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Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • Full HD Stereoscopic 3D Camcorder
  • Dual 1/4" Exmor R CMOS Sensors
  • Dual Sony G Lenses (10x Optical in 3D)
  • 96 GB Internal Memory & Card Slot
  • LCD Shows Glasses-Free 3D
  • Full 1920 x 1080 in 3D and 2D
  • 3D Modes: 60i, 50i, 24p (28 Mb/s)
  • 2D Modes: 60p, 50p, 60i, 50i, 24p, 25p
  • Auto or Manual Convergence Adjustment
  • Detachable Handle with Dual XLR Inputs

The Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder is literally two camcorders in one, facilitating the capture of high-definition stereoscopic 3D video at full 1920 x 1080 resolution. The camera borrows several elements from Sony's NXCAM line, such as the HD native Exmor R CMOS sensor (1/4", with ClearVid pixel array), the 12x Sony "G" lens (10x in 3D mode), and solid-state recording of AVCHD in many formats. (For the HXR-NX3D1, the imaging elements are, of course, doubled.) But as a single-body handheld 3D camcorder, the professional NX3D1 brings several innovations to the table for this emerging class of camcorders.

First and foremost is a 3.5" lenticular LCD display, which allows you to monitor the stereo effect while you're shooting – without the need for any glasses. The screen offers several other options, as well: You can view just the left image, just the right image, or a composite mix of both, "flattened" so you can eyeball the disparity between the left and right video channels.

That disparity (convergence) is adjustable. Though the interaxial distance HXR-NX3D1 is fixed at 31mm, you can turn a dial to shift the active image window (i.e. panning across the group of pixels on the CMOS sensors that are actually being read out to the internal storage or SD card/Memory Stick), to dampen or increase the stereo effect of what you're recording.

In 3D mode, the files that the camera records are MVC, short for "multi-view coding." For simpler stereoscopic workflows, MVC files include both the left and the right channel clips as a single file. Sony Vegas Pro editing software supports the import of this type of file, and further support is planned from other editing solutions. For wider compatibility with NLEs, the included Content Management Utility software allows you to de-mux these two channels to independent left and right channels, converting MVC files to two 2D AVC files.

For any handheld video, image stabilization is crucial. For handheld stereo 3D, it's even more so – preventing viewer headaches is Job One. Sony's Optical Steady Shot corrects camera shake in three parameters: up/down, left/right, and rotational.

