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Sony HXRMC50U Ultra Compact AVCHD Camcorder for Professional Use

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  • Wide-angle professional quality Sony G Lens technology provides exceptional image fidelity
  • 1/2.88 back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor offers exceptional low-light sensitivity - The HXR-MC50U is built around a very sensitive 1/2.88 back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor which helps to reduce image noise while providing good low-light performance. A powerful BIONZ processor can apply Sony's Dynamic Range Optimizer to both video and still image capture, and also allows the camcorder to capture 8.3-megapixel still images while recording video. The camera can capture 12-megapixel still im
  • Quick AF system improves precise auto focus even in challenging situations
  • Infrared NightShot(R) night vision filming and photography
  • Full raster 1920 x 1080i AVCHD high definition recording at up to 24Mbps
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Product Description

Don't be fooled by its miniscule size. Sony's HXR-MC50U HD camcorder may fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, but with it comes a small world of big possibilities. With HD picture quality to rival that of its big brother" cameras, the ability to shoot still images as well as video, low light capability for nighttime shooting, an intuitive touch screen viewfinder, a detachable shotgun microphone, and a built-in GPS that keeps track of locations, it's the optimum HD tool to add to your production arsenal.

It fulfills the needs of journalists, shooters and directors who have been waiting for precisely this kind of compact, high-sensitivity camcorder. Your wait is over.

Features:

Standard definition recording using Long GoP MPEG-2 Built-in 64GB solid state hard disk drive can store up to six hours of HD video footage in FX mode Media card slot conveniently accepts Memory Stick(R) Duo / Memory Stick(R) PRO Duo / Memory Stick(R) PRO-HG Duo and SD SDHC and SDXC media cards Assignable dial allows precise manual control of focus, exposure, white balance, iris and shutter speed 3.5 (measured diagonally) wide Xtra Fine TruBlack LCD technology brings higher contrast and brightness to the LCD display Optical SteadyShot(R) Image Stabilization plus the new Active Mode SteadyShot(R) mode USB 2.0 port lets you copy captured footage to a computer HDMI lets you play directly to an HDTV or import images to PC with a high-performance graphic card

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 6.1 inches
Item Weight 3.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.6 pounds
ASIN B003V2N1UA
Item model number HXR-MS50U
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4.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #10,421 in Camera & Photo
#491 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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By G. Buzel on August 28, 2010
I have had this cam right now for about 3 weeks. I was one of the first to buy it. Being a "pro" user (I have the PMW-EX3), I found a good niche for this cam. The real plus is the size and image quality you obtain for such a small form factor in this camcorder.

Pros:

Small SIze
Lightweight
Great video quality
Still mage quality better but still not as good as a DSLR
Steady shot is fabulous (makes many handheld shots look near or almost tripod steady! Best stabilization I have seen to date!)
Shotgun mic, directional picks up well
Touch screen LCD, 3" large
Has EVF (not great but i has one)
64GB internal memory over 300mins at max quality of shooting time
External mic jack
Ext headphone jack
"nightshot" IR mode and cam has IR light illuminator
HDMI out (HDMI mini)
Great optics
Full HD chip

Cons:
Manual Control very limited and menu based
Audio adjustment is just 2 positions attenuated and normal
No audio metering
LCD is fingerprint prone and needs to be wiped down after a few uses
EVF very small, cannot be used for focus adjustments
no progressive video

Many have wrote to me and said the HXR-MC50U is very similar to the CX550. I never used one so I can't say.
This cam is great for "run and gun" work, ENG, filmmakers, and news shooting. It should never be considered for your "primary" cam, but its a great derringer cam ready to be with you whenever.
And if your a still photo person, the still quality is the best I have seen for a camcorder, but it won't replace a full JPG shot with w DSLR like a Canon or Nikon.

Over all this cam gets 5 stars since it works great for what I use it for...run and gun, it stealth and works great for it's size.

Thanks
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We just returned from a 19 day safari to Botswana and Zambia (Victoria Falls). Like the user above, I too have a SONY PMW-EX3, which is an incredible professional camera, but it was too large to carry on the bush flights within Africa, where weight is very limited! This little camera did everything SONY said it would and could do, and more. Carrying a laptop computer with me, I was able to transfer the day's video clips each day on to the computer with ease using the SONY PMB program which comes with the camera. and the videos were of the highest poossible resolution, full 1920 hi def. With very little study, and an available user's manual, I was able to master the lengthy menus which covered everything I needed to do to get great video in 793 clips. I also found it to be very sturdy and easy to handle under the most adverse of conditions, although it would be nice if SONY offered a rain cover to custom fit the camera, as the generic Petro case. which purports to fit this camera, was virtually impossible to use, especially at the end of the rainy season when you are likely to run into heavy showers, not to mention the massive clouds of spray at Victoria Falls. In my opinion, it was money well spent!
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This is a great little camera, the image quality is very nice. I've seen some complaints that it doesn't handle low lights well which is true unless you turn the auto focus off and adjust it manually.
This camera is lightwieght camera and great for me as a film student because I can easily take it with me anywhere and it handles well and at the same time delivers nice looking footage.
The only beef I had with it when I first got it is that to upload your footage you need a special program (which does come with the camera) that only works on PCs. I'm sure their are ways to get around this, just a heads up though.
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I purchased this unit from a private party. When it arrived it was exactly as depicted. It is a wonderful little camcorder and it fits right into what I needed. Very honest seller and a quality product sold through Amazon. I was very happy I shopped around before I purchased this unit. Compact with stunning picture quality!
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Sony HXR-MC50U - Camcorder - High Definition - professional - widescreen - 6.6 Mpix - optical zoom: 10 x - supported memory: SD, MS PRO Duo, SDHC - flash card I do a lot of shootings at demonstrations/protest type of events. Recently, I was at a rally in front of the White House. I was very pleased with the results. The video quality is first-rate and the mic/sound is more than adequate. In fact, for some of my scenes, I was placed, via crowd control, pretty far away from the focus of the action. Yet, the zoom on the camcorder did its job in a remarkable fashion. I found this camcorder very easy to use even for a first time right out of the box user. Kudos to Sony!
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