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Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5U. The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the price and portability. The zoom and image quality also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the color and durability.

usability, image quality, zoom, portability, price

durability, color

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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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5U

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5U from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the battery and memory are overall positive. The usability and portability also get good opinions. Many are critical about the durability, and reviews are divided on the price.

image quality, portability, usability, memory, battery

durability

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-NX5U NXCAM Professional Camcorder

Jul, 2016

Consumer review by: VarstiyVantage (sony.com)

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

Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: WeddingVideoDude (newegg.com)

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...

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: (sony.com)

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

Consumer review by: Emperor (beachcamera.com)

It is what it is. Impressive!

 

Just testing all the functions right now, following the owner's manual. So far, I like what I see. Great picture quality, easy to use functions. I think I got my money's worth. I am giving it four stars right now just because my testing is not...

Easy to Use ; Good Image Stabilization ; Good in Low Light ; Great Picture Quality ; Great Sound ; Great Zoom ; Impressive ; Large Clear LCD ; Zoom range/performance

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Emperor (buydig.com)

It is what it is. Impressive!

 

Just testing all the functions right now, following the owner's manual. So far, I like what I see. Great picture quality, easy to use functions. I think I got my money's worth. I am giving it four stars right now just because my testing is not...

Easy to Use ; Good Image Stabilization ; Good in Low Light ; Great Picture Quality ; Great Sound ; Great Zoom ; Impressive ; Large Clear LCD ; Zoom range/performance

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Videomaven (buydig.com)

Great "run and gun" camera

 

Just shot a series of travel documentaries down in Key West Florida with it. It is a GREAT "run and gun" camera and could be as easy or as complicated to use as you need it to be. Very satisfied.

Easy to Use ; Good in Low Light ; Great Picture Quality ; Great Sound ; Large Clear LCD ; Zoom range/performance

AVCHD can be tricky

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Videomaven (beachcamera.com)

Great "run and gun" camera

 

Just shot a series of travel documentaries down in Key West Florida with it. It is a GREAT "run and gun" camera and could be as easy or as complicated to use as you need it to be. Very satisfied.

Easy to Use ; Good in Low Light ; Great Picture Quality ; Great Sound ; Large Clear LCD ; Zoom range/performance

AVCHD can be tricky

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Gpc (buydig.com)

Great Pro Camera

 

Great camera.

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

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Gpc (beachcamera.com)

Great Pro Camera

 

Great camera.

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

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: NGHIA (rakuten.com)

NGHIA

 

More storage, increasing your shooting time.

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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