Sony NX70U

It's Fall 2011 and Sony at last is whole-heartedly embracing progressive video throughout its camcorder line, including the brand-new professional-grade NX70U, which utilizes the all-new and long-awaited 1080-60p AVCHD spec, recording full HD video at 28Mbps. A quick glance at the compact NX70U reveals a wealth of features seemingly ideal for documentary (and backcountry) videography (more...)

— September 5, 2011

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Brian October 18, 2011 at 7:11 am

The NX70U does NOT natively record in 1080 30p, just to clarify. If you want 30p footage, shoot in 60i then output to 30 in post.

Andy October 18, 2011 at 7:55 am

Brian, thanks for the correction! Note that the best way to get 30p is to start with 60p shot at 1/60 sec shutter, and then discard every other frame. Sony Vegas Pro does the job very easily...

Edwin February 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm

It is almost March 2012, and I almost bought this camera. However, after reading this article, I think the best thing is to ask: what would be recommended for a camera in this class? I am looking to purchase one. Thanks

Andy February 5, 2012 at 6:52 am

Edwin, there is a new 3-chip compact JVC that might be worth a look. If you can stand to wait, undoubtedly Canon will release something similar--and hopefully less problematic. At this time, I have little hope that Sony will release a meaningful firmware update.

Marijke September 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm

It's more than a year later and what camera would you recommend now? In the same category and also easy to carry?

Andy September 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Marjike, a lot of people are turning to DSLRs for video, with the D800 and 5D Mark III leading the way. If you can meet the price point, the Sony FS100 looks very interesting to me--but it's more of a filmmaking tool than a camcorder.

For compact pro-grade camcorders, I have to say nothing clearly surpasses the NX70U right now. Sony's new NX30U has a Zeiss Lens and slightly better picture quality, but (I believe) minimal manual controls/modes.

I'd love to see a revamped NX70U with a Zeiss lens, but for now there's nothing like that on the horizon. They did finally get the firmware push out, but reportedly the zoom control issue remains.