March 23, 2011
Sony's weather-proof HXR-NX70
“Filmmakers and journalists will travel to some of the most remote and dangerous locations in pursuit of a story. We wanted to respond with a camcorder that, like them, can stand up to the rigours of the world’s most challenging conditions," said Bill Drummond, Strategic Marketing Manager, Sony Professional.
The NX70 is "a robust ultra-compact camcorder that allows them to not only capture footage in any conditions, but also store it on a 96GB internal memory. When you are miles from anywhere, you don’t want to be worrying about having to find an extra memory card.” There is also a combined SD/Memory Stick card slot.
The main unit of the NX70 has been proven to reach dust-proof and rain-proof performance requirements specified by IEC60529 IP54. Sudden rain or dust will not affect its operation.
Sony HDR-CX700 consumer camera, and incorporates a 1/2.88-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor claimed to deliver "superior quality low-light footage." It has manual controls plus such features as CinemaTone for deeper, more film-like colour tones, as well as an infrared light for shooting in low- or no-light conditions.
It has a reasonably wide-angle f1.8 Sony G 10x zoom lens (26.3mm to 263mm as a 35mm equivalent) and optical SteadyShot image stabilisation with Active Mode to compensate for greater camera shake than before. It also has GPS.
It has a demountable handle incorporating an audio pod (two XLR Line/Mic inputs with selectable Phantom power). However, the audio pod is not weather proof.
The HXR-NX70E will be available in June, and should cost about €3,100/$3,200.
By David Fox