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Sony HXR-NX3-1
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Sony HXR-NX3-1 Camcorder

2.41MP 1/2.8 2.2kg Nov 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
A multi-purpose professional camcorder offering exceptional image quality and three Full HD sensors ready to maximise your creative potential The HXR-NX3/1 is a professional camcorder that... More
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14 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Sony is one of the better rated camcorder manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Sony also has good reviews for its small sensor size camcorders.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The HXR-NX3-1 has a fairly large screen size (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HXR-NX3-1. Small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3-1 have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9".

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price], or the Vixia HF G20[pl_1564217_price] both from Canon.

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Fairly Long Battery Life

The battery lifes of camcorders that came out around the same time as the HXR-NX3-1 range from 1h to 150h, and the average battery life is 16h. At 6.8 hours, the Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a quite long battery life compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3-1.

If you want a longer battery life then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price] (145h) which also has a higher rating.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is Full HD, as are most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HXR-NX3-1.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HXR-NX3-1 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3-1.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], or the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HXR-NX3-1 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HXR-NX3-1.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] both from Canon.

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1/2.8" Optical Sensor Size

The HXR-NX3-1 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.8". That's 40% more optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size. Across all similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago the worst optical sensor size is 2/3" and the best is 1/1.3".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HXR-NX3-1 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. In addition, this Sony video camera support an MS Duo and SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3-1.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Quite High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, the HXR-NX3-1 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the camcorders of this type and age the display resolutions range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels.

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Fairly Large Viewfinder Screen Size

Video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HXR-NX3-1 have viewfinder screen sizes of between 0.24" and 0.52". At 0.45 inches, the Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a fairly large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HXR-NX3-1 has a built-in display, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago have minimum illumination of between 0.1lx and 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx. At only 0.4 lux, the Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HXR-NX3-1 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HXR-NX3-1 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

Alternative camcorders which also have a night mode that you might also want to consider include the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HXR-NX3-1 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HXR-NX3-1 are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago, the HXR-NX3-1 does not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ230/B[plb_1582785_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HXR-NX3-1 are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

The lightest small sensor size camcorder that was launched around the same time as the HXR-NX3-1 is 57g weight, the heaviest is 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g. With a weight of 2.2 kilograms, the HXR-NX3-1 is one of the heavier camcorders of this age and spec amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (2.4kg) which also has a higher rating.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony HXR-NX3-1

Released Over Two Years Ago

Sony released the HXR-NX3-1 over two years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

The HXR-NX3-1 has a pretty average optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HXR-NX3-1.

We compared all the other 20x (optical) video cameras to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] is also worth considering.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price] (32x) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Filter Size
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Audio
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
Headphone Outputs
XLR in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Technology
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width

Expert Reviews

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hxrnx31, sony hxrnx31e
Barcodes 00027242884632, 00616348082921, 00616348083126, 00704660944024, 04905524990249

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