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Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD 4MP High-Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD 4MP High-Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom
Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD 4MP High-Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom


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Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD 4MP High-Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom


Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD 4MP High-Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Create high-definition DVDs directly from your camcorder with the HDR-UX1 Handycam. You call all the shots with DVD-R/-RW/+RW and +R DL media formats supported. Record every detail of every moment with the 10x Optical/80x Digital Zoom and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens. However, you’ll be capturing more than just video with the 4.0 Megapixel Still image feature and Dolby Digital 5.1ch Audio Recording. After you’ve recorded everything, easily transfer and share with complete composite, component, USB 2.0 and HDMI connectivity. Capture, create, connect, and share in high-definition with the HDR-UX1. Sony’s 1/3″ ClearVID CMOS Sensor with 1990K (effective) Pixels provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video (up to 1080 lines of Horizontal Resolution – HD; 530 lines of Horizontal Resolution – SD) and still image performance. The Megapixel technology enhances your Digital videos and Digital still (3980K) photography performance. The DVD recording format, in both MPEG2 (SD) an

  • Record high-definition video on a DVD with AVCHD technology
  • ClearVid CMOS sensor for high-quality HD and standard-definition images
  • 3.5-inch widescreen hybrid touch-panel Clear Photo LCD
  • Professional 30mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
  • HDMI, USB 2.0, component, and composite connectivity

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  1. 81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best DVD camcorder out there., December 16, 2006
    By 
    Film Reviewer (Philadelphia, PA) –
    This review is from: Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD 4MP High-Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    I have been researching the Sony HDR-UX1 camcorder and have found some information about it that will help those looking for a DVD camcorder. This camcorder is very similar to the highly rated Sony DVD-505 camcorder, except that it records in high definition. There is some confusion about how to play back the disks. I will attempt to explain.

    [1] This camcorder records in high definition to mini-dvd disks using the AVCHD compression format. It will only playback in AVCHD capable DVD players (which will become common in the next couple of years), Blueray players have this capability, but from what I read you should not neccessarily need to get a blueray player, just one that can support the AVCHD compression codec. HD-DVD players may also be able to play these disks. These disks will also play on computer DVD drives with the bundled AVCHD software as well.

    [2] You can playback the disk through the camcorder itself and hook it up to your high definition TV directly. So in effect the camcorder itself replaces the need for a blueray player to playback MiniDVD disks.

    [3] If you want, you can also record in standard definition (just like the DVD 505) and play back the DVD on almost any DVD player, since the compression used is MPEG 2 for this and all DVD players are made for this.

    So basically you have two camcorders in one. Standard definition or high definition. You can shoot in high definition, use the camera or your computer to view without the need to a blueray player. Or shoot in standard definition and view on a standard DVD player. The choice is yours.

    [4] Some improved features of this camcorder are manual focus/zoom ring option for more control, Guideframes to compose your shots, 4 megapixel still image capability. You can hookup to your HDTV with component or HDMI connectors. Headphone Jack. Microphone Jack. Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Large high resolution 3.5 inch screen (same as DVD505 model).

    [5] How much video can you fit on a disk? It took a while to find out this information, but here it is. In high definition, a dual layer DVD+R disk will hold 27 minutes in highest HD resolution, or in LP mode 60 minutes.

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  2. 41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A bargain at $799 !!!, December 16, 2006
    By 
    LA Gadget Guy (Los Angeles, CA) –
    This review is from: Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD 4MP High-Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    I don’t know how Amazon is able to sell unit this for $799. Not only is their price hundreds less than other retailers, they are throwing in a free ECMHW1 Bluetooth microphone. This represents an absolute bargain. I have purchased over $2k in cameras/camcorders and lenses from Amazon in the past 3 months and have been very satisfied at how quickly they ship. They are also trustworthy in that they ship factory sealed items. I am really impressed at how much the Amazon site has improved over the years.

