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Canon HF-G50 Vs. Sony FDR-AX53 4K Camcorders (Differences, Best Models, Reviews)

January 16, 2020 by  
Filed under Digital Camcorders

Sony FDR-AX53 4K Camcorder

Sony FDR-AX53
4K Camcorder

Canon HF-G50 4K Camcorder

Canon HF-G50
4K Camcorder

Canon HF G50 Vs. Sony FDR-AX53 4K Camcorders (Differences): Canon and Sony are both leaders in camera and camcorder technology. Both of these camcorders shoot in 4K resolution. 4K provides 4x the resolution of HD, the same resolution as 4K TVs and the Sony 4K Projectors that are installed at most movie theaters. By shooting in 4K today, you are future proofing your videos for generations to come. Both camcorders are compact, and shoot 4K ultra HD video at 24p and 30p and have about the same imaging sensor size. Both models have a 20x zoom lens, and a TimeLapse feature.

The main differences between the Canon Vixia HF-G50 and Sony Handycam FDR-AX53 Camcorders are: The Sony Balanced Optical Steadyshot is the best stabilization system for camcorders. The Sony FDR AX53 has built-in Wifi wireless capability, while the Canon HF G50 has no wireless capability. The Sony also has the NightShot® Infrared System that allows you to see in the dark, which is not a feature on the Canon.

Canon’s advantages are that it has built-in ND filters, while the Sony AX53 camcorder has none. Canon has dual card slots (which allows relay & backup recording), while the Sony has 1 card slot. Compare all the features below in the camcorder comparison chart.


Canon HF-G50 Vs. the Sony FDR-AX53
* 4K Camcorder
* 1/2.3-inch Imaging Sensor
* 4K @ 24p, 30p
* HD @ 24p,30p,60p
* 20x Optical Zoom
* Aperature: F1.8-F2.8
* Focal: 29.3mm–601mm
* Dual Card Slots
* 5 Axis Optical Image Stabilization
* Microphone & Headphone Jacks
* 58mm filter
* – – –
* – – –
* TimeLapse Feature
* 1.56m dot EVF
* 3-inch Touchscreen
* Digic DV6 Processor
* Face Detection
* Built-in ND filters

Canon HF-G50

* 4K Camcorder
* 1/2.5-inch Imaging Sensor
* 4K @ 24p, 30p
* HD @ 24p,30p,60p
* 20x Optical Zoom
* Aperature: F2.0-F3.8m
* Focal: 26.8mm-536.5mm
* 1 Card Slot
* Balanced Optical SteadyShot Stabilization
* Microphone & Headphone Jacks
* 55mm filter
* Built-in WiFi
* NightShot® Infrared
* TimeLapse Feature
* 1.56m dot EVF
* 3-inch Touchscreen
* Bionz-X Processor
* Face Detection
* – – –

Sony FDR-AX53



What makes Sony Camcorders Unique – Main Differences: Sony camcorders are known for their excellent imaging sensors. Sony introduced the 1-inch sensor to its camcorder line first, which increased low light and dynamic range performance in camcorders such as the Sony FDR-AX700. Sony is also know for their Optical Steadyshot image stabilization technology, and the Balanced Optical Steadyshot found in the FDR-AX53. Sony is also know for their high quality Carl Zeiss lenses and excellent Autofocusing (AF). Sony’s outstanding phase detection AF from its camera line was just adopted by Sony’s camcorder line in select camcorders, including the FDR-AX700 and Pro HXR-NX80. Most of Sony’s line has the NightShot® Infrared system.

What makes Canon Camcorders Unique – Main Differences: Canon camcorders are known for their excellent imaging sensors and lenses. Canon developed an outstanding phase detection AF for its camera line which was recently adopted by Canon’s camcorder line in select camcorders, including the Canon HF-G60 model, a step up from the HF-G50. This technology is called Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

Sony 4K Camcorder with Balanced Optical Image Stabilization

Sony's FDR-AX53 has Sony's Best Balanced Optical Image Stabilization

Bottom Line Canon HF-G50 Vs. Sony FDR-AX53: Both camcorders share a compact, easy to carry body, ideal for vacations. Both models shoot in 4K, at the same frame-rates. The key differences are the Sony has a better image stabilization system, built-in Wifi, and the NightShot® Infrared System (for seeing at night).

The Canon has a few advantages as well, including Dual card slots, and built-in ND filters. Either model will shoot brilliant 4K or HD video, and are fine camcorders, and are priced within about $50 of each other. The decision is what features are most important. Functionally, the Balanced Optical image stabilizer in the Sony is an amazing technology for rock steady video, and if you want Wifi connectivity to your camcorder, Sony is the only option between the two.


**Sony has a Pro version 4K camcorder, the Sony Pro HXR-NX80 which has a larger 1-inch Stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor (higher dynamic range & low light performance), phase detection autofocus, two card slots, and a handle with XLR audio inputs, and an external microphone holder.

**Canon has a Pro version 4K camcorder, the Canon Pro XA50 which has the larger 1-inch sensor seen on the G60 (for higher dynamic range & low light performance). Pro features include a handle with dual XLR audio inputs, infrared night vision (to see in the dark), and an external microphone holder. Advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF.


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Canon HF G60
Sony FDR-AX53
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