3.5" LCD Shows 2D or Glasses-Free 3D
The HXR-NX3D1U's glasses-free 3D LCD lets you preview high-quality 3D images while shooting. Switching between 2D and 3D display is also possible. In addition, a separate display mode for left or right images, and an L/R composite mix of left and right images are available for easier confirmation of disparity
Frame-Packing or Side-by-Side 3D Output via HDMI
Output from the HXR-NX3D1U's HDMI jack to a 3D TV is selectable between Frame Packing with Full HD output of alternate left and right images, and Side-by-Side with output of horizontally compressed left and right images packed into a single frame. Select the Frame Packing mode for a 3D TV and the Side by Side mode for a professional 3D monitor. Connection is also possible via an HDMI-to-HD-SDI converter to enable compatibility with a wide range of 3D monitors (converter sold separately)
Multi-Format Recording
Compatible with a wide range of formats, the HXR-NX3D1U enables 1920 x 1080 (60i/50i/24p) 3D recording and 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/50p/50i/25p/24p) 2D recording
Internal Memory and Multi Card Slot
The HXR-NX3D1U has 96 GB of internal memory, enabling extended recording in 3D mode for approximately 7.5 hours. And there's a multi-card card slot that lets you record video images on Memory Stick media and SD/SDHC/SDXC Cards. You can also use these convenient recordable media to copy data from the internal memory (media sold separately)
Easy Editing & NLE Compatibility
Easy workflow is an important consideration when creating 3D footage. The HXR-NX3D1U uses Multi-View Coding (MVC) to record left and right channel clips as a single file. Sony's Vegas Pro 10.0d software offers native import support for MVC video files, so footage can be directly handled as 3D clips to enable import of left and right channel clips together. By eliminating the need for time-consuming pairing, this provides an extremely simple workflow. And Vegas Pro 10.0d software provides the ability to adjust, edit, preview, and output stereoscopic Blu-ray 3D and other 3D media with side-by-side, top/bottom, or line-alternate encoding. Support is scheduled to enable conversion of MVC footage recorded with the HXR-NX3D1U to Cineform codec using the popular Cineform Neo3D/NeoHD as a codec plug-in for 3D editing
Converting MVC to Left and Right Channels
The supplied Content Management Utility 2.1 software also enables conversion of MVC video files to 2D AVC files with independent left and right channels. With these capabilities the HXR-NX3D1U is ready for a wide range of workflows
Double Sony G Lens & Double Exmor R Sensors
Inside the HXR-NX3D1U's compact body are two separate cameras, each featuring a high-quality Sony G lens and a high-sensitivity, back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. High-quality, 1920 x 1080 Full HD left and right images enable the recording of incredibly realistic 3D movies
Optical Steady Shot in 3D
One of the most important considerations during 3D shooting is obtaining stable images to prevent audience discomfort during viewing. The HXR-NX3D1U features Optical Steady Shot image stabilization with Active Mode, with 3-way camera shake stabilizing technology that smoothes out up/down, left/right, and rolling motion when shooting in 3D. Capturing stable 3D images with minimal shake is possible even via handheld shooting
10x Optical Zoom in 3D
When shooting in 3D, the HXR-NX3D1U lets you zoom 34.4-344mm (35mm equivalent). Frame composition while zooming is also possible, just like in 2D shooting
3D Shooting with Two Parallel Cameras
The HXR-NX3D1U features two parallel lenses mounted approximately 1.25" apart (center to center). Disparity adjustment can be performed to change the read-out areas of the left and right CMOS sensors so that they are closer together or further apart. This lets you control perceived 3D depth and the proximity of regions of interest to a virtual screen. Disparity adjustment is also possible during shooting using the manual dial. Moving a region of interest closer to the virtual screen enables shooting of comfortable 3D images with the desired feeling of depth. When capturing 3D images, the minimum shooting distance is approximately 31.5" (at wide-angle setting)
XLR Adapter with Phantom Power and Shotgun Mic
The detachable handle has an ergonomic design that is comfortable and compact. Two balanced XLR audio inputs are built in with phantom power and attenuation options that professional shooters require for clean sound quality. Default audio settings for XLR recording are highlighted in green for easy reference in the field, in order to reduce operator error under difficult lighting conditions. The ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone mounted on top of the handle provides audio recording performance similar to that of larger shoulder-mounted ENG style cameras
Direct Copy to External HDD
Important shots can be backed up by copying footage directly from the HXR-NX3D1U to an external hard disk drive (sold separately) – without the need for a computer. Via Direct Copy, the HXR-NX3D1U can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on a 3D HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder's handy 3D playback features 1
Image Device 2x 1/4" ExmorR CMOS with ClearVid pixel array
Pixel Gross: Approx. 4,200,000
Video Actual: Approx. 1,990,000 (16:9)
Lens 2x Sony G Lenses, 10x (optical in 3D), 12x (optical in 2D)
F1.8-F3.4
Focal Length 2.9-29mm (35mm equivalent: 34.4-344mm) in 3D
2.9-34.8mm (35mm equivalent: 29.9-348mm) in 2D 1
Please Note:

This spec applies when SteadyShot is in Active mode Off

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Focus Full-range auto/Manual
Shutter Speed 1/8-1/1000 (manual shutter speed control)
White Balance Auto, outdoor (5800K), indoor (3200K), one-push (touchpanel)
Image Stabilizer Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Minimum Illumination 3 lux (Low LUX mode, 1/30 (60p or 60i) 1/25 (50p or 50i) shutter 2D only)
11 lux (Standard mode)
LCD Monitor 3.44" approx. (3.5 type, aspect ratio 16:9) 1,229,760 dots (2D 2562x480)
2D/3D view selectable
Viewfinder N/A
Internal Memory 96 GB
Memory Card Slot Single, accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or faster) or Memory Stick (Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX)
Slow Motion 240 fields per second (fixed, 60i), 200 fields per second (fixed, 50i) as Smooth Slow Rec (2D only) 2
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The picture quality is degraded.

