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Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 3 1/3" CMOS Sensors
  • 1080i/1080p/720p AVCHD (@24Mbps)
  • Native 1080/24p, 720/60p
  • Wide Angle 20x G-Lens
  • HD-SDI & HDMI Output
  • SMPTE Time Code In/Out
  • Dual XLR Inputs
  • Simultaneous HD/MPEG-2 SD Capture
  • Uses Memory Stick PRO Duo / SDHC Cards
  • Built-in GPS
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Offer ends: MAR 31 '15

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The first in Sony's line of NXCAM solid-state camcorders, the HXR-NX5U is also the company's first professional-level AVCHD camcorder. And while it may look similar to its HDV predecessor, the HVR-Z5U, in fact this is a very different animal. Its ability to capture HD and SD video in AVCHD and MPEG-2 formats--and save it to solid state media--is only one of its distinctive traits. Full-raster 1920 x 1080 video is another, including the option of recording 720/60p video as well as 60i, 30p and 24p. And because the NX5U can capture to media cards plus an optional flash memory unit, you can simultaneously record a different signal to each, whether HD + a backup or HD + SD. The footage is then easily downloaded to a computer or backup drive using USB 2.0.

Three 1/3" CMOS Exmor sensors, a 20x 'G' lens and dual XLR inputs are carried over from the Z5U, but the beautiful video and audio these elements produce are now in service to a higher level of professional control. An HD-SDI output makes this one of the most affordable camcorders to provide uncompressed 4:2:2 output, while HDMI and RCA outputs allow for connection to professional and consumer-grade monitors alike. Timecode sync between two or more cameras is also possible, and the addition of GPS technology makes for another first on an AVCHD pro camcorder.

Meanwhile, a newly designed user interface--including convenient MODE buttons and a touch-screen menu--make setup and operation easier than ever. And if touch-screen controls aren't your thing, there are the usual navigation keys and thumbwheel to help get you around. Whether you're recording at one of the camera's four bit rates (24/17/9/5Mbps), taking advantage of simultaneous or relay HYBRID capture, or recording AC-3 or linear PCM audio, the HXR-NX5U gives you near-professional flexibility and control on a prosumer budget.

