Sony HXR-NX30U NXCAM Palm Sized Camcorder, Zeiss 3.8-38mm Wide Angle Zoom Lens, Optical SteadyShot, Full HD, 60p/30p/24p, Built-In Projector

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About Sony HXR-NX30U

Introducing the smallest, lightest, most accessible camera in the Sony NXCAM lineup. In addition to innovative Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology, the HXR-NX30U camcorder features a variety of powerful and convenient features for professional applications. Like an integrated 26.3mm Sony G lens, supplied shotgun microphone, balanced XLR audio inputs, time code and user bits, AVCHD codec and a built-in projector. The HXR-NX30U is an ideal choice for documentary makers, video journalists, schools or corporate users.

Though small in size, the HXR-NX30U is a true professional. Time code with user bits automatically stamps each frame for positive identification in editing. The supplied Sony ECM-XM1 shotgun mic is highly directional maximizing the signal and minimizing the noise. Balanced XLR mic inputs reject electromagnetic interference for unhindered audio. Switchable phantom power supports mics that need it, while true input level controls put you in charge of sound.

The HXR-NX30U is ideal as a B cam or crash cam, and is compact enough to shoot discreetly without drawing attention. Because nowadays every shoot is a multi-camera shoot, it's the perfect camcorder to park on a bookshelf to get an additional point of view during interviews. You can hand it to a production assistant to get extra coverage, and take it with you everywhere to be ready for the unexpected.

While some image stabilization systems move as individual lens elements, Sony's Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization moves the entire lens and image sensor assembly together. It floats as a single unit, resulting in the canceling of a far larger range of camera shake. That means you can confidently shoot with the HXR-NX30U as you walk. Or shoot handheld telephoto. You can even shoot from a moving vehicle.

Like many cameras, the HXR-NX30U shoots Full HD 1080p. But it goes much further with 24p, 30p and 60p recording. Recording at 60p for a 24p timeline results in beautiful slow motion at 40% actual speed. The camera also captures 24-megapixel still images thanks to Sony's By-Pixel Super Resolution technology.

The HXR-NX30U comes complete with a built-in video projector. To instantly share your shots with clients and crew members, simply point the projector at any white surface. Think of it as a confidence monitor that proves to everyone you've got the shot.

With 96GB1 built-in flash memory, you can shoot more than seven hours of material at the camera's highest quality (HD PS mode, 28 Mbps), or up to 40 hours in HD LP mode (5 Mbps). Need more storage? A card slot accepts your choice of a Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD card to keep you shooting even longer.

The Sony HXR-NX30U is commonly used for Documentaries, HD shooting, Home movies, Low light, Movies/short films, Travel, Weddings and more.The Sony HXR-NX30U is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony HXR-NX30U: Easy to use, Good in low light, Great picture quality, Image stabilization and Zoom range/performance

Summary of Customer Reviews

(8)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Great picture quality (6),Easy to use (5),Zoom range/performance (5),Good in low light (4),Great sound (3)
Cons:
Image stabilization (6)
Best Uses:
Documentaries (6),Home movies (5),Low light (5),Travel (5),HD shooting (4),Movies/short films (4),Weddings (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro videographer (3),Semi-pro (3)

Sony HXR-NX30U Features

  • Sony Ultra-wide Angle 26.3mm G lens
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode. Balanced Optical SteadyShot w/FIXED SHOT mode
  • Native 16:9, Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor provides exceptional low light and high signal no noise recordings
  • Full HD, 1920x1080 progressive recording at 60P, 30P and 24P
  • View-DR (visibility enhanced wide dynamic range)
  • Built-in projector
  • 96 GB Internal flash Memory
  • Direct data backup (clips or card images) via USB from the camera to an external HDD without a PC
  • A detachable audio pod includes two balanced XLR audio inputs with phantom power and attenuation options
  • 3.5" touch-screen XtraFine LCD display (921K)
  • GPS Geo Tagging
  • Infrared NightShot (night vision) filming and photography
  • Built-in LED Light
  • Timecode/User Bit Recording and HDMI Embedded Timecode Output

Sony HXR-NX30U Specifications

Filter Diameter
52mm (52mm to 37mm step-down ring supplied)
Imaging Device
1/2.88 type ExmorR CMOS with ClearVid pixel array
Lens
35mm Equivalent: 26.0 mm - 260 mm (16:9) / 31.8 mm - 318 mm (4:3)
Aperture: F1.8 - F3.4
Filter Diameter: 52mm (52mm to 37mm step-down ring supplied)
Focal Length: f = 3.8mm - 38mm
Focus: Full range Auto/Manual
Iris: Six blade iris / Manual / Auto
Lens Type: Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Maximum Relative Aperture: F/1.8
Optical Zoom: 10x 3.8~38mm
Zoom Ratio Selectable: 10x (optical), 14x Extended Zoom, 120x Digital Zoom
LCD Screen
7.5cm (3.0 type, aspect ratio 16:9) 921,600 dots (1920x480)
Microphone
Included: XLR Microphone (ECM-XM1)
Video Signal
HD : MPEG4-AVC / H.264 AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible
SD : MPEG-2 PS
Effective Picture Elements
Video: Actual: Approx. 6140K(16:9)
Still picture: 24.1 megapixels 16:9 (6544x3680) or 18.1 megapixels 4:3 (4912x3680)
Minimum Illumination
3 lux (Low LUX mode, 1/30(60p or 60i)
Optical System
Single sensor
Pixel Gross
Approx. 6650K
Recording Media
96GB Flash memory
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Memory Stick PRO Duo(Mark2)
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX
Video Resolution
Video Active: Pixel Gross:Approx. 6650K Video Actual:Approx. 6140K(16:9)
Video Captured Image Resolution: 1920x1080 4:2:2 AVCHD 2.0 up to 28Mbps
Audio Recording
Linear PCM/Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
Recording Frame Rate NTSC Mode
PS (28 Mbps) 1920 x 1080/60p/16:9
FX (24 Mbps) 1920 x 1080/60i/16:9
FH (17 Mbps) 1920 x 1080/60i/16:9
HQ (9 Mbps) 1440 x 1080/60i/16:9
LP (5 Mbps) 1440 x 1080/60i/16:9
FX (24 Mbps) 1920 x 1080/24p/16:9
FH (17 Mbps) 1920 x 1080/24p/16:9
Video Recording Format
HD MPEG-4 AVCHD format compatible +1080/60p original format
MPEG-2 PS (Same as DVD)
Audio In
2 XLR Line/ Mic. with selectable Phantom Power
One 3.5mm stereo jack with Plug-on power
Audio Out
Headphone: Stereo mini jack (x 1) 3.5mm
Two RCA via A/V Remote connector cable
Component Out
Three RCA & L + R Audio via A/V Remote connector cable
Composite Video Out
One RCA via A/V Remote connector cable
HDMI
HDMI 1.4
Wired Remote
LANC type via A/V Remote connector
Timecode
HDMI 1.4 with embedded SMPTE TC and pull-down markers
Test Out
HDMI Component via AV/R connector
USB
Mini USB (host or Slave)
Recording/Playback Time
190 min (VF), 185 min (LCD) (NP-FV70: fully charged batt.)
Light
Built-in LCD Light
Power Requirements
AC Supply / Battery 8.4V/6.8V
Power Consumption
HD: 4.1W
SD: 3.8W
Operating Temperature
+32 to +104 degrees F (0 to +40 degrees (C)
Weight
1.3 lbs (615g)

Sony HXR-NX30U Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.2

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Had for 5 months so far

I use this camera to produce a top end outdoor show distributed to several online sites along with the commercials that go into those shows. I've been using it for about 5 months so far. I purchased the Panasonic AC-90 over this camera at first because the Sony NX-30 was so small. I didn't want a puny sized camera that would make me look unprofessional and the AC-90 seemed more professional. I'm a Panasonic fan and used their AGHMC-40 for 2.5 years and their AGHMC-70 for about 3 years. Both w...

