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Sony HXR-NX3 vs Sony PXW-X180

Sony HXR-NX3 vs Sony PXW-X180

Sony HXR-NX3
Sony PXW-X180

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
8% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony HXR-NX3 is 705mmmm maximum focal length. That's 55mm longer than the Sony PXW-X180 (650mmmm). Read more

'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.

0.5g lighter Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.2kgg weight camcorder. That's 0.5g lighter than the Sony PXW-X180 (2.7kgg). Read more

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

2 Reasons For
5x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 is a 25xx (optical) camcorder. That's 5x bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (25xx). 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 26mmmm minimum focal length. That's 2.8mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3 (26mmmm). Read more

'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.

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
5x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 20xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-X180 is a 25xx (optical) camcorder (5x bigger). 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.

A little longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony HXR-NX3 is 28.8mmmm minimum focal length, but the Sony PXW-X180 is a 26mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (2.8mm shorter). Read more

'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.

Five months older
The Sony HXR-NX3 is older than the Sony PXW-X180 by five months.
3 Reasons Against
55mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony PXW-X180 is only 650mmmm maximum focal length, but the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 705mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (55mm longer). Read more

'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.

0.5g heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 has a weight of 2.7kgg, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.2kgg weight camcorder (0.5g lighter). Read more

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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Date Released

43 months Ago 37 months Ago

Image Sensor

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

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 25x
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Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
705mm
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650mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.6 1.6
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28.8mm 26mm
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Maximum Aperture Number
11 11
Filter Size
72mm 82mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)

Storage

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

Focusing

Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5" 3.5"
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 OLED
 OLED
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Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
Minimum Illumination
0.5lx Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 HD
 Full HD
 HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
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 1080p
Video Formats Supported
 AVC
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 MPEG2
 DV
 MPEG-2
 AVC
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 MPEG2
 DV
 MPEG-2
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
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Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM

Ports & Interfaces

Mini USB Port
1 1

Battery

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)
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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

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T)

Weight & Dimensions

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

Packaging Content

Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
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