Exmor 3 CMOS Sensors
Three Exmor CMOS sensors with a ClearVid array comprise a state-of-the-art sensor system from Sony which realizes high resolution, high sensitivity, a wide dynamic range, and excellent color reproduction, regardless of the codec.
Memory Recording and HYBRID
Memory recording on affordable consumer memory cards offers workflow efficiency at both the shooting and editing stages. Combined with hybrid recording, using an optional HXR-FMU128, the user achieves a totally IT-based workflow, with the added bonus of instant data backup.
AVCHD Format
The revolutionary AVCHD recording format, which utilizes the MPEG-4, AVC/H.264 video codec, allows users to record HD video footage onto random access media, such as Memory Stick PRO Duo and SDHC memory cards. Its intelligent and sophisticated algorithm makes AVCHD a highly efficient compression format ideal for memory recording and IT-based editing.
G Lens
"G Lens", the lens featured in other successful Sony camcorders, already enjoys an excellent industry reputation. In the HXR-NX5U, this sophisticated lens is optimized to complement the camcorder's advanced image sensor and image-processing technology.
Natural-touch Lens Operation
The focus, zoom and iris ring are positioned on the lens barrel, and this design offers the same operability as general interchangeable lenses. Focus, zoom and iris control can all be managed easily.
Six-blade Iris
The six-blade iris diaphragm is nearly circular, enabling the creation of an extremely beautiful background blur.
Built-in ND filters
The HXR-NX5U is equipped with three built-in ND (Neutral Density) filters--1/4, 1/16, 1/64--which help to vary the depth of field with iris control.
Active SteadyShot Feature
Active SteadyShot® feature is a new, enhanced image stabilization system that provides a powerful shake-reduction capability, vital for handheld usage. Additional stabilization is provided by the increased optical lens coverage area and by improved detection with state-of-the-art compensation
GPS
A built-in global positioning system (GPS) locator allows satellite navigation data to be recorded directly onto footage for reference or posting on popular internet mapping systems. GPS data can be invaluable when searching for footage or to provide evidence of where and when footage was recorded.
Relay Record with Dual Memory Slots
Another new feature is continuous recording between two memory card slots. The new HXR-NX5U camcorder automatically cycles between the dual memory slots. When using two, 32-GB memory cards, six hours of continuous HD footage can be recorded.
Optional 128GB Flash Memory Unit, HXR-FMU128
Sony proudly introduces the HXR-FMU128, an optional 128-GB flash memory unit exclusively designed for the HXR-NX5U camcorder. This enables hybrid recording of video footage - another world first for an AVCHD professional camcorder. Other capabilities include simultaneous recording of HD and HD video footage, and even the combination of HD and SD, realizing an instant backup in the desired format. The 128-GB storage capacity provides continuous recording for almost half a day at the highest bit-rate - incredible in a unit of such compact size. This is an ideal option for recording music festivals, seminars, and weddings, and for making documentaries, all of which require extended recording times.
Loss-less Audio Recording Capability
The audio recording format on HXR-NX5U can be selected from either Dolby Digital stereo or Linear PCM stereo. LPCM audio recording provides uncompressed audio quality. Customers who need high quality audio, such as in music videos will be able to acquire CD quality audio data.
MPEG-2 for SD Recording Format
SD format recording is available in addition to HD format recording. The SD recording format uses MPEG-2 which is the same compression codec as standard DVD-VIDEO Discs. Customers who make delivery in DVD-VIDEOs will be able to obtain video data in sufficient SD quality using this format.
Easy Operation with Newly Designed Menu
The completely new menu interface allows users to adjust camcorder functions via a touch panel or buttons and switches. This interface is newly designed specifically for this model. Easier and more straightforward operations are achieved by the combination of a high-resolution XtraFine LCD panel, XtraFine electronic viewfinder (EVF), and well-defined layout.
Hybrid Operation with Touch Panel & Buttons
The HXR-NX5U is equipped with a touch panel LCD with a complete new interface specifically designed for this new camcorder. Most of settings can be adjusted by touch screen operation, which is easy, straightforward, and instinctive for operators. However, standard operation using buttons and switches is also available, to provide users with choices to suit any shooting situation.
Signal System NTSC
1080/60i, 30p, 24p, 720/60p
480/60i, 30p, 24p
Image Device 1/3" ClearVid 3CMOS with ExmorTM Technology
1.04 MegaPixels Each
Lens 20x G-Lens 29.5-590mm (35mm Equivalent), f/1.6-3.4
72mm Filter Thread
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Horizontal Resolution 1080 Lines
Sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
Minimum Illumination 1.5 lux
Vertical Smear Not Applicable
Built-in Filters Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
LCD Monitor 3.2", 921,600 Pixels
Viewfinder 0.45" Color, 1.2 MegaPixels
Scan Matching Not Specified By Manufacturer
Memory Card Slot MemoryStick PRO Duo
SD/SDHC
Flash Memory Unit
Shutter Speed Range 60i/30p/60p: 1/4-1/10000
24p: 1/3-1/10000 Auto: 60i/60p: 1/60-1/2000, 30p: 1/30-1/2000, 24p: 1/48-1/2400
Gain Selection -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21dB
Recording
Video Formats HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)
SD: MPEG-2 PS
Recording Rate AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD HQ (9Mbps) 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD LP (5Mbps) 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1920 x 1080/30p
AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1920 x 1080/30p
AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1280 x 720/60p
AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1280 x 720/60p
MPEG2 SD HQ (9Mbps) 720 x 480/60i
MPEG2 SD HQ (9Mbps) 720 x 480/60i (24p Scan)
MPEG2 SD HQ (9Mbps) 720 x 480/60i (30p Scan)
Maximum Recording Time 170 min (2h 50m) with 32GB Memory Stick PRO-HX Duo FX (24Mbps) Linear PCM 2ch recording
Audio
Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified By Manufacturer
Audio Signal Format HD: Linear PCM 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz / Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
SD: Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
Audio Frequency Response Not specified by manufacturer
General
Input and Output Connectors Component: RCAx3 (x1 Output)
Composite: RCAx1 (x1 Output)
HD/SD-SDI: BNC (x1 Output)
HDMI (x1 Output)
USB (x1 Input/Output)
Audio L/R Input: XLR 3-Pin Female (x2 Input) Audio L/R Output: RCAx2 (x1 Output)
Headphone: Stereo Mini Jack
Remote: LANC (x1 Input)
Power Requirements Battery Pack: 7.2VDC
AC Adapter: 8.4VDC
Power Consumption 7.9W
(Power consumption increases about 1.1W when Flash Memory Unit is used.)
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.9 x 7.4 x 13.5" (17.3 x 18.7 x 34.2cm)
Weight 5 lbs (2.2kg)
Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder
  • AC Adapter/Charger
  • NP-F770 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery Pack (7.2v, 4400mAh)
  • Connecting Cord
  • ECM-XM1 Microphone
  • Remote Commander
  • Component Cable
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Large Eyecup
  • Lens Hood w/Lens Cover
  • Accessory Shoe Kit
  • Software
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyHXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 283 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (192)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (72)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (9)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (319)
    • Great picture quality (241)
    • Easy to use (212)
    • Good in low light (179)
    • Image stabilization (179)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (23)
    • Complicated to operate (12)
    • Limited zoom (6)
    • Poor sound (6)
    • Poor still image (6)

