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Sony HXR-MC1 HD Point of View Camcorder

Sony HXR-MC1 HD Point of View Camcorder


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Product Highlights

  • 1/5" Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • 1080i HD or SD
  • 10x Optical Zoom
  • AVCHD & MPEG-2 Recording
  • All-in-one Recording/Playback
  • 2.7" LCD Screen
  • Uses Memory Stick Media
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The Sony HXR-MC1 is a unique HD camcorder designed for point of view (POV) camera work. Often referred to as a "crash cam," the HXR-MC1 is ideal for extreme sports, live relay/recording, shooting small animals or insects, or any other situation that would be difficult for conventional video cameras to capture. The HXR-MC1 comes equipped with an off-board tethered LCD panel that allows for instant framing and footage review. The camera's housing is splash-proof, making it capable of operating under adverse conditions without a problem.

Compact, Splash-proof
Even though it is capable of full HD shooting (1920 x 1080), and is equipped with a 10x optical zoom and built-in microphone, the camera is compact, measuring only 1.5 x 1.7 x 3.5" (3.7 x 4.25 x 8.65 cm). That means it can shoot 1080i HD or SD images and sound in places that no ordinary camcorder can access. It's possible to attach it to various devices such as helmets or arms by utilizing the screw hole at the bottom of the unit, letting you obtain images from angles that you've never experienced before. The camera is also splash-proof, making it suitable for outdoor use and shooting near the water's edge.
All-in-one Recording
Recording and playback are possible within the control unit of the HXR-MC1. You don't need any external recording facility. Maximum battery operation of up to 405 minutes is available thanks to the use of the Exmor CMOS sensor and various low-power consumption technologies. You can shoot anytime, anywhere without having to worry about power supply.
Remote Monitoring & Control
Since the control unit has a 2.7" (16:9), 210,000-pixel LCD panel that uses ClearPhoto LCD plus, the images captured by the camera are always at your fingertips. All the menu settings can be accessed using the touch screen LCD panel. The control unit is also equipped with a recording button, zoom lever, and manual control dial--letting you control the camera remotely.
Cutting Edge Image Sensor Technology
The Exmor CMOS sensor, which is also used in professional camcorders and high-end DSLR cameras, is used in the HXR-MC1. It achieves low noise by multiple micro A/D (analog to digital) converters. The image sensor in the HXR-MC1 also uses a ClearVid pixel array, which has 45-degree rotated pixels. This unique layout offers high picture quality while keeping low-light sensitivity.
Long Record Times to Memory Stick Media
Memory Stick PRO Duo cards offer the optimum recording media for the compact HXR-MC1. At the same time, the highly efficient compression methods used in both HD and SD modes achieve long recording times, which make the most of Memory Stick PRO Duo storage capacity. In HD recording mode, video is recorded in AVCHD, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression--the same method used in Blu-ray Disc. SD video is recorded in MPEG-2.
Other Functions
Other functions of the HXR-MC1 include:
  • Still picture recording
  • Dual recording
  • Creating still pictures out of movies
  • Smooth slow recording
  • Touch screen LCD panel
  • Visual index
  • Film roll index
  • File splits
  • Play list
Image Device 1/5" Exmor CMOS Sensor with ClearVid Array
Signal System 1080/60i, NTSC
HD: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
SD: MPEG-2 (aspect ratio 16:9 or 4:3)
Video Bitrates HD (AVCHD)
FH mode: Approx. 16Mbps(1920 x 1080, 60i)
HQ mode: Approx. 9Mbps(1440 x 1080, 60i)
SP mode: Approx. 7Mbps(1440 x 1080, 60i)
LP mode: Approx. 5Mbps(1440 x 1080, 60i)

HQ mode: Approx. 9Mbps(720 x 480, 60i)
SP mode: Approx. 6Mbps(720 x 480, 60i)
LP mode: Approx. 3Mbps(720 x 480, 60i)

Photo Format Exif v2.2
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar, 10x Optical Zoom
f/3.2 32mm (35mm Equivalence 43-507mm)
30mm Filter Diameter
Horizontal Resolution 1080 Lines
Sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
Minimum Illumination 5 lux (Auto Slow Shutter ON, 1/30 Shutter Speed)
Built-in Filters None
LCD Monitor 2.7", 211,000 Pixels
Viewfinder None
Image Resolution Still Mode
Approx. 4 megapixel 4:3(2,304 x 1,728)
Approx. 3 megapixel 16:9(2,304 x 1,296)
Approx. 1.9 megapixel 4:3(1,600 x 1,200)
Approx. 0.3 megapixel 4:3(640 x 480)

Movie Mode
Approx. 2.3 megapixel 16:9 (2,016 x 1,134)
Approx. 1.7 megapixel 4:3 (1,512 x 1,134)

Playback Mode
Approx. 2.1 megapixel 16:9(1,920 x 1,080)
Approx. 0.3 megapixel 4:3(640 x 480)
Approx. 0.2 megapixel 16:9(640 x 360)

Input and Output Connectors Component Video: 3-Pin A/V Cable (x1 Output)
Composite Video: 3-Pin A/V Cable (x1 Output)
Analog Audio 3-Pin A/V Cable (x2 Output)
USB 2.0: MiniB
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
(1GB or larger)
Remote Control Optional
Power Requirements 6.8, 7.2VDC (with Battery)
8.4VDC (with AC Adapter)
Power Consumption 3.8W
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Cable Length 9.2' (2.8m)
Dimensions (WxHxD) Control Unit
3.3 x 4.8 x 1.8" (8.1 x 12.2 x 4.7cm)

Camera Head
1.5 x 1.9 x 3.5" (3.7 x 4.3 x 8.7cm)
Weight 1.1 lbs (500g)
Sony HXR-MC1 HD Point of View Camcorder
  • Camera Module
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Component A/V Cable
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • USB Cable
  • NP-FH60 Battery Pack
  • Controller Hook
  • Cable Clamper
  • CD-ROM (Video Camera Application Software)
  • CD-ROM (Manuals for Digital HD Video Camera Recorder)
  • Operating Guide
  • 1-Year Warranty
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