    Preface:

    High definition quality is very detailed. It requires good camcorder technique. You have to have a very smooth panning technique or else your video will be choppy and stutter. Don’t blame the camcorder as many others have on the internet. See my comments regarding IS below.

    On to the review:

    1. AVCHD- The HDR-UX1 is one of the first camcorders to be able to record in High Definition using the AVCHD format. You have only two options at this time in playing back video recorded in high defiiniton: 1. Playback by hooking up the camcorder directly to a tv 2. Install Sony’s software to playback on a computer. WARNING !!!: The AVCHD software requires a very fast computer. My computer has 2 gigs of RAM, a 256 mb dedicated ATI video card, and a AMD Athlon 64 3500+ processor. I tried playing back AVCHD on my brother’s computer (Sempron 2.2 ghz w/ 512 mb RAM) and the video was choppy and after 4 min of playback his computer froze. Video playback is quite smooth on my computer, but I can’t wait till they release DVD players that are compatible with AVCHD files. Also, at this time there are no viable AVCHD editing options. This means you will have to leave the video that you shoot in tact. Not a problem for me since the last thing I want to do after a vacation is spend hours on the computer editing video.

    2. Mini DVD+R DL support- This is the first Sony DVD camcorder that supports dual layer mini dvd. Only DVD+R or RW is supported. Using a DL mini dvd, recording time ranges from 27 to 60 mins in high definition and 35 to 110 mins in standard definition. If this is not enough recording time, consider the HDR-SR1 (hard drive based)or HC3 (mini dvd based). The DVD works fine for me. Here is how I use the camcorder: I shoot all video in high def. I then use the Sony software to convert my high def video to standard def. dvd. This way, I have a master high def dvd and another one to show friends and family.

    3. Picture Quality- Imagine if you could shoot video that was as clear as the pictures taken by a SLR digital camera. That’s what high definition video looks like. Absolutely breath taking!!! The pictures are so detailed and the colors so vivid. There has been a lot of talk on the net that the AVCHD format results in a lot of noise due to compression. I could no detect any noise or artifacts in the video that I shot outdoors (even cloudy conditions). However, there is some noise when shooting in low light conditions, but the quality is still very nice.

    4. Battery life- This camera supports the included NP-FM50 battery (1.5 hours), optional NP-QM71D (4 hrs recording time,) and optional NP-QM91D (6 hours recording time)( extended batteries. These figures are very respectable and I like the fact that Sony used existing battery models.

    5. LCD Screen- The screen is a 3.5″ widescreen and is beautiful. My only complaint is that all controls are touch screen and I am always nervous that I will end up scratching the screen. Sony should have really included a plastic screen protector.

    6. Jacks- This unit is full of jacks: Component video, hdmi, headphone, microphone, usb, etc. A component video cable is included, but no hdmi cable

    7. Image stabilization- Sony dropped the ball here. The image stabilization is electronic and not optical. The HD pic quality is so detailed that it really requires optical IS. I feel that the IS system on this unit is a tad slow and could be more fluid. IIf you have good camcorder technique (e.g you don’t wiggle the camcorder all over the place) then turn on IS. Otherwise, turn it off. Many people on the net have unfairly criticized AVCHD saying that video playback is choppy on their computers. I would bet you that in some cases the cause of the choppiness is the IS system trying to compensate for their poor video technique.

    8. Handling-Definitely bigger and heavier than a mini dv camcorder, but is very nicely weighted.

    9. Digital Stills- I haven’t even tried shooting pics since I have a digital slr.

    10. Misc- No shoulder strap is included and no starter dvd is included. What the heck is Sony thinking? No shoulder strap on a unit that retails at $1,399.99? Also, why not throw in one blank dvd so people can shoot video right out of the box.