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Recording Format 3D: MVC (1080/60i, 50i, 24p: original format) with Linear PCM/Dolby Digital 2-ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz audio
HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD format compatible (1080/60p, 50p: original format) with Linear PCM/Dolby Digital 2-ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz audio
SD: MPEG-2 PS with Dolby Digital 2-ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz audio
Recording Frame Rate 3D:
3D (28 Mb/s) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 24p) 16:9
HD:
PS (28 Mb/s) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p) 16:9
FX (24 Mb/s) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 25p, 24p) 16:9
FH (17 Mb/s) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 25p, 24p) 16:9
HQ (9 Mb/s) 1440 x 1080 (60i, 50i) 16:9
LP (5 Mb/s) 1440 x 1080 (60i, 50i) 16:9
SD:
SD (9 Mb/s) 720 x 480 (60i) or 720 x 576 (50i) 16:9, 4:3
Maximum Recording Time 145 min (Memory Stick 32 GB, 3D, Linear PCM)
170 min (Memory Stick 32 GB, HD FX, Linear PCM)
450 min (Int. memory 96 GB, 3D, Linear PCM)
530 min (Int. memory 96 GB, HD FX, Linear PCM)
Battery Operation Times 190 min (HD), 140 min (3D) *TBD
Built-In Microphone 2-ch stereo microphone
Audio Signal Format 3D/HD: Linear PCM/Dolby Digital 2-ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz
Standard definition: Dolby Digital 2-ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz
Input and Output Connectors Mic Input: Stereo mini jack (x1) 3.5mm
Audio Input: XLR 3-pin (female) (x2), LINE / MIC / MIC+48V selectable
A/V Output: A/V Remote connector
Component Video Output: A/V Remote connector
USB: USB device, Mini-AB / high-speed (x 1)
Headphone Output: Stereo mini jack (x 1) 3.5mm
HDMI Output: HDMI mini connector (x 1)
Power Requirements AC Adapter: 8.4V
Battery: 6.8V
Power Consumption LCD - normal brightness (HD FX): 4.0W *T.B.D.
LCD - normal brightness (3D): 5.4W *T.B.D.
Operating Temperature +32 to +104 °F (0 to +40 °F)
Storage Temperature -4 to +140 °F (-20 to +60 °C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) With Battery: 3.4 x 3.1 x 5.8" (86.5 x 79.0 x 148.5mm)
With Hood, Battery, Microphone & XLR Unit: 4.9 x 6.5 x 10.3" (124.5 x 165.5 x 262.5mm)
Weight (Approx.) With Battery: 1.5 lb (0.7 kg)
With Hood, Battery, Microphone & XLR Unit: 2.5 lb (1.1 kg)
Minimum System Requirements For Content Management Utility:
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32-bit), Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (32/64-bit), Windows 7
Intel Core2 Duo 2.80 GHz (for AVCHD playback)
1 GB of RAM • 100 MB available hard-disk space for installation • 1024 x 768 display
Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Microphone
  • Wind Screen
  • XLR Adapter
  • Lens Hood
  • USB Cable (Mini-B)
  • Component AV Cable
  • AV Connecting Cable
  • USB Adapter Cable (for External HDD)
  • Wireless Remote Commander
  • HDMI Cable (Type C)
  • Application Software (CD-ROM)
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    SonyHXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder
     
    4.4

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great picture quality (11)
    • Large clear LCD (9)
    • Zoom range/performance (9)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Good in low light (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD shooting (8)
      • Documentaries (7)
      • Travel (7)
      • Movies/short films (6)
      • Weddings (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro videographer (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Workhorse "B" camera for 3DTV production

      The HXR-NX3D1 delivers solid stereoscopic footage from a very compact form-factor camera. Narrow IA turns out to be PERFECT for underwater work, which is my primary application for the camera. Lack of white...Read complete review

      The HXR-NX3D1 delivers solid stereoscopic footage from a very compact form-factor camera. Narrow IA turns out to be PERFECT for underwater work, which is my primary application for the camera. Lack of white balance control in 3D mode is a minor annoyance - but - proper underwater filters and lighting cure most of that problem. Video quality is surprisingly good from the modest 28 Mbps MVC codec. Color model is limiting (4:2:0) and there is not much latitude to correct any baked-in problems, but, Sony has done a remarkable job with the "out-of-the-camera" color quality.

