Sony HDR-FX1 HDV 1080i Camcorder

Sony HDR-FX1 HDV 1080i Video Camcorder, 12 x Optical Zoom, Color Viewfinder, 3.5" LCD Screen

Sony HDR-FX1 HDV 1080i Video Camcorder, 12 x Optical Zoom, Color Viewfinder, 3.5" LCD Screen


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Sony HDR-FX1 overview

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With the introduction of Sony's HDR-FX1, the first HDV 1080i camcorder and the benchmark in video technology available for consumers and prosumers alike, users now have the capability to record and play back high definition video. With 1080 interlaced lines of resolution - the highest resolution (1440 pixels x 1080 lines) of any prosumer camcorder.

Utilizes the 1080 lines horizontal resolution / 60 interlaced frames per second frame rate for the HDV specification, which records to standard MiniDV tapes.

Incorporates three chip, one megapixel Super HAD CCDs. The 1080i HD CCDs have several improvements, including an on-chip micro-lens on top of the CCD sensor that increases the light focusing rate for focusing on the fly. There is also a great developed 16:9 aspect mode for recording in widescreen. By giving each lens its own megapixel imager, the camcorder captures the intense detail and color that expert videographers appreciate.

Real Time HD Codec Engine
File compression maintains trueness of images Sony's Real Time HD Codec Engine lets you record and playback HD images. This remarkably small and energy efficient technology uses MPEG2 compression technology to handle HD images at the same bit rate as the DV format, all while maintaining image quality. The Real Time HD Codec Engine provides you versatility in format handling and truer images for increased viewing pleasure.
HDV 1080i Compatible Camcorder
Allows you to capture HD video in a broad range of styles, for an exceptional level of creativity in your shots. The features provide the control that you would expect of a professional grade camcorder, opening up a whole realm of possibilities.
HDV/DV Switching System
Record and playback in both formats, with this camcorder you can record and playback in HDV 1080i and the original DV format as well. So now you can enjoy HDV and DV recording in one camera.
Wide Super HAD 3CCD
Advanced Super HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD functionality greatly improves the performance of the camcorder. With this technology comes an on-chip micro-lens, on top of the CCD sensor that increases the light focusing rate.

More defined digital HD images are achieved through a 3CCD Camera System which separates light that enters the lens into the 3 primary colors of red, green and blue. Sony has also included Semi-conductor technology with a great developed 16:9 aspect ratio, and 1.12M total pixels; all of which work to increase the feel of your footage.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
With the advanced multi-layer optical coating system, the Vario-Sonnar T* lens improves the contrast and color of your footage greatly. The lens reduces the Ghosting effect and flair by up to 80%, and lets more light through for much sharper images.
Better Viewing and More Control
Combines the right balance of manual and automatic controls to help you use the functions of your camcorder to their best. You have the best of both worlds; automatic control function for moments when you want to capture a simple shot, and full control functions for when you need to manually adjust camera controls to achieve a unique effect.
3.5" Hybrid LCD
You can use the monitor to check wide-angle shots in digital HD. Because it is a hybrid system, you can still see the LCD monitor outside even on the brightest and most sunny days. With 250,000 pixels. Even more, it is located above and in front of the handle, which has it placed on the same eye-level as the viewfinder for even greater ease.
Cinematic Features
Cinematic features alter the visual characteristics of the footage by configuring how the camera responds to lighting, changes in focus, and the rate at which frames are displayed. The cinematic features include pre-programmed recording settings so that quality footage can be captured in a variety of environments.
CineFrame Recording
Provides the option of recording video at either 30 fps or with a feeling of film-like 24 fps (frames per second).
Shot Transition
Allows for a smooth automatic scene transition. Settings for focus, zoom, iris, gain, shutter, and white balance can be set to the A/B button and a smooth transition will take place according to the set time. This function enables the focus to gradually shift from the front of the screen to a deeper part of the screen.
Expanded Focus Indicator
The camera's LCD image is magnified, temporarily, up to 4x its original size without any loss of distortion. This allows the user more finite control while focusing the camera for greater detail and clarity.
Large Eye Viewfinder
A LCD panel is utilized in the Eye viewfinder to allow wide-angle digital HD shots to be viewed. Additionally, with the size of the eyepiece increased, you can see images even while wearing glasses - further light-excluding ability and visual abilities can be achieved with a large eyecup accessory. Again, with 250,000 pixels of resolution, you can view the fine details of your video subjects.
In the Box
Sony HDR-FX1 HDV 1080i Video Camcorder, 12 x Optical Zoom, Color Viewfinder, 3.5" LCD Screen
  • AC Power/ On Camera Charger - AC-L15
  • NP-F570 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery (7.2v, 2200mAh)
  • Remote Control - RMT-831
  • 2 AA Batteries
  • Multi Audio/Video Cable
  • Component Video Cable
  • Large Eye Cup
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Shoe Adapter
  • Cleaning Cassette
  • Shoulder Strap
  • 1-Year Parts & 90-Day Labor Warranty
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    Sony HDR-FX1 specs

