Sony HXR-NX3 vs Sony PXW-X180

Sony HXR-NX3
Sony PXW-X180

Top Prices

Walmart
Delivery unknown
In stock
Adorama
Out of stock

Reasons For

6 Reasons For
8% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 705mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 55mm longer than the Sony PXW-X180 (650mmmm).
0.5g lighter Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.2kgg weight camcorder. That's 0.5g lighter than the Sony PXW-X180 (2.7kgg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

A little smaller Edit
Sony HXR-NX3 is 193mmmm high, but the Sony PXW-X180 is a 201.5mmmm high camcorder (8.5mm bigger).
19mm smaller Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 393mmmm deep camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-X180 is a 412mmmm deep camcorder (19mm bigger).
17mm smaller Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 174.5mmmm wide camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-X180 is a 191.5mmmm wide camcorder (17mm bigger).
$2,573 cheaper
The Sony HXR-NX3 is $2,573.01 cheaper than the Sony PXW-X180.
4 Reasons For
5x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 is a 25xx (optical) camcorder. That's 5x bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (25xx). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 is a 26mmmm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 2.8mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3 (26mmmm).
0.05" larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.5"", whereas the Sony HXR-NX3 is only a 0.45"" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.05" smaller).
1 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
5x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 20xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-X180 is a 25xx (optical) camcorder (5x bigger). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

A little longer minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a minimum focal length of 28.8mmmm, but the Sony PXW-X180 is a 26mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (2.8mm shorter).
0.05" smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 0.45"" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.05" smaller than the Sony PXW-X180 (0.5"").
Fewer sellers
Only 1 seller sell the Sony HXR-NX3, but 2 sellers sell the Sony PXW-X180. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Five months older
The Sony HXR-NX3 is older than the Sony PXW-X180 by five months.
6 Reasons Against
55mm shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 has a maximum focal length of 650mmmm, but the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 705mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (55mm longer).
0.5g heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 has a weight of 2.7kgg, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.2kgg weight camcorder (0.5g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

5% bigger Edit
Sony PXW-X180 is 201.5mmmm high. That's 8.5mm bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (201.5mmmm).
Bigger Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 is a 412mmmm deep camcorder. That's 19mm bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (412mmmm).
Bigger Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 is a 191.5mmmm wide camcorder. That's 17mm bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (191.5mmmm).
More expensive by $2,573
The Sony PXW-X180 is $2,573.01 more expensive than the Sony HXR-NX3.

Average Expert Rating

Date Released

35 months Ago 30 months Ago

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.41MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 25x
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Maximum Focal Length
705mm
BEST
650mm
Minimum Aperture
1.6 1.6
Minimum Focal Length
28.8mm 26mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Value
11 11
Filter Size
72mm 82mm
Focal Length Range
4.1 - 82 3.7 - 92.5

Storage

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
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 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Normal Focusing Range
0.01 - ∞/0.8 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Shutter

Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/32 - 1/2000

Display

Screen Size
3.5" 3.5"
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 OLED
 OLED
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.45" 0.5"
BEST
Viewfinder Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 2,360,000 pixels
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shouldercam
Minimum Illumination
0.5lx Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Mode
 1080p
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 1080p
Video Format
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 DV
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 DV
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
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Audio

Audio Format
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM

Ports & Interfaces

Mini-USB 2.0 Port
1 1

Battery

Video Recording Time
6.85h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
NP-F970 BP-U30c
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
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Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 28Wh
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.23h
Battery Slot
1 1

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40
Storage Temperature Range
-20 - 60 -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
2.2kg
BEST
2.7kg
Height
193mm
BEST
201.5mm
Depth
393mm
BEST
412mm
Width
174.5mm
BEST
191.5mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
BEST
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