Sony Bolsters NXCAM Line With New HXR-NX5R Camcorder, Remote Controller, and All-in-One Switcher
Sony is expanding its NXCAM line of professional HD camcorders with the new HXR-NX5R professional compact camcorder, delivering a range of enhancements over its predecessor models. The new camcorder offers upgraded network functions and a choice of advanced XAVC-S 50Mbps or established AVCHD/DV recording formats to help users meet diverse workflows and client requirements.
The addition of a 3G-SDI terminal supports Full HD 60p output, and the HXR-NX5R features easy-to-use direct functions and a responsive joystick, making it easier to access key camera functions without entering the menu, combined with a wide viewing angle and high contrast OLED viewfinder for image monitoring.
“The HXR-NX5R’s flexible operations, file transfer options and easy-to-use features are designed for professionals who need to quickly and easily shoot, edit and deliver high-quality content,” says Sebastian Scala, Pro Video Marketing Manager for Sony’s Professional Solutions Americas group. “It’s ideal for corporate or event/wedding production, newsgathering, documentaries, online content creation, nature, sports and more.”
Users can take advantage of the camcorder’s advanced network functions, such as built-in Wi-Fi and FTP wireless connections. Compatibility with Sony’s Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe avoids cabling with easy integration between the HXR-NX5R and Sony’s UWP-D series wireless microphones without need for cables.
The HXR-NX5R also includes the industry’s first adjustable brightness LED video light to minimize the need for external lighting equipment. The camcorder’s advanced digital signal processor (DSP) deliversadvanced noise reduction and sharp detail reproduction.
Simultaneous backup recording through dual SD card slots adds increased reliability and adaptability in challenging live event environments.
The camcorder’s three 1/2.8-type Full HD Exmor CMOS sensors produces high-quality color imagery and high sensitivity, and 40x Clear Image Zoom function to double the optical zoom without losing image quality.
New Remote Controller and All-in-One Switcher
Complementing the HXR-NX5R is a new compact multi-function remote commander – model RM-30BP. Ideal for freelancers and small-budget productions, the lightweight remote can be handheld, placed on a table or attached to a tripod arm for operation. The RM-30BP can control most camera functions including:
- Lens control: one push auto / manual focus, iris and zoom control
- Camera control: recording / display functions, shutter speed, white balance – including six assignable buttons
- Playback and multi camera control (up to 3 cameras)
The new remote can connect to the new MCX-500 for multi camera control directly from the switcher, and is compatible with the new HXR-NX5R and PXW-FS7 v4.0, with plans to introduce compatibility for other Sony camcorders.
The new MCX-500 is an all-in-one switcher system ideal for live events or corporate productions, anddesigned to work alongside the NX5R and the RM-30BP for multi-camera operation. The MCX-500 sends PGM/PVW tally signals to each HXR-NX5R. This feature allows operators to know which camera is selected for live, allowing content creators to handle projects that previously would have required more assistants or a larger team.
The following is planned availability for the new products: HXR-NX5R in September 2016, RM-30BP in October 2016, and MCX-500 in January 2017.