Sony HVR-S270U 1080i HDV Camcorder

Sony HVR-S270U 1080i HDV Camcorder

Sony HVR-S270U 1080i HDV Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 1/3" Exmor 3CMOS Sensors
  • Zeiss 12x Interchangeable Zoom
  • 1080i, 24p
  • HD-SDI
  • Records to MiniDV & CompactFlash
  • Solid State Memory Recording Unit
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Sony HVR-S270U Overview

  • 1Description

The Sony HVR-S270U is an HDV camcorder designed for ENG applications, while still being highly cost-effective. Incorporating all the benefits of HDV technology, the camera can also take advantage of standard-size DV tapes for increased run-times.

Additionally, the HVR-S270U can record directly to CompactFlash cards via the camera's supplied memory recording unit. Combined with Sony's entire family of HDV products, the HVR-S270U is a great camcorder for almost any production, including documentaries, news, low-budget movies, music videos, and industrials.

ClearVID 3CMOS Technology
Sony's ClearVID sensors are positioned at a 45° angle. Since each pixel is positioned at this angle the result is far clearer diagonal lines. Images will appear crisper, without the apparent "jaggies" that often plague video signals.
Record to CompactFlash
The camera comes with an attachable recording unit, allowing users to record HDV and DV to CompactFlash cards. With cards getting larger and larger in capacity, the ability to take advantage of tapeless workflow while still using cheap media is a welcome addition.
High Definition on MiniDV Tapes with HDV
The HDV format, used in the HVR-S270U, allows high definition recording on standard MiniDV tapes. This is accomplished by using the very popular MPEG-2 compression technique used in many applications, including DVDs and satellite television.
24p Capability
In 24p mode, images from the CMOS can be 2:3 pulldown-converted and recorded onto tape in the standard 60i HDV format. The tape can then be played back or edited using an ordinary HDV system. True 24p editing can be achieved by uploading 2:3 pulldown-converted images via an i.LINK FireWire interface to a compatible non-linear editing system. The resultant images resemble the visual motion of film!
High Definition LCD
When shooting HD footage, standard LCD screens can be very deceiving; what looked perfect amidst a full-day video shoot can sometimes prove very soft or out of focus while in post-production. The HVR-S270U comes equipped with 1-MegaPixel LCD screen, eliminating this oft-pesky phenomenon. Record with confidence, knowing that what you see is what you will get. The LCD is well-placed on the top of the viewfinder for simple operation.
In the Box
Sony HVR-S270U 1080i HDV Camcorder
  • 12x Zoom Lens
  • Lens Hood
  • CR2025 Lithium Battery
  • Eye-Cup
  • Shoe Kit
  • ECM-XM1 Monaural Electolet Condenser Microphone
  • Shoulder Belt
  • CD-ROM Operating Instructions
  • Printed Operating Instructions
  • HVR-MRC1 Memory Recording Unit Kit
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony HVR-S270U Specs

    Signal System HDV: 1080/60i
    DVCAM/DV: 480/60i (NTSC)
    Image Device 1/3" 3CMOS Exmor Sensor system
    Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Zoom Lens, 12x (Optical)
    f = 4.4-52.8mm
    f = 32-384mm at 16:9 mode
    f = 39.5-47.4mm (4:3 mode)
    filter diameter: 72mm
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Horizontal Resolution 800 TV Lines
    Sensitivity 2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance: Close to F8 @60i
    Minimum Illumination 1.5 lux (Auto Gain, Auto Iris, 1/30 Shutter)
    Vertical Smear None (CMOS sensor)
    Built-in Filters Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
    LCD Monitor 3.2", 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 1 MegaPixel Xtrafine LCD
    Viewfinder 0.45", 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 852 x 480 Resolution
    Scan Matching Yes
    Memory Card Slot MemoryStick Duo Media
    Shutter Speed Range Auto: 1/60-1/2000

    60i/30p: 1/4-1/10000
    24p: 1/3 - 1/10000
    Gain Selection 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB
    Tape Format DVCAM Small Cassette
    HDV Record and Play
    DVCAM Record and Play
    DV Record and Play
    Tape Speed HDV: 18.8 mm/s
    DVCAM: 28.2 mm/s
    DV SP Mode: 18.8 mm/s
    Card Slot CompactFlash
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Maximum Recording Time HDV: 276 min (with PHDV-276DM Cassette)
    DVCAM: 184 min (with PHDV-276DM Cassette)
    DV: 276 min (with PHDV-276DM Cassette)
    CompactFlash recording time in HDV/DV: 36 min (using 8 GB CF card); 72 min (using 16 GB CF card)
    Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Audio Signal Format HDV
    MPEG1 Audio Layer II
    16-bit/48kHz 2 Channel Mode
    12-bit/32kHz 4 Channel Mode
    Audio Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Input and Output Connectors Composite Video: BNC (x1 Output)
    Component Video: BNCx3 (x1 Output)
    HD/SD-SDI: BNC (x1 Output)
    Unbalanced Audio (x1 Output)
    FireWire/i.LINK: 6-Pin (x1 Input, x1 Output)
    LANC: Stereo 2.5mm jack
    XLR Audio: XLR 3-Pin Female, 4-Channel
    Headphone: Stereo Mini-Jack
    Power Requirements Battery Pack: 12 VDC
    AC Adapter: 14.4 VDC
    Power Consumption HDV: 12.5W
    DVCAM/DV: 11.9W
    Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Weight 13.9 lb (6.3 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.1 x 24.0 x 14.1"