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I use this camera to produce a top end outdoor show distributed to several online sites along with the commercials that go into those shows. I've been using it for about 5 months so far. I purchased the Panasonic AC-90 over this camera at first because the Sony NX-30 was so small. I didn't want a puny sized camera that would make me look unprofessional and the AC-90 seemed more professional. I'm a Panasonic fan and used their AGHMC-40 for 2.5 years and their AGHMC-70 for about 3 years. Both were great cameras but, with their faults. On my second shoot the Panasonic AC-90 let me down. It started going in and out of focus on subjects. Footage became difficult to even look at. I was horrified that I had spent that much and had a camera that wouldn't perform so I was forced use the 30 day return policy for a refund from the local camera shop I purchased it from. I decided to go with Adorama the second time around and go for the NX-30 that I had overlooked. I have been happy with this camera. It's small size makes it a joy to use. The included mic delivers excellent sound when I need to use it. I mostly use my Sony UWP wireless mic but, the shotgun is nice when needed. The screen is clear but picks up fingerprints as expected and glare in the sun. Nothing that a sun visor and a lens cloth doesn't fix. The image is very good. It doesn't let me down going in and out of the sun under bridges. Low light is very good. The projector seems like a gimmick. It's not. You'll find that you use it all the time. It's a solid camera. So many AVCHD flavors to choose from. It just delivers such clear crisp images. 96 gig of internal memory means when I run out of room just go internal memory and shoot 6 hours at the highest setting. The on camera LEDs are nice and the 24.1 megapixel still photos make life easier. No lugging two cameras anymore. It's so easy to switch from video to photos with one button. The image stabilization is the best I've seen. It's just awesome. It delivers solid usable footage from hand held shooting. The intelligent auto gives stellar video without going into tons of manual controls. I'm nit picking on these things I don't like. The XLR handle could be about two inches longer and include a start/stop and zoom button. The viewfinder could be larger and actually tilt up. I don't see any of these things as deal breakers. After 5 months I still give it 5 stars. I even hated the little built in USB connector until I got in a pinch because there wasn't a USB cord to download some footage and made use of it. I don't think you can beat this camera at this price. I just don't think you can. One thing I did to mine was to modify the lens hood so it'll accept a filter while the hood is on. Just remove the four screws on the lens hood and file the plastic down with a small file until its even. Put your filter on to protect the lens while having your lens hood on. Again for the price you can't beat it. I didn't mention the field of view. It's great in small spaces just like a built in wide angle lens. If money allows I'll get another one.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great until

I purchased this camcorder in the spring in plans to film our family vacation in the summer. The camera was used very sparingly prior to our trip--enough to familiarize myself with how it worked and shoot some test footage. I was very pleased with the footage and the camera's image stabilization capability. However, the camera totally failed me on the vacation and was unusable. The lens developed focus problems, and the camera would turn itself on and off continuously until the battery was re...

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I purchased this camcorder in the spring in plans to film our family vacation in the summer. The camera was used very sparingly prior to our trip--enough to familiarize myself with how it worked and shoot some test footage. I was very pleased with the footage and the camera's image stabilization capability. However, the camera totally failed me on the vacation and was unusable. The lens developed focus problems, and the camera would turn itself on and off continuously until the battery was removed to ultimately stop it. Multiple error codes flashed on the flip out LCD screen. A search of those codes on Google seem to indicate others are encountering the problem as well. Needless to say...I'm not happy with the product.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
5.0

Great Camera

By

from NJ  -  Pro Videographer

this is a fantastic camera

 
1.0

Great until

By

from North Carolina  -  Casual User

I purchased this camcorder in the spring in plans to film our family vacation in the summer. The camera was used very sparingly prior to our trip--enough to familiarize myself with how it worked and shoot some test footage. I was very pleased with the footage and the camera's image stabilization capability. However, the camera totally failed me on the vacation and was unusable. The lens developed focus problems, and the camera would turn itself on and off continuously until the battery was removed to ultimately stop it. Multiple error codes flashed on the flip out LCD screen. A search of those codes on Google seem to indicate others are encountering the problem as well. Needless to say...I'm not happy with the product.

