Sony HXR-NX30U Palm-Sized HD Camcorder Announced for June

If the $10,000 FS700 Sony camcorder is a little too pricey, you might want to check out the HXR-NX30U palm-sized HD camcorder which is also arriving in June from Sony. The $2,500 camcorder utilizes Sony's breakthrough Balanced Optical SteadyShot technology, which aims to cut down on camera shake while filming from mosh pits or other challenging situations. It's also one of the lightest professional camcorders on the market.

Palm-Sized NXCAM HD Camcorder

"Conventional image stabilization systems typically 'float' an individual lens element with a motor drive to compensate for camera shake," explains Chiyoko Yannette, marketing manager at Sony Electronics' Professional Solutions of America group. "Balanced Optical SteadyShot combines the entire lens and image sensor assembly into one floating element that moves as a unit to reduce the shaking effect caused by normal motion during shooting."

The HXR-NX30 features a built-in projector, a detachable XLR unit, professional-quality audio and it records at full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution. It also offers 96 gigabytes of internal memory (approximately 40 hours of HD content), and the built-in video projector lets users play back images for reviewing footage in the field.

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