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Sony HXR-NX3-VG1

Sony HXRNX3VG1 Camcorder

£4,303.11
£3,086.34 £1,216.77 cheaper than 60 days ago
2.41MP 1/2.8 2.2kg CMOS Apr 2014
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A Multi-purpose Professional Camcorder Offering Exceptional Image Quality And Three Full HD Sensors Ready To Maximise Your Creative Potential The HXR-NX3 is a professional camcorder that features... More
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18 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

On average Sony small sensor size camcorders have good ratings as do all video cameras produced by Sony.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite Fast Maximum Frame Rate

With a maximum frame rate of 50 frames per second, the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a quite fast maximum frame rate compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HXR-NX3-VG1. The maximum frame rates of camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1 range from 25fps to 60fps.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The average screen size of small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1 is 2.9", and the screen sizes range from 1.4" to 4.3". With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the HXR-NX3-VG1 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HXR-NX3-VG1 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HXR-NX3-VG1 also have an HDMI port.

There are a number of other video cameras with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to look at including the Canon XF305 (£2,950.00) which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HXR-NX3-VG1 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HXR-NX3-VG1 also are Full HD.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including the Canon XF305 (£2,950.00) which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HXR-NX3-VG1 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon XF305 (£2,950.00) is also worth considering.

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1/2.8" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HXR-NX3-VG1 is 1/2.8". That's 40% more optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. The worst optical sensor size of all camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HXR-NX3-VG1 is 2/3" and the best is 1/1.3".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HXR-NX3-VG1 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD memory card. In addition, this 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 amongst all video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HXR-NX3-VG1.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Value

The lowest maximum aperture value of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years is 1.8 and the highest is 22. When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1, the maximum aperture value of the HXR-NX3-VG1 of 11 is one of the highest.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HXR-NX3-VG1 is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels. With a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, the HXR-NX3-VG1 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HXR-NX3-VG1.

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Quite Large Viewfinder Screen Size

At 0.45 inches, the HXR-NX3-VG1 has a fairly large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HXR-NX3-VG1. The average viewfinder screen size of small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 0.33".

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago video modes range from 540p (worst) to 1080p (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HXR-NX3-VG1, the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a built-in display.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon XF305 (£2,950.00) is also worth considering.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture

The HXR-NX3-VG1 has a very low minimum aperture (only 1.6) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1. The lowest minimum aperture of video cameras of this age and spec is 1.5, the highest is 3.1, and the average minimum aperture is 1.8.

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Quite High Video Capturing Speed

The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a fairly high video capturing speed (50 frames per second) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years. Video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HXR-NX3-VG1 have video capturing speeds of between 25fps and 60fps, and the average video capturing speed is 37fps.

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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 of this age and type.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

At only 28.8 millimeters, the HXR-NX3-VG1 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1. The shortest minimum focal length of camcorders of this spec and age is 10mm and the longest is 44mm.

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7 Reasons Against

Not Cheap

We think this Sony video camera looks expensive compared to other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. We checked 19 small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago and they range in price from £22 to £3,087.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of this age and type also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HXR-NX3-VG1 does not have a night mode. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HXR-NX3-VG1 also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders of this spec and age are not 3D compatible. The HXR-NX3-VG1 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the HXR-NX3-VG1 does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HXR-NX3-VG1 are not waterproof. The HXR-NX3-VG1 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Heavy

With a weight of 2.2 kilograms, the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is quite heavy compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago. Small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1 have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Canon XF305 (£2,950.00) (2.7kg and higher rated).

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1

Released Over Two Years Ago

This small sensor size camcorder was released over two years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the HXR-NX3-VG1 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 6.85 hours, the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a relatively typical video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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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
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
Outdoor White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display Resolution
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
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
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
XLR in Port
Headphone Socket
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
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Warranty Card
Lens Hood Included
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hxrnx3vg1, sony hxrnx3vg1
Barcodes 04905524990249, 05013493249707

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