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Sony HXR-MC50U – Ultra Compact AVCHD Camcorder

Sony HXR-MC50U – Ultra Compact AVCHD Camcorder
Sony HXR-MC50U – Ultra Compact AVCHD Camcorder


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Sony HXR-MC50U – Ultra Compact AVCHD Camcorder


Sony HXR-MC50U - Ultra Compact AVCHD Camcorder

Announcing the introduction of the HXR-MC50U – a small camcorder with big camera performance. It combines a Sony wide angle G Lens and a single 1/2.88 size Exmor R sensor with six million pixels to an adaptive MPEG-4 codec. Features: Wide angle professional quality Sony G Lens technology provides exceptional image fidelity 1/2.88 back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor offers exceptional low-light sensitivity Quick AF system improves precise auto focus even in challenging situations Infrared NightShot night vision filming and photography Full raster 1920 x 1080i AVCHD high definition recording at up to 24Mbps Standard definition recording using Long GoP MPEG-2 Built-in 64GB solid state hard disk drive can store up to six hours of HD video footage in FX mode Media card slot conveniently accepts Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards Assignable dial allows precise manual control of focus, exposure, white balance, iris and shutter speed

  • Wide angle professional quality Sony G Lens technology provides exceptional image fidelity
  • 1/2.88″ back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor offers exceptional low-light sensitivity
  • Quick AF system improves precise auto focus even in challenging situations
  • Infrared NightShot night vision filming and photography
  • Full raster 1920 x 1080i AVCHD high definition recording at up to 24Mbps

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  1. 22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Cam, August 28, 2010
    By 
    G. Buzel “G” (San Diego, CA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Sony HXR-MC50U – Ultra Compact AVCHD Camcorder (Electronics)

    I have had this cam right now for about 3 weeks. I was one of the first to buy it. Being a “pro” user (I have the PMW-EX3), I found a good niche for this cam. The real plus is the size and image quality you obtain for such a small form factor in this camcorder.

    Pros:

    Small SIze
    Lightweight
    Great video quality
    Still mage quality better but still not as good as a DSLR
    Steady shot is fabulous (makes many handheld shots look near or almost tripod steady! Best stabilization I have seen to date!)
    Shotgun mic, directional picks up well
    Touch screen LCD, 3″ large
    Has EVF (not great but i has one)
    64GB internal memory over 300mins at max quality of shooting time
    External mic jack
    Ext headphone jack
    “nightshot” IR mode and cam has IR light illuminator
    HDMI out (HDMI mini)
    Great optics
    Full HD chip

    Cons:
    Manual Control very limited and menu based
    Audio adjustment is just 2 positions attenuated and normal
    No audio metering
    LCD is fingerprint prone and needs to be wiped down after a few uses
    EVF very small, cannot be used for focus adjustments
    no progressive video

    Many have wrote to me and said the HXR-MC50U is very similar to the CX550. I never used one so I can’t say.
    This cam is great for “run and gun” work, ENG, filmmakers, and news shooting. It should never be considered for your “primary” cam, but its a great derringer cam ready to be with you whenever.
    And if your a still photo person, the still quality is the best I have seen for a camcorder, but it won’t replace a full JPG shot with w DSLR like a Canon or Nikon.

    Over all this cam gets 5 stars since it works great for what I use it for…run and gun, it stealth and works great for it’s size.

    Thanks

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  2. 10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Phenomenal Compact Full HiDef video camera!, March 31, 2011
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    This review is from: Sony HXR-MC50U – Ultra Compact AVCHD Camcorder (Electronics)

    We just returned from a 19 day safari to Botswana and Zambia (Victoria Falls). Like the user above, I too have a SONY PMW-EX3, which is an incredible professional camera, but it was too large to carry on the bush flights within Africa, where weight is very limited! This little camera did everything SONY said it would and could do, and more. Carrying a laptop computer with me, I was able to transfer the day’s video clips each day on to the computer with ease using the SONY PMB program which comes with the camera. and the videos were of the highest poossible resolution, full 1920 hi def. With very little study, and an available user’s manual, I was able to master the lengthy menus which covered everything I needed to do to get great video in 793 clips. I also found it to be very sturdy and easy to handle under the most adverse of conditions, although it would be nice if SONY offered a rain cover to custom fit the camera, as the generic Petro case. which purports to fit this camera, was virtually impossible to use, especially at the end of the rainy season when you are likely to run into heavy showers, not to mention the massive clouds of spray at Victoria Falls. In my opinion, it was money well spent!

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  3. 23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Lacking features, I wouldn’t buy one, October 24, 2010
    By 
    MediaBaron (Hilo, Hawaii) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Sony HXR-MC50U – Ultra Compact AVCHD Camcorder (Electronics)

    Yes, I’m using one of these cameras, no I didn’t buy it. Someone at work bought it that doesn’t know much of anything about shooting video.

    The pros are:
    * Compact camera, easy to hold
    * Big fold-out screen
    * Lens hood
    * Nice, sharp lens
    * Battery lasts a long time
    * Takes SDHC instead of just stupid Memory Sticks
    * Has huge internal memory of 64GB

    The cons are:
    * Expensive considering the lack of features.
    * No progressive modes (no 24p, no 30p)
    * Poor low-light capability (just shot a night parade, and video came out pretty dark in non-nightshot mode)
    * Many menu commands are buried deep and it’s hard to drill down to the command you want (you can set-up a favorites menu but it still sucks)
    * In high humidity conditions the touchscreen controls don’t work properly, will often register a wrong choice.
    * The ‘shotgun’ mic isn’t very good or directional. I have a Rode VideoMic which really outperforms the Sony mic
    * Only one manual control knob so you can have it do manual focus or exposure compensation but not both, bad placement for when the camera is on a tripod unless you have tiny long fingers.
    * Using the touchscreen means you’ll be jarring the camera while shooting.
    * No hotshoe for accessories

    The lack of a progressive mode is a real deal-killer. Do you want your videos to look like a weekend video guy or a filmmaker pro?

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