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Sony HXR-NX3-1
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Sony HXR-NX3-1 Camcorder

2.41MP 1/2.8 2.2kg Nov 2014
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A multi-purpose professional camcorder offering exceptional image quality and three Full HD sensors ready to maximise your creative potential The HXR-NX3/1 is a professional camcorder that... More
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14 Reasons For

Good Brand

Sony is one of the superior video camera manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Sony also has good reviews for its small sensor size camcorders.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of this age and type.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of video cameras that came out more than two years ago is 1.4", the largest is 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9". At 3.5 inches, the HXR-NX3-1 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3-1.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available including the Legria HF G30 ($1,189.00), or the Vixia HF G20 ($799.99) both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Quite Long Battery Life

With a battery life of 6.8 hours, the HXR-NX3-1 has a fairly long battery life compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HXR-NX3-1. The average battery life of camcorders of this age and type is 16h, and the battery lifes range from 1h to 150h.

If you would prefer a longer battery life then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF R56 (145h) which is also higher rated.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HXR-NX3-1 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40 is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HXR-NX3-1 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HXR-NX3-1 also are Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HXR-NX3-1 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40.

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1/2.8" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HXR-NX3-1 is 1/2.8". That's 3% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/2.88". Across all video cameras of this spec and age the optical sensor size ranges from 2/3" (worst) to 1/1.3" (best).

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Sony HXR-NX3-1 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it. This video camera also 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 video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HXR-NX3-1.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Quite High Display Resolution

Across all the video cameras of this type and age the display resolutions range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At 921,000 pixels, the HXR-NX3-1 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Large Viewfinder Screen Size

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HXR-NX3-1 the viewfinder screen sizes range from 0.24" to 0.52". At 0.45 inches, the HXR-NX3-1 has a fairly large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HXR-NX3-1.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HXR-NX3-1 has a built-in display. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HXR-NX3-1 also have a built-in display.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of video cameras that came out more than two years ago is 0.1lx and the biggest is 7lx. At only 0.4 lux, the HXR-NX3-1 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HXR-NX3-1, the HXR-NX3-1 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HXR-NX3-1 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HXR-NX3-1 also do not have a night mode.

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

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3-1, the HXR-NX3-1 is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Canon XF105 ($2,499.00) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3-1 do not have a built-in projector. The HXR-NX3-1 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

Other video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ320.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HXR-NX3-1 are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

Small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HXR-NX3-1 have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg. With a weight of 2.2 kilograms, the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HXR-NX3-1.

Alternative camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony HVR-Z7 (2.4kg) which also has a higher rating.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony HXR-NX3-1

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Sony released the HXR-NX3-1.

Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

There are a number of alternative 20x (optical) camcorders currently available that you might want to consider including the Canon Legria HF G30 ($1,189.00) which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF R56 (32x) which is also higher rated.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Audio
PCM Digital Audio
Ports & Interfaces
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Life
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width

Expert Reviews

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hxrnx31, sony hxrnx31e
Barcodes 00027242878716, 00027242884632, 00616348082921, 00616348083126, 00704660944024, 04905524990249

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