This has been a camcorder that has attracted a lot of followers over the last year mainly through word of mouth. The Sony HXR-NX30 seems to have been a direct replacement for the very popular HXR-MC50.
I once again was never given a chance by Sony to review this camcorder so I can’t give you my personal thoughts on it but I do have a colleague who bought one and has been delighted with it.
Sean ” I bought this camera to compliment my HXR-NX70 but have found many of the features so useful that it’s been my main camcorder over the last 6 months. I film weddings and live parties and the NX30 has been a great investment especially for the live events.
The lens is mounted within a gyroscope, which affords unbelievable image stabilisation, way beyond the MC50 and I thought the MC50 was good, the floating lens is a dream to use, especially in a live event where you are moving all over the floor filming people having a good time and your pictures are projected onto a large screen.
I love the 1080 50p mode filming at 28Mbps this is taken into Premiere Pro CS6 and looks fantastic, the other feature I really like is the wee projector, I thought this was a bit of a gimmick as first till I tried it out on a job and the client wanted to view the rushes, on a white wall the footage looked great and stopped the need for a crowd of us huddled around the LCD.”
The camera performs very like the NX70 in many ways but stops short when it comes to dual recording it’s the single feature that Sean wants Sony to update in a future FW as it’s a feature he sadly misses off the camera.
Sean “AVCHD by nature can be a bit hit or miss and not having an automatic back up with dual recording is a real negative feature that I would like Sony to address”
I was a bit negative towards this camcorder when it first came out but Sean has convinced me otherwise, after all he bought one and uses it more than his NX70 and that’s got to tell you something.
Listening to other peoples accounts this camera certainly pulls in a punch when it comes to stabilisation and the fact it has a full XLR rig on board gives this camera a far better score than I was expecting… 4 out of 6
At £1,650 you really can’t complain at the price either this is a Cinderella camera that has already gone to the ball !