Sony HXR-NX3 vs Sony HXR-NX3-1 vs Sony PXW-X70

Sony HXR-NX3
Sony HXR-NX3-1
Sony PXW-X70

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
Sony HXR-NX3 is 20x (optical), and so does the Sony HXR-NX3-1. That's 8x bigger than the Sony PXW-X70 (12x). 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.

Lower minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 1.6 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 1.2 lower than the Sony PXW-X70 (2.8).
Higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is an 11 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 6.5 higher than the Sony PXW-X70 (4.5).
Larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.45" (as does the Sony HXR-NX3-1), but the Sony PXW-X70 is only a 0.39" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.06" smaller).
3 Reasons For
A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has an optical zoom of 20x (as does the Sony HXR-NX3), however the Sony PXW-X70 is only a 12x (optical) camcorder (8x smaller). 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.

14% larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder, and so does the Sony HXR-NX3. That's 0.06" larger than the Sony PXW-X70 (0.39").
1.3lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a minimum illumination of 0.4lx, however the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 0.5lx minimum illumination camcorder (0.1lx bigger) and the Sony PXW-X70 is a 1.7lx minimum illumination camcorder (1.3lx bigger).
5 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has a total megapixels of 14.2MP. That's 11.79MP bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 and the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (14.2MP). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

17% faster maximum frame rate Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has a maximum frame rate of 59.94fps, however the Sony HXR-NX3 is only a 50fps camcorder (9.94fps slower).
2x lighter Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has a weight of 900g, but the Sony HXR-NX3 and the Sony HXR-NX3-1 are both 2.2kg weight camcorders (1.3kg heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Cheaper by $1,099
The Sony PXW-X70 costs $2,059.00, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3 is $3,157.99.
2 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a total megapixels of 2.41MP, and so does the Sony HXR-NX3-1. That's 11.79MP smaller than the Sony PXW-X70 (14.2MP). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 0.5lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.1lx bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (1.7lx) and 1.2lx smaller than the Sony PXW-X70 (1.7lx).
20% slower maximum frame rate Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a maximum frame rate of 50fps, however the Sony PXW-X70 is a 59.94fps camcorder (9.94fps faster).
1.3kg heavier Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a weight of 2.2kg (as does the Sony HXR-NX3-1), but the Sony PXW-X70 is a 900g weight camcorder (1.3kg lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

More expensive by $1,099
The Sony HXR-NX3 is $1,098.99 more expensive than the Sony PXW-X70.
Not as many stockists
The Sony HXR-NX3 is only stocked by 1 retailer, however the Sony PXW-X70 is stocked by 3 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
Older by ten months
The Sony HXR-NX3 is ten months older than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 and seven months older than the Sony PXW-X70.
3 Reasons Against
11.79MP smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 2.41MP sensor camcorder (as does the Sony HXR-NX3), whereas the Sony PXW-X70 is a 14.2MP sensor camcorder (11.79MP bigger). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Heavier Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 2.2kg weight camcorder, and so does the Sony HXR-NX3. That's 1.3kg heavier than the Sony PXW-X70 (900g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

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6 Reasons Against
67% smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony PXW-X70 is only 12x (optical). That's 8x smaller than the Sony HXR-NX3 and the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (12x). 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.

43% higher minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 1.2 higher than the Sony HXR-NX3 (2.8).
2x lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 6.5 lower than the Sony HXR-NX3 (4.5).
Smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.39", but the Sony HXR-NX3 and the Sony HXR-NX3-1 are both 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorders (0.06" larger).
Bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 1.7lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 1.2lx bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (1.7lx) and 1.3lx bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (1.7lx).
Older by three months
The Sony PXW-X70 is three months older than the Sony HXR-NX3-1.

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Date Released

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.41MP 2.41MP 14.2MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
20x
BEST
12x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
705mm 705mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
1.6
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28.8mm 28.8mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
11
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 4.5
Filter Size
72mm 72mm 62mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.1 - 82 4.1 - 82 9.3 - 111.6

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

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

Flash

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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/4 - 1/10000 1/8 - 1/10000

Display

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.45"
BEST
0.45"
BEST
0.39"
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 handheld
BEST
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
 3D
Minimum Illumination
0.5lx 0.4lx
BEST
1.7lx

Design

LED Indicators
 LED indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
BEST
 1080p
 1080p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 DV
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 DV
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 DV
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data 59.94fps
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

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

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.8h Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Recording Time
6.85h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
NP-F970 Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Operational Conditions

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
2.2kg 2.2kg 900g
BEST
Height
193mm 193mm 103.5mm
Depth
393mm 393mm 274.3mm
Width
174.5mm 174.5mm 120.7mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity
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