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This item: Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom
Sony NEX-VG30H Handycam B0097CXFJU
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|Optical Zoom||10 multiplier x||11.1 multiplier x||20 multiplier x||20 multiplier x|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080i||1920 x 1080||1080 x 720||1080P|
|Display Size||2.7 inches||3 inches||3.5 inches||3.5 inches|
|Dimensions||x x||8.5 inches x 12.4 inches x 6.6 inches||10 inches x 12 inches x 10 inches||7.1 inches x 9.1 inches x 5.2 inches|
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Not yet ready for HD? The HVR-A1U can convert material from 1080i down to 480i and output this digital video signal through its i.LINK interface or as analog signals through component, composite, or S-video connectors. When down-converting these signals, the aspect ratio displayed can be converted from 16:9 to 4:3, and display modes can be selected from squeeze, letterbox or edge crop.
1/3-inch Type, 2.97-megapixel CMOS sensor
The HVR-A1U incorporates one 1/3-inch type primary color CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) 2.97-megapixel sensor with a formatted for a 4:3 aspect ratio. The advantage of a CMOS sensor over CCD is it's ability to process a large volume of picture data at a very small size, which makes it possible for a camera this size to capture HD video. The trade off for this kind of chip over CCD, however, is a small loss in picture uniformity and dynamic range.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 10x optical zoom lens
The HVR-A1U is equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* high definition lens with a 10x zoom function. It has the same optical coating as is used on all of the Carl Zeiss prime lenses, which produces sharp, high-contrast images with virtually no chromatic aberration.
In order to facilitate zoom control and recording operation during low-angle shooting, an additional zoom lever has been added to the camera body. There's also a zoom/focus ring located on the lens body that allows for fine adjustments in zoom position. Furthermore, the supplied wireless Remote Commander unit can be used for external control.
Large, 16:9 widescreen color viewfinder and LCD monitor
View your subject through the built-in viewfinder, the swing-out LCD display, or both. The HVR-A1U features a 0.44-inch type color LCD viewfinder and a 2.7-inch color LCD monitor, both in a 16:9 aspect ratio. You'll save battery time by using just one, but you may want to use one for adjusting focus and the other for monitoring audio levels. When eschewing auto focus for the fine-tuning manual focus, you can double the magnification at the center of the screen, making it easier to confirm focus settings during manual focusing. Also, the camera's "peaking" function can provide sharp outlines on the monitor to help with manual focus.
Electronic Super SteadyShot system
Sony's electronic Super SteadyShot System helps remove the slight hand jitter and vibration that is often the bane of video production--especially during telephoto shots. It does this by trimming off edges of the frame on the fly to counteract movement.
The Hollywood look
The HVR-A1U has features that can make your videos look more like they were shot on film. Cinematone Gamma allows operators to quickly setup and load a gamma curve with similar contrast characteristics to a film gamma curve. The Cineframe feature allows movement to be reproduced at 24 frames per second--the speed of film--as opposed to video's 30 frames per second standard.
No new tape stock
The HVR-A1U is compatible with conventional DV tape stock, but Sony recommends the use of DigitalMaster PHDVM-63DM tape, with its dual layer of magnetic material, which delivers higher RF output, lower noise, 95% fewer errors and 60% fewer dropouts compared to regular DV tape.
More camera features
|·Assign button -- get quick access to a variety of settings||·Time Code Preset -- fill in any timecode starting value|
|·Shot Transition -- creates smooth automatic transitions between scenes||·Color Bar -- Two types|
|·Status Check -- displays camera setting menus for audio, output signal, assign button and exposure lever functions and hours meter on the LCD monitor||·Zebra -- displays a striped pattern in the LCD monitor and viewfinder across highlight areas, helping manual exposure settings|
|·Quick REC -- shortens the record interval from stop mode.||·Personal Menu -- allows operators to customize the setting menu|
|·Battery Info -- displays the attached battery's current charge level and its current remaining recording time on the LCD monitor||·Histogram Indicator -- allows you to easily evaluate the brightness of your scene|
|·Super Night Shot -- allows operators to capture images in black and white using a built-in infrared light||·Skin Tone Detail -- reduces detailed signal for skin color, smoothening the reproduction of human skin|
|·Black Stretch -- allows more contrast to be seen in dark parts of the picture without affecting mid-tones||·Backlight Compensation -- produces natural tones for both light and dark areas of backlit subject|
What's in the box
HVR-A1U camera, AC-L15 AC adaptor, power code, NP-FM50 InfoLithium rechargeable battery pack, lens hood with lens cover, RMT-831 wireless Remote Commander unit, A/V connecting cable with S video, component video cable, USB cable, Memory Stick Duo (16 MB), Memory Stick Duo adaptor, ECM-NV1 monaural electret condenser microphone, XLR audio adaptor, shoulder strap, and operating instructions.
This is a great starter cam for anyone looking to get into the video business.
Having xlr inputs as well as minijack that accepts both mic and line level signals is essential in my line of work.
One other thing is that this camera is quite compact and I am really amazed at the picture quality that it takes.
I've used this Camera for years now, its solid, it does its job, and it produces great footage. But it is getting dated with current technology. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Funny Guy
Love this camera, Great controls and quality. Manual exposure, Zebra Lines, Manual Focus, XLR, DVCAM option, Firewire / iLink, Component Output.
-Small body, great for mobility. (body itself weighs less than 2 lbs)
-XLR audio adapter included for dual stereo channel audio recording with several external and... Read more
Ideal for kids who loves make their first shots filming, also the price was an great opportunity to buy an item like this with an affordable price.Published 22 months ago by Miguel A Alvarez
The HVR-A1U is a decent camera that is easy to carry around. The picture quality is fair for the price, but the mobility factor and ease of use is a definite perk that makes it... Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by pdawg productions
Excellent small and flexible camcorder, Picture quality great, sound is Okay, have tried not external mic. so not fair to make real judgement.Published on August 18, 2011 by Robert J. Valentine
My first impression was that the camera was very small, but thinking well for what I need is the perfect. Weddings and sweet 16, and family videos is my thing. Read morePublished on January 29, 2011 by Rudy F. Morales
hd cameras are expensive. this prosumer model is a cheaper alternative to all the glam, but actully does a very good job shooting hd video. Read morePublished on March 19, 2010 by Z. Thomas