Sony releases new 4K Handycam with image stabilization

The classic video camera gets an overhaul.

Dedicated video cameras are nowhere near as prevalent as they once were, but the newly launched 4K Handycam is anything but a throwback. Announced this morning, the FDR-AX43/B is a new breed of Handycam that was created with vloggers in-mind. The camera can shoot in 4K and utilizes a built-in gimbal mechanism for capturing smooth footage while on the move. Here is what else we know about it:

  • A ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens features 20x optical zoom, plus 30x Clear Image Zoom for 4K footage, 40x zoom for HD footage
  • A ½.5-type Exmor R CMOS sensor with BIONZ X image processor, making it great in low light
  • High-bitrate shooting 
  • Directional 3-capsule mic for capturing sound
  • 3” Flip-screen makes it good for selfie shooting 
  • Setting called Highlight Movie Maker automatically creates short clips in-camera for easy sharing to social media 
  • Battery provides up to 235 minutes of continuous recording time
Sony 4K Handycam flip-screen
The camera shoots in 4K, has built in image-stabilization and a 3” Flip-screen makes it good for selfie shooting. Sony

The camera will be available later this month for $850. Although it may seem odd to invest in a camcorder when so many mirrorless cameras boast incredible video capabilities, there are some perks to having a dedicated Handycam. The increased battery life and that on-camera mic are major selling points here—as is the price point. The built-in image stabilization is also helpful when you are running as a one-man band and means you won’t need to burden yourself with a lot of extra equipment. This 4K Handycam is certainly an interesting option for video shooters.