Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


Yesterday Susan and I took a trip to the heart of Edinburgh to produce a video review of the new Sony HXR-NX3D1 camcorder at the Edinburgh Fringe. The weather was kind to us though some of my shots were on the windy side filming at the top of Calton Hill which is a magnet for video producers and TV stations whenever there is a news story from Edinburgh.

We walked the length and breadth of the Royal Mile in order to show off this exceptional 3D camcorder. Now we all know I can’t show you the 3D results so we went back again using the camcorder in 2D mode.

I bumped into two chaps using DigiBeta who were filming for the tourist board and I caught a last glimpse of the cameraman inserting a DigiBeta tape, this will indeed be archive footage as slowly DigiBeta is being phased out in favour of HD footage.

I was completely at home with the new 3D camcorder from Sony and I love the “live” 3D LCD, this is indeed a bonus when filming 3D work, I do not understand why anyone would choose those cumbersome 3D rigs over dedicated camcorders like this one. I was getting great fly on the wall footage that is not possible using a 3D rig.

EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT…As I was ingesting the footage this morning I got a major surprise…one that will make you all re-think 3D as a filming platform but you will have to wait till my video review to reveal the Sony NX3Ds inner most secret. 

I will be putting together my review this week and you can learn what I like and dislike using the Sony NX3D1 camcorder.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

3 thoughts on “Reviewing the Sony HXR-NX3D1 £2939

  1. Good to see you’re reviewing this camcorder. I’m actually worrying about manual controls, especially aperture control, as TD10 has very limited manual control in 3D mode. Looking forward on your review.

  2. How does the zoom control rocker switch on that camera compare to the NX70. They look essentially the same camera body?

  3. Can you inform me concerning color noise and artifacts? I think it is same as for Sony TD10. But it is absolutly not pro quality.

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