Sony HXR-NX5U - PAL - NXCAM Digital HD Video Camcorder, 3.2 LCD

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About Sony HXR-NX5U

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Zoom range/performance (16),Great picture quality (13),Good in low light (11),Great sound (9),Easy to use (8),Image stabilization (8),Large clear LCD (6)
Best Uses:
HD shooting (8),Documentaries (7),Weddings (7),Low light (6),Movies/short films (4),Home movies (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro videographer (7),Semi-pro (4)

Sony HXR-NX5U Features

  • HDSDI and HDMI Output
  • Linear PCM Audio
  • Simultaneous SD/HD Recording via HXR-FMU128
  • SMPTE Time Code In/Out Connector
  • Built-in GPS Function
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo
  • PRO Duo HG and SDHC Card Compatible
  • 60i and 50i Switchable via Upgrade

Sony HXR-NX5U Specifications

Built-in Optical Filters
Effective Picture Elements
Approx. 1,037,000 pixels with ClearVid array
Gain Selection
21 dB
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.
Audio Recording
HD: Linear PCM 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz / Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit 48kHz
SD: Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
(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 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
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
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)
Power cord
BNC (x1)
HD-SDI/SD-SDI selectable
Mini-B (x1)
Built-in LCD Monitor
3.2 inch-type, XtraFine LCD, approximately 921,600 dots, hybrid type, 16:9 aspect ratio
0.45 inch-type approximately 1,226,880 dots (852 x 3(RGB) x 480), 16:9 aspect ratio
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Sony HXR-NX5U Reviews

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(based on 12 reviews)


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Reviewed by 12 customers


great camera, but....


from Sacramento, CA  -  Semi-pro Videographer

I bought the camera a couple of weeks a ago. My take: awesome in low light, high quality. Things I did not like: the unit felt unbalanced; power cord plugs in where battery goes; so battery can not be attached at same time. "A" card reader was was defective. Sent unit back.


Great camera


from Washington, DC  -  Pro Videographer

Easy to use, especially if you've worked with a Sony cam before. A bit tough to work out how to open files in different editing software (like Adobe Premiere Pro) but eventually worked out that you can drag the files into the media browser. Be sure to get a decent mic, too.


Great camcorder


from Orangeburg SC  -  Pro Videographer

Great camcorder! Good in low light.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Now I am a proud owner of Sony HXR-NX5U


from Montreal, Canada  -  Video Enthusiast

Its a Great Camera, I have ever used. I will strongly recommend to others. The recording on consumer memory cards is great. More than eleven hours of recording on optional flash drive is a bonus.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Very Impressed


from Hanover, MA  -  Pro Videographer

I use this camera specifically for wedding and dance recital videography. I have been very impressed so far with its performance and ease of use. The ability to use SDHC as well as Sony cards has helped me with cost savings and I've had no problems with using either. I also have had great luck using this camera in low light (wedding reception) situations. It would be nice if it eventually was able to read SDXC cards but then again, putting all of your video data on one high volume card may not be the best solution, especially if a card was to become unreadable. I've used only Lexar 32GB SDHC cards with no error or problems.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


liked it so much I had to have two


from Columbia TN  -  Pro Videographer

Purchased this camera as a twin to my first NX5U to do a music demo in Nashville. Camera did a great job in the lower light segments that were shot. Video of both cameras matched perfect (as expected) and handled the multi color lights perfectly with no smearing. We had a consumer Canon hd camera that we used to shot some fill footage that struggled a great deal due to the multi colored lights so I was pleased with the performance of both the NX5Us in their performance in this area. Other than the NX5U being a handfull if off a tripod or shoulder support and the zoom (main zoom, not the small one on top of the camera)is in a kind of odd place if your a lefty, but other than that this camera is great. A lot has been said about problems in edit with the way this camera does a segmented recording of its raw footage to the SDHC cards (not included)you can use to accuire your footage. If your not going over 10 minutes per continues scene your all right, but if you exceed this the fix is to use the Content Management software that is included wih this camera ( on a cd that is included with the camera) One great "got to have item" for this camera is the Libec ZC-3dv zoom control. It works well with this camera and helps with those of us that are leftys.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


"I would buy this product again and agai


from British Virgin Islands  -  Semi-pro Videographer

Its quality in video and photo are so clean I actually snapped a photo from the video in the post production software and it was like from a SLR photo camera real clean

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)




from Tennessee  -  Semi-pro Videographer


(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from San Jose, Ca.  -  Pro Videographer

I have bought 3 NXCAM myself and used 5 of these cameras for live video shoots. Having the SDI HD BNC Out makes the camera a good low cost Broadcast quality professional camera to use on long runs of BNC to the switcher. Th embedded audio is great also. You will notice a difference if you don't use the new HD 1694A BNC cable for long runs. Great little TV studio that fits in your hand. [@]

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


incredible camera


from lanesboro, ma  -  Pro Videographer

A superbly thought-out camera, easy to handle -- and it shoots in two formats at the same time, if you have the optional flash drive along with the SD chips. Battery life is phenomenal with the larger-size Sony batteries -- you can shoot all day. Tapeless video is quicker to transfer to computer for editing -- minutes instead of hours. Sophisticated options and menus -- so you'll need to spend some time with the camera to get comfortable with your own settings. Great zoom range, autofocus is quick but you can also do manual override while keeping the autofocus engaged (great for quick focus touch-ups or shifts) ... shoot SD & HD in a variety of formats, two at the same time. It's a wonderful camera -- high quality, superb images.

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