When I saw the specs of the Sony HXR NX70 I immediately thought of Steve Backshall and the BBCs Deadly 60s television show, this would be a perfect camcorder for all the wind, rain and dust that must accompany trips to Africa etc.
I am excited about this camcorder as it is the professional upgrade to the MC-50 we have all been waiting for, stringers will also upgrade to this camcorder it’s perfect for standing outside High Courts in the dripping wet rain. The inclusion of the XLR and full audio control will make my life a lot easier when producing interviews for my blog. I can use my Pro balanced short shotgun mics from RODE and Sennheiser without worrying about the 3.5mm plug getting pulled out.
Audio is a big deal to me as I used to work in a local radio station, Radio Clyde and the tech boys taught me how to edit tape and one of the engineers, Gerry, taught me about the importance of using the correct mic for the job. I have had to put up with inferior cables and connectors using the Sony 550 along side the Sony MC-50 but the pictures more than make up for any audio short comings.
I have become a major fan of camcorders that look small but produce pictures almost as good as any shoulder mount camcorder, the Sony MC-50 started the ball rolling it’s a great wee tool, especially for blogging, I hope my pal Rick Young is reading this and seriously decides to ditch his Sony EX-1 in favour of the new NX70.
Rick from MacVideo travels all over the place and knows only too well that weight matters when it comes to planes the NX70 might just be the job for him plus the EX-1 will suffer from RED RED, turning some types of black a muddy brown, this was only fixed half way through the run of EX-3s and does not occur in EX1Rs.
Lastly we have MANUAL GAIN, a feature badly missing from the MC-50, admittedly, due to space, it has been assigned to the menu but thankfully it’s part of the feature set. One other major feature of this wee camcorder is the ability to film at 1080 50P…this is a big leap forward and if you are editing with Sony Vegas 10 or Edius then 1080 50P is part of your software package and I hope Final Cut Pro 8 will edit 1080 50P also.
Sony will get a demo camera to me as soon as they are available and I can’t wait…SDHC cards and Sony “V” batteries are all you need to get you started, fortunately if you own the MC-50 you have both !