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Sony HXR-NX5P NXCAM Professional PAL Camcorder

B&H # SOHXRNX5P MFR # HXR-NX5E
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Product Highlights

  • 3 1/3" CMOS Sensors
  • 1080i/1080p/720p AVCHD (@24Mbps)
  • Native 1080 50i/25p, 720/50p
  • 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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WARNING: This is a "PAL" product and CANNOT be used with USA/NTSC systems.

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The first in Sony's line of NXCAM solid-state camcorders, the HXR-NX5P NXCAM Professional PAL Camcorder is also the company's first professional-level AVCHD camcorder. And while it may look similar to its HDV predecessor, the HVR-Z5P, 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 720/50p video as well as 50i and 25p. And because the NX5P 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 Z5, 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 HVR-NX5P 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-NX5P, 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-NX5P 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-NX5P 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-NX5P 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. 1
Loss-less Audio Recording Capability
The audio recording format on HXR-NX5P 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-NX5P 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 PAL
1080/50i, 25p, 720/50p
576/50i, 25p scan
Image Device 1/3" ClearVid 3CMOS with Exmor 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 1/3-1/10000
Slow Shutter: 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/25
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 1080/50i
AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD HQ (9Mbps) 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD LP (5Mbps) 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1280 x 720/50p
AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1280 x 720/50p
MPEG2 SD HQ (9Mbps) 720 x 576/50i
MPEG2 SD HQ (9Mbps) 720 x 576/50i (25p 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: Type A Connection (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-NX5P NXCAM Professional PAL Camcorder
  • AC Adapter/Charger
  • NP-F570 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery (7.2v, 2200mAh)
  • Connecting Cord
  • ECM-XM1 Microphone
  • Remote Commander w/Li-Ion Battery
  • Component Cable
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Large Eyecup
  • Lens Hood w/Lens Cover
  • Accessory Shoe Kit
  • Software
  • 1-Year Parts & 90-Day Labor Limited Warranty
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    SonyHXR-NX5P NXCAM Professional PAL Camcorder
     
    4.7

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (7)
    • Great picture quality (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Great sound (3)
    • Image stabilization (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD shooting (5)
      • Documentaries (4)
      • Low light (4)
      • Weddings (4)
      • Movies/short films (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
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        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      WORK GREAT

      By lagueye

      from Bronx, NY

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony HXR-NX5P NXCAM Professional PAL Camcorder:

        MUSIC VIDEO

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        5.0

        Amazing Machine

        By Bennie Khanyizira

        from Blantyre, Malawi

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony HXR-NX5P NXCAM Professional PAL Camcorder:

              This Camera is amazing, its performance in low light condition its just wow. i can buy this camera now and then.

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              5.0

              Excellent Product from Sony

              By opedman

              from Abuja, Nigeria

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony HXR-NX5P NXCAM Professional PAL Camcorder:

                Bought 2 Units from B&H. The items arrived well packaged and worked out of the Box. I love the features and flexibility Sony put into this product @ its price range. I hope it stays for a little while longer.

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                4.0

                For my 1st time, great experience!

                By Gaelita

                from New York

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Movies/Short Films

                Comments about Sony HXR-NX5P NXCAM Professional PAL Camcorder:

                A couple of months after gradutation, buying a camera was a very big investment for me. I'm currently doing my first documentary and I was looking for a very qualitative camera but small and light as I'll be traveling a lot. What's great is that all major functions are very accessible. What's less great is the very sensitive focus ring. It goes from 0.1m to infinity very quick.I sincerly thank very much my seller who gave me incredible advises and did a great great job! So thanks to him again!

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                5.0

                Best Camera

                By Imajoel

                from Montevideo UY

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sony HXR-NX5P NXCAM Professional PAL Camcorder:

                  Excellent product

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                  4.0

                  I need more time to work with it.

                  By Vidas Girskis

                  from Lithuania, EU [@]

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • 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-NX5P NXCAM Professional PAL Camcorder:

                    I use for weddings, business video,...It's easy to control. The connection to power-charger adaptor from Power outlet is very, very weak. To touch the cable and disconnects right away

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