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Sony HXR-NX3 vs Sony PXW-X160 vs Sony PXW-X70

Sony HXR-NX3 vs Sony PXW-X160 vs Sony PXW-X70

Sony HXR-NX3
Sony PXW-X160
Sony PXW-X70

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
8% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 705mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 55mm longer than the Sony PXW-X160 ().
Hugely lower minimum aperture number Edit
Sony HXR-NX3 is 1.6 minimum aperture (as does the Sony PXW-X160), but the Sony PXW-X70 is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder (1.2 higher).
Hugely higher maximum aperture number Edit
Sony HXR-NX3 is 11 maximum aperture value (as does the Sony PXW-X160), but the Sony PXW-X70 is only a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder (6.5 lower).
Smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a minimum illumination of 0.5lx, however the Sony PXW-X70 is a 1.7lx minimum illumination camcorder (1.2lx bigger).
Wi-Fi Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 features wi-Fi, and so does the Sony PXW-X70, however the Sony PXW-X160 does not.
Near Field Communication (NFC) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 supports near Field Communication (NFC), and so does the Sony PXW-X70, but the Sony PXW-X160 does not support near Field Communication (NFC).
6 Reasons For
Hugely bigger total megapixels Edit
Sony PXW-X160 is 50MP sensor, but the Sony HXR-NX3 is only a 2.41MP sensor camcorder (47.59MP smaller) and the Sony PXW-X70 is only a 14.2MP sensor camcorder (35.8MP 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.

13x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 25x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3 is only a 20x (optical) camcorder (5x smaller) and the Sony PXW-X70 is only a 12x (optical) camcorder (13x smaller). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

1.2 lower minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a minimum aperture number of 1.6 (as does the Sony HXR-NX3), however the Sony PXW-X70 is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder (1.2 higher).
Shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony PXW-X160 is 26mm minimum focal length, but the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 28.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (2.8mm longer).
6.5 higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a maximum aperture number of 11 (as does the Sony HXR-NX3), however the Sony PXW-X70 is only a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder (6.5 lower).
0.11" larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 0.5" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.05" larger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (0.39") and 0.11" larger than the Sony PXW-X70 (0.39").
6 Reasons For
9.94fps faster maximum frame rate Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 59.94fps camcorder. That's 9.94fps faster than the Sony HXR-NX3 (59.94fps).
Wi-Fi Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 features wi-Fi, and so does the Sony HXR-NX3, however the Sony PXW-X160 does not feature wi-Fi.
Near Field Communication (NFC) Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 supports near Field Communication (NFC), and so does the Sony HXR-NX3, but the Sony PXW-X160 does not.
2x lighter Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 900g weight camcorder. That's 1.3kg lighter than the Sony HXR-NX3 (900g) and 1.8kg lighter than the Sony PXW-X160 (900g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£2,613 cheaper
The Sony PXW-X70 costs £2,613.20 less than the Sony PXW-X160.
Available from 5 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.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.41MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 is a 50MP sensor camcorder (47.59MP bigger) and the Sony PXW-X70 is a 14.2MP sensor camcorder (11.79MP 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.

25% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has an optical zoom of 20x, however the Sony PXW-X160 is a 25x (optical) camcorder (5x bigger) and the Sony PXW-X70 is a 12x (optical) camcorder (8x smaller). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Slightly longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 28.8mm minimum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 is a 26mm minimum focal length camcorder (2.8mm shorter).
12% smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.05" smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 (0.39") and 0.06" larger than the Sony PXW-X70 (0.39").
9.94fps slower maximum frame rate Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 50fps camcorder. That's 9.94fps slower than the Sony PXW-X70 (59.94fps).
Heavier Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.2kg weight camcorder. That's 490g lighter than the Sony PXW-X160 (900g) and 1.3kg heavier than the Sony PXW-X70 (900g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Less retailers
Only 1 store sell the Sony HXR-NX3, whereas 6 shops sell the Sony PXW-X70. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Seven months older
The Sony HXR-NX3 is older than the Sony PXW-X160 by five months and older than the Sony PXW-X70 by seven months.
6 Reasons Against
Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony PXW-X160 is only 650mm maximum focal length. That's 55mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3 ().
Does not feature wi-Fi Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 does not feature wi-Fi, however the Sony HXR-NX3 and the Sony PXW-X70 feature wi-Fi.
67% heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 2.7kg weight camcorder. That's 490g heavier than the Sony HXR-NX3 (900g) and 1.8kg heavier than the Sony PXW-X70 (900g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£2,613 more expensive
The Sony PXW-X160 is more expensive than the Sony PXW-X70 by £2,613.20.
Fewer sellers
Only 1 seller sell the Sony PXW-X160, but 6 sellers sell the Sony PXW-X70. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Two months older
The Sony PXW-X160 is older than the Sony PXW-X70 by two months.
6 Reasons Against
Significantly smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 14.2MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.41MP sensor camcorder (11.79MP smaller) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 50MP sensor camcorder (35.8MP 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.

13x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has an optical zoom of 12x, however the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 20x (optical) camcorder (8x bigger) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 25x (optical) camcorder (13x bigger). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

1.2 higher minimum aperture number Edit
Sony PXW-X70 is 2.8 minimum aperture, but the Sony HXR-NX3 and the Sony PXW-X160 are both 1.6 minimum aperture camcorders (1.2 lower).
2x lower maximum aperture number Edit
Sony PXW-X70 is only 4.5 maximum aperture value, but the Sony HXR-NX3 and the Sony PXW-X160 are both 11 maximum aperture value camcorders (6.5 higher).
Smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 0.39" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.06" smaller than the Sony HXR-NX3 (0.39") and 0.11" smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 (0.39").
Vastly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has a minimum illumination of 1.7lx, however the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 0.5lx minimum illumination camcorder (1.2lx smaller).

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.41MP 50MP
BEST
14.2MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 25x
BEST
12x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
705mm
BEST
650mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
1.6
BEST
1.6
BEST
2.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28.8mm 26mm
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
11
BEST
11
BEST
4.5
Filter Size
72mm 82mm 62mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.1 - 82 3.7 - 92.5 9.3 - 111.6

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
BEST
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
 Memory card
ExpressCard Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data
 ExpressCard slot
Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Normal Focusing Range
0.01 - ∞/0.8 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Flash

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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/32 - 1/2000 1/8 - 1/10000

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5" 3.5" 3.5"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 OLED
 OLED
BEST
 OLED

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.45" 0.5"
BEST
0.39"
Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 2,360,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 handheld
BEST
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
Minimum Illumination
0.5lx
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.7lx
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated
Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

LED Indicators
 LED indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour
 Black
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
BEST
 1080p
 1080p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 DV
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 DV
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 DV
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data 59.94fps
BEST

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
Mini USB Port
1 1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
BEST
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
BEST

Battery

Video Recording Time
6.85h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
NP-F970 BP-U30 NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Unknown - Click to provide data 28Wh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.23h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Supported
1 1 1

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40 0 - 40
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-20 - 60 -20 - 60 -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
2.2kg 2.7kg 900g
BEST
Height
193mm 201.5mm 103.5mm
Depth
393mm 412mm 274.3mm
Width
174.5mm 191.5mm 120.7mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
BEST
 USB
 AC
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoulder Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoulder strap
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity
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