    Best Uses

    • HD shooting (213)
    • Weddings (181)
    • Documentaries (179)
    • Movies/short films (147)
    • Low light (124)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro videographer (164), Semi-pro (96), Enthusiast (14)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (208), Yes (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Z1 Replacement!

    Disclaimer: LOVE the camera, but 4 stars because there is always room for improvement.

    Used the cam for a 10hr wedding just three days after receiving it. Feels good in...Read complete review

    Disclaimer: LOVE the camera, but 4 stars because there is always room for improvement.

    Used the cam for a 10hr wedding just three days after receiving it. Feels good in your hands, and is solidly built. If you're used to shooting on Sony cameras, you'll slip right into this!

    Shooting to 2 16GB Transcend (Class 6) cards with no problems. I get 86 min. of full-res 1080 24P on each, which is plenty for ceremony and reception coverage. I pre-made dump folders on my netbook the night before, and then when I filled a card, I just slipped it into the SD slot on the netbook and copied the whole folder to the HDD. Approximately 16 minutes to dump all 16GB. Plenty of time to dump and return the card to the camera to restart the cycle.

    I was impressed at the low-light performance of the camera. A lot of grain if you've got the gain turned up, but that is to be expected. Progressive grain feels more organic.. seems to irritate me less.

    LCD's color reproduction is great, but I did occasionally find it difficult to focus. I'm sure this is partially my fault for not acclimating myself properly to the camera before jumping right into a gig. Mostly, I think the focus is just more sensitive than the Z1's I'm used to shooting on.

    I LOVE having manual zoom, iris, and focus all available on the lens WITHOUT having to flip any servo/manual switches! Makes operation much more intuitive.

    I may be old school, but I have no use for the touch screen. Seems like Sony just wanted to be on that bandwagon.

    Active Stabilization is AMAZING. Footage ends up slightly softer than with Steadyshot turned off (to be expected), but you can really achieve some nice close-up shots handheld that you'd never be able to pull off before.

    Though it does have it's drawbacks (coming up) I love having the option to do PCM audio. Such a notable difference!

    2 issues to be aware of:

    1) Extremely slow transcoding to ProRes when you bring it into FCP (7). A known issue, FCP doesn't seem to play well with PCM audio on long clips. I'm running an 3.0GHz 8-core with 9GB RAM, and it still took just over 4 hours to bring in a clip that was exactly 30 minutes long. Spent two days on and off transcoding 64GB worth of footage.

    2) According to multiple forums, currently, the only way for FCP users to preserve the timecode of your clips is to use Adobe Media Encoder CS5 to transcode to prores, and then import those clips into FCP.

    I have heard recently that ClipWrap is working on a beta that can transcode to 422 fast - WITH timecode.

    All in all, a great camera. Will be MUCH better once Sony and Apple have a little fix-it party.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    DONT BUY THIS CAMERA!!!