    System NTSC and HDTV
    Format Mini DV and HDV
    CCD 3x 16:9 1/3" Mega-Pixel CCD -1,120,000 Pixels per CCD
    Video Actual Pixels 1,070,000 per CCD
    Audio PCM Digital Stereo
    Zoom 12 x Optical
    Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
    4.5-54mm f/1.6-2.8
    for 35mm Conversion 32.5-390mm
    Filter Size 72mm
    Image Stabilization Yes - Super SteadyShot Optical Stabilization System
    Lux 3 lux
    Viewfinder Precision 16:9 Color Viewfinder - 252k pixels
    LCD Monitor 3.5" 16:9, Precision Hybrid Color - 250k pixels
    Manual Controls Focus (ring)
    White Balance
    Zoom (ring)
    Shutter Speed (1/4-1/10,000)
    Audio Mic Level Control
    Date & Time Yes
    Time Code Yes
    Tape Counter H/M/S
    Edit Control Control L - Lanc
    A/V Dubbing Yes
    Line In Recording Analog/Digital Conversion with Pass Through
    Inputs S-Video 4 pin x1
    Audio/Video Mini to 3 RCA - with cable
    HDV/DV - i.Link 1394 4 pin
    Output Same as Input - Plus Component Special to RCA x3 - Pb/Pr, Cb/Cr
    Card Slot No
    Special Effects No
    Digital Effects No
    Fade Resistance Yes
    Titler No
    Built-in Mic Yes
    Microphone Input Yes - Stereo Mini Jack
    Headphone Jack Yes - Stereo Mini Jack with volume level control
    Built-in Speaker Yes
    Accessory Shoe Yes
    Built-in Light No
    Tape Loading Top Loading
    Power Consumption 18 Watt, DC 8.4 V, AC 100/240 V, 50/60 Hz
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 6 x 7-1/4 x 14-3/8"
    151 x 181 x 365mm
    Weight 4.5 lb
    2 kg
    Optional Accessoriesewuybuvxatxbbcabxdfasfdbrdtdrrar
    Batteries NPF-570 2200 mAh InfoLithium Battery
    4400 mAh InfoLithium Battery
    6600 mAh InfoLithium Battery
    Battery Chargers BCV-615 Portable Charger
    AC-V700A AC/DC Power/Battery Charger
    BCV-500 Dual Battery Charger
    Lens Accessories VF-72CPK Filter Kit
    VCL-HG0872 0.8 High Grade Wide Angle Lens
    Case LCH-FXA Hard case
    Stabilizer VCT-FXA Camera Shoulder Stabilizer

