Sony FDR-AX43/B is the best camcorder of NAB Week 2020

Congratulations to Sony! The company’s 4K Handycam camcorder, the FDR-AX43/B, is Videomaker’s choice for the best camcorder of NAB Week 2020.

The FDR-AX43/B is the latest Handycam from Sony and is a great camera for vloggers. It can shoot up to 4K and uses a built-in gimbal mechanism to keep things smooth when shooting. These features are what make the camera geared toward vloggers. It’s a portable camera that promises to keep things stabilized while the vlogger is walking or moving the camera around while talking into the camera. These are some of the reasons why it’s our best camcorder pick for NAB Week 2020.

Hand holding the Sony FDR-AX43/B
The FDR-AX43/B could be a great vlogging camera

The new camera features a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T zoom lens with 20x optical zoom. Additionally, it features 30x Clear Image Zoom for 4K footage and 40x zoom for HD footage. Inside, the Handycam has a 1/2.5-type Exmor R CMOS sensor with BIONZ X image processor. This should make it work well in low light. Additionally, the camera features a 3” Flip-screen. The screen furthers its usefulness as a vlogging camera for vloggers.

FDR-AX43/B breakdown

  • 30x Clear Image Zoom for 4K footage
  • 40x zoom for HD footage
  • 20x optical zoom
  • Directional 3-capsule mic
  • 3” Flip-screen
  • Highlight Movie Maker
  • 235 minutes of continuous recording time

Pricing and availability

The Sony FDR-AX43/B is out now for $850.

There are a few things that the camera has going for it. It has an increased battery life and has an on-camera mic. However, there are DSLRs and mirrorless cameras out there that you could get for a little more that boast the same features, if not more. Still, though this camera is built to be portable and doesn’t require the extra add-ons commonly found on mirrorless camera rigs.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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