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Sony HDRFX1000 High Definition MiniDV Handycam Camcorder

by Sony
14 customer reviews
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  • Experience high-quality, film-like motion with 24p progressive scan mode
  • CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Color give your footage a film-like aesthetic
  • Features three 1/3-inch ClearVid CMOS image sensors with Exmor derived technology
  • Includes a 29.5mm wide-angle to 590mm telephoto G-lens with 20X optical zoom
  • Also comes with 3.2-inch Xtra Fine LCD and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
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The Sony HDRFX1000 Handycam camcorder delivers HD broadcast-quality moving images. With 24p Progressive Scan Mode, the HDRFX1000's high-quality film-like motion lets you realize brilliant scene reproduction. CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Color provide the HDRFX1000 with the color and gamma range to give your footage an even more film-like feel. Three 1/3" ClearVid CMOS image sensors with Exmor derived technology capture sharp, detailed images even in lower-light (1.5 LUX) situations. The 29.5mm Wide-Angle to 590mm Telephoto G-Lens allows for wider angle shooting and brings the action closer (20x Optical). Three built-in neutral density filters and three manual rings provide even more flexibility.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 10 inches ; 10 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.3 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001G609CQ
  • Item model number: HDRFX1000
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,395 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at November 24, 2003

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Sadovnikov on March 10, 2009
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I purchaized FX1000 form Amazon two months ago to videotape theatrical performances at home. I have chosen it because of good low light specification (1.5Lux) and made the right choice. With correct manual settings (most important - maximum gain <15dB) it produces excellent picture for poorly lit scenes as well as for scenes under artificial (pure red, blue, green) lightling. Low-light noise is slightly worse than for VX2100 that is known champion for such conditions (1.0Lux). However, resolution is much better than for VX2100: I can hardly see pixelization or any artifacts on 6ft x 4ft screen (using Sony HD projector).
The only drawback is very small menu wheel that is difficult to use (much worse than in VX2100).
Otherwise, after 30h of videotaping in very demanding conditions it works wery well. Definitely this is not point-and-shoot camera. It has tons of knobs and switches (nicley described in the manual) and you have to invest some time and patience to get amazing results.
Although this is my first HD camera (I owned Sony VX2100 for 2.5 years) and I have nothing to compare it with, I give it 5 stars because I do not see any serious drawbacks.
August 2010 addition: Now I own it for 17 months, have taped ~60h of video and camera works great.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Corey A. Leigh on February 22, 2009
This camera is fantastic, especially given its price range. The lowlight, with manual settings, is fantastic. The picture quality is awesome as well. The largest negative is the location of the hot-shoe in relation to the lcd screen. If you have a mic (a must) or light or whatever, it blocks your ability to close or open the LCD. Otherwise, this is a camera to surpass the Canon XH-A1, which has previously been top of the class at this price point in HDV 3-chip cameras.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Theodore Trinkaus on December 2, 2009
Having had this camera for only a few days, this review is somewhat preliminary but I have owned a couple of Sony cameras (TRV900 and FX2100)and my first impressions are generally good.
First of all, it feels good in your hand and the unit feels solid. The hi res lcd screen is great, I just wish they'd make it as big and bright like the 3.5" on the TRV900. The lens is great with a nice wide angle of view, but it does have a bit of barrel distortion. The tele-extender does not have a smooth transition from optical to digital like most zooms, it's a tele-extender on the lens, making it more of a telephoto zoom. I was surprised by this design, it seems a digital zoom beyond the regular optical one would be better since it would give you a continuous 30x zooming range.

The left side of the camera is cluttered, more so than it needs to be. I think Sony sometimes changes things that don't need changing, like moving the scrolling wheel to the side where it's lost in a maze of buttons. This may sound nit picky, but when you're in the field shooting you want simplicity. The less you have to think about the controls, the more you can concentrate on composing. I do like the iris ring on the lens barrel(one less reason to try to find that scroll wheel!). The built in mike actually sounds pretty good but a Rode Video Mike or similiar would probably be worth it.

I played with the "cinematone" stuff and the jury's still out for me. Video does not look like film. I've seen too many cameras with 24p, 30p, Progressive scan, etc that just looked like jerky video, not film. I think it can be a useful feature but it doesn't turn your footage into "instant film". Anytime I've tried to make my footage look like film, I've had to do each scene in post, separately.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rosevelt Noble on January 13, 2009
I previously purchased the Sony HDR-FX1 a couple of years ago and when it was time to purchase a second camera to add to my growing video company, I bought the HDR-FX1000 since it was advertised as a better version of the FX1. The very first thing I shot with this camera was an indoor awards ceremony where the lights in the auditorium were pretty dim. I shot this event with both cameras. Because the FX1000 has a lower lux rating I expected this camera to be able to give better and brighter images in the low light conditions. In fact, the footage from the FX1 looked MUCH better. While the FX1000 image was brighter, this increase in brightness came with a tremendous increase in the amount of "grain" in the image. The FX1 image was a slight bit darker but the image was significantly cleaner. Given the trade off, I decided that the cleaner image in the long run was more important for me and returned the FX1000 for another FX1.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Oppenhuizen on May 23, 2010
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For the most part, this camera is easy to figure out coming from using a Sony VX 2100 to this. But, my problem with it so far is that it sounds faintly like a coffee maker in record mode, and gets louder the longer it is recording.

The first one that was sent to my house was so loud that I returned it in exchange for a new one. This one is not quite as loud, but still does sound somewhat like a coffee maker especially after 5 minutes of recording. At first, you can only hear it up to your ear. Then, after a few minutes, you can be 2 feet away from the camera and hear it.

So far, that is my only complaint. I have only shot one wedding with it so far and have not edited the footage to see the difference in picture quality yet.
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