Sony HXR-NX3-1 vs Sony PXW-X180

Sony HXR-NX3-1
Sony PXW-X180

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
Moderately longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 705mm, however the Sony PXW-X180 is only a 650mm maximum focal length camcorder (55mm shorter).
Lighter Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a weight of 2.2kg, but the Sony PXW-X180 is a 2.7kg weight camcorder (490g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

3 Reasons For
5x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 is a 25x (optical) camcorder. That's 5x bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (25x). 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 (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony PXW-X180 is 26mm minimum focal length. That's 2.8mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (26mm).
Marginally larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.5", whereas the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is only a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.05" smaller).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony HXR-NX3-1 is only 20x (optical). That's 5x smaller than the Sony PXW-X180 (25x). 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.

Longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28.8mm. That's 2.8mm longer than the Sony PXW-X180 (26mm).
Smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.45", but the Sony PXW-X180 is a 0.5" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.05" larger).
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3 Reasons Against
Marginally shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony PXW-X180 is only 650mm maximum focal length, but the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 705mm maximum focal length camcorder (55mm longer).
490g heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 has a weight of 2.7kg, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 2.2kg weight camcorder (490g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Older by five months
The Sony PXW-X180 is five months older than the Sony HXR-NX3-1.

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Date Released

27 months Ago 32 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.41MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 25x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
705mm
BEST
650mm
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28.8mm 26mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 11
Filter Size
72mm 82mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.1 - 82 3.7 - 92.5

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
ExpressCard Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data
 ExpressCard slot

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Flash

Built-In Light
 Built-in light
Unknown - Click to provide data

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/4 - 1/10000 1/32 - 1/2000

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5" 3.5"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 OLED
 OLED
BEST

Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shouldercam
3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
0.4lx Unknown - Click to provide data
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated
GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Formats Supported
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 DV
 AVC
 MPEG2
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 DV
 AVC
 MPEG2
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HD-Ready

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out
 Composite video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Battery

Battery Life (max)
6.8h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data BP-U30c
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Unknown - Click to provide data 28Wh
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.23h
Number of Batteries Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-20 - 60 -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

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

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
BEST
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood
Shoulder Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoulder strap
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