    I hardly give this camera a one star, simple as that. Stay away from this camera. Over time and specially if you work with it in heat conditions like summer time, you will...Read complete review

    I hardly give this camera a one star, simple as that. Stay away from this camera. Over time and specially if you work with it in heat conditions like summer time, you will start to hear a loud motor noise inside the zoom handle and right after that the camera will present a focusing mechanism failure expressed by an error message "C3260". I worked with this camera at a television station and four other cameraman have experienced the same problem with their cameras, so this is not an isolated situation that happened to me only. This camera heats up very quickly at the zoom handle area and I dont know what Sony has done to fix this. But If you dont want to waste your money, you will be better off buying other cameras and NOT THIS ONE.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    OWNED IT FOR OVER 4 YEARS

    By Jeffreyscottpetro

    from Los Altos, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Reviewer

    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
      • Home Movies
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

      I owned this camera up until yesterday - that's over four years of experience with it. I wrote a review on August 10, 2010, and I thought I could share some experience and a more detailed review today on November 17, 2014. Selling it was bitter/sweet.THINGS I LOVED ABOUT THE CAMERA:Great picture quality when set up correctly.Good picture quality right out of the box.5+ Hours of battery life on a hi capacity batteryTwo card slotsHours of shooting time on two 32GB cardsFor a single lens camera... pretty flexibleEasy to operateRelatively light weight for a high quality cameraEasy to fly (I ran mine on a Flycam 6000)Good auto focus when you don't want to pull focusSmooth slow motion (albiet with quality loss)Good choice of recording formatsA good selection of assignable buttonsProgramable zebra peekingSelectable color focus peeking (my favorite)Touch screen menusNice ergonomicsGreat sound input optionsThe Sony Content management software is goodBuilt in ND filtersA lot of feedback of settings on the displayReliable - never failed me on any of the shootsManual and auto modes at the same timeTHINGS THAT WERE NOT SO GREAT:No real lens options (but I knew that going in)The 128GB accessory is overpriced (but not needed)24Mbs capture rate30P @ 1080. 60P would have been nicer for slomoFor the price, if you want to shoot HD, it's hard to beat. The build quality is excellent. It feels solid. The picture is good. The 20x zoom is very nice for getting you close to the action. You don't have to carry a bunch of lenses with you.Practically any set of reviews will say great in low light...and bad in low light. At f1.6 this lens was good. Just know if you zoom in, the iris gets smaller, and there goes your low light ability. I shot what I thought was some pretty good low light footage while I had this camera.It fits nicely into a Pelican 1600 case with plenty of room for extra batteries and other accessories.Batteries and SDHC cards are relatively cheap for this camera compared with emerging 4K technology.I bought a 7 inch monitor that I attached to the handle to give me a larger picture.I found the onboard stereo mic adequate for most tasks. I produced some music videos and some short films and we used other equipment to record sound or we did ADR (Automatic Dialog Replacement). I believe most people would be quite happy with the onboard sound. The mic is reasonably sensitive and noise free. I would advise a windscreen if shooting in windy conditions.I used to fly the camera on a Flycam 6000 with a vest. I took some pretty stable footage with it (and I am not the best operator), and the camera not being too heavy was a plus with the addition of the counterweight.I also did a lot of handheld run and gun footage using the internal stabilization and it worked well. Technique is important, but it is pretty forgiving as cameras go.The slow motion is nice but there is a quality loss. Also, you have to select an amount of time to record for the slomo from a few choices. It requires a little bit of menu navigation. It's not hard, but you just can't shoot slomo for any length of time you want. It was often easier to shoot 720 60P and do slomo in post using After Effects. Ask yourself, how often do you use slomo? My answer, not often.I used the Sony Content Management Software. You don't have to, you can just transfer your files to a computer and start editing. I liked using it for quickly reviewing all the clips and house cleaning.I owned the camera for too long before I sat down and really learned it. Setting a white balance, creating my own picture profiles, and truly learning some of the cool functions will make you fall in love with this camera or at least get your money's worth out of it.If only I had known about focus peeking and zebra earlier I could have spared my crew a couple of reshoots. This camera has a good selection of tools. Help yourself by learning them.When I first got his camera I had an I7-920 PC with Win XP, 3.25GB RAM, GTX460 Video Card running Premier Pro (about a 5000 benchmark). Crunching the AVCHD codec at 1080P was quite a chore for what was a pretty decent computer back then, but it was workable.I went through a lot of computer upgrades and am running Premier CC now zippy fast. Most of the medium to high end computers today with a decent video card do not have much trouble dealing with the AVCHD codec, but you need to be aware a decent computer is a must for multi-stream editing.I was a professional muusician once, and I originally got the camera to shoot music videos for others. I thought the SMPTE would be useful, but I never used it, because I never had another camera or piece of gear with it.Also, the GPS may be a useful feature to a globetrotting pro videographer, but I never used it.I updated my unit once with a new Operating System provided by Sony. It was easy and typical. Download the file from the web site, connect the camera using USB, follow the instructions.I made the choice to buy this camera after doing a ton of research. There are a lot more choices now four years later. I can't say that it is the clear winner- it may be. I can say that it performed very well for me, and it was with a heavy heart I let it go.This is a great HD camera. You don't have to be a pro (and I'm not) to get a great picture. I figured out the workflow that worked for me, and you will too.If by chance you are curious why I sold it. I have a new project that requires me to shoot in 4K, so I am in research mode again...looks like I'll be spending three to five times the price of this camera....hope this helps.

