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Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the build quality and battery are overall positive. The zoom and image quality are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the color, and many are critical about the portability and value for money.

usability, image quality, zoom, battery, build quality

value for money, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5U

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5U from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

size, battery, resolution, usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HXR-NX5U NXCAM Professional CamcorderSony HXR-FMU128, 128GB Flash Memory Unit for NXCAM HXR-NX5U Digital HD Video Camera Recorder

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Incredible camera for sports and action

 

Great for capturing action sports (football, lacrosse, baseball, etc...). I'm very happy with this camera. I recently filmed a HS football game that was being covered by FIOS1 and there were 2 other NX5Us right alongside of me. Works well with FCPX

video quality, ability to record in multiple formats in parallel, super slow motion

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memory at it\'s best

 

outdoor professional hunting and fishing excellent storage capacity. pricey due to being 128 gb.

Easy To Use","Large Capacity","Reliable Performance","Writes\/Reads fast

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Great Camera

 

Compression is really amazingly clean. Great image. Lens has great range.

Easy to Use","Great Picture Quality","Great Zoom","Zoom range\/performance

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Good, with small issues

 

I was surprised how bad the light performance is on this; zoom and medium light were issues, and made it hard for the camera to auto focus. Still, the camera\'s great, with a bunch of really helpful features, especially the tapeless SDHC card...

Quality build

Poor In Low Light

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Good, with small issues

 

I was surprised how bad the light performance is on this; zoom and medium light were issues, and made it hard for the camera to auto focus. Still, the camera's great, with a bunch of really helpful features, especially the tapeless SDHC card...

Quality build

Poor In Low Light

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Great New Camera from Sony

 

We plan to use this camera in a small TV station in South America.

Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Picture Quality","Great Sound","Zoom range\/performance

Complicated To Operate

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pleased with the new camera

 

I filmed a wedding with it the frist time. I was shocked with the low light quality. I never used over 9db of gain and that was rare. Most of the time i was at 0db with only 10watts of light working on my 20 watt light. the focus was slower than i am...

Easy to Use","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Picture Quality","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Zoom range/performance

Slow Focus

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pleased with the new camera

 

I filmed a wedding with it the frist time. I was shocked with the low light quality. I never used over 9db of gain and that was rare. Most of the time i was at 0db with only 10watts of light working on my 20 watt light. the focus was slower than i am...

Easy to Use","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Picture Quality","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Zoom range\/performance

Slow Focus

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Professional HD quality is affordable

 

I highly recommend the HXR-NX5U. It's beyond the needs of the average wedding videographer and should have a very long useful life. This is the camera that finally let me ditch tapes for good. It is also the first camcorder that has given me full...

Where to start? The viewfinder and LCD are very high resolution. The zoom, focus, and iris rings are smooth and feel perfect. Unlike professional cameras, this model has a consumer HDMI output, AND unlike low-cost cameras, it also has the professional...

The optional 128 GB FMU128 flash unit is expensive, so I just bought a bunch of SDHC cards. The onboard and included microphones are good enough for interviews, but thankfully there are two professional XLR ports for attaching a better mic for event...

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Outstanding camera

 

I've shot in many different situations (daylight, indoor, low light, sun exposition, sunset, sunrise, slow motion, car racing, interviews, etc) and none of these disappointed me in any way. An external monitor is recommended for color management. Shoot...

Incredible G lens, easy to manage data and shoot in many formats

Color adjustments a little tricky

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Product Specifications

The HXR-NX5U camcorder is the first product of the Sony NXCAM generation, and a 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. 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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F770

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX / Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark2 / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.5in
Height:7.4in
Weight:4.9lbs
Width:6.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HXR-NX5U
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony NXCAM

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Max Focal Length:82mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.037Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.037Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3 / 1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:3 Exmor CMOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Steady Shot)

Pro Camcorder Features

Professional:Professional

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2 / AVCHD
Media Type:Flash card
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD