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Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • Three 1/2.8" Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • 1920x1080 up to 60p
  • Sony G Lens with 20x Optical Zoom
  • 40x Clear Image Zoom
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity and Remote Control
  • AVCHD 2.0 Format
  • Network-Friendly MP4 720p, 3 Mbps Format
  • Dual SD Memory Card Slots
  • Uncompressed 8-Bit 4:2:2 via HDMI Out
  • Built-In LED Video Light

The HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder from Sony brings high-quality performance, adaptability, and ease of use to a compact, handheld body. The camcorder features a 3-chip Exmor sensor with Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, Sony G lens with 20x optical zoom range, and a 40x Clear Image Zoom for 35mm equivalent focal lengths up to 1152mm. It also features Wi-Fi connectivity for transferring video files from the camcorder to mobile devices, as well as controlling camera functions from your smartphone or tablet. A network-friendly 720p, 3 Mbps MP4 recording option allows for easy transfer and compatibility with computer, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

The HXR-NX3 records video using the AVCHD 2.0 format, with framerates up to 60p for recording smooth motion. 60i and 24p modes are also available. You can also record in the DV format, letting you fit the camcorder into existing DV workflows. Media is recorded to two SD memory card slots. You can choose to record simultaneously to both cards, or use the relay mode which switches recording automatically to the second memory card when the first one is full. The two card slots can be controlled independently from two separate record buttons. An HDMI output connector provides uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2 signals while shooting for use with external recorders.

PLEASE NOTE: Rechargeable battery pack and shotgun microphone are not included.

3 Exmor CMOS Sensors
The HXR-NX3 features three 1/2.8" Full HD CMOS sensors, one-sensor for the Red, Green, and Blue color channels. This means high detail and texture, even on high-contrast colors. And, thanks to Sony's Exmor technology, the CMOS sensors deliver low noise and high sensitivity for low-light shooting situations.
Sony G Lens with 20x Optical Zoom, 40x Clear Image Zoom
The Sony G lens provides high image quality while offering 20x optical zoom with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 28.8mm to 576mm. When more telephoto reach is needed a 40x "Clear Image Zoom" allows you to reach an 35mm equivalent focal lengths up to 1152mm.
Frame Rate Flexibility
The camcorder records using the AVCHD 2.0 codec for Full HD 1920x1080 resolution video at frame rates of 24p, 30p, 60i, and 60p. The camcorder also offers 720/60p AVCHD capture, 2x slow motion and 60x quick motion recording, as well as standard definition DV recording. The two SD card slots enable simultaneous or relay recording.
Wi-Fi Control
Use your smartphone or tablet as a remote viewfinder as well as a remote control for camera functions such as recording start/stop, zoom, iris, and touch auto focus. The Wi-Fi remote works with both iOS and Android devices. MP4 video streaming from the camera delivers up to 30 fps to your wireless device. Frame-rate will depend on the processor speed of the mobile device.
NFC One-Touch Remote
Near-field Communication (NFC) chipset allows users to establish a Wi-Fi connection simply by touching an NFC-compatible smartphone or tablet on the camcorder.
Built-in LED Video Light
For great versatility when shooting close-ups and interviews, the HXR-NX3 comes equipped with an LED video light. The light outputs 200 lux at 3.3 feet and 800 lux at 1.6 feet.
Additional Features
  • Separate rings for focus, iris, and zoom
  • Built-in ND filters
Camera
Sensor 3 x 1/2.8" Exmor CMOS Sensor
Pixel Count Total: 2.41-megapixel
Effective: 2.07-megapixel
Minimum Illumination 60i: 1.2 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed, iris/gain Auto)
60i: 0.6 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed, iris Auto, gain 30dB)
Shutter Speed 1/4 to 1/10,000 second
White Balance Preset (Outdoor:5600K), A, B
Gain -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30 dB, AGC
Gamma Curve Selectable
Built-in ND Filter Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Lens
Lens Mount Fixed
Zoom Ratio 20x (optical), servo/manual
Focal Length 4.1 to 82.0 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 28.8 to 576.0mm (16:9)
35.2 to 705.0mm (4:3)
Iris f/1.6 to f/11, auto/manual selectable
Focus AF/MF selectable
Minimum Focus Distance Wide: 0.4" (10.0 mm) Tele: 31.5"(800.0 mm)
Image Stabilizer ON/OFF selectable, shift lens
Filter Diameter 72mm
Recording
Video Format HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.2264 AVCHD 2.0
SD: DV (AVI)
MP4: MPEG-4/H.264 with MP4 wrapping
Audio Format HD: Linear PCM 2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz / Dolby Digital 2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz
SD: Linear PCM 2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz
MP4: AAC 2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz
Resolutions & Frame Rates HD
PS (28Mbps): 1920 x 1080/60p, 16:9 FX (24Mbps): 1920 x 1080/60i, 30p,24p, 16:9, 1280 x 720/60p, 16:9 FH (17Mbps): 1920 x 1080/60i, 30p,24p, 16:9, 1280 x 720/60p, 16:9 HQ (9Mbps): 1440 x 1080/60i, 16:9, 1280 x 720/60p, 16:9 LP (5Mbps): 1440 x 1080/60i, 16:9

SD
DV (25Mbps): 720 x 480/60i, 16:9, 4:3

MP4
MP4 (3.5Mbps): 1280 x 720/30p, 24p, 16:9
Recording/Playback Time Approx. 290min(SDXC 64GB, PS, LPCM)
Approx. 340min(SDXC 64GB, FX, LPCM)
Approx. 450min(SDXC 64GB, FH, LPCM)
Monitoring
Viewfinder 0.45" LCD
852 x 480 x 3(H x V x RGB)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Note: Viewfinder and LCD monitor cannot be used simultaneously
LCD Monitor 3.5" LCD monitor
Effective Pixels: Approx. 921,000
640 x 480 x 3 (H x V x RGB)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Note: Viewfinder and LCD monitor cannot be used simultaneously
Input/Output
HDMI Output 1 x Type A
Composite Output 1 x BNC, NTSC
Audio Input 2 x XLR (3-pin), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Audio Output RCA pin
USB mini-AB USB 2.0, mass storage/host
Headphone Output 1 x 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
Speaker Output Monaural
DC Input DC jack
Remote 1 x 2.5 mm stereo mini jack
General
Media Type 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC & Memory Stick Duo
1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
Built-In Microphone Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone
Built-in Light LED
Luminous Intensity: Approx. 200 lx at 3.3' (1.0 m), Approx. 800 lx at 16.4' (5.0 m)
Lighting Angle: Approx. 30°
Color Temperature: Approx. 5,500K
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
2.4 GHz bandwidth
Security: WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compliant
Power Requirements Battery pack: 7.2 VDC
AC Adapter: 8.4 VDC
Power Consumption Approx. 6.4 W with XLR mic while recording, EVF On, Video light Off
Approx. 6.9 W with XLR mic while recording, LCD monitor On, Video light Off
Battery Operating Time Approx. 410 min with NP-F970 battery (video light Off) Approx. 265 min with NP-F970 battery (video light On)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 6.9 x 7.60 x 15.5" (174.5 x 193.0 x 393.0 mm) with lens hood, eye piece
Weight With lens hood: Approx. 4.87 lb (2.21 kg) With lens hood, EVF eyecup, and NP-F970 battery: Approx. 5.60 lb (2.54 kg)
Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • EVF Eyecup
  • Infrared Remote Commander
  • CR2025 battery (for IR Remote Commander)
  • AC-L100C AC adaptor
  • AC Cable
  • Cold Shoe Kit
  • CD-ROM with Operating Instructions
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyHXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder
     
    4.6

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (22)
    • Professional quality (19)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Good in low light (8)
    • Great picture quality (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • In the studio (10)
      • Independent films (9)
      • Weddings (8)
      • Documentaries (7)
      • Complex projects (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (11), Enthusiast (7), Professional artist (6), Semi-pro (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (23)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent was exactly what I expected

      I use this camera in a dark grey auditorium, which isn't lit for video. it is ample for the ministry and speaker, but not video. I needed a 3 CCD camera for it's...Read complete review

      I use this camera in a dark grey auditorium, which isn't lit for video. it is ample for the ministry and speaker, but not video. I needed a 3 CCD camera for it's performance and low light abilities, but most of them are at least two thousand dollars more than what I could put in to one. This is a great performing camera that has all the features for shooting many styles of video. Is super clear in our low light situation, and knocks the socks off anything I have tried.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      PERFECT BUT TOO LARGE, REQUIRED TRIPOD

      Most beautiful footage I've ever seen.

      Most beautiful footage I've ever seen.

      Reviewed by 28 customers

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      4.0

      Excellent Camcorder! Very Pleased!

      By Vincent Matthews

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

        I use this camcorder to capture Church activities, mostly indoor, both with ample light and low light. The video capture is very good, good colors and very natural. Very impressed with the 3 sensors. Used to capture Choir while in motion and was very much impressed with the footage and with the built in image Stabilization. Haven't done lot of Outdoor shooting, but judging by whatever little that was done, it looked very good. Need to explore more.

        Very Pleased with the purchase.

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        4.0

        VERY HAPPY and within Expectations

        By HazardSports

        from NYC

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

          I use this camera to film action-sports. The 1080 at 60p mode is what I film in all the time. The camera has many advanced functions and is relatively easy to use once acclimated. Having the ability to record 422 via HDMI is awesome. Especially being that the Atomos Shogun will be able to record 1080 at 120fps in 422. I know that there are cameras out there with a bit sharper image quality however for the type of video I record this was the best choice. Recording to two SD cards simultaneously is a huge peace of mind as some of the subjects I am recording are top level performers and loosing footage is not an option. Especially when spontaneous moments can never be duplicated. I feel that for my purposes you could not beat this camera for this price range. I have had no issues while filming thus far. I am not too happy that the battery didn't come with the camera! But the Sony L series battery is awesome. Provides accurate information and long battery life.

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          5.0

          Very pleased thus far!

          By Drs45

          from Dayton, OH

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

            I purchased the NX3 moving to "tapeless" capturing from the HDR-FX1000. I am a "pro-hobby" user. Based on the initial tests, it seems to perform just as described. I will be shooting the first event with it in 2 weeks. I also purchased the NX03U as my second camera; I previously used two FX1000s. I am delighted with both so far!

            Purchased both from B&H. Best supplier going! No BS, good/fair pricing and impeccable service.

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            4.0

            good pro entry level

            By picoverb

            from Elizabeth, nj

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

              I was using an HDV camera (FX1) before it. That is Why I choose the Sony and not another brand, for the batteries and accessories I have fit in it. The avchd format is a consumer oriented, however I can say the final image quality is enough for my purposes. It can not record from the HDMI out into the hyperdeck shuttle. It is because this camera output 1080p60. you need to set 1080i60 manually. When you are capturing and see that the SD card in the "A" slot is getting full you need to stop the recording to manually select the "B" slot to keep recording. Footage more than 2GB need to be downloaded with the CMU Sony free Software to avoid the gaps. It doesn't come with the mic and microphone, it is not a problem for me. It would be good if the video composite output would be a TC generator or sort of a sync option to master a second NX3 or any future Sony camera. The front led light is ok but not necessary. the NFC is good but need to be improved. When you zoom the rolling shuter get worse. The noise in low light is good. I already updated the firmware (not so much improvements). I think the camera is a little price but the reliability of Sony products wins.

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              5.0

              Wonderful Camcorder

              By Bachi

              from Djibouti

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                Wonderful Camcorder it is exactly what i was looking for! The image quality is absolutely at the top end in this camera range.
                The image of this camera is clean and sharp the colors look beautiful very naturally.
                The low light capability especially when you do your own settings in manuell mode it`s very good, in auto mode i think it is usable up to 9dB gain.
                I like the new Clear Image Zoom off course it is some kind of digital zoom but for me it looks almost like optical zoom. I use it for wildlife or DOF work.

                What else do I like:

                - Native full HD recording nice
                - LED light it gives me more creative options
                - 3.5" Touchscreen with touch focus
                - Almost everything can set up manually to get the best possible image
                - Image stabilization especially aktiv mode
                - Picture profile nice to set up my own picture style
                - Auto focus works great

                Do I don`t like anything?

                No, because in my eyes it is not a professional Camcorder what`s used for broadcast work, it has not the ride codec, not the ride recording bit-rate, it has not the pro data output and it only has 8bit 4.2.0 color output.
                HDMI is a little bit better it has uncompressed 8bit 4.2.2 color output.

                So I can´t say that I don`t like that this Camera lacks the pro feature because I am not a pro.

                I am using this camera 3 month now and for me it is the ride deal perfect image in nativ full HD recording.

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                4.0

                A masterpiece with extras need polishing

                By Jonathan the IT guy

                from Kansas City, KS

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                • Poor Wireless Control

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                I've been using Sony's similar HDR AX-2000's for over 4 years now and at a cheaper price the HXR NX3 holds to the great quality standard with additional features. With the additional quality added to the cmos sensors, I've noticed much less static and noise in low lighted areas. I do live stream and edited productions and will look forward to a feature that will eventually allow devices like these to stream directly through the wifi to my youtube streaming server or flash media live encoder. The wifi capability needs some improvement but its an excellent step towards cordless & manless operations. The wifi capability is not dependable and often loses connection. Since I've been filming without a battery pack I'm assuming thats why the LED light in the front will not work for me. The battery pack is coming in the mail soon, so I may add to this review later. I find it unfortunate that the LED light cannot be used unless a battery source is present, but when it comes down to the quality of shooting the HXR NX3 is exactly what I was looking for.

