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Sony PXW-X180 Camcorder

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1/3 2.7kg CMOS Jul 2014
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20 Reasons For

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Camcorders produced by Sony have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just camcorders) and found that Sony also has good reviews across its entire range.

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 comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

The PXW-X180 has a quite large display diagonal (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have display diagonals of between 1.3" and 11", and the average display diagonal is 3.2".

We compared all the other 3.5" screen size video cameras to this camcorder and we think the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price], and the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this video camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K[plb_2643988_price] (5" and higher rated).

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony PXW-X180 is Full HD, unlike most of the other video cameras of this age and spec which are not Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Unlike most of the other video cameras of this spec and age which do not have an HDMI, the Sony PXW-X180 has an HDMI.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available including the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Unlike most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-X180 which do not have an image stabilizer, the PXW-X180 has an image stabilizer.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the PXW-X180 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm. The optical sensor size of all video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years ranges from 1/6" to 1/2".

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OLED Display

The PXW-X180 has an OLED display which is better than most similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it. Most video cameras that are a comparable age to it have a TFT LCD display. OLED displays provide a better image with higher contrast ratio than LCD displays.

This video camera's display (OLED) is in fact the best display across all video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-X180.

A TFT LCD display is the worst display amongst similar types of video camera.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of 11, the Sony PXW-X180 has a fairly high maximum aperture number compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. Camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the PXW-X180 have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 5.2.

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SDHC Compatible Memory Cards

SDHC compatible memory cards

The PXW-X180 supports an SDHC compatible memory cards which is better than most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. Most camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD compatible memory cards. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB. Across all similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the PXW-X180 the best memory card type is SDXC and the worst is Not supported.

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

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Very High Viewfinder

With a viewfinder of 2,360,000 pixels, the Sony PXW-X180 has one of the highest viewfinders amongst camcorders of this age. Camcorders of this age and spec have viewfinders of between 110,000 pixels and 2,400,000 pixels.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most frequently found battery technology on camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the PXW-X180, the PXW-X180 has a built-in display.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The Sony PXW-X180 has a greater number of audio formats than most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Sony video camera. The audio formats supporteds LPCM are also supported by this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Sony PXW-X180 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions which is higher than most video cameras of this age and spec. Most video cameras that are a comparable age to it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolutions. This video camera also supports a video resolutions of 720 x 576 pixels. Camcorders that are a similar age to the PXW-X180 video resolutionss range from 720 x 480 pixels to 3840 x 2160 pixels.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture Number

The PXW-X180 has a fairly low minimum aperture number (only 1.6) compared to most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the PXW-X180. Across all the similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the PXW-X180 the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.1 to 4.

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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 (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the camcorders that were released around the same time as the PXW-X180 the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 0.5mm to 900mm. The PXW-X180 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (650 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the PXW-X180.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

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

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders of this age and spec are not waterproof. The Sony PXW-X180 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Not 3D

Most camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-X180 are not 3D. The Sony PXW-X180 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The PXW-X180 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the PXW-X180 also do not have a night mode.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a night mode and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price], or the HP F-500[plb_2962207_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony PXW-X180 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ420E[pl_1583936_price], or the HDR-PJ820[pl_2109593_price] both from Sony.

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Heavy

With a weight of 2.7 kilograms, the PXW-X180 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PXW-X180. The lightest video camera of a similar type and age to the PXW-X180 is 59g weight, the heaviest is 7.5kg, and the average weight is 880g.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] (2.7kg).

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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

With an optical zoom of 25 times zoom factor, the Sony PXW-X180 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
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
ExpressCard Slot
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
Remotely Operated
GPS (satellite)
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Headphone Outputs
XLR in
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Battery Recharge Time
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
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 pxwx180c
Barcodes 00027242884779, 04905524990294

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