Sony HXR-NX3 vs Sony PXW-X160
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Sony HXR-NX3vsSony PXW-X160

Sony HXR-NX3

71

Overall Score

71

Overall Score

Sony HXR-NX3

$2,819.99
$338.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
62
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
71
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.41MP 1" Jan 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.41MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2014
Sony PXW-X160

71

Overall Score

71

Overall Score

Sony PXW-X160

$3,399.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
62
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
71
Overall Score
Very Good
25x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 50MP 1" Jul 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 25x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 50MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jul 2014
Sony HXR-NX3

71

Overall Score

71

Overall Score

Sony HXR-NX3

$2,819.99
$338.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
62
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
71
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.41MP 1" Jan 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.41MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2014
Sony PXW-X160

71

Overall Score

71

Overall Score

Sony PXW-X160

$3,399.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
62
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
71
Overall Score
Very Good
25x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 50MP 1" Jul 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 25x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 50MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jul 2014

Top Prices

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Reasons For

Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
5 Reasons For
55mm Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 705mm, however the Sony PXW-X160 is only a 650mm maximum focal length camcorder (55mm shorter).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

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Wi-Fi
The Sony HXR-NX3 features wi-Fi, but the Sony PXW-X160 does not feature wi-Fi.

This denotes whether the camcorder is capable of connecting to the net via wifi, in order to upload videos and images.

A wireless connection on your camcorder allows you to easily transfer videos to your computer, store them on the cloud or upload them to Facebook, all without having to worry about connecting via a wire.

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Near Field Communication (NFC)
The Sony HXR-NX3 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), whereas the Sony PXW-X160 does not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

Near Field Communications (NFC) allows the camcorder to wirelessly communicate with smartphones over very short distances (<1m).

NFC can be used to transfer videos and photos from your camcorder direct to your phone, where you can then share them with friends or upload to Facebook/Twitter/etc.

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Lighter
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a weight of 2.2kg, but the Sony PXW-X160 is a 2.7kg camcorder (490g heavier).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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Cheaper by $579
The Sony HXR-NX3 costs $2,819.99, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 is $3,399.00.
4 Reasons For
20% Bigger Optical Zoom
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 25x optical zoom camcorder. That's 5x bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (20x).

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.

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2.8mm Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 26mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 2.8mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3 (28.8mm).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

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96% Bigger Total Megapixels
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 50MP camcorder. That's 47.59MP bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (2.41MP).

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.

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More Popular
The Sony PXW-X160 is a more popular choice amongst buyers.

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Date Released

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Key Features

Optical Zoom

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.

Total Megapixels

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.

Optical Sensor Size

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a camcorder. The sensor is what processes the light from the lens and transfers it into a digital image.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality results, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

Weight

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Specification

 
 
 
Lens System Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Optical Zoom 20x 25x
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 705mm
BEST
650mm
Minimum Aperture Number 1.6 1.6
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 28.8mm 26mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number 11 11
Filter Size 72mm 82mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Maximum Frame Rate 50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Supported Video Modes
1080p
 1080p
1080p
 1080p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 
 
 
Image Sensor Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Total Megapixels 2.41MP 50MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Storage Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
MS Duo SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC CF Type II
CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 CF Type II
 CF+
SDXC SDHC
MS Duo SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC CF Type II
CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 CF Type II
 CF+
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Normal Focusing Range Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Shutter Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Display Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Display Diagonal 3.5" 3.5"
Display Resolution (numeric) 921,000 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
 
 
 
Viewfinder Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Viewfinder Screen Size 0.45" 0.5"
BEST
Viewfinder Unknown - Click to provide data 2,360,000 Pixels
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
 
 
 
Camera Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Minimum Illumination 0.5lx Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Maximum Image Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Mini USB Port 1 1
 
 
 
Battery Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Video Recording Time 6.85h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Battery Voltage 7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
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
Battery Supported 1 1
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Weight 2.2kg
BEST
2.7kg
Height 193mm 201.5mm
Depth 393mm 412mm
Width 174.5mm 191.5mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160
Cables Included
USB AC
 USB
 AC
USB AC
 USB
 AC

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