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Review of "Sony Handycam HDR-UX3E"

published 06/01/2012 | eddyfenton
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Pro High quality and great video, Shouldn't be expensive to buy these days.
Cons Should really be conisdered a 'point and shoot' model. Uses 8cm discs.
Ease of use
Range & quality of features
Recording quality
Picture quality

"A solid baby sister of the Sony HDR UX1"

The Sony HDR-UX3E

The Sony HDR-UX3E

If you read my Ciao review of the Sony HDR UX1 you'll understand I'm a fan of this range of camera.

However, there are big differences between the UX1 and this smaller unit, the UX3.

I bought the UX3 as a secondary camera as I got a great deal that was too good to leave. What I mean by 'secondary' camera is that when I'm shooting video - let's say a concert or a show - I'll quite often use multiple angles for editing later.

My main camera is used for the front shots and is always the model with the most features available, the side shots don't nessecery need to have as many features as long as they are comparable quality.

So, I use the Sony HDR UX3 in that way, offering another angle to the main camera.

Compared to the UX1 model, the UX3 has no mic or headphone connections, has a smaller 2.7inch LCD screen and does not have a manual control ring. It's still fairly heavy and quite large, but this is a better unit for a 'family' camera compared to the UX1.

In other words, it's lighter and smaller option that offer comparable performance but without the bells and whistles. All settings apart from zoom and standard operation buttons are controlled via the LCD touch screen. This can be a little tricky on a LCD of this size, but it's just about workable.

Overall, the build quality is good and the quality of video is excellent. It also records in surround sound.

Battery life is ok, but not as good as many other cameras' I've used. Buying a higher capacity or second battery is recommended.

Again, referring to my previous Sony HDR UX1 Ciao review, the following applies:

The biggest downside is that it doesn't have a hard drive like its sister model the SR1. I've been able to work with that by being happy to buy 8cm DVD discs. The cost is very low when you buy write once or re-writable discs, but they only have the capacity to record around 25minutes at decent HD quality.

The answer is to buy dual layer discs (DVD+R DL only) which can record up to around 45mins, but the cost increases significantly to around £2.50 - £3 per disc and they are not re-writable. Worryingly they are also getting harder to source and the price seems to be increasing.

If this isn't a problem, and you are on a tight budget, then this camera is a fair alternative to the better UX1 model, but just consider the limitations before you buy. It may be worth skipping this technology for a hard drive model as without many of the UX1's features that reasons to buy diminish without the extra features that the UX1 offers.

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Product Information : Sony Handycam HDR-UX3E

Manufacturer's product description

Sony's worldwide reputation for creating unique, attractive, high-quality, advanced technology products rests on a long line of innovations embraced by people from all walks of life. With a diverse product lineup serving a variety of lifestyles and industries, Sony continuously strives to introduce new products and technologies to meet changing market needs. PRODUCT FEATURES: 1080i High Definition recording on Disc (AVCHD Format); Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T; Up to 1 hour High Definition recording on a Disc with DVD+R DL (Dual Layer); ClearVid CMOS Sensor for optimum picture quality; x.v.Color mode for more vivid lively and true color.

Product Details

Product Description: Sony Handycam HDR-UX3E - camcorder - DVD, Sony Handycam HDR-UX3 - camcorder - DVD

Product Type: Camcorder - 1080i - widescreen

Media Type: DVD

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card

Sensor Resolution: 2.1 Mpix

Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 1.4 Mpix - Photo: 2.0 Mpix

Lens System: Carl Zeiss 10 x zoom lens - 5.1 - 51 mm - f/1.8-2.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Digital Zoom: 80 x

Image Stabiliser: Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: Electronic - colour - 16:9

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, S-Video, D4

Dimensions (WxDxH): 7.2 cm x 14.2 cm x 8.7 cm

Weight: 0.53 kg

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 10

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: ClearVid CMOS

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Size: 0.333333333333333

Recording Format: AVCHD

Manufacturer: Sony



Product Type: Camcorder - 1080i

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 2.1 Mpix

Effective Video Resolution: 1.4 Mpix

Effective Photo Resolution: 2.0 Mpix

Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution: 4.0 Mpix

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camcorder Media Type: DVD ( DVD-R (8cm), DVD-RW (8 cm), DVD+RW (8cm), DVD+R DL (8cm) )

Optical Sensor Type: ClearVid CMOS

Optical Sensor Size: 1/3"

Optical Zoom: 10 x

Digital Zoom: 80 x

Faders: White fader, black fader

Image Stabiliser: Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Digital Video Format: MPEG-2, AVCHD

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, S-Video, D4

Exposure & White Balance

Min Illumination: 0 lux

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Spotlight, landscape, portrait mode, twilight portrait, fireworks, twilight mode, candle, beach, snow, sunrise

Special Effects: Sepia, Pastel, Old Movie, monochrome

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Indoor, outdoor

Max Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 1/2 sec

Lens System

Type: Carl Zeiss 10 x zoom lens - 5.1 - 51 mm - f/1.8-2.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Filter Size: 37 mm

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 2.5 m

Additional Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Additional Features: USB 2.0 compatibility, touch-screen control, built-in speaker, demonstration mode, backlight compensation, auto power save, progressive shutter system, PictBridge support, accessories hot shoe, progressive scanning, Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording


Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Resolution: 123,200 pixels

Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9


Type: 2.7" LCD display

Resolution: 211,200 pixels

Display Features: Rotating


Microphone Operation Mode: Surround

Microphone Features: Wind noise reduction


Connector Type: 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x S-Video output ¦ 1 x USB ¦ 1 x component video output ¦ 1 x HDMI output

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Sony Picture Motion Browser


Included Accessories: Power adapter, USB cable, audio / video cable, IR remote control


Battery Type: Sony NP-FH60

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card

Supported Memory Cards: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo

Image Storage: JPEG 2304 x 1728 ¦ JPEG 2304 x 1296 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 7.2 cm

Depth: 14.2 cm

Height: 8.7 cm

Weight: 0.53 kg


Listed on Ciao since: 13/03/2007