Sony are about to release a new professional AVCHD camcorder, the HXR-NX3 that has quite a few things on my wish list.
- Powerful zoom to help getting closer to wildlife.
- Full manual on dedicated controls (separate focus, zoom and iris).
- Dual card recording
- 1080p50 recording
- Good low light performance, considering the small sensor size, which is still larger than the camera I’m using at the moment.
- Reasonably priced
I won’t be an early adopter because it doesn’t use a high bit rate recording format, and is not multi-frequency (50/60Hz), two things that I would like to see in my next video camera. It looks like the upcoming Panasonic AJ-PX270 will meet these features, albeit at a much higher price, so I’ll be weighing up the benefits vs price of both.
Size:4.2 MB – 1,685 downloads
Zulqar Cheema from sonyvegas.co.uk tested a pre-release version and posted a review to YouTube (see below). He has kindly provided me with a few of the original camera files that demonstrate the low light and zoom performance, both of which look very good for a camera in this class.
These files are all 1080i50
Size:81.9 MB – 4,736 downloads
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