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Sony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom

Sony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom
Sony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom


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Sony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom


Sony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom

The compact professional camcorders manufactured by Sony have introduced a new level of mobility for ENG and documentary-making worldwide with their superb quality and compact dimensions. These camcorders have dramatically revolutionized the traditional methods of capturing video footage. With the new Sony HVR-V1U camcorder, now you can enjoy the same mobility with the breathtaking beauty of 1080/24P shooting, and have the freedom to create video material with much greater creativity and visual impact. The HVR-V1U will pave the way into a new world of HD video productions.

  • 1080/24P scanning with 2:3 pull-down recording
  • 3 ClearVid CMOS sensor system; 4:2:2 color used by Sony Enhanced Image Processor
  • 20x Carl Zeiss Vario-Zonnar T lens with extra-low dispersion glass; 1.5x digital extender
  • 3.5-inch widescreen Clear Photo plus LCD display
  • Dual XLR audio inputs with variable control; supplied shotgun microphone
  • Dual XLR audio inputs with variable control and supplied shotgun microphone
  • 3 ClearVid CMOS sensor system , 4:2:2 color used by Sony Enhanced Image Processor
  • 20x Carl Zeiss Vario-Zonnar T lens with extra-low dispersion glass , 1.5x digital extender

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  1. 84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Outstanding, with some minor caveats, November 27, 2007
    By 
    snowleopard (Oregon) –
    This review is from: Sony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    I have had the chance to use this camera a few times, plus compare it to some other HD cameras out there in it’s price range, and came away impressed by a few aspects, and more knowing about a few others to consider.

    All in all this is a great little HD camera that takes great pictures right out of the box. It handles really nice, has a true microphone that comes with it, and the lens is great on it with it’s 20x ratio. It’s slow-motion, though at quality a little less than SD, looks fantastic and is great fun to play with. The camera’s low light capability is not as good as the Canon XH-A1 in the same price range, or the Panasonic HVX200 (another $2k+), or as good as the older Sony Z1 (which doesn’t shoot 24fps). Looking back, the Sony PD170, which was the low-light standard is about 2 stops better in very low light. But the V1u’s low light performance is almost one of taste. The camera tends to give a little more fine grain in such low light, kind of like film in some ways. My guess is that this “effect” is pleasing to some people, who don’t view it’s low-light grainy issues as a problem. Test for yourself before buying. The display and viewfinder are very nice too. Very sharp, with great readout info, including histograms, making sure every shot is properly exposed. The camera also has a really nice automatic gain control. Much better than the Canons in it’s price group. Nice focusing features too.

    The camera is also part of a larger packaged idea – it doesn’t come with, but works perfectly with a portable hard drive (HVR-DR60) that allows you go HDMI out, for much less compressed picture (though most people will think going to tape looks fine) and those files can be dragged and dropped right onto your computer – no more capturing! The LED light is really cool too. Again, these are extra cost.

    Pros -

    Gorgeous picture quality in most all lighting conditions. Doesn’t require a lot of tweaking, it looks good almost all the time right out of the box. But if you want to tweak, you can. If you want to really tweak, consider the Canon line-up.

    True 24fps, and true progressive chips, for filmmaking. Great film like gamma curves.

    Feels great in your hand. Very well balanced.

    True 20x zoom lens. The 30x digital zoom looks terrific!

    Nice zoom and focus ring. I was expecting lower quality.

    CMOS chips have very nice lack of smearing you see on most cameras that have CCD chips (those sharp vertical lines you see when taking footage of sunsets, for example) and the chips have a certain film like look to some more than other video cameras with 24fps features (including me).

    Comes with a true microphone – while not a $500 Sennheiser, it’s better than most any other on-board camera, which is a nice extra.

    Slow motion, if lower quality, looks really cool (up to 240 fps!). Very usable for video going to regular DVD (not HD) or to the web.

    Cool HDMI out, with other accessories (not included) such as shooting to hard drive, or a neat LED light.

    Con’s -

    Questionable low-light capability. If you’re shooting a lot of night time shots, dark indoors (horror movies, dimly lit interviews) you really need to test and compare this to other cameras before buying. If you’re shooting regular footage, especially a lot of outdoor, daylight, or professionally lit work, it shouldn’t be an issue at all.

