Sony HXR-NX3/1 vs Sony PXW-X180
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Sony HXR-NX3/1vsSony PXW-X180

Sony HXR-NX3/1

70

Overall Score

70

Overall Score

Sony HXR-NX3/1

$2,799.99
Our Verdict:
A good spec but 3 year old 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
79
Features
Good Features
70
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.41MP 1" Nov 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 Nov 2014
Sony PXW-X180

70

Overall Score

70

Overall Score

Sony PXW-X180

$4,399.98
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
60
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
70
Overall Score
Very Good
25x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 1" 2.7kg Jul 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Optical Sensor Size Weight Release Date
Optical Zoom 25x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Weight 2.7kg
Release Date Jul 2014
Sony HXR-NX3/1

70

Overall Score

70

Overall Score

Sony HXR-NX3/1

$2,799.99
Our Verdict:
A good spec but 3 year old 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
79
Features
Good Features
70
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.41MP 1" Nov 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 Nov 2014
Sony PXW-X180

70

Overall Score

70

Overall Score

Sony PXW-X180

$4,399.98
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
60
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
70
Overall Score
Very Good
25x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 1" 2.7kg Jul 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Optical Sensor Size Weight Release Date
Optical Zoom 25x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Weight 2.7kg
Release Date Jul 2014

Top Prices

Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
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$2,799.99
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$2,945.59
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$3,949.95
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$4,399.98
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Reasons For

Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
4 Reasons For
Moderately Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
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).

'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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Lighter
The Sony HXR-NX3/1 has a weight of 2.2kg, but the Sony PXW-X180 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 $1,600
The Sony HXR-NX3/1 costs $2,799.99, whereas the Sony PXW-X180 is $4,399.98.
More Popular
The Sony HXR-NX3/1 is a more popular choice amongst buyers.
2 Reasons For
5x Bigger Optical Zoom
The Sony PXW-X180 is a 25x optical zoom camcorder. That's 5x bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3/1 (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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Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Sony PXW-X180 is 26mm minimum focal length. That's 2.8mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3/1 (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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Reviews & Awards

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Date Released

Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
39 months old Best 43 months old

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.

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-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Optical Zoom 20x 25x
BEST
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)
 
 
 
Video Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 
 
 
Image Sensor Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Total Megapixels 2.41MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Storage Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
MS Duo SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
SDXC SDHC
MS Duo SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Shutter Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Display Diagonal 3.5" 3.5"
Display Resolution
640 x 480
 640 x 480
640 x 480
 640 x 480
Display Resolution (numeric) 921,000 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
 
 
 
Viewfinder Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
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-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Minimum Illumination 0.4lx Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
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-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Mini USB Port Unknown - Click to provide data 1
 
 
 
Battery Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Maximum Battery Life 6.8h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type 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 Unknown - Click to provide data 1
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Weight 2.2kg
BEST
2.7kg
Height 193mm 201.5mm
Depth 393mm 412mm
Width 174.5mm 191.5mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Sony HXR-NX3/1 Sony PXW-X180
Cables Included
USB AC
 USB
 AC
USB AC
 USB
 AC

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