs to do as well, as these 1/2.3" sensors have been around for years.
The cheapest video Camcorder that shoots 4k/50p or 60p is the Panasonic H-X1000 costing $3700, then the Sony AX1 for $4000, i have used both, and both shoot beautiful 4k video, but they have their limitations in low light, as you expect with those old and tiny sensors, but their 4k is @ 150Mbps, and stunning.
The next camera is the newer Panasonic DVX200 which is nearly $5000, however it has a M4/3 sensor, making it by far the best valued sub $10,000 professional Camcorders out there, as yet i cannot get my hands on one to try it, but based on everything i have seen, i would buy one if it suited my needs, unfortunately it is just too big for the kind of Run-n-Gun video work that i do.
Back to the AX100, yes it has a 1" sensor, but it is old, it has never been updated, and it doesn't do 4k/50p, and it has no BOSS stabilization, and this was my argument about there not being a smaller bodied Pro-Sumer grade camcorder that is around $2000 to $2500 that has a decent sensor and does do 4k/50p or 60p, and why does Sony release a new version of the AX33 with that new 1/2.5" 16x9 sensor, but they don't update the more expensive AX100 as well, it just seems strange to me, and to a lot of other people out there as well, all they have to do is add the BOSS stabilization, and i would be happy to buy it, even if it doesn't do 4k @ 50p/60p, i will just have to adjust my shooting style to compensate for the lower frame rate, because there is a massive difference between 25p and 50p when shooting in hand held, run-n-gun mode like i do.
When i say hand held mode, i refer to having my camera on one of my custom made rigs, on mounted on my Flycam HD3000 stabilizer, where i am walking around and filming car shows, or travel videos, so my camera is moving all the time, and even tho the Panasonic 5 axis stabilization has always been great in my current video cams (i have 2x Panasonic SDT-750 cams) the BOSS system just kills it, and yes i do sometimes use my tripod for static work, but not that often, i am primarily a run-n-gun shooter, and i really want that BOSS system, but i also need my camera to be as small as possible as well, hence why the AX53 seems to be the right cam for me at the budget that i have.
btw, i would much rather have 4k/50p video mode with the new 1/2.5" sensor than have a cam with a 1" sensor that only does 4k/25p, because i don't do a lot of night time video outdoors, and when i am indoors in low light i use 1 or 2 LED lights mounted on my Rig.