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Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit

B&H # SOHXRFMU128 Mfr # HXR-FMU128
You Pay: $689.95
Product Highlights
  • Compatible with HXR-NX5U and NEX-FS700
  • 128GB Flash Memory
  • AVC HD
  • 11 Hour FX Mode Recording Capability
  • Simple Attachment and Removal
  • Quick and Easy Data Transfer

The Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit is an optional recording device compatible with Sony's HXR-NX5U and NEX-FS700 camcorders. The unit enables the ability to record to two devices simultaneously, (drive and SD card) realizing an instant backup in the desired format. The device is capable of recording exceptionally long run-times. In FW mode (24Mbps), the HXR-FMU128 can record an incredible 11 hours of footage without offloading.

Hybrid Recording
The device is capable of simultaneous recording of HD and HD video footage, along with 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 documentaries; all of which require extended recording times.
Simple Direct Attachment
The HXR-FMU128 is compatible with Sony's HXR-NX5U and NEX-FS700 camcorders. It attaches directly to the back of the HXR-NX5U and to the side of the NEX-FS700.
Long, High-quality Recording
This unit enables approximately 11 hours of continuous recording in the highest FX 24 Mbps mode.
Drive Capacity 128GB (Fat32)
Recording Capacity Linear PCM 2-Channel
FX (24Mbps): 11 Hours, 40 Minutes
FH (17Mbps): 15 Hours, 30 Minutes
HQ (9Mbps): 26 Hours, 10 Minutes
LP (5Mbps): 41 Hours, 30 Minutes

Dolby Digital 2-Channel
FX (24Mbps): 12 Hours, 40 Minutes
FH (17Mbps): 16 Hours, 20 Minutes
HQ (9Mbps): 29 Hours, 50 Minutes
LP (5Mbps): 51 Hours, 20 Minutes

Standard Definition HQ Mode: 32 Hours, 40 minutes
Operating Systems Supported Windows XP SP3 (64-bit Editions and Starter Edition are not supported)
Windows Vista SP2 (Starter Edition is not supported)
Windows 7
Mac OS X (v10.4 or Later)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Inputs/Outputs USB: USB 2.0 Mini-B (x1 Output)
Power Requirements 5VDC (Power Supplied by Camera)
Power Consumption 0.9W (Power Supplied by Camera)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.3 x 3.4 x 0.7" (5.4 x 8.5 x 1.7cm)
Weight 2 oz (80 g)
Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit
  • USB Cable
  • Case
  • Label
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyHXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit
     
    4.6

    (based on 95 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (68)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (79)
    • Professional quality (38)
    • Compact (37)
    • Reliable (31)
    • Large capacity (30)

    Cons

    • Expensive (5)
    • EXPENSIVE (3)
    • Limited compatibility (3)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (30)
    • Complex projects (29)
    • In the studio (28)
    • Storing images/multimedia (20)
    • Portable images/multimedia (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (33), Business owner (23), Professional artist (11), Semi pro (10), Enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (75), Yes (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (43), Personal (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    128 Flash - Superior tapeless workflow!

    I am a professional videographer I shoot weddings/music videos/ corporate work, etc.
    This product works along side my Sony HXR-NX5U. It is the best accessory the camera has. It allows...Read complete review

    I am a professional videographer I shoot weddings/music videos/ corporate work, etc.
    This product works along side my Sony HXR-NX5U. It is the best accessory the camera has. It allows you to record 11 hours of 1920x1080 HD 30p at 24 mb/sec. Need I say more? The content is easily ingested into Premiere or Final Cut with the click of a button. Makes turn around time into post a cinch!
    I have had absolutely no problems with the unit. However, I have heard that there are buffering issues when utilizing an SD card at the same time as the unit. However, I have yet to experience this myself.
    For the money this is absolutely the best way to go in my opinion if you want tapeless work flow!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Expensive!

    This has to be one of the most useful things I've ever seen! Though the reason I hate it is it is so expensive!! Way too much money!

    This has to be one of the most useful things I've ever seen! Though the reason I hate it is it is so expensive!! Way too much money!

    Reviewed by 95 customers

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    5.0

    Worry FREE!!!

    By ReelReal

    from Cranston, RI

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Large Capacity

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

        I have finally given in and made the jump from DVCam to HD video. I love that I have 11 hours of video space on this flash drive and I never have to worry about running out of record space while doing marathon dance recitals.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Must have accessory!

        By Lisa

        from Kansas City, MO

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

            Provides dual recording in HD to two SD cards...thus providing extra protection and back-up in case of card failure. Ability to record both in HD is great...even if it is two separate formats.-

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Plenty of storage

            By Memra

            from Northville, MI

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                  As a videographer I film a lot events, a few of those events which I cover span days. Having something to hold all that footage is a must.

                  With just under 13 hours, the Flash Memory Unit gives me the ability to capture the footage I need, without having to worry if I'm going to run out of storage space.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  A must have for the Sony NX5!

                  By Naccari Productions

                  from New York & Westchester

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Large Capacity
                  • Reliable Performance

                  Cons

                  • expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Backing Up All Videos

                  Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                  Very easy to use.
                  Great for backing up videos.
                  Great to use as a portable flash drive.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great item/ expensive

                  By Mac

                  from Alaska

                  About Me Semi Pro

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Price

                    Best Uses

                    • Storing images/multimedia

                    Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                    I love it. It does what I need and I knew regardless of the price I would end up purchasing it because I couldn't find anything else out there to take its place on the road. But does it really need to be that expensive? (minus one star for price)

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    A must for the NX-5

                    By Newsports Productions

                    from Mendoza, Argentina

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Writes/Reads fast

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portable images/multimedia

                      Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                      Use it for working on sports news, so need fast sending and it works great. It should cost less. Is just a memory, why that cost?