    Sony HVR-S270U Reviews

    HVR-S270U 1080i HDV Camcorder is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from S270U Good Bridge from DVCAM to HDV Purchased two S270U cameras to replace oldie but goodie DVCAM model 300's. These cameras are not bad replacements to move into HD but don't expect HDCAM output from them (although cameras do have HD-SDI output). Almost too many options on these cameras. Flash card recorder is good for those who don't need extremely long record times. Might opt for ENG lens over the one it comes with if I had to do over. The good: professional shoulder mount look, backward compatible to DVCAM, HDV tape has long record times. Built in flash card recorder is a good option. If you can't go to full size XDCAM due to budget this is the one to get. Bad points: menu driven, standard optics could be better.
    Date published: 2009-02-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Funny how people compare old SD camcorders costing at least 10x more ans these one. You're right, S270 is not as well build than the older one. But what could you have elswhere for 10K$. The Z serie from Sony is one of the best in the market (especially Z7). this one is the same on a shoulder mount. You're right, don't expect HDCam SR and 4:4:4 format... It's just an excellent transition between SD and HD. PS; forgive my english, I'm a french user.
    Date published: 2009-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera for Many Uses! I shoot a wide variety of things from live events to TV commercials and TV show segments to corporate video for web and DVD. This camera goes from one job to another with the same great performance and ease of use. The flexibility of being able to shoot to CF cards, miniDV tape or full sized DV tape (for 4 1/2 hours of recording time) is an incredible advantage. Image quality and color are stunning with the new CMOS technology. Viewfinder and LCD screen are the best and brightest I've seen on any camera of this kind. It is very well balanced and the controls are well laid out. Be advised that it ships without battery, charger, and tripod plate (the only complaint that I have), although the market to which this is truly targeted probably already has those items from previous cameras. I love it and am so happy with my decision.
    Date published: 2008-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just bought the camera. Wow! I have been around the block and for the money, this camera kicks Butt! Great features, Great function, and the CMOS technology is so clean. Im happy! No i dont work for Sony, I am a guy with a small start up production company and I am happy that I live in this time, you can do so much for so much less with the new technology.
    Date published: 2008-04-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from MRC1 COMPACT FLASH CARDS AND HVR DR60 To download m2t clips from these devices on final cut pro it's awful! half of them don't show on log and transfer yet all of them will be seen on Premiere!So for all final cut pro users and owners of HVR S270 Z7 Z5and using the MRC1 or HVR DR60 for all of you your suffering is over!!!go to download a trial version of this software once installed start to rewrap your m2t clips from your MRC1 or DR 60 in a very short time you will get back your clips as mov file with no encoding at all!if you happy get a license for only $ I did!!!!
    Date published: 2009-07-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from fine solution workhorse for small budget Can shoot both tape and Solid State at same time saves time in editing and allows tape back-up. Buyers should not expect $30K-90K camera quality picture. But this cameras picture beats my $80K camera from 10 years ago! It shoots great low light and has variety of formats for the person that needs long format recording.
    Date published: 2009-02-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great camera and very versatile! The camera is incredible and extremely versatile! I can use the same type of tape stock that I've used for years in my DSR 250 for both the DVCAM mode and also in HDV mode. The picture is beautiful in both modes and the compact flash recorder is a bonus. The camera is heavier than the DSR 250 but much more balanced. I find it easier to shoot and stabilize on my shoulder than the 250. When shooting in HDV mode the view finder (color) can be a bit hard to focus with a lot of motion. I've used this camera for weddings, corporate projects and for live event shows for IMAG purpose. It has been great. The only neg on the live event was in order to use the video out I had to turn the LCD off in order for the video out to work. I've also found the the One Push Auto focus not to be to reliable. Full auto is better than the one push. The sound from the new mic is much better. The smooth gain up is really nice for times in a shoot where you need to keep filming but need to bump up the gain without the harsh change. To think in one camera you can shoot great DVCAM but change a couple settings and now you can record incredible HD footage. Keep in mind though that it will do 1080 24 or 30p but it is only 1440 x1080. It's still an amazing picture. I bought 2 of them and have been very happy so far. Issues that bothered me most: - Nothing came with but the lens and a mono mic. Using this for weddings and special events would be nice to record HD with Stereo sound. That's just me though... - The compact flash recorder is great and the docking station that was supplied would be great if they would have supplied a way to power up the unit. It is useless until you get power for it and you can't access the images from the camera because the recorder covers the firewire port. - Lens is now detachable (That good) but the view finder isn't any more. It is now hard wired on. Problem if the view finder goes out and can't just replace it and not helpful if you need to break the camera down for packing in a smaller case. - The video out only working with the LCD off.
    Date published: 2008-04-21
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Camera falls short on image quality We had high expectations when we purchased the HVR-S270U camera due to its specs and tape/CF card recording. Unfortunately the image quality was totally unsatisfactory. Out of the box the camera looks terrible. Crushed blacks and lifeless color. When we used the camera's menu-driven setting controls we were able to marginally improve the image, especially the black levels. However we had to push the the changes to the extremes and even then the image was certainly nothing we would ever be comfortable using or offering our customers. Fortunately B&H has an outstanding return policy and we were able to return the camera system for a full refund. If Sony can re-address the image quality of this camera it may be a great buy in an industry transitioning from take to non-linear recording, but for now it misses the mark.
    Date published: 2008-05-09
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