 
4.0

Great Camera,

By

from Tucson, AZ  -  Semi-pro Videographer

Picture quality is great, assuming the scene is well-lit. The floating assembly is amazing to watch and really makes a difference in the steadiness of the shot. Most of my work will be on a tripod, but I might venture off the tripod with this feature available. The projector image is a bit dimmer than I had hoped, but is pretty amazing given the size of the lamp and lens. I was a little disappointed to find that the night-shot feature requires removing the lens hood, but I can live with that. The Sony import software is a bit non-intuitive, but works. The manual dial control is nestled behind the lens hood, which makes it a bit awkward for my relatively large fingers. Similarly, some of the touch screen options seem cramped, but I am able to muddle through by very careful use of my smallest finger. The displayed icons are quite small - 20 years ago, it wouldn't have been an issue, but now I need reading glasses to see the subtle differences in the icons. Using a separate monitor overcomes this issue for me. The manual could be more explicit about the included microphone's specs. The fact that it requires the 48V phantom power setting is buried in the manual long after the description of how to connect the microphone. The camera works well with my ancient (c. 1999) VariZoom LANC controller. To get this connected, I had to purchase a AVR-to-LANC cable from a third party. (The camera comes with an AVR-to-AV cable, but doesn't include LANC in the cable.) But with this third-party cable, I was happy to see that the camera and VariZoom are compatible and work without a hitch. There appears to be three ways to connect via USB. One is using the very short USB cable permanently attached to the right side of the camera, which can be connected directly to a standard USB port. Unless you can place the camera on a desk right next to the computer's USB port, this doesn't seem practical. Another approach is to attach the included USB extender to this short cable, allowing more flexible positioning of the camera relative to the computer. The third approach is to use the included mini-USB-to-USB cable in the mini-USB port on the other side of the camera. I'll probably use this last approach, because I'm worried that the permanently-attached cable will wear out and break if I use it too much. The manual is not clear about whether the camera supports UHS-I SDXC cards, but after chatting with Sony, I decided to go with the Lexar 64GB Platinum II SDXC UHS-I Class 10 card. So far, it has been working fine. The zoom is more responsive to light/slow vs. heavy/fast touch than previous Sony camera's I've owned. Overall, I think the camera is a keeper.

 
5.0

Great camera for events

By

from Washington, IL  -  Video Enthusiast

Very good in low light. A legitimate Professional camera.

 
5.0

Outstanding Features in a Small Package

By

from Tucson, AZ  -  Semi-pro Videographer

I use this for short documentaries and promotional videos. I have used a number of camcorders and DSLR's in the past. The DSLR (I use a Nikon D7000) shoots some great video, but as a one man show, I found that when trying to capture things run and gun style, I would miss shots trying to get the settings correct. I had a JVC camcorder (GY HM150), that I never really felt comfortable using. I sold it and picked up the Sony NX30. After quite a bit of research, what sold me on this is the stabilization. I purchased the handgrip and it works perfectly, saving me money on buying a glidecam, or similar product. (The handgrip is the Sony GPAVT1) The GPAVT1 works with the NX-30, contrary to some reviews I have seen. The automatic features, couple with the ability to shoot manually to a certain extent, are great. If I want a real cinematic image, I still like the DSLR, but this camera come very close and you won't miss a shot fumbling with the sound, lens, white balance or other things you have to do in a fast run and gun situation. I highly recommend the camcorder!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Had for 5 months so far