    Sony HDR-FX1 reviews

    HDR-FX1 HDV 1080i Camcorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good camera with major flaw Overall I'm pleased with the quality of video I have gotten from this camera. However, as a professional event videographer I often will just put a light on the shoe which is poorly designed right above the microphone. The result: a clicking noise in the microphone from the light when the camera is moved. Why Sony decided to put the shoe on top of the microphone which extrudes off the handle, I have no idea. I had to purchase and adapter and a separate microphone to rectify problem. Problems Encountered: Clicking noise in microphone as result of poor design. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: (2) VX2100, PD170
    Date published: 2007-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT camera This camera has great video quality. With the HD viewfinder, your HD and SD look the same, so no degrade in quality. The 12x zoom is great and seems to be more than 12x. The camera has options to go fully automatic, manual, or both. The auto/maunal mode allows you to select what features you want to manually override. The auto focus also focuses fast, no complaints. The HD recording. I mainly use this is thing to record events, such as sports, concerts and films. Since I am a film major, the 24p mode (cineframe 24) works great. You can also use this mode in HD at 1440x1080 resolution. This does get a little heave on the wrist, but it has a huge lens (3CCD), so oh well. A Panavision would be even heavier, and the JVC 250U the same :-). If you are looking for a simple, yet quality camera, this is for you. It's not too hard to operate. This is for both basic and advanced users, a great one for both.
    Date published: 2008-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great camera - PERIOD! I use (now two of them) to shoot weddings. In fact, I received my first one, unboxed it, and shot a wedding without reading any of the instructions regarding capabilites. Very intuitive camera. The results (after editing the video and mastering it on Blu-ray) are nothing less than stunning.
    Date published: 2008-03-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice camera. I'm a wedding videographer, and this camera is incredible for what I do. Low light performance is the only place where it falls a little short compared to the vx2100/vx2000. With the FX1, I have managed to get around this during dark receptions by doing everything in full manual. Adjust the gain (I don't usually go higher than 12db because after that it looks very grainy), set your aperture as wide as possible (it helps to stay somewhat close to your subject so you don't have to zoom thus reducing your maximum possible aperture), set your shutter speed to 30fps (anything less will be noticeable to the human eye, but 30fps does an incredible job of allowing more light in... auto mode will NEVER use anything less than 60fps but I would rather have more light and less frames in a dark situation). I have filmed about 25 wedding with the fx1 as my primary camera and it is beautiful. My secondary and tertiary cameras are vx2100s, and although they do well in 4:3, they are horrible in 16:9 when compared to the fx1 footage.... this is because the vx2100 has native 4:3 CCDs, so any widescreen filming you do will be lower quality. The FX1 shoots wonderful HD and wonderful 16:9 SD footage. I will be purchasing another fx1 shortly, because - even though there are newer sony cameras with higher resolution sensors, the FX1 is perfect for what I do. It does not have 24p, but that doesn't affect me. Some people have mentioned its weight as being a bad thing, but I find it much easier to use than the vx2100. The added weight allows me to run-and-gun while maintaining much smoother footage (I always use a monopod with it for added support as well).
    Date published: 2008-03-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product This is my first purchase of a camera in this caliber, and I am extremely pleased with it. The picture quality is outstanding. It is easy enough to use out of the box and more complex features have been easy to learn. We are using the camera to record church services, and even from the back of the sanctuary the details are awesome. So far, I have no complaints!
    Date published: 2008-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very exceptional camera! I was amazed at the functionality of this camcorder after using it for the last 4 months. I have been doing a lot of ChromaKeying, landscape shooting, sporting events (football, soccer, ice-hockey,etc.), and much more. The picture quality is great! The FX1 has yet to fail me. Problems Encountered: The FX1 is kind of slow when processing. Audio has occasional glitch where it cuts out low freq. noises. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Currently Own: Canon XL-H1 Items I Recommend: Tiffen 72mm UV Protector Glass Filter, Anton Bauer ElipZ under-camera mounted battery kit
    Date published: 2007-01-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sony Camera for Professionals Thank you. As a professional wedding videographer starting out in 2007 I purchased 2 x Sony HDR FX1 cameras.There was a $ price difference between the FX1 and the Z1P and the only difference really was the XLR slots which I could make do without.This camera has been fantastic to me and I absolutely love it. You can see plenty of my professional videography work at and 9 years later both of my Sony HDR Fx1's are going strong.I still use both of them.One of them was faulty out of manufacturing the 2nd time I used it the tape deck had to be replaced and that's why I bought a 2nd one as a spare but they've been amazing cameras and Sony have been great with the upkeep, and servicing.In 2007 this was top of the range!
    Date published: 2016-03-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again and again This is A good camcorder the picture is great has good feature. but can improve on the sound between the DCR-2100 and the HDR-FX1 the DCR-2100 has better sound.
    Date published: 2008-07-28
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