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Must have accessory:

                      By HDMAN

                      from Lakeville, MA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Value
                      • Large Capacity
                      • Reliable Performance
                      • Writes/Reads fast

                      Cons

                      • Little Expensive

                      Best Uses

                      • Portable images/multimedia
                      • Storing images/multimedia

                      Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                      Having a backup unit on camera which you can detach is great.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Life Saver

                      By Hawk's Rest Productions

                      from Tecumseh, OK

                      About Me Semi Pro

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Value
                      • Large Capacity
                      • Reliable Performance
                      • Writes/Reads fast

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portable images/multimedia
                        • Storing images/multimedia

                        Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                        This saved my entire production the first time out. for some reason my A card failed but the flash drive had it all. Thanks for such a great product.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        'Could you ask for me?'

                        By MrDirector

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • expensive

                        Best Uses

                        • Great for Video

                        Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                        I use this product for films and promotional videos. The memory unit does exactly what its meant to be used for.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        A bit pricey but worth it.

                        By Steve

                        from WIndsor, Vermont

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Large Capacity
                        • Reliable Performance
                        • Writes/Reads fast

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portable images/multimedia
                          • Storing images/multimedia

                          Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                          I used this for my NEX700 as backup at an all day conference and it fit the bill. A bit pricey but was worth the peace of mind. Nice addition

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Fast drive with plenty of space

                          By LeChateau

                          from Columbia, MD

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                            This unit is almost indispensible with the HXR-NX5U camera. The drive is very fast and provides many hours of recording time, even at the highest quality setting. The large capacity is wonderful.

                            It is small and connects via USB to easily download the contents. Make sure you understand how to correctly copy AVCHD footage to your computer from this drive, as it is not always as simple as drag and drop.

                            Overall, a great product that will serve you well!

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Good backup

                            By Shazad

                            from TX

                            About Me Business Owner

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Independent Films

                              Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                              I can't trust just SD cards after hearing a lot of corrupted file stories.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit

                              By Rezolution

                              from Orlando, FL

                              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Complex Projects
                                • Independent Films
                                • In The Studio

                                Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                                Great unit that is easy to attach. Great way to get 128 gigs of backup! No more sweating while worrying about SD card failure because sony has incorporated the ability to record a redundant back up. But it can be used for single record as well. Also, it doesn't take up any extra space as it swaps out with an existing cover.

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                                • No

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Rock Solid on the FS700

                                By Eric

                                from Savannah, GA

                                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Limited Compatibility

                                Best Uses

                                • Field recording
                                • Independent Films
                                • In The Studio

                                Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                                I have to be honest... SD cards kind of freak me out. You've got HOW MUCH data on that little thing? It's flimsy plastic, cheap, and easily lost or mistaken for another nearby card.

                                On a shoot with frenetic changes or DIT going on, that's just a bad recipe for repeated success every time. I've seen SD card readers fail often, and that's also bad news no matter how you look at things.

                                Don't get me wrong - I love having the option to roll to an SD card. After all, they are cheap, and they do store quite a bit of video media. I can put a dozen in a case and roll all week long on most shoots. But, there's something about the ability to roll to two storage devices simultaneously on my FS700 that just gives me peace of mind. I realize the video is of identical quality, and the end product is no better for me having the FMU. But, again, I know there's GOING to be an end product for sure!

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                                • No

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                                (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                I can't buy it, Too Expensive!

                                By imi

                                from Australia

                                About Me Film Student

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                                  I love to own one of these but it's really Too Expensive for a 128gb memory!!

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Simple to use

                                  By Eric

                                  from Savannah, GA

                                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup To Sd Media

                                  Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                                  As others have cited, this is an expensive data bucket, but compared to other proprietary media solutions (P2 or SxS media cards), it's probably about right. I like that it fits into the FS700 body so neatly, and that it allows for dual roll on both the SD and FMU media simultaneously. The peace of mind that having a backup brings is worth the extra cost to me. With the added benefit of faster media transfers, I think it's a reasonable value for money. You get about 11 hours in 1080 at the highest quality on the FS700.

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                                  • No

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                                  (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  Typical Sony

                                  By Eddie G

                                  from Hamden, CT

                                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • Lacks Functionality
                                  • Limited Compatibility
                                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects
                                  • Independent Films

                                  Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                                  Complicated too use and it isn't supported in SD lack of useful outputs

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  grate for digital camcoder

                                  By jitu patel

                                  from 563 ransom way stockbridge ga 30281

                                  About Me Professional Artist

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                  • Lacks Functionality

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies

                                  Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                                  more reliable product

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great to have as a backup!

                                  By marcusgphotography

                                  from Trinidad and Tobago

                                  About Me Professional Videographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • High price

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Documentaries
                                  • Sports
                                  • Tv commercials

                                  Comments about Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                                  This unit is great to have as a backup as sometimes the SD cards can get corrupted or so on so being able to record to both SD and hard drive simultaneously is a great plus and can save you from some sticky situations. Price is a little high but it is worth it in my eyes as I have seen people loose a ton of footage from corrupted cards and reshooting can be very costly.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Love this item! 100% recommended!!!

                                  By "One Shot"

                                  from Pomeroy, Ohio

                                  About Me Business Owner

                                  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-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit:

                                    Love this item! 100% recommended!!! Performs flawlessly! Worth every penny!!

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                                    • No

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