      Above water, the HXR-NX3D1 is a fantastic go-to camera for quick shots. The quality is good enough to intercut with our EX3 beamsplitter rigs. For the time being, the HXR-NX3D1 will probably be the 3D camera that gets the most use of all the rigs we have.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Sony Leaps Ahead

      Dual lens 3D camcorders have come a long way since the Toshiba SK-3D7K. And the Sony NX3D1 is a significant camera. It offers the 3D videographer a simple tool for capturing stereoscopic video...Read complete review

      Dual lens 3D camcorders have come a long way since the Toshiba SK-3D7K. And the Sony NX3D1 is a significant camera. It offers the 3D videographer a simple tool for capturing stereoscopic video with very little set up time or fussing. The large "glasses free" stereoscopic display is the best i've scene. The ability to change the display from 3D to 2D with a left/right overlay allows for accurate setting of the stereo convergence. This camera has a better dynamic range than my twin Sony HC9 rig, and I'm happy to be leaving the world of tape based acquisition. Have the left and right movies compressed together is a double edged sword. It's great for storage but makes working with the files burdensome to anyone not editing in Vegas. Perhaps other editing platforms will support the MVC format in the future. Until then, transcoding of the files into separate L R movies is the only work around.

      There is a lot to love about this camera, and at twice the cost of it's "Consumer" brother (Sony HDR-TD10) this camera has value. But there are some features and functions that will prevent this camera from becoming anything more than a nice point and shoot 3D camcorder with some fancy pro-like adornments.

      Many of the important camera settings are unavailable in 3D mode. The first and most frustrating is the ability to set or adjust white balance in 3D mode. Shooting against a simple grey backdrop, i watched the colors shift as an actress moved in and out of the shot. The lack of Zebra display, or a Histogram forces you to rely on the LCD display to set exposure. And the display has different brightness in 2D and 3D mode giving me no confidence in eyeballing the exposure.

      In 3D mode, the only image control you have is Convergence, Focus, and Exposure. I would like to be able to change the exposure meterin mode, change the white balance to suit the lighting conditions and perhaps have some kind of exposure and white balance shift available.

      I understand that having a dual lens, dual sensor camera that records 1920 x 1080 @ 24p at a reasonable price point is a major achievement. I just wonder why white balance and some form of exposure display have been left off an otherwise handy semi-pro tool. I'm waiting to see what other manufacturer will offer in this price range.

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      5.0

      Small package BIG surprises

      By Raju the photographer

      from Edison, NJ

      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
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder:

        this product is truly amazing! I love the features it contains and the 3D mode it has is amazing as well. I recommend this product to other people because it has really good quality and even though it's small, the features it contains are superb!

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        5.0

        3D for the real world

        By Jay

        from Columbus Ohio.

        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
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder:

          This camera is probably on e of the best prosumer, yet affordable break in cameras for 3D.Don't be fooled by its small size, as it's packed full of power !At first glance I was taken back how simple the camera was, until I got into the touch screen menu system and settings that were packed full of tweak able features.. Which were extremely easy to navigate and adjust.The glasses free monitor is perhaps one of the coolest features on this camera. What you see in the monitor while shooting, is exactly what you see in post, making edit that much easier.Disadvantages are the adjustments are all made via the touch screen, instead of on body, and there's only one memory card slot. My personal gripe is that the XLR handle attachment keeps the port door open, and I worry about it snapping off..All in all I would suggest this camera to anyone who wants to get into the 3D video arena, and start learning the technology. As is seems 3D is the way the film and video industry are moving.* Side note as of now Adobe DOES NOT support 3D editing without plugins, the only native 3D editing is in Sony Vegas Pro, and if you want to burn your projects to a disk you will need a NVIDIA 660 card or better, as well as a Blu Ray burner.

