I use the pro-sumer version of the Sony Handycam HXRNX30u in getting interviews for Geekazine. When I heard there was a broadcast level version, I was intrigued. Adding sound options and more made this the next camera on my list.
The Sony Handcam HXR series came out in 2011. Their current version – the HXR-NX30u – brings high definition in a small footprint. Add the Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology and you can be holding this in your hand and still get a pretty stable shot. This is because the camera eye moves to keep the shake from happening.
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For example, I have done some time-lapses in Las Vegas with an older camera. Whether you are in a building or on a bridge you know that after watching the footage there is some shaking or swaying that happens. Using the Steadyshot stabilization, I actually do not have to apply digital stabilization and therefore get the video out that much faster.
Of course the HXR-NX30u offers a lot more. The NXCam is part of the projector camera line – a projection unit is in the camera viewfinder door to allow a group to view what was just recorded. Of course you can also connect the camera to a monitor and review videos as well.
The NXCam also has internal flash memory of 96 GB. This means you can at least get 12 hours of video footage at highest settings before having to offload the content. And with the camera, you can get a full HD 1080p at 60 fps.
Inside the camera is a Ultra-wide angle 26.3mm G lens. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnor T optics inside allow for great quality, even in lower light. Sony’s Exmor R CMOS sensor technology also helps with low light shooting.
On top is a light and shoe for additional auido pod. When attached you can connect two balanced XLR microphones with +48 phantom power. Therefore, you can have 2 interview microphones or an interview and boom mic to get the best sound. Separate channels or mix in mono or stereo mode.
Other features include a 3.5″ touch screen LCD display, control button in front of the camera, Nightshot filming, timecode recording and HDMI embedded timecode output, and much more. For more information, check out Sony’s Website.
The HXR-NU30u does have a price tag of $1,795. Compare its size and ease of use, I would definitely buy this camera – especially for the on-the-go video shooting I do.