Sony FDR-AX1 vs Sony HXR-NX3-1

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Sony FDR-AX1
Sony HXR-NX3-1

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Significantly bigger sensor size Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is an 18.9MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is only a 2.41MP sensor camcorder (16.49MP smaller). 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.

Significantly higher movie megapixel count Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is an 8.3MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is only a 2.07MP (movie mode) camcorder (6.23MP lower).
A lot higher display resolution Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a display resolution of 1,229,000 pixels, but the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (308,000 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Slightly smaller Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a depth of 362mm, however the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 393mm deep camcorder (31mm bigger).
Available from 10 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
5 Reasons For
17% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 705mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 115mm longer than the Sony FDR-AX1 (705mm).
A bit shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a minimum focal length of 28.8mm, however the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 29.5mm minimum focal length camcorder (0.7mm longer).
9x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a minimum illumination of 0.4lx, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder (3.6lx bigger).
Lighter Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 2.2kg weight camcorder. That's 230g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX1 (2.2kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

14.5mm smaller Edit
Sony HXR-NX3-1 is 174.5mm wide, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 189mm wide camcorder (14.5mm bigger).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
115mm shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 590mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 115mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (705mm).
0.7mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a minimum focal length of 29.5mm, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 28.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (0.7mm shorter).
Vastly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, however the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 0.4lx minimum illumination camcorder (3.6lx smaller).
10% heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 2.4kg weight camcorder. That's 230g heavier than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (2.2kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Slightly bigger Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a width of 189mm, however the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 174.5mm wide camcorder (14.5mm smaller).
Over one year older
The Sony FDR-AX1 is older than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 by 14 months.
5 Reasons Against
7x smaller sensor size Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a sensor size of 2.41MP, however the Sony FDR-AX1 is an 18.9MP sensor camcorder (16.49MP 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.

Lower movie megapixel count Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a movie megapixel count of 2.07MP, however the Sony FDR-AX1 is an 8.3MP (movie mode) camcorder (6.23MP higher).
308,000 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 1,229,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (308,000 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

31mm bigger Edit
Sony HXR-NX3-1 is 393mm deep, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 362mm deep camcorder (31mm smaller).
Not as many stockists
Only 1 retailer sell the Sony HXR-NX3-1, however 11 sellers sell the Sony FDR-AX1. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
18.9MP
BEST
2.41MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Movie Megapixel Count
8.3MP
BEST
2.07MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
590mm 705mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture
3.4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
29.5mm 28.8mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Value
1.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 72mm
Focal Length Range
4.1 - 82 4.1 - 82
Wide Angle Lens System
 Wide angle lens system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Memory Card Slot
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
 XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
BEST
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto

White Balance

Outdoor White Balance
 Outdoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
Onepush White Balance
 Onepush white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Indoor
 Auto
 Indoor

Flash

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

Shutter

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

Display

Screen Size
3.5" 3.5"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
1,229,000 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
BEST
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.45"
Viewfinder
 electrical
BEST
 electrical

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shouldercam
3D Compatible
 3D compatible
 3D compatible
Back Light Compensation
 Back light compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
4lx 0.4lx
BEST
GPS Function
 GPS function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Geotagging
 Geotagging
Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 2160p
BEST
 2160p
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 AVI
 DV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 AVI
 DV
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out port
Headphone Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone out port
XLR in Port
 XLR in port
 XLR in port
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication

Battery

Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.8h
Battery Type
NP-F970 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40
Storage Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
2.4kg 2.2kg
BEST
Height
193mm 193mm
Depth
362mm
BEST
393mm
Width
189mm 174.5mm
BEST

Packaging Content

Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bundled Software
PlayMemories Home Unknown - Click to provide data
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
BEST
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood Included
 Lens hood included
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

The Windows Operating System
 The Windows operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data
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