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      4.0

      Great upgrade, but worth the price?

      By M. Palmer Design

      from MA

      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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • Home Movies
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

        I had an older version of this camera that used tapes. I've always been pleased with Sony's line of HDV camcorders, and this is certainly an improvement. The extra small details and feaures and the solid-state recording are all things worthy of praise. In my opinion, the resolution (1080p/720p) is great, but isn't this going to be a little behind the times soon? Considering new resolution technologies on the horizon, I have to wonder. Even still, I'm happy with this camera because it's fine for what I need it for: web video and CURRENT LCD monitors. This camera may not have the pixel horsepower that the coming years end up bringing us, however, so I have to wonder how long it will be a viable player in the field.

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        5.0

        Simply Best in Class

        By RWM2

        from Marietta,GA

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Great Zoom
        • Hdsc Class 10 Cards
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

        • Small LCD screen

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

        Great for events and extremely great in low light situations.I use it for video documentation, and the qualityblows you off your feet.Can handle various attachments and all class 10 SDHC cards this saves money.

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        5.0

        Beautiful!

        By LFF

        from Upstate NY

        Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

        Amazing camera.

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        5.0

        LOVE THIS VIDEO CAMERA!!!!

        By Leann

        from New York

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

            I bought the xf200 and thought I was doing some horribly wrong for a month straight - it was not until today when I bought the hxr that I realized first off, how poor the xf200 was in many different areas and secondly, how amazing the her-nx5u is! I used it for the first time today right after taking it out of the box and I cannot tell you enough that this is THE camera I was looking for ... amazing in low light and I used it with a light and it looked even more amazing. I have not used the mic or stabilizer yet but was so excited to write about how amazing it was I wanted to get on here and share my excitement :) I'm not a professional but enthusiast learning in order to make some career changes in the future - so I'm not sure on all the specs but from the naked eye and just observing the image alone especially compared to the xf200 that I previously bought... I already know this is an incredible video camera.

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            5.0

            NXCAM ( Sony HXR-NX5U ) Camcorder

            By geh3

            from Wilmington Delaware USA

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

              I use this to take videos of R/C model airplane building in my workshop and flying at various contests here on the east coast.
              This camera has more than enough features to allow me to take still closeups as well as distance shots with rapidly moving aircraft, in almost all outside and inside lighting conditions. Just using the camera in "Auto" mode produces spectacular videos and very little editing has to be done to remove camera induced errors. However when any setting other than Auto is required it is easy to accomplish with the various external controls and/or menu based settings in the flip up LCD screen
              About the only thing that I could complain about is that the overall weight can cause a little fatigue for extended hand held shots but this is certainly manageable given the beautiful video results that I get

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              4.0

              Upgrade to NX5U

              By videopassion

              from Cocoa, FL

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

              • Poor In Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

              I had the Sony FX-1 which was a tape based camera and wanted to upgrade to a card based camera. this camera has two slots for cards which is really cool, a large bay for the batteries and more added features. I've only used it once so far, but love it. it offers so many more features than the Sony FX-1. so, still learning it. But, very happy so far. it's a little bigger and heavier, but a really nice camera. I would highly recommend it as an affordable good quality camera.

