Because of the video capabilities of high-end DSLR’s, we rarely hear about compact, pro-level video cameras. However, earlier today, Sony announced their new NXCAM HXR-NX30J camcorder – and it can do a bit more than just shoot professional quality video.
Granted, the camera is professional-grade in all of the places you would expect it to be: It boasts a 1/2.88 CMOS sensor capable of recording 1080p video at 60fps, uses a Carl Zeiss-manufactured 26mm wide-angle lens with 10x optical zoom, and offers 96GB of internal storage with additional slots for both SDXC and Memory Stick Pro Duo cards to boot. That paired with Sony’s “Balanced Optical Steadyshot” technology make it a formidable camcorder in its own right.
But the most impressive feature of the camera has nothing to do with its video or even its audio capability (the NX30J comes equipped with an XLR input for professional grade microphones). It has to do with the video it can dish out – by way of a projector made to project an image of up to 100in.
If any of these features have you considering relegating your DSLR to still-shots only, then you only have a few more months to wait. The NXCAM HXR-NX30J will be released on June 7th, and will MSRP for around $2,650 USD.