Sony continues to raise the bar with the introduction of its rain- and dust-proof HXR-NX70U NXCAM Compact Camcorder.
This rugged little trouper is the perfect companion for those tough
location shoots where weather and climate cause lesser cameras to buckle
and fold. Meeting stringent dustproof and rainproof requirements, the
NX70U's sealed body keeps out all but the toughest of elements, making
it ideal for documentary and news videographers traveling to far-flung,
But beneath the NX70U's weatherproofing is a first-class performer that
hits all the professional sweet spots. Its back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS
sensor combines with an ultra wide 26.3-263mm Sony G lens and Optical
SteadyShot to provide outstanding full HD 1080p images even in low
light. The Dual Rec function, meanwhile, lets you shoot 12.3MP stills
while recording video, all of which can be captured to the unit's
spacious 96GB embedded flash memory or your choice of Memory Stick or
And just because the NX70U is small doesn't mean it stints on
professional features and controls. An assignable lens ring gives you
manual control over focus, zoom, or iris, while the detachable handle
with dual XLR inputs--and an on-camera shotgun mic--provides the option
of recording 2-channel audio using high-end external microphones.
Helping you nail focus and exposure are the zebra and peaking
indicators, which can be viewed through either the large viewfinder or
high-resolution 3.5" touchscreen LCD.
Documentarians in particular will find the built-in GPS receiver useful,
as it allows you to "tag" your locations for logging and future
reference, with all GPS data extractable to a PC and mappable via
Google's mapping service. And if achieving a more cinematic look is your
thing, then the camera offers 24p recording to supplement its standard
60p, along with CinemaTone technology to provide realistic, film-like
skin tones to your footage.
So step outside, grit your teeth against the rain and sand, and hit
Record: the NX70U will capture the scene and live to tell the tale.
- Rain- and Dust-Proof Performance
- You can be confident rainy or dusty shooting environments will
not affect the reliable operation of the HXR-NX70 thanks to its IEC60529
IP54 rating. The camcorder's sealed body design makes sure that harmful
sand and large dust particles do not get inside.
A waterproof performance rating of IPx4 means that the main camera
body is protected against rain showers and water splashes. However, it
should not be submerged underwater or sprayed with pressurized water
from a tap or hose. When used with accessories such as an external
microphone, a rain cover should be used to protect the accessory and
connection. IP5x rating does not guarantee 100% protection against
exposure to extremely fine particles.
- Ultra Wide Angle 26.3mm G lens
- Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses
deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly
detailed images. In addition, the 26.3mm focal length offers a broader
perspective than previous lenses for enhanced wide angle shooting so you
can capture more of the scene when close in.
- Assignable Lens Ring (Focus/Zoom/Iris)
- Get the most out of your camcorder with enhanced manual
controls. The assignable lens ring allows for manual adjustment of
focus, iris, and zoom settings so you have complete creative control.
- Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode
- Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode provides
superior compensation for camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth
video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, the
innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling feature adds electronic roll stability
for even smoother video capture.
- Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
- Journalists rarely shoot under studio lighting conditions and
Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers stunning lowlight
sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain.
Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor R sensor
relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the
light-gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in
lowlight conditions. The sensitivity is roughly double that of
conventional CMOS sensors of the same size and pixel size.
- 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60/24p Recording & 12.3MP Still Images
- The compact HXR-NX70 shoots in full high-definition quality
(1920 x 1080) with a choice of 60p, 60i and 24p frame rates. It can also
simultaneously shoot 12.3-megapixel (4672 x 2628) still images. It also
supports playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV, for complete
flexibility in reviewing your footage.
- 96GB Embedded Flash Memory for Up to 40 hours of HD Recording
- Built-in flash memory provides extra capacity, ideal when
working remotely, as well as providing additional workflow options for
backup and sharing content. 96GB embedded flash memory can record and
store up to 40 hours of high definition video footage in HD LP mode.
- 3.5" Touchscreen XtraFine LCD display (921K)
- The large 3.5" (16:9) XtraFine LCD screen (921K) displays sharp,
bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily and alter
settings to best represent the scene, even when outdoors in bright
- XLR Adapter with Selectable Phantom Power + Shotgun Mic
- The detachable handle has a compact, ergonomic design. Two
balanced XLR audio inputs are built in with phantom power and
attenuation options that professional shooters 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 handle
provides audio recording performance similar to larger shoulder-mounted
ENG style cameras.
- Geotagging with Built-in GPS Receiver
- A built-in GPS receiver makes the HXR-NX70 an ideal choice for
professional videographers. The receiver gives you the ability to
"geo-tag" shooting locations--making it easy if you need to return to
the same location or create a log when surveying remote locations. Your
locations can be tracked on Google maps and all GPS data can be
extracted with a PC.
Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's
clock to the proper time zone when international travel is part of your
- Direct Copy to External HDD without PC
- Store content or back up important shots by copying footage
directly from your camcorder to an external hard disk drive (sold
separately) without using a computer. The HXR-NX70 can also access
videos stored on an external hard drive for playback on HDTV, allowing
you to utilize the camcorder's handy playback features.
Note: Direct Copy is compatible with USB media that meets the
following requirements: USB 2.0 or higher and formatted in FAT32 file
system. It is recommended that external HDD is AC powered. The HXR-NX70
must be connected to AC power when using Direct Copy. VMC-UAM1 cable is
supplied to connect HXR-NX70 with USB media, however connection via USB
hub is not supported. There may be cases when USB media is not
compatible with the Direct Copy function.