Sony has unveiled its handheld camcorder, the HXR-NX3, aimed at professional videographers and the latest addition to the NXCAM line-up. The HXR-NX3 can connect with other devices such as smartphones or tablet computers with built-in WiFi technology allowing the camcorder to be controlled remotely.
The camcorder features Sony’s Exmor 3CMOS Sensor system with three 1/2.8-inch sensors providing 1920×1080 HD effective pixel count. Red, blue and green light are independently captured by separate image sensors, for high resolution, high sensitivity and wide dynamic range. A newly developed LSI includes advanced noise reduction and distortion correction technologies.
The HXR-NX3 can connect with other devices to be controlled remotely or transfer footage. iOS (versions 4.3 through 7.0) and Android (versions 2.3 through 4.3) smartphones or tablet computers can be used to control the HXR-NX3 through a WiFi connection and video files can be transferred from camcorder to smartphone. Remote control features include monitoring of camera material on the smartphone display, record start/stop and zoom. It also features a NFC (Near field communication) chipset which allows users to establish a WiFi connection by touching an NFC compatible smartphone or tablet computer on the camcorder.
The company’s G Lens features a wide zoom range that offers a 28.8mm angle of view at the wide end, with a 20x optical zoom range. The LSI contains 40x Clear Image Zoom technology which offers 1152mm focal length.
The HXR-NX3 records video in AVCHD 2.0 format, which includes 1080/50P. 50i and 25p modes provide playback compatibility with Blu-ray players. The HDMI connector provides uncompressed 8bit 4:2:2 while shooting and allows users to record images on a generic external video recorder. There is also the option of recording in DV format.
The HXR-NX3 will be available in Europe from end of January.