Palm-sized camcorder with outstanding picture quality
The HXR-NX30 is an ultra-compact, palm-sized, professional NXCAM camcorder compatible with the latest full HD formats including 1080/50p video. It features a 26.0mm ultra wide-angle lens with 10x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 26-260mm) and a back-illuminated 1/2.88-inch type Exmor R CMOS sensor for outstanding versatility.
Like other NXCAM camcorders, it comes with the features professional users demand, including flexible timecode/user bit settings and XLR audio inputs for high reliability and high sound quality.
Advanced image stabilisation
One of the HXR-NX30E's biggest advantages is the Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization system. This allows the entire optical block, from the lens to the image sensor, to "float" and absorb movement from the body. The result is extremely effective image stabilization even when zooming in, something previously difficult to achieve, providing handheld shooting with a new level of image stability.
Built-in projector to view rushes
A built-in projector can project images up to 100 inches wide (when projecting 5m from a screen), enabling production crew to easily check the rushes at the end of the shoot.
Ultra wide-angle 26.0mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
The HXR-NX30E comes with a 26.0mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens that suppresses unwanted reflections to assure faithful colour reproduction. It also provides high contrast and high image quality with exceptional resolution from 26.0mm wide angle to 260mm telephoto (35mm equivalent). Thanks to the 6-blade iris diaphragm, you can enjoy an exceptionally realistic expression of natural light.
* The supplied step-down ring is required to mount conversion lenses. Conversion lenses cannot be mounted unless the supplied hood is removed. Also, be sure to set the conversion lens mode on the body before using. When using the Wide Conversion Lens setting, switch Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ off.
1/2.88-inch type Exmor R CMOS image sensor
Even when shooting dark scenes, the back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor provides high sensitivity and low noise that are hard to believe from such a compact unit. What is more, using a 1/2.88-inch type sensor with an aspect ratio of 16:9 is ideal for wide-angle shooting. This lets you record images with even higher definition.
Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization system
The innovative Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization system eliminates the influence of vibrations from the body by enclosing the entire optical block, from the lens to the image sensor, in a “floating” space. Combined with electronic image stabilization that compensates for rotation around the optical axis, this new system provides powerful image stabilization even when shooting whilst zooming, which was previously difficult to achieve. So now you can record stable images with minimal blur, every time.
To optimize the effect of Balanced Optical SteadyShot™, the HXR-NX30E features a FIXED SHOT mode. Press a button and this expands the movable range of the optical block to keep you locked on your subject. This is particularly convenient when you want to maintain the same shooting angle for an extended period.
Full HD video capture and still image recording
The HXR-NX30E allows you to shoot at 50fps progressive (1080/50p) with 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution. Using a 25p timeline setting with AVCHD 2.0 compatible NLE software enables conversion to smooth slow-motion images up to 2x slower. You can also select 1080/50i/25p, 1280x720 50p and PAL.
Simultaneous recording of still images while shooting video is another feature of the HXR-NX30E. It is possible to shoot high quality images with a resolution as high as 24.1M (16:9 / 6544 x 3680, 4:3 / 4912 x 3680).
Embedded Flash memory and Memory Stick PRO Duo/ SD multi card slot
The built-in 96GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 30 hours of high definition video footage in HD LP mode with Dolby Digital audio mode. And there is an amulet-card slot that lets you record video images on Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD cards, giving you a range of options in your choice of recording media. You can also use these readily available cards to copy data from internal memory.
XLR audio inputs and ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone records Linear PCM audio
Two balanced XLR audio inputs are built-in with phantom power and attenuation options that professional users require for clean sound quality. Default audio settings for XLR recording are highlighted in green for easy reference in the field in order to reduce operator error under difficult lighting conditions.
The ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone mounted on top of the ergonomic handle provides audio recording performance similar to larger shoulder-mounted ENG style cameras.
The HXR-NX30E is also able to record high-quality 48kHz/16 bit Linear PCM audio.
Timecode/user bit recording and HDMI embedded timecode output
The HXR-NX30E features the important professional camcorder functions of timecode and user bit settings. Like other NXCAM camcorders, the HXR-NX30E allows timecode to be centrally reset using an infrared remote control for easy synchronization of video from multiple cameras*. Using NLE software, live footage shot with multiple NXCAM camcorders can be efficiently edited with timecode sync. Timecodes and user bits can also be output through an HDMI jack.
* Does not completely synchronize the operations of multiple cameras.
Built-in light offers auxiliary light source for video or flash for still image capture
You can use this built-in light as a flash when shooting still images or as an auxiliary light source when recording video. Using the NightShot mode is particularly effective when recording in low-light conditions and allows you to capture otherwise impossible shots.
Built-in projector to view rushes
A built-in projector can project images up to 100 inches wide (when projecting 5m from a screen, 40 inches wide when projecting 2m from a screen). Large-screen projection of images enables all the staff involved to check the rushes at the end of the shoot and reduces the need for an external display.