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Sony HXR-NX3
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Sony HXR-NX3 Camcorder

2.41MP 1/2.8 2.2kg Jan 2014
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The HXR-NX3 is a professional camcorder that features three 1/2.8-inch Exmor CMOS sensors for outstanding image quality. Dual media slots allow simultaneous or relay recording in AVCHD 2.0... More
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16 Reasons For

Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Small sensor size camcorders produced by Sony have good reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Sony also has good reviews across its entire range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The HXR-NX3 has a very large screen size (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3. Comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3".

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available including the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], or the Vixia HF G20[pl_1564217_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HXR-NX3 has an HDMI port. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

It may also be worth considering one of the other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HXR-NX3 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HXR-NX3 also are Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HXR-NX3 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HXR-NX3 also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price].

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1/2.8" Optical Sensor Size

The HXR-NX3 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.8". That's 3% more optical sensor size than a 1/2.88" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. The best optical sensor size of all comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years is 1/1.3" and the worst is 2/3".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Sony HXR-NX3 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of this spec and age. This Sony camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD memory card. In addition, this Sony video camera support an MS Duo and SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HXR-NX3.

The worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Value

The maximum aperture value of the HXR-NX3 of 11 is one of the highest amongst video cameras of this age and type. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HXR-NX3 the maximum aperture values range from 1.8 to 22.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, the HXR-NX3 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HXR-NX3. Across all the similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago the display resolutions range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Fairly Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The viewfinder screen sizes of camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HXR-NX3 range from 0.24" to 0.52". At 0.45 inches, the HXR-NX3 has a fairly large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the HXR-NX3 has a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF R40[plb_1633221_price].

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

Camcorders of this type and age have minimum apertures of between 1.5 and 3.1, and the average minimum aperture is 1.8. At only 1.6, the HXR-NX3 has a quite low minimum aperture compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 720 x 576|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The minimum focal lengths of camcorders that were released around the same time as the HXR-NX3 range from 10mm to 44mm, and the average minimum focal length is 33mm. The HXR-NX3 has a quite short minimum focal length (only 28.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony HXR-NX3 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of this age and type also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HXR-NX3, the Sony HXR-NX3 does not have a night mode.

It is worth considering alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HXR-NX3 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec are also not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the HXR-NX3 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The HXR-NX3 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

The weights of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HXR-NX3 range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g. With a weight of 2.2 kilograms, the HXR-NX3 is one of the heavier small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago amongst camcorders of this age.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Canon XF305[plb_1515882_price] (2.7kg and higher rated), or the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (2.4kg and higher rated).

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HXR-NX3

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Sony camcorder was released over two years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the HXR-NX3 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 20x (optical) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price].

If this Sony video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price] (32x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 6.85 hours, the HXR-NX3 has a relatively typical video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Flash
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Audio
Audio Format
Ports & Interfaces
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Slot
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content

Expert Reviews

18 September 2014

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hxrnx3, sony hxrnx3n, sony hdrnx3k1
Barcodes 00027242833586, 00027242878716, 00027242884632, 00617689591264, 04905524973983, 04905524973990, 05054533730281

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