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Sony HXR-NX3
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Sony HXR-NX3 Camcorder

2.41MP 1/2.8 2.2kg CMOS Jan 2014
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The HXR-NX3 is a professional camcorder that features three 1/2.8-inch Exmor CMOS sensors for outstanding image quality. Dual media slots allow simultaneous or relay recording in AVCHD 2.0... More
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Sony HXR-NX3 Review
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16 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Small sensor size camcorders manufactured by Sony have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Sony also has good ratings across its entire range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of camcorders of this age and type is 1.4" and the largest is 4.3". At 3.5 inches, the Sony HXR-NX3 has a very large screen size compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HXR-NX3.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available including the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], or the Vixia HF G20[pl_1564217_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HXR-NX3 is Full HD, as are most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HXR-NX3.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony HXR-NX3 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have an HDMI port.

We compared all the other camcorders with an HDMI port to this video camera and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], and the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HXR-NX3, the HXR-NX3 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to consider including the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews.

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1/2.8" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HXR-NX3 is 1/2.8". That's 40% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/3.91". Across all camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HXR-NX3 the best optical sensor size is 1/1.3" and the worst is 2/3".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Sony HXR-NX3 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. Most small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it support an SD memory card. In addition, this Sony camcorder 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 of a similar type and age to the HXR-NX3.

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

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

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Value

When compared to other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HXR-NX3, the maximum aperture value of the HXR-NX3 of 11 is one of the highest. The lowest maximum aperture value of camcorders of a similar age and type to the HXR-NX3 is 1.8, the highest is 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.9.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, the HXR-NX3 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The lowest display resolution of small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3 is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels.

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Fairly Large Viewfinder Screen Size

With a viewfinder screen size of 0.45 inches, the Sony HXR-NX3 has one of the larger viewfinder screen sizes amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The viewfinder screen sizes of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HXR-NX3 range from 0.24" to 0.52", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.33".

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Has a Built-In Display

The HXR-NX3 has a built-in display. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HXR-NX3 also have a built-in display.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable type and age to it.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of only 1.6, the HXR-NX3 has a fairly low minimum aperture compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. The average minimum aperture of video cameras of a similar type and age to the HXR-NX3 is 1.8, and the minimum apertures range from 1.5 to 3.1.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 720 x 576|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

At only 28.8 millimeters, the Sony HXR-NX3 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type. The minimum focal lengths of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HXR-NX3 range from 10mm to 44mm, and the average minimum focal length is 33mm.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HXR-NX3 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to look at including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HXR-NX3 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HXR-NX3 also do not have a night mode.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a night mode and we think the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HXR-NX3 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of this type and age are also not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HXR-NX3 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have a built-in projector.

Other video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price].

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Not Waterproof

The HXR-NX3 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

With a weight of 2.2 kilograms, the Sony HXR-NX3 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HXR-NX3. Across all the video cameras of a similar type and age to the HXR-NX3 the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g.

Other camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon XF305[plb_1515882_price] (2.7kg), or the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (2.4kg) which also has a higher rating.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HXR-NX3

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Sony released the HXR-NX3.

Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Sony HXR-NX3 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

There are a number of other 20x (optical) camcorders currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price].

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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Average Video Recording Time

At 6.85 hours, the Sony HXR-NX3 has a fairly typical video recording time compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Headphone Out Port
XLR in Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
WiFi Type
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Slot
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Lens Hood Included
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

18 September 2014

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony nx5, hxrnx3vg1, sony nx70, sony nx5u, sony nx30, sony nx30u, sony nx70u, sony mdrnx3, sony hxrnx3, sony mdrnx3w, sony mdrnx3b, sony hxrnx3n, sony hxrnx31, sony hxrnx30, sony mdrnx3s, sony mdrnx3l, sony hxrnx31e, sony hxrnx30u, sony hdrnx3k1
Barcodes 00027242833586, 00027242855854, 00027242878716, 00027242884632, 00616348083126, 00617689591264, 04905524411188, 04905524411195, 04905524411201, 04905524411218, 04905524973983, 04905524973990, 05054533730281, 08945639757333

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