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Sony HXR-NX3-VG1
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Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 Camcorder

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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15 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We checked 3,411 owner and expert reviews for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically within its small total megapixels video cameras range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

Small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1 have display diagonals of between 1.4" and 4.3". The HXR-NX3-VG1 has a fairly large display diagonal (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HXR-NX3-VG1.

There are a number of alternative 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF G20[pl_1564217_price], or the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price] both from Canon.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1, the HXR-NX3-VG1 has an HDMI.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras with an HDMI currently available including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HXR-NX3-VG1 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HXR-NX3-VG1.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R56[pl_2114213_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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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 best optical sensor size of all similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 1/1.3" and the worst is 2/3".

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an Optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HXR-NX3-VG1 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it. Most video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SD compatible memory cards. This video camera also support an MS Duo and SDHC compatible 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 video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of a similar type and age to the HXR-NX3-VG1.

The worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Very High Maximum Aperture Number

When compared to other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HXR-NX3-VG1, the maximum aperture number of the HXR-NX3-VG1 of 11 is one of the highest. Across all the camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HXR-NX3-VG1 the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 11, and the average maximum aperture number is 4.5.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric)s of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HXR-NX3-VG1 range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 330,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, the HXR-NX3-VG1 has one of the higher display resolution (numeric)s amongst video cameras of this age.

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Fairly Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The viewfinder screen sizes of small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HXR-NX3-VG1 range from 0.24" to 0.52", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.33". The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has one of the larger viewfinder screen sizes (0.45 inches) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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1080i Supported Video Modes

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HXR-NX3-VG1 the worst video mode is 576i and the best is 1080p.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HXR-NX3-VG1 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price], or the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price].

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of only 1.6, the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a very low minimum aperture number compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HXR-NX3-VG1. The minimum aperture numbers of camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 1.5 to 3.1.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 720 x 576|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on video cameras of this spec and age.

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8 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is not Full HD. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HXR-NX3-VG1 are also not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price], the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1, the Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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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 total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1 also do not have a night mode.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a night mode and we think the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 is not 3D. Most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1 are also not 3D.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Not Waterproof

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

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HXR-NX3-VG1, the HXR-NX3-VG1 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders that were released around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1 is 22mm and the longest is 2,700mm. At only 705 millimeters, the HXR-NX3-VG1 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Heavy

The lightest video camera of a similar age and spec to the HXR-NX3-VG1 is 57g weight, the heaviest is 3.9kg, and the average weight is 480g. The HXR-NX3-VG1 is one of the heavier similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1 (2.2 kilograms) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] (2.4kg) which also has a higher rating.

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

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this small total megapixels video camera was released.

Average Optical Zoom

The Sony HXR-NX3-VG1 has a fairly average optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HXR-NX3-VG1.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 20x (optical) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price].

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the HDR-PJ410[pl_2697188_price] (30x and higher rated), or the HDR-PJ620[pl_2697194_price] (30x and higher rated) both from Sony.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 6.85 hours, the HXR-NX3-VG1 has a pretty standard video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders of a comparable type and age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Microphone Connectivity
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
XLR in
Headphone Connectivity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Number of Batteries Supported
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Warranty Card
Lens Hood

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hxrnx3vg1
Barcodes 04905524990249, 05013493249707

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