By

from Ohio  -  Pro Videographer

I use this camera to produce a top end outdoor show distributed to several online sites along with the commercials that go into those shows. I've been using it for about 5 months so far. I purchased the Panasonic AC-90 over this camera at first because the Sony NX-30 was so small. I didn't want a puny sized camera that would make me look unprofessional and the AC-90 seemed more professional. I'm a Panasonic fan and used their AGHMC-40 for 2.5 years and their AGHMC-70 for about 3 years. Both were great cameras but, with their faults. On my second shoot the Panasonic AC-90 let me down. It started going in and out of focus on subjects. Footage became difficult to even look at. I was horrified that I had spent that much and had a camera that wouldn't perform so I was forced use the 30 day return policy for a refund from the local camera shop I purchased it from. I decided to go with Adorama the second time around and go for the NX-30 that I had overlooked. I have been happy with this camera. It's small size makes it a joy to use. The included mic delivers excellent sound when I need to use it. I mostly use my Sony UWP wireless mic but, the shotgun is nice when needed. The screen is clear but picks up fingerprints as expected and glare in the sun. Nothing that a sun visor and a lens cloth doesn't fix. The image is very good. It doesn't let me down going in and out of the sun under bridges. Low light is very good. The projector seems like a gimmick. It's not. You'll find that you use it all the time. It's a solid camera. So many AVCHD flavors to choose from. It just delivers such clear crisp images. 96 gig of internal memory means when I run out of room just go internal memory and shoot 6 hours at the highest setting. The on camera LEDs are nice and the 24.1 megapixel still photos make life easier. No lugging two cameras anymore. It's so easy to switch from video to photos with one button. The image stabilization is the best I've seen. It's just awesome. It delivers solid usable footage from hand held shooting. The intelligent auto gives stellar video without going into tons of manual controls. I'm nit picking on these things I don't like. The XLR handle could be about two inches longer and include a start/stop and zoom button. The viewfinder could be larger and actually tilt up. I don't see any of these things as deal breakers. After 5 months I still give it 5 stars. I even hated the little built in USB connector until I got in a pinch because there wasn't a USB cord to download some footage and made use of it. I don't think you can beat this camera at this price. I just don't think you can. One thing I did to mine was to modify the lens hood so it'll accept a filter while the hood is on. Just remove the four screws on the lens hood and file the plastic down with a small file until its even. Put your filter on to protect the lens while having your lens hood on. Again for the price you can't beat it. I didn't mention the field of view. It's great in small spaces just like a built in wide angle lens. If money allows I'll get another one.

 
5.0

excellent small camera

By

from Delray Beach, FL  -  Pro Videographer

My EX1 is too bulky and heavy to enjoy using hiking, especially with sticks. Sony Pro technical support recommended this camera, and I bought it the day before a three-week trip and read the manual on the plane. I was amazed at how easy it is to use and especially by how intuitive the focus is. Shooting a two-person interview, it kept both faces in focus. It is lightweight, small and unobtrusive, and a pleasure to use. I shot outdoors, in the cold, in rain, indoors, in classrooms, museums, churches. It had a little trouble with high stained glass windows and extremely low light, but I expected that. Its image stabilization is not perfect when walking. I have not yet been home and been able to see how well its footage meshes with my EX1, but I am optimistic. If you are editing with FCP, you can import directly without downloading software. I am very pleased with the camera.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome Camera

By

from Atlanta, Georgia  -  Semi-pro Videographer

Great Camera for the price.

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Shopper  how does it record? Tape or how much hard drive space does it have?
ROGER B  It uses SD card
gerardo c  sound on;y plays on sony vegam is there a setting to use on a different video editing sofware? thx
ALVARO G A  You can use it on any editing software that supports mts files, if your editor doesn't support that type of file you need a file converter like clipwrap, the camera only records in that format and it can't be changed unless you shoot in Standard definition.
Ari K  is it pal or ntsc?
JONATHAN S  Operating guide states, p 101"Your cam corder is an NTSC-system-based cam corder" "You need an NTSC 1080/60i minitor compatible TV with HDMI input jacks. ..."
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