The Sony HDR-FX1000 Handycam camcorder delivers HD-broadcast-quality moving images. With 24p Progressive Scan Mode, the HDR-FX1000's high-quality motion lets you realize brilliant scene reproduction. CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Color provide the HDR-FX1000 with the color and gamma range to give your footage an even more film-like feel.
Film-like Progressive Scan 1080/24p, 1080/30p, or 1080/60i:
In addition to 1080/60i recording, the HDR-FX1000 offers a 1080/24p and 1080/30p Progressive Scan mode that enables shooting with film-like results. Signals scanned at 24p/30p are converted to 60i (using 2-3 pulldown for 24p) and recorded on MiniDV tape, allowing footage to be played and edited using existing HDV products. In this way, progressive images can be handled in the conventional HDV editing environment.
CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Color:
Users seeking extra control over image expression can use "Cinematone Gamma" to deepen the color and "Cinematone Color" to recreate film-like color tones. Cinematone Gamma allows operators to quickly set up and load a gamma curve with similar contrast characteristics to a film gamma curve.
3x 1/3" ClearVid CMOS Sensors w/ Exmor technology:
The HDR-FX1000 features three 1/3" ClearVid CMOS Sensors, each having 1,120K total pixels. The 3 independent CMOS sensors each handle one of the color elements - red, green, blue (RGB) - improving the color reproduction of video recordings. Dark scenes can be captured with low noise thanks to "Exmor"-derived technology that features a new column A/D converter and dual noise reduction. Sensor resolution has been optimized and the photosensitive surface area has been maximized thanks to the unique grid arrangement of the photo diode sensors, in which each is rotated by 45 degrees. This model also features the signal processing circuit, the Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP) which uses Sony's unique image-processing technology.
Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP) Technology:
The EIP processor is able to rapidly process the vast amounts of pixel data read from the "3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor", and record beautiful HD and colorful video. The ClearVid CMOS Sensor has been developed using the most advanced technologies in the semiconductor industry. It handles video data in 1920 x 1080p and 4:2:2 color space for high-quality signal processing before recording it to tape in the HDV format2. Combined use of the EIP and 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system allows the HDR-FX1000 camcorder to provide extremely high image quality with a smooth gradation and detailed image reproduction.
G Lens: 29.5mm Wide-Angle to 590mm (20x) Telephoto:
The HDR-FX1000 is equipped with a 29.5mm wide-angle "G Lens" made from advanced 10 group, 15 element lens including "Extra-low Dispersion glass" which reduces chromatic aberration caused by light refraction, and produces video with extremely low color fringing. Designed for shooting situations ranging from broad landscape shots to conditions where sufficient distance from the subject is difficult to obtain. The 20x optical zoom (29.5mm-590mm: 35mm conversion) lets you zoom in to the subjects you can't get close to. The optical zoom takes maximum advantage of the lens performance, so image quality does not suffer even at a zoom ratio of 20x, allowing you to faithfully reproduce the subject's impact. The digital extender increases zoom by 1.5 throughout the range up to 30x at full zoom.
Superior low-light (1.5 LUX) shooting capabilities:
Superior low-light ability with high sensitivity enables clear shooting of subjects in light as low as 1.5 lux (at 1/30 fixed shutter speed with auto iris and auto gain). This allows you to capture sharp detail and brilliant colors even in less than perfect lighting, especially when professional lighting cannot be used.
3x built-in neutral density (ND) filters:
Gain more color control in extreme settings with three built-in ND filters for adjusting the amount of light entering the Image Sensor through the lens. Depending on shooting conditions, the operator can chose from Clear, 1/4, 1/16, or 1/64 filters. In strong, glaring sunlight these filters give users more flexibility in choosing the shutter speed and aperture for superior creative control.
3x manual rings for superior control: zoom, focus, and iris:
The HDR-FX1000 has three independent manual rings (zoom, focus, and IRIS ) for superior control and flexibility while filming which make it easier to promptly make adjustments to meet shooting needs. The IRIS ring allows you to adjust the aperture to attain optimal brightness and express beautiful depth of field shots, highlighting a subject while blurring a foreground or background. Exposure can also be assigned to the IRIS ring enabling the camera to automatically select the optimal iris, gain or shutter speed, seamlessly enabling adjustment of exposure.
3.2" Xtra Fine LCD display1 (921k pixels):
The 3.2" Wide1 (16:9) Xtra Fine LCD screen displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene. With 921K pixels resolution and a wide viewing angle, the XtraFine LCD screen is like having a HDTV built into your camcorder.
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization:
The Optical SteadyShot® Image Stabilization System from Sony reduces blur caused by camera shake and vibration, so your images stay crisp and clear. This optical stabilization system achieves an even higher level of smoothness without the image degradation that can occur with some digital stabilization systems.
Manual Gain/Shutter/White Balance Adjustment:
The ability to manually adjust gain, shutter speed, and white balance makes it possible to fine-tune the HDR-FX1000 model's settings for near-professional operability and advanced image expression.
Improved Noise Reduction (w/ Exmor col. A/D conversion):
Exmor technology captures video with high resolution, high sensitivity, and exceptional detail. Advanced on-sensor A/D conversion and dual noise reduction yields rich tonal reproduction with high signal-to-noise ratio.
