Sony continues to raise the bar with the introduction of its rain- and dust-proof HXR-NX70U NXCAM Compact Camcorder. This rugged little trouper is the perfect companion for those tough location shoots where weather and climate cause lesser cameras to buckle and fold. Meeting stringent dustproof and rainproof requirements, the NX70U's sealed body keeps out all but the toughest of elements, making it ideal for documentary and news videographers traveling to far-flung, unpredictable locations.
But beneath the NX70U's weatherproofing is a first-class performer that hits all the professional sweet spots. Its back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor combines with an ultra wide 26.3-263mm Sony G lens and Optical SteadyShot to provide outstanding full HD 1080p images even in low light. The Dual Rec function, meanwhile, lets you shoot 12.3MP stills while recording video, all of which can be captured to the unit's spacious 96GB embedded flash memory or your choice of Memory Stick or SD/SDHC media.
And just because the NX70U is small doesn't mean it stints on professional features and controls. An assignable lens ring gives you manual control over focus, zoom, or iris, while the detachable handle with dual XLR inputs--and an on-camera shotgun mic--provides the option of recording 2-channel audio using high-end external microphones. Helping you nail focus and exposure are the zebra and peaking indicators, which can be viewed through either the large viewfinder or high-resolution 3.5" touchscreen LCD.
Documentarians in particular will find the built-in GPS receiver useful, as it allows you to "tag" your locations for logging and future reference, with all GPS data extractable to a PC and mappable via Google's mapping service. And if achieving a more cinematic look is your thing, then the camera offers 24p recording to supplement its standard 60p, along with CinemaTone technology to provide realistic, film-like skin tones to your footage.
So step outside, grit your teeth against the rain and sand, and hit Record: the NX70U will capture the scene and live to tell the tale.
The ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone mounted on top of the handle provides audio recording performance similar to larger shoulder-mounted ENG style cameras.
Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone when international travel is part of your assignment.
|Image Device||1/2.88" ExmorR CMOS with ClearVid pixel array|
|Picture Elements||1920 x 1080 (Effective)|
3.8-38mm (10x) Zoom (26.3-263mm 35mm equivalent)
14x Extended Zoom, 120x Digital Zoom
37mm Filter Thread
|Focus||Manual and Auto|
|Stabilization||Optical SteadyShot w/Active Mode|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio||Not specified by manufacturer|
|Minimum Illumination||3 lx (Low LUX mode, 1/25 shutter)|
3.5"-type, XtraFine Touchscreen LCD
921,600 dots (1920 x 480), 16:9 aspect
1,226,880 dots equivalent (852 x 3[RGB] x 480)
|Shutter Speed||1/6 - 1/10000 (Manual Shutter Speed Control)|
|White Balance||Auto, Outdoor (5800K), Indoor (3200K), One-push (Touch panel)|
|Memory Card Slot||SD/SDHC/SDXC / Memory Stick (x1)|
HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD
SD: MPEG-2 PS
PS (28 Mbps) 1920 x 1080/60p
FX (24 Mbps) 1920 x 1080/60i
FH (17 Mbps) 1920 x 1080/60i
HQ (9 Mbps) 1440 x 1080/60i
LP (5 Mbps) 1440 x 1080/60i
FX (24 Mbps) 1920 x 1080/24p
FH (17 Mbps) 1920 x 1080/24p
Slow & Quick Motion Function: 200fps (fixed) as Smooth Slow Rec
(Picture quality is degraded)
170 min (Memory Stick 32GB, HD FX, LPCM)
530 min (Internal memory 96GB, HD FX, LPCM)
|Audio Dynamic Range||Not specified by manufacturer|
|Audio Signal Format||
HD: Linear PCM/Dolby Digital 2ch, 16 bit, 48 kHz
STD: Dolby Digital 2ch, 16 bit, 48 kHz
|Input and Output Connectors||
HDMI: HDMI Mini (x1 Output)
Component: RCAx3 (x1 Output)
Composite: RCA (x1 Output)
Line/Mic: 3-pin XLR (x2 Input)
Audio: 3.5mm Stereo Jack (x1 Input), RCAx2 (x1 Output)
USB: Mini-AB/Hi-Speed (x1)
Headphone: 3.5mm Stereo Mini (x1 Output)
Remote: LANC type via AV Remote Multi-Pin Connector (x1)
|Power Requirements||8.4V AC Adapter / 6.8VDC Battery|
|Operating Temperature||32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)|
4.5 x 4.75 x 11.75" (11.2 x 12 x 29.75 cm) (w/hood, eyecup)
5.3 x 6.9 x 15.25" (13.5 x 17.4 x 38.5 cm) (+ battery, mic, XLR unit)
1.85 lbs (0.84kg) (w/hood, eyecup)
2.85 lbs (1.29kg) (+ battery, mic, XLR unit)