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          5.0

          3D available to everyone

          By Jay B.

          from Columbus Ohio.

          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
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder:

            For the money, this camera is awesome.
            I have had clients who have been searching for someone with 3D capability, and am now one of few companies able to provide it.

            Don't be fooled by the size of this camera, as it is small, however it has power behind it that is amazing. The 3D as well as the 2D is sharp, great color, and on a 3D tv looks stunning.

            Once I got into the touch screen menus, I was able to make several adjustments to the camera setup that truly puts it in the prosumer category.

            I also added the Cyclopital3D - Stereo Base Extender to the camera which made the 3D depth even better. However PLEASE NOTE that the Cyclopital3D - Stereo Base Extender is similar to an Achromat and add-on DOF adapter, you have to zoom in to get the edge lines out. This is best for 6 foot and further shooting, closer subjects, just use the stock camera.

            If anyone is looking to break into the 3D scene, this is the perfect camera to get.

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            5.0

            very tiny but huge funnction

            By dk358

            from claremont,ca

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder:

              I use this product mainly to produce documentaries. The size fits perfectly for my job. Even though it is small in size but provides enough functions. In particular 3d digital screen is tremendous. The huge internal memory card get me from the worry about the possible loss of a chance to shoot the valuable scene due to the lack of memory.

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              4.0

              Best HD Vid Quality at this Price

              By ru4God2

              from South Carolina

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Feels sturdy in your hand
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom
              • Not the best microphone

              Best Uses

              • 3D shooting
              • HD Shooting
              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder:

              I've owned this for less than a month now, but I can tell you that the HD and 3D quality of this camera is incredible. I doubt there's anything at this price break as good. The one and only complaint I have is that it's the exact same camera as the MUCH less expensive (half the price) Sony HDR-TD10. The only difference is the attachment that contains mic, the mic inputs and controls. Is Sony saying that a simple i/o port and microphone is worth as much as the camera? I didn't realize this when I bought it. Searched the internet for just the attachment. Had I found one, I would've bought it, sent this camera back, and purchased the TD10. Otherwise, this camera is more than I dreamed it would be in this price range.

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              3.0

              EDITING WITH FINAL CUT

              By maria

              from brazil sao paulo

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Pros

              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries

                Comments about Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder:

                Seems like a wonderful camera but I need users' advice.Is it really true that using this camera and editing in Final Cut is complicated? I read the Mario bros experience and I wonder if there are other options to edit in Final cut in a quickly and direct way. Please, let me know Maria

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                3.0

                Sony Leaps Ahead

                By sean3D

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • No Exposure Display Info
                • No white balance in 3D

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder:

                Dual lens 3D camcorders have come a long way since the Toshiba SK-3D7K. And the Sony NX3D1 is a significant camera. It offers the 3D videographer a simple tool for capturing stereoscopic video with very little set up time or fussing. The large "glasses free" stereoscopic display is the best i've scene. The ability to change the display from 3D to 2D with a left/right overlay allows for accurate setting of the stereo convergence. This camera has a better dynamic range than my twin Sony HC9 rig, and I'm happy to be leaving the world of tape based acquisition. Have the left and right movies compressed together is a double edged sword. It's great for storage but makes working with the files burdensome to anyone not editing in Vegas. Perhaps other editing platforms will support the MVC format in the future. Until then, transcoding of the files into separate L R movies is the only work around.

                There is a lot to love about this camera, and at twice the cost of it's "Consumer" brother (Sony HDR-TD10) this camera has value. But there are some features and functions that will prevent this camera from becoming anything more than a nice point and shoot 3D camcorder with some fancy pro-like adornments.

                Many of the important camera settings are unavailable in 3D mode. The first and most frustrating is the ability to set or adjust white balance in 3D mode. Shooting against a simple grey backdrop, i watched the colors shift as an actress moved in and out of the shot. The lack of Zebra display, or a Histogram forces you to rely on the LCD display to set exposure. And the display has different brightness in 2D and 3D mode giving me no confidence in eyeballing the exposure.