2:3 pull-down to 60i for editing on most HDV software:
The 24p progressive scan signals are recorded to tape as 60i through means of 2:3 pull-down. This 2:3 sequence allows HDV material to be reverted to its original 24p form, as captured by the camera, using a compatible nonlinear editor2. Similarly, a 30p signal is recorded as a 60i signal by dividing each frame into two fields. This approach allows 24p and 30p progressive footage to be played back or fed to an editing suite seamlessly.
Minus Auto Gain Control (Minus AGC):
When shooting in overly bright conditions, this feature enables the selection of gain settings in the negative range for satisfying results with minimal noise.
This feature allows you to assign features you use often to shortcut buttons. The commonly used features can be used quickly without going through a menu selection (default: Zebra, AE Shift, and Record Review). Features that can be assigned: Extended Focus / Digital Extender (30x) / Ring Rotate/ AE Shift / Index Mark / SteadyShot / Back Light / Spotlight / Fader / Smooth Slow Rec / Color Bar / Rec Review / End Search / Zebra / Marker / Peaking / Pict. Profile / Shot Transition.
Additional record and zoom lever control on handle:
A record start/stop button is featured on the handle as well as on the side grip. The zoom lever enables easy zooming even when shooting from a low angle.
0.45"Xtra Fine View Finder:
This camcorder features a high-resolution 0.45" Xtra Fine (1,227K pixels) View Finder1 that offers extra clear visibility.
HDMI Connection 4:
HDMI connectivity 4 provides a simple, high-quality video and audio connection, with the ability to transmit HD video from the camcorder to compatible HDTVs via a single cable.
i.LINK Interface # (IEEE1394):
Quickly transfer images from the camcorder to compatible devices equipped with an IEEE1394 interface3, including camcorders, digital VCRs, and PCs, using this high speed, bi-directional digital video/audio connection.
Memory Stick PRO Duo Media Slot5:
Capture still images directly onto Memory Stick PRO Duo media5 (sold separately) for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing, or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick devices (sold separately).
Change the menu display from English to English (Simplified), Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese
Switchable HDV/DV Format Recording:
The HDR-FX1000 is capable of recording and playing back both High Definition and Standard Definition video recorded on MiniDV cassettes.
Picture Profile (up to 6):
Allows the user to set manual adjustments for a scene (color, sharpness, white balance, etc) into any one of 6 customizable presets, so they can be called up at just the touch of a button. This is useful when shooting under the same conditions repeatedly, as options do not have to be re-set each time. 4 settings for various shooting conditions are offered as defaults - portrait/ cinema/ sunset/ monotone.
The Shot Transition function allows for smooth automatic scene transitions. After an operator has programmed a shot's start and end settings (e.g., for zoom, focus, iris, gain, shutter speed, and white balance) and pressed the start button, a smooth transition takes place over the duration of the shot by automatically calculating intermediate setting values. This is very useful when complex camera settings are required during the scene transition - for example, when panning the camcorder from a distant subject to a close subject.
x.v. Color Technology:
x.v.Color technology can capture or display nearly twice as many (1.8x) viewable colors than possible with the traditional RGB color standard. This provides a more accurate and vivid color range, for a more natural, lifelike overall experience.
While you are shooting, you can add a striped pattern to bright areas of the video image, and display it in the LCD and viewfinder. You can use this as a rough guide for adjusting brightness, helping to prevent blocked highlights.
When the histogram feature is turned on, a graph of the image's brightness distribution appears. This gives you an objective determination of whether the video image as a whole is bright or dim. This makes it a handy guideline for brightness adjustment. You can adjust the camera's brightness and AE shift while checking this display.
This feature emphasizes the screen's edge in the LCD and viewfinder, making it easier to adjust the focus. You can change the peaking colour to white, red, or yellow according to the color of the subject, and you can also set the peaking level to high, medium, or low. This feature is handy when shooting with manual focus, because it makes it easy to tell where the focus is currently.
The LCD and viewfinder feature a Centre Marker that lets users identify the centre of the screen at a glance. Users can also display a Guide-frame grid on the screen that simplifies the vertical and horizontal alignment of shots.
Four types of Color Bars are available for use. These are convenient for color adjustment when playing back images on a TV or monitor.
To enhance viewing enjoyment, users can create transitions between scenes by using the White fader or Black fader to fade images in and out.
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Comments about Sony Sony HDR-FX1000 Mini-DV HD Camcorder:
This is a great camera for picture quality, and if
your coming from a little handycam or something like that,
you will be blown away. Your home movies will look amazing on your 52 inch tv, and everyone who watches what you film will be blown away by sheer picture. In bright daylight, you would think you have a hollywood camera in your hands. However, a major downside is that sony failed to provide xlr inputs, which is CRITICAL.
If you have amazing picture quality and mediocre sound, whats the point?
I would use this for home movies and vacations. Certainly not short films.
If your just looking to step up from a handycam and be able to play your home movies on an hdtv, then this is for you. If you want short film material or wedding video, look for something else, like the canon XH A1
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Comments about Sony Sony HDR-FX1000 Mini-DV HD Camcorder:
I use this product to make videos to post to youtube.com I use this camera to do free-lance wedding gigs.