    Cost is about $500 more than Canon’s comparable XH-A1 (which doesn’t come with the microphone).

    Files that go to the HVR-DR60 HD are .m2t format, which must be converted if you’re using a Mac (though still usable and convertible on the Mac).

    As good as the lens is, I believe the Canon is better, and has better image stabilizing capability.

    In summary, this is a great little camera for most uses, with a somewhat unique picture to it. Just about anyone going into a store to shop for one can easily compare this to similar cameras and see the features and issues I speak of. They should answer your questions right away whether this camera is for you or not.

    Finally, a price comparison:

    For $500 less, you can buy a Canon A1, which works better in low light, has more picture control, plus a better image stabilizer. But it’s a little bigger, can’t go HDMI out, has no slow motion, and doesn’t come with a pro microphone.

    For $2k more you can buy Panasonic’s HVX200, which has superior compression, and solid state capability, and slow motion in high definition (not down res’d, like the Sony).

    For $3k more, you can buy Sony’s new XDCAM PMW-1, which is an extremely impressive camera with a superior picture to any of these cameras.

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  2. 29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Who should buy this camcorder?, January 2, 2008
    By 
    DVDzRule “dvdzrule” (Sacramento, CA) –
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    This review is from: Sony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    I bought my HVR-V1U and have had it a week now. I am very impressed with the quality of video with very good light. In low light the quality of this video camera is poor. But after doing hours and hours of research I decided on this model for a few reasons.

    1) Size – This camcorder is about the same size as a VX-2000 with the same feel and pretty much the same layout.
    2) 24p – This camcorder can shoot film in true 24p which is great if you want to give your video that “Film look”
    3) XLR – This camcorder has 2 XLR inputs to put real good microphones on it if you want and comes with a $230 microphone.
    4) HDMI – This model has an HDMI out so I can quickly and easily with one cord connect it to my HDTV. The Sony HDR-FX1 doesn’t have this.

    I think the slow motion feature is pretty cool to experiment with. But the quality is low and of course there is no sound when you do this.
    Everything on the camcorder is made very well. No cheap buttons or parts.

    Disadvantages: It has a 62mm lens. The bigger the lens usually the better the low light quality since the lens can let in more light. The battery that comes with it is ok, but you definately should buy the biggest battery you can get. My extended battery lasts around 490 minutes record time or about 690 minutes on playback mode.

    The extended warranty Amazon offers on this model for 4 years is only $199.99. That is a really good price for a camcorder this expensive.

    Bottom line: If you want all the features of this model but want the best low light recordings possible, then purchase the Sony HVR-Z1U camcorder which is another $600 or so. The XLR is worth it because sound is usually the weakest link when watching any video recorded on a camcorder.

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  3. 22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best pro-sumer Sony yet, November 12, 2007
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    I got burned on my VX-1000 with its 32K stunted audio, no firewire in and no manual zoom. The PDX-10 that followed was great- except for still missing a manual zoom. I looked really hard at the first HDV cameras- and decided to wait, and V1U was well worth it.
    Bought the Sony HD- and am totally amazed at how much faster my edit process is. The picture quality is phenomenal- but, we’ve mostly used standard DV since clients are quite ready to pay for HD.
    If you’ve shot with a PD-170 you’ll find the form factor very familiar. Still not in love with the way Sony sets white balance- it’s not really totally intuitive- but, overall- this is the best camera I’ve worked with. Friends who’ve borrowed it are gaga- and they are used to shooting with Sony pro cameras. As always- audio is the most difficult part of shooting with a prosumer camera- and the handle mounted dials are a bit tough to manipulate while shooting- but, all that aside- this camera is amazing.
    Also picked up Sony’s LED light- it amazes me every time I use it- great light- no heat- and forever battery life.
    One thing about all the accessories- there isn’t a really good solution to mount HD, Light, Wireless receiver to this small frame. We’ve bought a bracket off e-bay that makes it easy to mount at least the HD and wireless box to the camera- when the light is on- and the battery for the light has to be on the extension cable. Still- very hand holdable.
    Only thing I miss from the VX-1000 was my Century .55x plus fisheye reversible lens- haven’t seen anything like it for 16×9 aspect ratios.
    If you’ve shot with Sony in the past- this is the camera for you.

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