The Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5U camcorder is the first product of the NXCAM generation from Sony, 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 (high definition) and SD (standard definition) formats using an optional HXR-FMU128 flash memory unit. In any format, breathtaking picture quality is assured with proven features from Sony such as a state-of-the-art "G Lens" and three Exmor CMOS sensors with a ClearVid array. Professionals around the world expect this standard of picture quality from Sony - and accept nothing less.
G Lens Memory Recording and HYBRID "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. 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. Memory recording on affordable consumer memory cards offers workflow efficiency at both the shooting and editing stages. Combined with hybrid recording, using an optional HXR-FMU128, the user achieves a totally IT-based workflow, with the added bonus of instant data backup.
GPS Active SteadyShot Feature
A built-in global positioning system (GPS) locator allows satellite navigation data to be recorded directly onto footage for reference or posting on popular internet mapping systems. GPS data can be invaluable when searching for footage or to provide evidence of where and when footage was recorded. Active SteadyShot feature is a new, enhanced image stabilization system that provides a powerful shake-reduction capability, vital for handheld usage. Additional stabilization is provided by the increased optical lens coverage area and by improved detection with state-of-the-art compensation The revolutionary AVCHD recording format, which utilizes the MPEG-4, AVC/H.264 video codec, allows users to record HD video footage onto random access media. Its intelligent and sophisticated algorithm makes AVCHD a highly efficient compression format ideal for memory recording and IT-based editing.
The "G Lens" provides great picture quality and versatility with a wide angle of 29.5 mm (equivalent to 35 mm film) and a 20x high quality zoom. Two ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements reduce chromatic aberrations caused by differences in light refraction to minimiz e color fringing. The advanced 10-group, 15-element lens structure also includes a compound aspheric lens for images that are crisp and clear, even when shooting videos at a high zooming ratio. Advanced Camera Features Sony-exclusive High-performance "G Lens" Other Superb Features of the Optical System FOCUS IRIS ZOOM Three ND filters Natural-touch Lens Operation The focus, zoom and iris ring are positioned on the lens barrel, and this design offers the same operability as general interchangeable lenses. Focus, zoom and iris control can all be managed easily. Six-blade Iris SThe six-blade iris diaphragm is nearly circular, enabling the creation of an extremely beautiful background blur. Built-in ND filters SThe HXR-NX5U is equipped with three built-in ND (Neutral Density) filters - 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 - which help to vary the depth of field with iris control.
The three state-of-the-art 1/3" Exmor CMOS sensors with a ClearVid array ensure high resolution, high sensitivity, a wide dynamic range, and excellent color reproduction. The quality of this imaging system has earned an excellent reputation in the industry, and is of course fully realized in the new HXR-NX5U. S Exmor Technology Noise Reduction System Multiple A/D (analog-to-digital) converters on each pixel row convert analog signals to digital as soon as they are generated, unlike traditional technology that only provides one A/D converter on each chip. Exmor technology can eliminate the influence of external noise that enters the signal chain during transfer to the A/D converter, resulting in high-quality digital signals with extremely low noise. This significantly enhances shooting in low-light environments with a sensitivity of just 1.5 lux.* * At 1/30 shutter, auto iris, and auto gain. S High Sensitivity and Resolution with Sophisticated Techniques CMOS sensors equipped with a ClearVid array achieve a bigger sensor pixel size than ordinary image sensors, and this leads to high sensitivity. Furthermore, a unique interpolation technique from Sony utilizes the 45-degree rotated pixels on each chip, increasing resolution. The powerful combination of these two sophisticated techniques explains why Sony picture quality has such an excellent industry reputation. Three 1/3" Exmor CMOS Sensors Before the Codec + Ordinary CMOS Sensor Exmor Technology ClearVid Array Technology + Sensor with Exmor Technology + Sensor with ClearVid Array + Small size sensor (simulated image)
The HXR-NX5U is the world's first AVCHD professional camcorder with an internal GPS. This important new feature enables users to find the same shooting location when, for example, they need to revisit a location for extra shots that must match existing footage. GPS data is embedded in AVCHD video data files. Mapping data can be created using bundled Content Management Utility software. Also GPS data can be extracted from video files, using Content Management Utility software, in a commonly used latitude/longitude NMEA data format. This GPS information can be used in several applications. Location Simplification with Cutting-edge GPS Technology Content Management Utility Software Display GPS data on the map
A new feature of the HXR-NX5U is Active SteadyShot. This useful feature effectively reduces hand-held camera shake. The improvement is particularly noticeable when using wide-angle framing. It is an essential feature when holding the camcorder by hand, and especially for projects that are recorded mainly in the field. It is also ideal when the subject is moving and must be followed, for example in news gathering or at weddings. Shooting from inside a moving vehicle is another useful application for the Active SteadyShot feature. It significantly reduces the need for external stabilization systems. Improved stabilization allows the user to concentrate more on composition and shot transition, rather than worry about how to stabilize the camera. Depending on the shooting environment, users can select normal SteadyShot feature or Active SteadyShot feature for hand-held applications. When not in use, the stabilization feature can be easily switched off. Shoot and Walk with the New Active SteadyShot Feature Without Active SteadyShot Feature With Active SteadyShot Feature
The HXR-NX5U is also the first Sony professional camcorder designed to record directly onto consumer memory cards. These cards are affordable and easy to find. This general versatility is especially handy when a user suddenly needs extra memory - something that happens quite often when shooting a documentary or news report on the move. Also, memory cards are very compact and easy to handle. Many devices can accept these memory cards allowing easy playback. Files can be copied
There are major advantages of Memory Recording Recording Time on a single memory media including Easy Viewing of Recorded Footage, Fast Ingestion to a Computer and Easy Playback Another new feature is continuous recording between two memory card slots. The new HXR-NX5U camcorder automatically cycles between the dual memory slots. When using two, 32-GB memory cards, six hours of continuous HD footage can be recorded. If a longer continuous recording time is required, the user simply waits until the first card is full and recording has relayed to the second card, before ejecting the first card and inserting a new blank memory card. This procedure can be repeated as required, extending continuous recording for a sufficiently long time. from a memory card to any available computer, instantly backing up valuable data.