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Sony HVRA1U HDV Camcorder

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Sony HVR-A1U 1/3" Professional HDV Camcorder with 3-Million Pixel CMOS Imager, DVCAM and Mini DV Recording Options, Professional Audio Inputs and Time Code

This is a used item Condition: 9
Shows signs of use, but very clean Additional Comments:MINI DVCAM CAMCORDER (DH 340)
Used Cat.# 1001534 Mfr # HVR-A1U
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You Pay: $1,099.95
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The Sony HVR-A1U is the entry level HDV camcorder that records high definition video as well as DVCAM and DV standard-definition video. The camera uses a single three million pixel CMOS chip to capture images. The use of a CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) chip allows the camera to capture amazing high quality images while consuming less battery power and making the camera smaller overall. The Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP), a Sony created technology, enables the camcorder to capture and process high-definition video and high resolution still images with the highest levels of contrast and detail.

See the Most with CMOS
The HVR-A1U realizes new levels of compact design and efficiency with a single 3 megapixel CMOS imaging chip. Compared to a CCD (Charged Coupled Device), a CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) works more efficiently and burns less battery power. It uses both positive and negative polarity circuits, only one at any given time.
Professional Audio Inputs
As with its big brother the HVR-Z1U 3-CCD camcorder, this single chip camera offers professional shooters balanced XLR audio inputs with phantom power and attenuation options. A shotgun microphone can be mounted on top the camcorder as a large, shoulder-mount ENG style camera would.
Zeiss Lens
The professional video and filmmaker will not be disappointed with the quality of glass at the front of the A1U camera. Sony has engineered the camera around a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens for the latest in anti-reflective coatings and new levels of HDTV-quality resolving power in a compact design. This camera's 10x zoom lens has a maximum wide angle of 5.1 mm which will show a 50° horizontal angle of view.
1080 Lines Resolution
The HVR-A1U is a tiny camera capable of recording in several frame rates including NTSC. When it is set up to record standard definition video this camera is an NTSC device that stripes the tape at 30 interlace frames per second. When it is selected to record in HDV it can record 60i, 30p or 24 frames per second. Its widescreen chip captures over 1000 horizontal lines and 1440 vertical lines no matter what you dial in for record format.

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Signal System NTSC
HDV 1080 60i/30 frame/24 frame Record and Playback
Image Device 1/3" CMOS chip with 2.97 million pixels
Lens 5.1 to 51mm Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
10x optical zoom
37mm filter diameter
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not specified by manufacturer
Horizontal Resolution 1080 lines horizontal pixels
1440 vertical pixels
Sensitivity Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Illumination 7 lux with Gain Up
0 lux in Night Shot Mode
Vertical Smear Not specified by manufacturer
Built-in Filters Electronic daylight and Tungsten switchable
LCD Monitor 2.7" widescreen
Viewfinder Color and B/W switchable
Scan Matching No
Memory Card Slot Yes
Memory Stick Duo 15 Mb included with camera
Shutter Speed Range 1/4 seconds to 1/10,000 seconds
Gain Selection 0 dB, (+)3 dB, 6 dB, 9 dB, 12 dB, 15 dB, 18 dB
Tape Format DVCAM small cassette
HDV Record and Play
DVCAM Record and Play
DV Record and Play
Tape Speed HDV- 18.8mm/sec.
DVCAM- 28.2 mm/sec.
DV SP Mode- 18.8mm/sec.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not specified by manufacturer
Maximum Recording Time HDV-60 min
DVCAM-40 min
DV-60 min
Audio Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer
Audio Signal Format HDV
MPEG1 audio layer II
16-bit/48 kHz 2 channel mode
12-bit/32 kHz 4 channel mode
Audio Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio Not specified by manufacturer
Input and Output Connectors HD/SD Component- 3 RCA (x 1 output through breakout cable)
FireWire- 4-Pin (x 1 input and output)
S-Video- 4-Pin (x 1 output through breakout cable)
Composite Video- RCA (x 1 output through breakout cable)
Mic Audio- XLR (x 2 input)
Audio- RCA (x 2 output through breakout cable)
Headphone- Stereo Mini (x 1)
LANC Control- Mini (x 1)
USB- Mini B (x 1)
Power Requirements 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz with AC adapter
Power Consumption 6.6W
Operating Temperature -4° to 140°F
-20° to 60°C
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.9 x 4.1 x 7.6"
7.1 x 10.3 x 19.1 cm
Weight 1.8 lbs
0.67 kg
Sony HVR-A1U 1/3" Professional HDV Camcorder with 3-Million Pixel CMOS Imager, DVCAM and Mini DV Recording Options, Professional Audio Inputs and Time Code
  • AC-L15A AC Adapter
  • Power Cable
  • Lens Hood with Integral Lens Cover
  • A/V Breakout Cable
  • Component Breakout Cable
  • USB Cable
  • XLR Microphone Adapter
  • Short Shotgun Microphone with Windscreen
  • NP-FM50 Rechargeable Battery Pack
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