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Sony HXR-NX3 vs Sony PXW-X160

Sony HXR-NX3 vs Sony PXW-X160

Sony HXR-NX3
Sony PXW-X160

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Moderately longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 705mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 is only a 650mm maximum focal length camcorder (55mm shorter).
Wi-Fi Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 features wi-Fi, however the Sony PXW-X160 does not feature wi-Fi.
Near Field Communication (NFC) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 supports near Field Communication (NFC), but the Sony PXW-X160 does not support near Field Communication (NFC).
23% lighter Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a weight of 2.2kg, however the Sony PXW-X160 is a 2.7kg weight camcorder (490g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

5 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
Sony PXW-X160 is 50MP sensor. That's 47.59MP bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (50MP). 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.

5x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 25x (optical) camcorder. That's 5x bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (25x). 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.

Shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony PXW-X160 is 26mm minimum focal length. That's 2.8mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3 (26mm).
0.05" larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.5", whereas the Sony HXR-NX3 is only a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.05" smaller).
1 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
47.59MP smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.41MP sensor camcorder. That's 47.59MP smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 (50MP). 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. That's 5x smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 (25x). 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.

Longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 28.8mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 2.8mm longer than the Sony PXW-X160 (26mm).
12% smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.45", however the Sony PXW-X160 is a 0.5" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.05" larger).
Less retailers
The Sony HXR-NX3 is only stocked by 1 store, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 is stocked by 2 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Older by five months
The Sony HXR-NX3 is five months older than the Sony PXW-X160.
3 Reasons Against
55mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony PXW-X160 is only 650mm maximum focal length, but the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 705mm maximum focal length camcorder (55mm longer).
Does not feature wi-Fi Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 does not feature wi-Fi, however the Sony HXR-NX3 does.
490g heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a weight of 2.7kg, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.2kg weight camcorder (490g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

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Date Released

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Image Sensor

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

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 25x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
705mm
BEST
650mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.6 1.6
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28.8mm 26mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
11 11
Filter Size
72mm 82mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.1 - 82 3.7 - 92.5

Storage

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

Focusing

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

Flash

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

Shutter

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

Display

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

Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
Minimum Illumination
0.5lx Unknown - Click to provide data
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated

Design

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

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
BEST
 1080p
Video Formats Supported
 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
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HD-Ready
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
Mini USB Port
1 1

Networking

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

Battery

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

Operational Conditions

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
2.2kg
BEST
2.7kg
Height
193mm 201.5mm
Depth
393mm 412mm
Width
174.5mm 191.5mm

Packaging Content

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