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Sony PXW-X180 Camcorder

1/3 2.7kg CMOS Jul 2014
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20 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

On average Sony video cameras have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all camcorders manufactured by Sony.

Nice Design

One person thought the Sony PXW-X180 was good looking. Videomaker.com mentioned “Independent filmmakers are always on the lookout for the newest cameras with which to capture beautiful images — without emptying the bank account” in their review of this camcorder.

Easy to Use

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Sony PXW-X180 was easy to use. Videomaker.com mentioned “Easy to use controls”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on video cameras of this age and type.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1.3" to 11", and the average screen size is 3.2". The PXW-X180 has a fairly large screen size (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PXW-X180.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 3.5" screen size video cameras and we think cheaper camcorders such as the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The PXW-X180 has an HDMI port, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the PXW-X180 do not have an HDMI port.

It may also be worth considering one of the other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including cheaper video cameras such as the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price].

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have an HDMI port including the Sony PXW-X200[plb_2941311_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Unlike most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the PXW-X180 which do not have an image stabiliser, the PXW-X180 has an image stabiliser.

Other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at include the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] which is cheaper.

Other video cameras which also have an image stabiliser that you might also want to consider include the Sony PXW-X200[plb_2941311_price].

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Full HD

Full HD

The PXW-X180 is Full HD, unlike most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-X180 which are not Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] which is cheaper.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the Sony PXW-X200[plb_2941311_price].

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The PXW-X180 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's over two times the optical sensor size of a 1/6" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm. Across all similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-X180 the worst optical sensor size is 1/6" and the best is 1/2".

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OLED Display

The Sony PXW-X180 has an OLED display which is better than most video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Most camcorders that are a similar age to it have a TFT LCD display. OLED displays provide a better image with higher contrast ratio than LCD displays.

An OLED display is in fact the best display amongst all video cameras of this age and type.

The worst display amongst comparable types of camcorder is TFT LCD.

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SDHC Memory Card

SDHC memory card

The PXW-X180 supports an SDHC memory card which is better than most video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Most video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it support an SD memory card. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB. Across all camcorders of this age and type the best memory card type is SDXC and the worst is MicroSDXC.

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

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Very High Viewfinder Resolution

Video cameras that are a similar age to the PXW-X180 have viewfinders resolutions of between 110,000 pixels and 2,400,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder resolution is 1,200,000 pixels. With a viewfinder resolution of 2,360,000 pixels, the Sony PXW-X180 has a very high viewfinder resolution compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the PXW-X180.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Value

The maximum aperture values of camcorders of a similar age and type to the PXW-X180 range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 5.2. The PXW-X180 has a quite high maximum aperture value (11) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Has a Built-In Display

The PXW-X180 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the PXW-X180.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including cheaper video cameras such as the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price].

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Sony PXW-X200[plb_2941311_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Sony PXW-X180 has a greater number of audio formats than most camcorders of a similar age and spec to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this Sony video camera.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

The lowest minimum aperture of video cameras that were released around the same time as the PXW-X180 is 1.1 and the highest is 4. The Sony PXW-X180 has one of the lower minimum apertures (only 1.6) amongst video cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The PXW-X180 supports a higher video resolution than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. This video camera supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution, whereas most video cameras of this type and age support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. In addition, this Sony video camera supports a video resolution of 720 x 576 pixels. Across all video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the worst video resolution is 720 x 480 pixels and the best is 3840 x 2160 pixels.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of 650 millimeters, the PXW-X180 has a fairly long maximum focal length compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-X180. The maximum focal lengths of camcorders that were launched around the same time as the PXW-X180 range from 0.5mm to 900mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Price Has Increased by £349.00

The PXW-X180 has increased in price by £349.00 in the last 31 days.

Expensive

We checked 48 video cameras that were launched more than two years ago and they range in price from £39 to £4,990. We think that this Sony camcorder looks expensive compared to other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PXW-X180 do not have an interchangeable lens. The PXW-X180 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PXW-X180 are not waterproof. The PXW-X180 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The PXW-X180 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

The PXW-X180 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of this type and age do not have a built-in projector. The Sony PXW-X180 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Heavy

With a weight of 2.7 kilograms, the Sony PXW-X180 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the PXW-X180. Video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PXW-X180 have weights of between 59g and 7.5kg.

Other 2.7kg weight camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at include cheaper video cameras such as the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price].

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Very Big

When compared to other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago that we have assessed, the depth of the PXW-X180 of 412 millimeters is one of the biggest. The smallest camcorder that was launched around the same time as the PXW-X180 is 12mm deep and the biggest is 520mm.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony PXW-X180

Released Over Two Years Ago

Sony released the PXW-X180 over two years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

The Sony PXW-X180 has a fairly average optical zoom (25 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 25x (optical) video cameras currently available including the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] which is cheaper.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
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
ExpressCard Slot
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Remote Control
GPS Function
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Headphone Out Port
XLR in Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Recharge Time
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
Shoulder Strap

Expert Reviews

27 February 2015

Video shooters and independent filmmakers are always on the lookout for the newest cameras with which to capture beautiful images ? without emptying the bank account. In recent years, DSLRs and... Read more…

Crisp and clear color reproduction
25x zoom lens with variable ND filter
Easy to use controls
Many recording options
Image noise at 9dB gain
SxS memory cards are pricier than other media

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony pxwx180, sony vjbk2tx180, sony vjbk2thx180
Barcodes 00027242884779, 00616348086486, 00617689593855, 04905524990287, 04905524990294

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