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Sony PXW-X180
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Sony PXW-X180 Camcorder

1/3 2.7kg CMOS Jul 2014
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20 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Based on 3,509 expert and user reviews, Sony has good ratings for its camcorders. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its camcorders range compared to other manufacturers.

Nice Design

One person thought the Sony PXW-X180 was good looking. Videomaker.com mentioned “Independent filmmakers are always on the lookout for the newest cameras with which to capture beautiful images — without emptying the bank account” in their review of this camcorder.

Easy to Use

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Sony PXW-X180 was easy to use. Videomaker.com mentioned “Easy to use controls”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-X180 is 1.3", the largest is 11", and the average screen size is 3.1". With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the Sony PXW-X180 has one of the larger screen sizes amongst camcorders of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available including cheaper video cameras such as the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The PXW-X180 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the PXW-X180 do not have an HDMI port.

There are a number of other video cameras with an HDMI port currently available that you might want to consider including the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] which is cheaper.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have an HDMI port to this camcorder and we think the Sony PXW-X200[plb_2941311_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The PXW-X180 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years do not have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at including the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] which is cheaper.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think the Sony PXW-X200[plb_2941311_price] is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony PXW-X180 is Full HD, unlike most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the PXW-X180 which are not Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might also be worth considering include the Sony PXW-X200[plb_2941311_price].

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the PXW-X180 is 1/3". That's over two times the optical sensor size of the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/6". 4.80 x 3.60mm. Video cameras of this spec and age optical sensor sizes range from 1/6" to 1/2".

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OLED Display

This camcorder has an OLED display, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. OLED displays provide a better image with higher contrast ratio than LCD displays.

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SDHC Memory Card

SDHC memory card

The PXW-X180 supports an SDHC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most camcorders that are a similar age to it. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB. Across all camcorders of a similar age and type to the PXW-X180 the best memory card type is SDXC and the worst is MicroSDXC.

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

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Very High Viewfinder Resolution

The viewfinders resolutions of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the PXW-X180 range from 110,000 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels. The viewfinder resolution of the Sony PXW-X180 of 2,360,000 pixels is one of the highest amongst camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the PXW-X180.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Value

Camcorders that have been available for more than two years have maximum aperture values of between 1.8 and 22. The PXW-X180 has a fairly high maximum aperture value (11) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the PXW-X180.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony PXW-X180 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the PXW-X180 also have a built-in display.

There are a number of other video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider including cheaper video cameras such as the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price].

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display which you might want to consider including the Sony PXW-X200[plb_2941311_price].

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Sony PXW-X180 is more than most camcorders that are a similar age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this Sony video camera.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of only 1.6, the Sony PXW-X180 has one of the lower minimum apertures amongst camcorders of this age. Video cameras of this type and age have minimum apertures of between 1.1 and 4, and the average minimum aperture is 2.3.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The PXW-X180 supports a higher video resolution than most camcorders of this age and type. This video camera supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution, whereas most video cameras that were released more than two years ago support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. In addition, this camcorder supports a video resolution of 720 x 576 pixels. Across all camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PXW-X180 the worst video resolution is 720 x 480 pixels and the best is 3840 x 2160 pixels.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

The shortest maximum focal length of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PXW-X180 is 0.5mm and the longest is 900mm. With a maximum focal length of 650 millimeters, the PXW-X180 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths amongst camcorders of this age.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The PXW-X180 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the PXW-X180 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PXW-X180, the PXW-X180 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony PXW-X180 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the PXW-X180 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-X180 are not 3D compatible. The PXW-X180 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Heavy

At 2.7 kilograms, the Sony PXW-X180 is quite heavy compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years. The lightest camcorder that has been available for more than two years is 59g weight and the heaviest is 7.5kg.

There are a number of alternative 2.7kg weight video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] which is cheaper.

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Very Big

When compared to other camcorders that are a similar age to the PXW-X180, the depth of the PXW-X180 of 412 millimeters is one of the biggest. Across all the video cameras of this type and age the depths range from 12mm to 520mm, and the average depth is 130mm.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony PXW-X180

Released Over Two Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Optical Zoom

At 25 times zoom factor, the Sony PXW-X180 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 25x (optical) camcorders and we think cheaper camcorders such as the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] is also worth considering.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
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
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Ports & Interfaces
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Recharge Time
Battery Slot
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included

Expert Reviews

27 February 2015

Video shooters and independent filmmakers are always on the lookout for the newest cameras with which to capture beautiful images ? without emptying the bank account. In recent years, DSLRs and... Read more…

Crisp and clear color reproduction
25x zoom lens with variable ND filter
Easy to use controls
Many recording options
Image noise at 9dB gain
SxS memory cards are pricier than other media

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony pxwx180, sony vjbk2tx180, sony vjbk2thx180
Barcodes 00027242884779, 00616348086486, 00617689593855, 04905524990287, 04905524990294

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