    Overall: Highly recommended at Amazon’s price of $799 + free bluetooth microphone. Don’t be scared off by the…

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  3. 33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great camera, negatives aren’t so bad…, December 28, 2006
    By 
    Kraig (Charlotte, NC, United States) –
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    This review is from: Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD 4MP High-Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    There have already been a few well articulated reviews for this camcorder so I won’t rehash the technical details of the camera. What I will do is caution you on over analyzing this product with what you read on the internet. Two sites, camcorderinfo.com and cnet.com do a pretty good job in their reviews of the HDR-UX1. But keep in mind that they are writing from the perspective of the tech junkie and/or semi-professional videographer.

    I, on the other hand, am just your average consumer looking to take advantage of affordable HD technology with the purchase of my first camcorder. I have had my camera for a week and have put it through every conceivable test. The bottom line is that it is one of the best cameras I have ever used.

    Most online reviews seem to focus on things like “noise” and “compression” issues. I saw none of that when playing back on my 42″ Plasma HDTV. The HDMI port on the camera made playback a breeze. Just plug and play literally. The 5.1 channel built-in microphone was really cool too. While recording my dog in the yard, I whistled for him to come and recorded him running towards me. When I played it back on my TV, you could clearly hear my whistle on the back channel speakers of my home theater and hear the dog galloping towards me on the front speakers for a truly surround sound experience.

    As for the picture, forget the negatives you hear about AVCHD. The compression worked just fine. It was clear, sharp and definitely in high definition. The video just popped off the screen beautifully and the colors where almost perfectly represented. I didn’t see any “noise” that I had read about from other reviews on other websites. Even if you are a professional production company looking for a portable camera to use in the field, this one does the job.

    Other features I really like that are not usually talked about are the night shot mode and the still camera ability. Night shot gives it that Desert Storm night vision look. Maybe it is just a novelty with no real practical use, but a really cool feature nonetheless. As for the built-in 4 mega pixel ability as a still camera…one word – impressive. Most people don’t buy camcorders for their snapshot abilities, but for someone like me who hikes and mountain climbs regularly, I needed an all-in-one unit with good results. Again, using my dog as a subject I snapped off about 10 still images in different lighting conditions and zoom levels. I then downloaded them to my computer and printed them to my Epson Photo Printer at 8″ x 12″ on photo paper. I got perfect results. So not only do I have a top-notch camcorder, I have a very good digital still camera as well.

    Finally, I agree that there are very few options for editing video at the moment. But that should be temporary. The software industry just has to play catch-up to the AVCHD technology. For now, you can do some basic clipping of video with the supplied software. But the ability to burn to standard DVD from the camera is simple and effective. I shot a quick 2-minute movie in high definition; connected my camera to the computer; uploaded the movie to my desktop; then simply right-clicked the file and clicked “Burn to DVD.” The Sony software took care of converting it to a standard DVD and burned it all within about 5 minutes. The playback quality going from HD to standard DVD was the same as any DVD movie you rent at the local Blockbuster. In other words, it looked great and even carried over the Dolby 5.1 onto the DVD. Sure it wasn’t a true 1080i recording like the original but even down-converting from the high def of the camera to a standard DVD that can be shared with friends and family was a simple process with great recording quality.

    The only real negative I can see at this point is recording time and weight. Other reviewers have mentioned the short record time. I agree. Just 15 minutes for HD+ mode is too short, but keep in mind you can now buy dual layered mini DVDs that double that time. Also, just knock the record mode down to the HD-Standard or HD-LP mode (instead of HD+) and you get a few more minutes. I for one sort of expected short record times so I can live with it. I’ll just make sure I always have a half-dozen or so blank DVDs in my camera case. The Sony HDR-SR1 might be a better option for you because it records 4 hours of HD video to a hard drive, but you still have upload to your computer and burn it to DVD if you plan on sharing it. The weight of the camera is pretty hefty by today’s standards. My parents have a Canon DC40 and it is a feather compared to the HDR-UX1. I could hold the Canon up chest high and take video all day long, but with the Sony, you definitely know you’re holding nearly 2 lbs. It’s not a big deal, but for long hikes in the mountains when you’re trying to record while walking and carrying a backpack, it can tire the shoulders out pretty quickly.

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