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Sony HXR-NX30
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Sony HXR-NX30 Camcorder

1/2.88 1.2kg CMOS 10x Jul 2012
Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
The new HXR-NX30U high-definition camcorder is a palm-size addition to the NXCAM line. The NX30U utilizes breakthrough Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology to help eliminate... More
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Sony HXR-NX30 Cameraman's Review
Sony HXR-NX30 Review
Sony HXR NX30 Cameraman's Review, Part 2
TEST SONY HXR-NX30

13 Reasons For

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 3,510 user and expert reviews, Sony has good reviews for its camcorders. Sony also has good reviews specifically within its video cameras range compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

Unlike most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HXR-NX30 which do not have an interchangeable lens, the HXR-NX30 has an interchangeable lens.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HXR-NX30 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HXR-NX30 do not have an HDMI port.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Unlike most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the HXR-NX30 which do not have an image stabiliser, the Sony HXR-NX30 has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Unlike most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the HXR-NX30 which are not Full HD, the HXR-NX30 is Full HD.

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1/2.88" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HXR-NX30 is 1/2.88". That's 36% more optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. The best optical sensor size of all video cameras that have been available for more than two years is 1/1.3" and the worst is 2/3".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Sony HXR-NX30 supports a better memory card type than most similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this Sony camcorder support MS PRO, MS PRO Duo and MS PRO Duo Mark 2 and SDHC memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of this type and age.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder is MicroSDXC.

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

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

Across all the video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HXR-NX30 the internal storage capacities range from 2GB to 92GB. The HXR-NX30 has one of the largest internal storage capacities (92 gigabytes) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

Video cameras that came out more than two years ago have display resolutions of between 150 pixels and 1,600,000 pixels. With a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, the Sony HXR-NX30 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HXR-NX30, the Sony HXR-NX30 has a built-in display.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the Veho Muvi HD NPNG[plb_2384279_price] is also worth considering.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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5 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 10 times zoom factor, the HXR-NX30 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. Across all the camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HXR-NX30 the optical zooms range from 1x to 65x.

There are a number of other 10x (optical) camcorders currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730[plb_363171_price].

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Not Waterproof

The HXR-NX30 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HXR-NX30 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HXR-NX30 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HXR-NX30 also do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have a night mode including the Transcend DrivePro 200[plb_2962204_price], or the HP F-500[plb_2962207_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

Most video cameras of a similar type and age to the HXR-NX30 are not 3D compatible. The HXR-NX30 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the HXR-NX30 does not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in projector which you might also want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ420[plb_1583936_price].

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HXR-NX30

Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera was released over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HXR-NX30 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HXR-NX30.

We compared all the other 3" screen size camcorders to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730[plb_363171_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 1.2 kilograms, the Sony HXR-NX30 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 120 times zoom factor, the HXR-NX30 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HXR-NX30.

Alternative 120x (digital) video cameras currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the HDR-CX730[pl_363171_price], or the HDR-TD20VE[pl_1505099_price] both from Sony.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Light Exposure
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Audio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
XLR in Port
HDMI Version
Headphone Socket
Networking
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Other Features
The Windows Operating System
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony nx5, sony nx30, sony nx70, sony nx5u, sony nx70u, sony nx30u, sony hxrnx30, sony hxrnx30u
Barcodes 00027242785618, 00027242855854, 04905524891973, 08945639757333

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