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Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder

by Sony
13 customer reviews
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  • HDSDI and HDMI Output
  • Linear PCM Audio
  • Simultaneous SD/HD Recording via HXR-FMU128
  • SMPTE Time Code In/Out Connector
  • Built-in GPS Function
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Product Description

Product Description

The Sony HXR-NX5U camcorder is the first product of the Sony NXCAM generation and a new category of tapeless memory camcorder, providing an ideal balance of power and performance in the digital age. Utilizing the revolutionary AVCHD format, this camcorder offers long duration recording - with dual memory slots - on affordable consumer memory cards. As it facilitates a totally IT-based workflow, the HXR-NX5U has the potential to profoundly change the way content is created. Simultaneous hybrid recording is available in HD and SD formats, using the optional HXR-FMU128 flash memory unit. In any format, breathtaking picture quality is assured with proven features such as a state-of-the-art G Lens and three Exmor CMOS sensors with a ClearVid array. Professionals expect this standard of picture quality from Sony and accept nothing less.

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Professional AVCHD hand-held camcorder.

The new HXR-NX5U camcorder is the first product of the Sony NXCAM generation.

A new category of tapeless memory camcorder, providing an ideal balance of power and performance in the digital age. Utilizing the revolutionary AVCHD format, this camcorder offers long duration recording on affordable consumer memory cards. The HXR-NX5U has the potential to profoundly change the way content is created. Simultaneous hybrid recording is available in HD and SD formats, using the optional HXR-FMU128 flash memory unit. Quality is assured with proven features such as a state-of-the-art G Lens and three Exmor CMOS sensors with a ClearVid array. Professionals expect this standard of picture quality from Sony ... and accept nothing less.
 








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.

Exmor™ 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.







Highlights

  • Three, 1/3-inch High Definition Exmor sensors.
  • Linear 16-bit 48KHz PCM or Dolby AC3 audio recording.
  • Wide angle 20x Sony G-Lens captures fine detail and image texture; even on the corners of the image.
  • SMPTE Time Code In/Out Connector
  • Built-in GPS Geo-Tagging Function
  • HXR-FMU128 optional flash HDD records for 11 hrs.
  • 60i and 50i switchable via WorldCam paid upgrade.
  • Optional 3 or 5 year Extended Warranty available
  • 10-bit 4:2:2HD SD-SDI & HDMI outputs.


Technology

Camera Section Specifications Detail:
Built-in Optical Filters Clear
1/4
1/16
1/64
Effective Picture Elements Approx. 1,037,000 pixels with ClearVid array
Gain Selection -6
-3
0
3
6
9
12
15
18
21 dB
AGC
Minimum Illumination 1.5 lx (auto gain, auto iris, 1/30 shutter)
Shutter Speed (Time) Auto, Manual 60i/30p: 1/4-1/10,000, 24p: 1/3-1/10,000 sec.
Slow & Quick Motion Function 120 fps (fixed) as improved Smooth Slow Rec.
Slow Shutter 1/4 sec.
1/8 sec.
1/15 sec.
1/30 sec.
General Specifications Detail:
Audio Recording HD: Linear PCM 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz / Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit 48kHz
SD: Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
Mass (w/Lens hood with Lens cover) 2.2 kg (4 lb 15 oz)
(w/NP-F570 Battery, Lens hood with Lens cover, large eyecup, ECM-XM1, Memory card) 2.5 kg (5 lb 7 oz)
(w/NP-F770 Battery, Lens hood with Lens cover, large eyecup, ECM-XM1, Memory card) 2.6 kg (5 lb 11 oz)
(w/NP-F970 Battery, Lens hood with Lens cover, large eyecup, ECM-XM1, Memory card) 2.7 kg (5 lb 14 oz)
Operating Temperature 0 to +40 deg C (+32 to +104 deg F)
Power Consumption ECM-XM1 and LCD with normal brightness 7.7W (When Flash Memory Unit HXR-FMU128 is used, the average power consumption increases about 1.1W).
Power Requirements AC adaptor / Battery 8.4V / 7.2V
Recording Frame Rate NTSC Mode AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080/60i
AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1920x-1080/60i
AVCHD HQ (9Mbps) 1440x1080/60i
AVCHD LP (5Mbps) 1440x1080/60i
AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080/24p
AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080/24p
AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080/30p
AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080/30p
AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1280x720/60p
AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1280x720/60p
MPEG2 SD HQ (9Mbps) 720x480/60i
MPEG2 SD HQ (9Mbps) 720x480/60i (24p Scan)
MPEG2 SD HQ (9Mbps) 720x480/60i (30p Scan)
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed)
Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2)
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX
Recording/Playback Time 170 min (2h 50m) with 32GB Memory Stick PRO-HX Duo FX (24Mbps) Linear PCM 2ch recording
Storage Temperature -20 to +60 deg C (-4 to +140 deg F)
Video Recording Format HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)
SD: MPEG-2 PS
Included Lens Specifications Detail:
Focal Length f = 4.1 to 82.0 mm (equivalent to f = 29.5 to 590 mm at 16:9 mode, f = 36.1 to 722 mm at 4.3 mode on 35 mm lens)
Zoom Ratio Selectable Sony G Lens, 20x (optical), 1.5x Digital Extender
Inputs and Outputs Specifications Detail:
Audio In XLR 3-pin (female) (x2)
line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Audio Out RCA type (CH-1, CH-2)
Component Out RCA type (x3) via A/V multi connector
Composite Video Out RCA type (x1)
DC In Power cord
Remote Yes
S-Video Out N/A
SDI Out BNC (x1)
HD-SDI/SD-SDI selectable
USB Mini-B (x1)
Monitoring Specifications Detail:
Built-in LCD Monitor 3.2 inch-type, XtraFine LCD, approximately 921,600 dots, hybrid type, 16:9 aspect ratio
Viewfinder 0.45 inch-type approximately 1,226,880 dots (852 x 3(RGB) x 480), 16:9 aspect ratio






Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 9.3 x 6 inches ; 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0037JOU66
  • Item model number: HXR-NX5U
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,628 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By IR Ski Team on March 29, 2011
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I went straight to 720 60p and have not shot in anything else since i bought it... Its just so clear and sharp... I'm so happy with the image quality (out of the box), i have not even felt the need to start tweaking, plus i think i'm now a AVCHD convert too, seems to handle fast motion really well.
The real kicker is its just so nice to pop the SDHC card out and be able to instantly view the footage on my laptop, without the whole tape download/cineform convert/render thing ....
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By technojunkie on November 5, 2012
I am not a professional videographer but have been creating and editing training videos in digital since 1998 or so. The camera is surprising light for it's size, easy to operate and has a wonderful variety of configurations for audio. I recorded some samples using a 32GB SD card (very cheap!) using the highest FX 1080i setting. when you go straight to a TV via hdmi to view footage it is absolutely stunning. Even with no lighting except indoor flourescents i found the video sharp and bright. Editing was a snap using sony vegas 12. It handles AVCHD files extremely well (hello, sony) and gives a staggering number of ways to render your master video. I found that even when things are compressed considerably (9mbps for DVD quality) the regular DVD produced is still remarkably good (for DVD mind you) What I like is that I can take the highest resolution video and use it to create either blu-ray or standard dvds. I also purchased the sony uwpV1 wireless lavalier mic and though it is pricey (500-600 bucks) it is easily the best wireless mic i've ever used. Works easily with the camera with the receiver mounting to the camera shoe. You can also use two sources at once (audio) and alter the levels. The camera is just a joy to use and even if you're not very sophisticated you can pretty much point and shoot using the standard presets. I like the dual SD slots too. If you use both slots and two 32bg SD cards (you can get two for under 100 bucks) you could record at the highest possible resolution and bitrate for something like 7 hours or so and transfer couldn't be easier, just pop out the card and pop it into a usb card reader and boom! I'm very pleased with the purchase so far!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Asus Customer Service SUCKS on February 12, 2014
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I am a professional videographer, video editor, 3D animator, effects compositor, graphic and web designer, and voice artist with about 15+ years of experience. This is my first purchase of my own for shooting video and I was under a tight budget. Even though I did my due diligence and homework, I was still worried that this wouldn't work for me. Within three days of arrival I took it on a two day shoot and it performed like a CHAMP! Easy to use, very customizable. It has almost everything I've come to expect from some $80,000 cameras i've used, and in some cases it has MORE. I bought a 64GB SD card to shoot on and was REALLY SURPRISED to find that this camera can shoot very good quality video on that card for about 350 minutes or so - TOTALLY NOT KIDDING! Also, the battery that came with it would've powered the battery for about 6 hours, if I had needed that much. I actually had to kill the battery just so I could recharge it overnight for the next day's shoot - only because I was being cautious to not run out of battery life the next day, but it probably could've handled that day's shoot as well. Importing clips took a few minutes to figure out, but ultimately a very fast transfer of data to my monster computer.

I'm extremely happy with it and actually tried to think of anything negative to say about it and just couldn't. Sorry!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By G. Joel Franco on December 5, 2010
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This is easily one of the best HD Cameras on the Prosumer level of any kind. The quality of the image, thanks to the Zeiss lens is incredible. I shot on the run in New Zealand in the middle of winter, and was able to get great definition from everything from the foreground to the background. Leaves and grass are clearly separated and not like in most HD cameras all bunched up together. Stunning. Audio real good, but you need to buy an extra mic/mix as the one that comes with the camera does not work for filming, but it's good enough for quick stuff.

To export footage into computer is a breeze, but time consuming. I use Final Cut Pro 7 and it took no time to get the footage into bins directly.

F-stops/shutter/focusing is manual, which increases the quality of the picture shot. Zeiss lens is incredible. Low light is beyond believe and we pushed the grain as high as possible, and the range is quite big. Great for low light situation. We pushed it as far as a night shoot in a moving car with only the inside light on, and you could still get definition on the blacks. Granted in the end the image is way too grainy, but this is an example of how far you can push the camera.

You can use up two mics at the same time. Cards are regular SD cards for media.

Overall an INCREDIBLE camera for most indies and even a b-camera for bigger projects. It's light and portable. Only negative, if you can say that, is that you can't change the lens but then again for under $4,000 this is FAR SUPERIOR to the EX1 series (obviously not as good as the EX3).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Tutite on March 4, 2014
I shoot a lot in low light situations, and found the picture a little softer than the Sony pro camera I had before. Very happy with the battery life and large storage of video this camcorder gives you.

If you are reading this in March 2014, you may be able to get a $400 rebate from Sony:

(Amazon won't permit links. so go to "pro dot sony dot com" and search around for the "rebates for all" info, good til 3/31/14.)
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