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                3.0

                PERFECT BUT TOO LARGE, REQUIRED TRIPOD

                By MEMORY MAKER

                from Indianapolis, IN

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                • No image stabilization

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • Movies/Short Films

                Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                Most beautiful footage I've ever seen.

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                5.0

                Almost perfect

                By Battman540

                from Harvest, AL

                About Me Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                  I love everything about this camera except that the video clips are limited to 2GB size. I wish that Sony had used the UDF file format that my In Focus FS-5 units have which can make up to a 1hr and 30min contiguous video file. No gaps, and no drop outs that way. Still it is a very very nice camera. Excellent low light color and VERY easy to use.

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By Rob

                  from Senoia, Ga

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great In Low Light
                  • Lightweight
                  • Picture Quality
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Corporate video
                    • Wedding videography

                    Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                    This camera replaced my tape based camera, The first thing I noticed was the overall quality of the picture. Even shooting in full auto the camera always gave me a great picture. This camera is great in low light and runs for hours on one battery. I use 32 gig memory cards that will record for three hours. I plan to a second purchase this month to have a matching pair for my wedding work. Here is a sample of video i took with full auto.[*]

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                    5.0

                    Very pleased!

                    By Dale S.

                    from Williamsburg, VA

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good In Low Light
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • ENG
                      • Events

                      Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                      My main workhorse for many years was the Sony VX2000. I went from the VX2000 to a Sony NX30, which seemed like a toy. I then purchased a Canon XA20, which was a little more professional but still but seemed like a toy.
                      I chose the NX3 mainly for the 40x clear image zoom, and for its anticipated good low light performance. I am not disappointed. It really works amazingly well for the ENG event shooting that I do. The NX3 is very professional looking, with many manual adjustments and user-programmable buttons. I would say the low light performance is equal to or better than the VX2000, and it has a very good dynamic range.
                      The body is all plastic (even the tripod threads) but seems very durable. I'll probably not have any use for the wifi capability but I use a LANC controller. I use 2 64GB Sandisk class 10 SD cards, and the battery charger from my old VX2000 (as well as an old Sony portable charger) works for the NP-F970 batteries.

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                      5.0

                      A good experience

                      By Esmeralda

                      from Texas

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                        very easy to use. I don't have to go to the menu to use the most useful settings. The only little issue I have to face was when trying to transfer into computer. I had to call customer support for Apple, for B&H, I even went to the apple store and the sony store in Houston and they weren't able to help me everything seem like if I had to upgrade to a new computer. Until I finally figure it out by myself. I transfer data from an SDXC to a SDHC card and it worked. Once I get it I definitely enjoyed editing. Working with a beautiful image motivates me on my job.

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                        5.0

                        nice!

                        By johnmont250

                        from petaluma ca

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                            So many features. Little mentioned touch screen auto focus (spot focus)and metering is very quick and accurate. Focus lock is nice in AF mode. Another feature I like is the ability to record a 1280x720 mp4 hd low bitrate file at the same time you record a full hd file. I can quickly copy the user friendly mp4 to the client after a shoot for preview and edit notes, making everybody happy!

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                            5.0

                            Even Better Than Expected!

                            By ToddBuffalo

                            from Buffalo NY

                            About Me Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports Action

                              Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                              I have been using TAPE based cameras for so many years I was some what doubtful of pure SD Card recording. I have shot both corporate level videos and live action Sports evens in the past few days and I keep getting blown away with the built in options Sony delivered on this product.

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                              5.0

                              What an amazing bullet proof camcorder!

                              By AJ

                              from Temecula, CA

                              Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                              All I can say is that this video camera is a God send.
                              Amazing incredible features, great solid build quality, excellent lens, crystal clear xlr audio and a great package by B&H that included a free battery and charger (since Sony did NOT include a battery with this camera)
                              This camera does an amazing rack focus that will truly impress.
                              It is so well made and the onboard built in LED light is powerful will momentarily blind you, simply amazing.
                              Thank you Patrick at B&H for your great help and easy purchasing when I ordered this camera and thank you Sony for creating such a great product at a great price.

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                              4.0

                              So far so good

                              By DFlip

                              from Boston

                              Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                              Coming from someone who used the NX5 for several years but never owned one. I love the tension/ drag on the Manuel zoom, it's not lose an might be a tad tighter than the NX5. Also one thing no ones mentioned is that you can run DC power and still have a battery loaded in the camera. Have you ever had someone unplug your power? Great feature!
                              AMA links no problume with Avid. Haven't fully tryed every feture but I look forward to.
                              I know I'll be happy with this camera as long as I don't have any back focus issues as sony's sometimes do.

