The HXR-NX5E is Sony's first professional AVCHD camcorder. It can record stunning quality 1920 x 1080 images at 24Mbps (50i or 25p), as well as supporting 720/50p and Standard Definition recording. Operational flexibility is further enhanced by support for dual media. The primary recording media is Memory Stick Pro consumer memory cards, which are affordable, readily available worldwide and subject to continuous development. There is also an all-new optional 128Gb Flash Memory Unit which offers 11 hours recording time at 24Mbps.
The NXCAM benefits from the exceptional optical performance of Sony's "G Lens". This sophisticated lens incorporates Sony's unique optical technology and unparalleled quality control. Moreover, it's been optimised to perfectly complement the advanced image sensor and image-processing technology, thus expanding your shooting possibilities.
Newly designed focus, zoom and iris control functions provide convenient lens operation. The iris ring, located next to the zoom ring as with traditional professional lenses, allows users to adjust exposure with great precision. The zoom function is variable and can be controlled by using the lens barrel ring, the lever at the lens grip or lever on the camera handle. Additionally, once you select the high-speed zoom mode, you can zoom from wide to telephoto 1.5x faster than with the HVR-V1E.
The NXCAM also provides 3 built-in ND (Neutral Density) filters and allows the use of an optional 0.8x wide conversion lens.
The newly developed 1/3-inch type Exmor CMOS Sensor system with ClearVid array has 45-degree rotated pixels on each chip in order to increase the signal density, while each pixel maintains sufficient surface area.
In combination with Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP), the Exmor CMOS Sensor system achieves high resolution, high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, and excellent colour reproduction. The pixel shift interpolation technique has been traditionally used in small 3CCD camcorders. However, it normally requires the combination of all three colour element (RGB) signals to maximise resolution. If an object lacks one or more colour elements, the resolution of the object may be degraded.
The Exmor CMOS Sensor system with ClearVid array is different be cause it can always produce maximum resolution, regardless of the balance between colour elements, thanks to its unique and sophisticated interpolation technology.
Exmor technology, which utilises the full potential of the CMOS Sensor system. Exmor features the column-parallel A/D conversion technique and the dual noise cancelling method also used in the Sony's top-of-the-line models.
Multiple A/D (analogue to digital) converters on each pixel row convert analogue signals to digital as soon as they are generated, unlike traditional technology that only has one A/D converter on each chip.
Exmor technology can eliminate the influence of external noise that enters the signal chain during transfer to the A/D converter, resulting in high-quality digital signals with extremely low noise. This significantly enhances shooting in low-light environments.
By adopting this groundbreaking technology, the new 1/3-inch Exmor CMOS Sensor system enables the NXCAM to achieve a low light sensitivity of just 1.5 lux*
* At 1/25 shutter, auto iris and auto gain.
The NXCAM will be able to utilise the innovative AVCHD format to record at a variety of bit rates and interlace or progressive depending on requirement. Recording up to 24Mbps 1920 x 1080 50i or 25p. 720/50P recording is also possible. SD recording is also possible using the MPEG-2 codec at 9Mbps, similar to DVD quality. Audio is recorded in AVCHD modes in full 2-channel linear PCM audio.
The initial NXCAM product will feature an all new Active SteadyShot offering 6.6 x more stabilisation at the wide end of the lens than the conventional SteadyShot. This stabilisation is effective for many hand-held shooting situations where the operator needs to move with a subject or is carrying out handheld shooting for a long period of time.
The NXCAM features a GPS function which embeds GPS metadata when recording. Time and location is recorded and can be displayed on playback. This function is useful for locating footage for specific geographical locations from the archive, else for displaying the location graphically on a third-party mapping software.
HD-SDI output is available for use with other HD-SDI infrastructure such as picture monitoring.
Uncompressed digital HD video and audio signals are output from the HDMI connector. You can see stunning HD images on an HDMI-compatible monitor display. During shooting, a pre-compressed 1920x1080i/4:2:2 signal is output from the HDMI connector.
A 3.2-inch type XtraFine LCD is located on the NXCAM in the same position as on the HVR-Z5E. With approximately 921,000 pixels, this is 4x greater than the LCD of the HVR-Z1E. The XtraFine LCD displays virtually 100% of the recorded picture area at 6500K colour temperature.
The 0.45 inch type XtraFine EVF (Electronic View Finder) has approximately 1,227,000 pixels (852x3[RGB] x 480). This device has three independent LEDs for Red, Green, and Blue colours. This technology allows users to monitor objects with remarkable colour reproduction accuracy and high resolution*. The EVF has a selectable display mode between Colour or Black and White. The Xtra Fine EVF displays virtually 100% of the picture area at 6500K colour temperature.
* When the camcorder is panned quickly or when an object in the screen moves quickly, the primary colours of R/G/B may be seen on the object in the EVF momentarily.
The NXCAM uses the same NP-F970/B batteries as the HVR-Z5E, HVR-Z1E, HVR-V1E, and DSR-PD170P, so you can use your existing chargers and batteries.
A one-touch clip-type microphone holder makes it easy to attach and remove the microphone for quick setup/storage.
All NXCAM Camcorders come supplied with a 2-year PrimeSupport contract which offers unique extra services and benefits for added peace of mind.