                In 3D mode, the only image control you have is Convergence, Focus, and Exposure. I would like to be able to change the exposure meterin mode, change the white balance to suit the lighting conditions and perhaps have some kind of exposure and white balance shift available.

                I understand that having a dual lens, dual sensor camera that records 1920 x 1080 @ 24p at a reasonable price point is a major achievement. I just wonder why white balance and some form of exposure display have been left off an otherwise handy semi-pro tool. I'm waiting to see what other manufacturer will offer in this price range.

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                5.0

                evil is in the detail

                By giroudf

                from geneva , Switzerland

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder:

                  got a Sony TD10 for 3D shooting, but when it comes to make 3D bluray, i discovered it is not compatible. Too bad... But Sony fixed that by releasing the NX3D1 that shoot 24p. Ok it is twice expensive, but the camera looks really pro and it really woth the money. [...]

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                  4.0

                  Workhorse "B" camera for 3DTV production

                  By Beampath Shooter

                  from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great inter axial
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • No white balance in 3D

                  Best Uses

                  • 3D "B" camera
                  • Underwater 3D

                  Comments about Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder:

                  The HXR-NX3D1 delivers solid stereoscopic footage from a very compact form-factor camera. Narrow IA turns out to be PERFECT for underwater work, which is my primary application for the camera. Lack of white balance control in 3D mode is a minor annoyance - but - proper underwater filters and lighting cure most of that problem. Video quality is surprisingly good from the modest 28 Mbps MVC codec. Color model is limiting (4:2:0) and there is not much latitude to correct any baked-in problems, but, Sony has done a remarkable job with the "out-of-the-camera" color quality.

                  Above water, the HXR-NX3D1 is a fantastic go-to camera for quick shots. The quality is good enough to intercut with our EX3 beamsplitter rigs. For the time being, the HXR-NX3D1 will probably be the 3D camera that gets the most use of all the rigs we have.

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                  5.0

                  Unbelievable

                  By RM Digital Video Productions

                  from Voorhees, NJ

                  About Me Pro Videographer

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                  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

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder:

                    I bought this to use as a third camera in my professional work and this is a dream come true. The video quality in 3D and 2D is as good as my PMW-EX3 and it's 1/3 the size. Light weight and great on a Steadicam Merlin or Glidecam 2000. It's not a back breaker.

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                    4.0

                    Nice camera/Complicated Post options

                    By Mario Bros.

                    from Miami, FL

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • Complicated To Operate
                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sony HXR-NX3D1 NXCAM 3D Compact Camcorder:

                    The form factor is nice, unobtrusive and doesn't call attention to itself (other than the gold "3D" letters on the viewfinder). The viewfinder is awesome and always carries the "wow" factor for whoever looks at it.2D HD resolution is ok, not great, but after going into 3D you might not want to go back to 2D anyway. 3D resolution looks very nice, maybe it's technically not very high because of the compression, but the added perception of depth takes it to another level and looks MUCH, MUCH better than the footage from the 3D bloggie ($250 vs. [$]). Image stabilization is great.The software included with the camera only works on a PC. Fortunately I had an old PC laptop lying around, so I'm able to extract the AVC files and then split them into a pair (L&R m2t's). Strange thing is: The MVC file is 25 Mb/s, not 28 Mb/s as stated. The split m2ts files are 16Mb/s each. 2 messages at Sony got me a callback 3 days later from a rude guy who really wasn't that well informed and ended up telling me someone would have to call me back. i just wanted to know why I was getting 25Mb/s and not the 28Mb/s printed in the specs. Maybe I'm doing something wrong (?)Once I have the m2t's on a hard drive, I bring them over to mac, use AUNSOFT Video converter to convert them to ProRes and then edit with FCP and Dashwood 3D. Hopefully in the not so distant future it will be easier to split the MVC files into something editable by a mac without much hassle.Another thing that I have noticed is that sometimes, one of the pairs (usually right) shows more compression or fuzziness than the other one. Not really sure if this is the result of the software in the cam, the Sony PC utility, or my transcoding to ProRes. I will be asking Sony if they ever call back...

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