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                              5.0

                              Perfect Camera

                              By RichM

                              from Voorhees, NJ

                              About Me Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Independent Films
                                • In The Studio

                                Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                                I am using this as a "B" camera in my productions and it is great. I love the low light capabilities and this camera is easy to use.

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                                5.0

                                Great Event Videography Camera!

                                By Scott the Videographer

                                from Bend, Oregon

                                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Great Image
                                • Low Light
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects
                                  • Event videography
                                  • Independent Films
                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                                  The NX3 is a wonderful camera for general videography and event filming. I upgraded from the Sony Z1U and discovered adapting to this cameras physical layout easy to learn and intuitive. The camera is well built and feels sturdy and stable when shooting with the handle. The LCD screen is clear and accurate and the data readouts and histogram feature are very helpful to getting the best possible shot. While the camera does great in "Auto" mode, going manual and experimenting couldn't be easier.

                                  The 20X optical zoom capabilities are excellent and surprisingly the 40X "Clear Image Zoom" mode was very good quality. The camera has built-in ND filters, which prove extremely useful for event videographers when changing locations from outdoors to indoors in a hurry.

                                  The low light capabilities of this camera are great and associated noise kept to a minimum. The onboard LED light is quick and easy to use, especially useful for impromptu interviews

                                  I do wish there were a few more "assign" buttons to minimize drilling through menus for more commonly used settings. While there are six assign buttons available on the camera, they are pre-assigned to some pretty handy functions, such as peaking, histogram, zebra, last scene, etc.

                                  One unexpectedly nice feature is the S&Q button which allows the operator to easily capture up to 6000% fast or 40% slow of crystal clear footage. Nice!

                                  I am very pleased to have purchased these cameras and think they will do wonderfully as workhorses in my videography business for many years to come.

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                                  5.0

                                  All Around Champ

                                  By CM Video

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • Wifi Control

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                                    As a professional videographer having a go to, all around camera is absolutely crucial. Sony has nailed it with the NX3. With an extraordinary amount of manual controls (many of which I have yet to delve into) there's a ton of versatility. With that said, throwing it into fully automatic delivers a great image. Low light is quite impressive and the three rings are precise and feel right. The LED is very bright (not a fan of on camera lighting) but with the low light performance I haven't found it necessary to use. In a pinch it would get the job done though.

                                    Yes, the depth of field isn't as shallow as the big chip DSLRs but with the built in ND filters it doesn't take much work to get nice separation. The audio controls are fantastic, providing a lot of control. The ergonomics are solid, most everything is where it should be. The focus magnifier is nice and works while recording. A couple switches feel a little flimsy but other than that everything is remarkably solid considering the price. Battery life with the 7.4V, 7800mAh is good. Glad Sony finally moved to SD. Haven't tried the BNC out for uncompressed footage yet, looking forward to it. Even though I never use digital zoom I tried it out and it ain't that bad. WiFi control not quite right. I'm not interested in controlling the camera from my iPad or iPhone. It would be ideal to have a secondary wireless monitor while still having full control on the camera. Hopefully Sony can fix this with a firmware upgrade.

                                    I was particularly impressed with the dynamic range. It picks up a lot of detail in the black which makes post work much easier. Colors are solid. I read a review that compared this camera to the Canon XA20 which seemed silly. I'm a big Canon supporter but the image on the Sony is a noticeable upgrade.

                                    I used this camera a few weeks ago to cover the LA Marathon and am very happy with the results. I shot on the "Active" mode in the SteadyShot which did a superb job reducing shake. For the money and versatility you can't go wrong with the Sony. Good shooting!

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                                    4.0

                                    Great Camera

                                    By BPoese

                                    from Rockville MD

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                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Complex Projects
                                      • Independent Films
                                      • In The Studio

                                      Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                                      I worked with the Sony HXR-NX5 before and was impressed with it. The HXR-NX3 is even better if the options on this camera are things that you can live with/without. The low light recording is very good, acceptable noise level for the level of light. The WiFi is more useful than I thought it would be. The internal mic is also better than I thought it would be. Not great, but better than most internal mics. I really enjoy the manual settings and once you get use to the locations of the buttons and rings, they are easy to use. Good dynamic range for bright outdoor shots that include some shadows also.

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                                      4.0

                                      Great new addition to the AV Ministry

                                      By J Max

                                      from Neosho, Missouri

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Improves Performance
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder:

                                          Right out of the box this camera far exceeds the old one it replaced. The picture is 10 times clearer and the auto focus and iris settings are a real blessing for our untrained staff. Still having trouble connecting to our iMac via HDMI for editing etc.

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