Sony HDRFX1000 High Definition MiniDV Handycam Camcorder
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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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|Included Components||Power Adaptor/ In Camera Charger (AC-L100) -|
|Item Dimensions||10 x 10 x 12 inches|
|Item Weight||10 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||MiniDV|
|Media Type||Mini DV|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||1.12 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||10.3 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||NP-F570 InfoLITHIUM Rechargeable Battery|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080 x 720|
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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.
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.Read more ›
Can't find anything negative.
That 's also a reason I need a backup and upgrade to this HD cam. I read a "Videomaker's 2009 Best Tape Camcorder: Sony HDR-FX1000 HDV Camcorder Review." and some reviews here. I feel it's a gift (A camcorder bag - very nice) I did try to capture and use some functions. All work very well. Very good in low light and good for my budget :)
Being digital you can import the footage straight into you computer to edit.
The movies I have filmed have looked great, sounded good and have been fun to produce. If you want a great camera, this is it.
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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