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              4.0

              Dependable Workhorse

              By ssdmedia

              from Salem, New Hampshie

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Dependable
              • Dual Media Recording
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Sdi Connectivity
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Multicamera
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                We have seven of the NX5s and use them primarily for run and gun use. The dual media recording option is a great feature. The NX5's are also used in multi-camera live production shoots and are connected to our truck via the HD-SDI output.
                A great versatile camera!

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                5.0

                Lot better than I thought.

                By Outdoor Camera Dude

                from Montgomery,Alabama

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • Outdoor events games

                  Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                  The picture is really sharp. Well balanced when shooting without a tripod. The only thing I don't like is that you can not open the LCD if you have a attachment on the front shoe. I would buy again. B&H did an outstanding job processing my order and shipping it on time.

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                  5.0

                  Value is there

                  By Camman1

                  from Holland, MI

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Camera For Streamin
                  • Great For Streaming
                  • Great Steming Camera

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Streaming

                    Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                    Using for educational institution. From sports to lectures, and everything in between, the SDI output makes this camera an excellent camera for ENG and streaming applications.

                    Very good in ow light, and fairly bullet proof, this camera is hard to beat at this price point.

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                    5.0

                    This is the camcorder for professional.

                    By Yao Enum

                    from Washington DC

                    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
                      • Home Movies
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                      The HXR-NX5U is indeed the camcorder for all professionals. Do not walk, run to order one. You will thank me later for doing so.

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                      5.0

                      All I could ask for and more

                      By cusackla

                      from Chugiak, Ak

                      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting

                        Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                        Great for Outdoor Remote Wilderness Videography

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                        4.0

                        SDI output

                        By Mark Dukaj

                        from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                          1-For long periods of shooting.
                          2-SDI output is a great thing when you have video switcher, time code generator it's a good thing to have when you use more than one camera.
                          Price is not to bad neither.
                          3-Iris ring should have start and stop, not infinity.Same goes for the focus ring as well.

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                          4.0

                          Good choice for the $

                          By Audrey

                          from Lancaster, PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Sound

                          Cons

                          • Complicated To Operate

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                          I use the NXCAM for shooting weddings and it works very well. I love the digital recording on SD cards! The camera has a pretty decent gain setting, although it can get pretty grainy. Over all, a good deal for the money.

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                          5.0

                          Very impressed!

                          By Lisa

                          from Kansas City, MO

                          About Me Pro Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                            Use this for professional recording and am very pleased with the HD quality. Recommend the accessory flash drive to go with it for dual recording on SD Cards (provides back-up in case of card failure in addition to any other back-up you're using).

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                            5.0

                            Great Camera

                            By JHull

                            from Danbury, CT

                            About Me Pro Videographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Sound
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Zoom range/performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                              This is a solid camera. This is perfect for business shoots. It's perfect for talking head video. Very similar to the EX-1 and HDV cameras.

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                              4.0

                              A good video camera for the money

                              By LH

                              from Lowell,MA

                              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Zoom range/performance

                              Cons

                              • Complicated To Operate

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                              I do Family events, TV commercials, Sports, Web videos, and Business videos.
                              I like the fact I only use the SD cards and bring the video into my desktop very easy.
                              I wish there was a good video to watch on how to use the camera.

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                              4.0

                              Great!

                              By Matt

                              from Alabama

                              Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                              Great in low light. Well constructed and easy to use.

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                              5.0

                              Solid Professional Camcorder

                              By Wolverine

                              from Dallas, Tx

                              About Me Pro Videographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound
                              • Great Zoom

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                                I've been using this camera since 2010 and it has been a solid performer. So I purchased a second one to replace an aging V1U. I like the fact that it writes to inexpensive media cards and utilizes the AVCHD codec. As of the writing of this review I have not had any issues with this camera and use it in some extreme conditions. The controls are easy to uderstand and adjust. It's a great long format shooter as well as a capable run and gun camera.

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                                5.0

                                GREAT

                                By JOE

                                from CHARLOTTE NC

                                About Me 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
                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Movies/Short Films
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder:

                                  OMG THIS WORKS GREAT, LOVE THE NX5U

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