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Old October 2nd, 2016, 02:23 PM   #1
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AX33- lens- like a stabilizer?

I played with an AX33 in a BestBuy, knowing nothing about it- when I noticed the lens moving around like an eyeball- I was quite surprised.

Supposedly it'll take out some of the shake and motion. But just how well does it do this? Is it as good as using a high end stabilizer? It's supposed to be better than software stabilizing built into most cameras.

In my rank amateur video work- I've used a tripod when I want stability- but I often would like to walk along wooded trails but that never comes out right with my ancient Canon HV20. I did buy an inexpensive Flycam 3000 stabilizer for the Canon- but it's not easy to control- so if the lens on the AX33 is very good at stabilizing the image of a moving camera, I might spring for it.

I haven't yet heard of any other camcorders with a lens like this.

Any comments on this lens would be appreciated.

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Old October 2nd, 2016, 05:01 PM   #2
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Re: AX33- lens- like a stabilizer?

There is a newer model the AX53 with a much better sensor and 20x zoom. There were several more models before these in the Sony lineup. An example is the Sony CX760 and the NX30U. I have the NX30U and the AX53 both work very well.

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Old October 2nd, 2016, 10:44 PM   #3
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The BOSS (Sony term) or "magic eyeball" (commonly used by users) means that the entire lens/sensor block is effectively on a gimbal system INSIDE the camera. Yes, it is effective. Sony has been using it for a while, most recently in the AX53 (a better camera than the year older AX33), and there's a new "micro" BOSS in the new action cam.

It is a Sony "exclusive" design, they've used it for a number of years and overall it's pretty good at smoothing out the handheld wobbles. Definitely an upgrade from your old HV20.
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Old October 3rd, 2016, 09:33 AM   #4
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I have a sony cx730 that has the same stabilization and while it doesn't replace a gimbal the stabilization is as good as it gets.
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Old October 3rd, 2016, 11:53 AM   #5
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Re: AX33- lens- like a stabilizer?

Oh, I didn't realize the AX53 also has the "magic eyeball". Like I said, it freaked me out. Kinda funny actually. I'll now review the AX53.

The main reason I want to upgrade from my old Canon HV20 is that I'm tired of video tape. I now have a very fast PC that can deal with the greater demands of 4K video.

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Old October 5th, 2016, 05:28 AM   #6
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Is the AX53's USB output USB 3 or USB 2?

If it's USB 2, then why? It's so much slower.

If it's USB 2, I presume I could pull the memory chip and plug it directly into my Dell XPS 8700 which has a bunch of slots for memory chips. Not sure I like that idea- handling the chip.

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Old October 5th, 2016, 08:54 AM   #7
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My cx730 also has a usb 2 connection so it might be that sony has not switched to usb 3 yet, I just take out the card, put it into a usb 3 cardreader and use playmemories to import and stitch long recordings together.
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If you use a fast memory card (actually pretty much a mandatory requirement to shoot the higher bitrate options), it should download fairly rapidly, certainly faster than the old "real time" of tape.... it's really not that big a deal in terms of download time.
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