The Meg’s Review : Sony FDR-AX53

All hail the Sony FDR AX-53

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Travel videography and filming first responders presents itself with a unique set of challenges. The Sony FDR-AX53 (aka Burtha to us) has proven herself worthy and found a forever home with the Megs. Here are a few reasons why we always recommend this camera first over the rest.

Stabilization

Sony's Camcorder with Balanced Optical Image Stabilization (BOSS)
Sony Magic

All hail the Balanced Optical SteadyShot. We feel like this feature is by far one of the best features built into any camera and should be recognized on it’s own. One of the most difficult parts we have with filming on the move is that we’re filming on the move. We’ve tried just about every avenue of stabilization out there, but the Balanced Optical SteadyShot with Intelligent Active built into the FDR-AX53 has been our favorite by far. This has allowed us to ditch our rigs, tripods, and other bulky equipment in order to free up a hand for beer. Choosing the right option for the right shot does take messing with, but well worth it. Thanks Sony!

High Quality Recording

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Small Meg filming at the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland

If there’s a shot you want, there’s a feature on this camera to capture it with. The Sony FDR-AX53 films in multiple recording modes including that thing all the kids are talking about, 4K. While the 4K feature is amazing and slowly taking over HD, the space needed to film is hard to keep up with on the move. The improved stabilization also does not work in the 4K shooting mode. So we recently switched to the Ultra HD mode and have been just as happy with the results. Burtha has a wide variety of features that accommodate almost any environment. From high speed recording in full HD at 120fps to the NIGHTSHOT mode that uses infrared light which can capture images in complete darkness, the features on this camera are well worth the price ($849.99).

We could write for days about how great this camera is and it’s amazing specs. Here’s a link to the  Full Specifications and Features on the Sony website. While we use a wide variety of cameras with multiple brand names, our favorite has been Sony and the FDR-AX53 is our first recommendation when it comes to camcorders.

Killington 2018 Video

The Megs and friends kill it at Killington! Killy Killy!

 

The Megs and friends kill it at Killington! A special thanks to Black Dog Sports for all their help with our rentals. The Megs definitely approve and recommend!

The Megs Travel to Ireland

“I feel like of all the people in my life, I’ve been in the car with you the most.” – Small Meg

Today marks a historic event. Today the Megs travel to Ireland. But in addition to that, it’s small Meg’s first time leaving the country. Someone pray for Ireland.

After Small Meg miraculously woke up from her asystole slumber without an alarm, both Megs finished packing and then met up for the trek to the airport. And a trek it was. We got an AMAZING deal on this trip and are flying round trip for $225. (Yes…I’m kind of an expert at traveling.) So because of our amazing deal, we are flying out of Stewart International Airport in New York. 

So it was a 3 hour drive to the airport. Now you know by now the Megs can’t have a normal road trip…. It took about 4 hours and we only got lost twice. (We found a really nice overlook though when we ended up on the side of a mountain!). The EZ Pass also didn’t read twice, so I guess I’ll be expecting bills in the mail when we get home. (It’s the satellite radio. Also we don’t do tolls.) The GPS got us lost going to Angry Orchard to kill time before the flight, and then we found out it was closed. Classic Meg luck. We decided to go to another local brewery and when we arrived at the run down factory building, which we assumed was a front for a drug smuggling empire, the doors were locked. But the third time is the charm….TGI Fridays is always open. 

We’re currently sitting in the airport (yes we made it) waiting for our flight to board. For those who are interested, Stewart is no longer a dry airport….they fixed that issue! The Long Island iced teas are strong….very strong. Especially when they kick 2 of the bottles into your drink so they open a new bottle and add a splash more. We were supposed to board 50 minutes ago…there’s several security guards by the gate. Hopefully we actually get to leave for Ireland. More to follow.