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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

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
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Sony HVR-A1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2See the Most with CMOS
  • 3Professional Audio Inputs
  • 4Zeiss Lens
  • 51080 Lines Resolution

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.

Sony HVR-A1 Specs

Signal SystemNTSC
HDV 1080 60i/30 frame/24 frame Record and Playback
Image Device1/3" CMOS chip with 2.97 million pixels
Lens5.1 to 51mm Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
10x optical zoom
37mm filter diameter
Signal-to-Noise RatioNot specified by manufacturer
Horizontal Resolution1080 lines horizontal pixels
1440 vertical pixels
SensitivityNot specified by manufacturer
Minimum Illumination7 lux with Gain Up
0 lux in Night Shot Mode
Vertical SmearNot specified by manufacturer
Built-in FiltersElectronic daylight and Tungsten switchable
LCD Monitor2.7" widescreen
ViewfinderColor and B/W switchable
Scan MatchingNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Stick Duo 15 Mb included with camera
Shutter Speed Range1/4 seconds to 1/10,000 seconds
Gain Selection0 dB, (+)3 dB, 6 dB, 9 dB, 12 dB, 15 dB, 18 dB
Tape FormatDVCAM small cassette
HDV Record and Play
DVCAM Record and Play
DV Record and Play
Tape SpeedHDV- 18.8mm/sec.
DVCAM- 28.2 mm/sec.
DV SP Mode- 18.8mm/sec.
Signal-to-Noise RatioNot specified by manufacturer
Maximum Recording TimeHDV-60 min
DVCAM-40 min
DV-60 min
Audio Dynamic RangeNot specified by manufacturer
Audio Signal FormatHDV
MPEG1 audio layer II
16-bit/48 kHz 2 channel mode
12-bit/32 kHz 4 channel mode
Audio Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal to Noise RatioNot specified by manufacturer
Input and Output ConnectorsHD/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 Requirements100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz with AC adapter
Power Consumption6.6W
Operating Temperature-4° to 140°F
-20° to 60°C
Dimensions2.9 x 4.1 x 7.6"
7.1 x 10.3 x 19.1 cm
Weight1.8 lbs
0.67 kg

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