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(based on 11 ratings)
Brand: Sony
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Sony introduces the world's first HDV 1080i camcorder. The HDR-FX1 Handycam camcorder records and plays back high definition video with 1080 interlaced lines of resolution - the highest resolution (1440 pixels x 1080 lines) of any consumer camcorder available.
  • World's first Consumer 1080i Record/ Playback camcorder.
  • 3 - 1/3-inch wide aspect HAD CCD's (1.12 Megapixels each) allowing for enhanced color quality.
  • Super Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization system which keeps your video smooth
  • Dual recording modes (HDV/ DV) for the ultimate in versatility and compatibility.
Presenting the world's first consumer 1080i high definition camcorder, the Sony Handycam HDR-FX1. A revolution in form and function, the HDR-FX1 allows you to play and record interlaced high definition video at resolutions up to 1440 x 1080 for professional quality video with vivid colors and striking detail. It even offers the ability to switch to standard DV recording and playback as the situation warrants.

The HDR-FX1 features the Real-time HD Codec Engine, which offers professional-level MPEG2 video compression, and 14bit HD DXP (Digital Extended Processor) for increased processing speed. Images are captured on three chip Advanced HAD CCD system that provides increased detail and improved video performance without the color bleeding found in other system. Optical capabilities include a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom and Super SteadyShot image stabilization.

The HDR-FX1 offers an unprecedented amount of control to the user, including manual zoom, focus, and iris control. Picture Profile allows the user to create a number of preset video modes for a variety of shooting settings. Composing shots is easier than even with the 3.5-in precision hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display1 and the extra-large electronic viewfinder.

The Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam camcorder - the revolution begins.

3-1/3-inch 16:9 Advanced HAD CCD Imagers 1,120K Pixels Gross - Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD imagers with 1,120K effective (video) pixels provides excellent detail and clarity with exceptional digital video performance. Using a 3 chip Advanced HAD CCD system and dichroic prism to separate color information, colors are extremely accurate, and color bleeding and smearing are greatly reduced.

Advanced HAD CCD Technology - Enhanced CCD design allows more light to reach the imager which reduces video noise to improve signal-to-noise ratio by up to 6db (2x better than a standard CCD). Particularly effective when shooting in dark situations.

HDV Recording Format - From the innovators in camcorder technology, Sony's HDR-FX1 camcorder is the world's first HDV1080i consumer level camcorder and player. Now you can record all your memories in true high-definition video.

Switchable HDV/DV Format Recording - The HDR-FX1 is capable of recording and playing back both High Definition and Standard Definition video recorded on standard MiniDV cassettes.

Real-time HD Codec Engine - A Sony developed Real Time MPEG Encode/Decode system with reduced in energy consumption and compact size to fit inside a personal camcorder. Provides efficient MPEG2 compression, and recording and playback of clear HD images at the same bit rate of the DV format, so that High Definition video can be recorded on the same cassettes as are used for MiniDV recording.

12X Optical Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens - From the authority in lens technology, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens provides a high quality 12x optical zoom which maintains image clarity and color while reducing glare and flare.

3.5-inch Wide Precision Hybrid SwivelScreen LCD Display (250K Pixels) - Provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The 250K pixel LCD display makes images sharp and detailed during playback or when monitoring recording. The Hybrid Reflective-Transmissive LCD Screen provides accurate viewing in sunlight or bright light, virtually eliminating the washout common with traditional LCD Screens.

Super SteadyShot Optical Stabilization System - An advanced form of Sony's SteadyShot Image Stabilization system that controls an even higher range of shake and vibration frequencies. This optical stabilization system achieves an even higher level of smoothness without degradation of video like some digital stabilization systems.

Analog/Digital Conversion with Pass-Through - Convert and/or record any analog NTSC video source to digital video via the analog inputs. Analog NTSC video can also be passed through the digital Handycam camcorder directly into a PC via the i.LINK interface in real-time for easy PC editing of your analog footage.

Manual Zoom and Manual Focus Ring - Dual independent Zoom and Focus rings provide precise and detailed control over the amount of zoom and the overall focus of the image with just a turn of the rings. Fast, intuitive framing when zooming, and finely detailed focusing is easy with the natural feel of the rings.

Expanded Focus Indicator - The camera?s LCD image is magnified, temporarily, up to 4X its original size without any loss of distortion. This allows the user more finite control while focusing the camera for greater detail and clarity.

Picture Profile - Allows the user to set manual adjustments for a scene (color, sharpness, white balance, etc) into any one of six presets, so they can be called up at just the touch of a button. Useful when shooting under the same conditions repeatedly, as options do not have to be re-set each time. Settings for various shooting conditions are offered as defaults.

CineFrame Recording - Provides the option of recording video at either 30 fps or with a feeling of film-like 24 fps.

Assignable Buttons - Three buttons on the exterior of the camcorder are user-assignable so that they can be set to the options most commonly utilized, for ease of recording.

i.LINK DV Interface (IEEE1394) High Speed bi-directional digital video/audio communication between two compatible devices equipped with an IEEE1394 interface, including camcorders, digital VCRs, and PCs.

MPEG 1 Audio Layer II - The HDR-FX1 records audio in MPEG1 Audio Layer II while recording in HDV format that provides outstanding sound quality even when compressed. In the standard DV format audio is recorded in either 12/16 bit (selectable) PCM Digital Stereo for audio quality that rivals that of a CD.

Manual Iris Control - By turning the Iris dial on the side of the camera, the user can manually adjust the amount of light entering the camera. The iris is adjustable from f1.6 to f11, in 24 steps.

Shot Transition - Allows for a smooth automatic scene transition. Settings for focus, zoom, iris, gain, shutter, and white balance can be set to the A/B button and a smooth transition will take place according to the set time. This function enables the focus to gradually shift from the front of the screen to a deeper part of the screen. Thus the iris enables a smooth change of depth of field.

Additional Features

  • Handle Mounted Zoom/Recording Control
  • Manual Shutter Speed
  • 2 Position Neutral Density Filter
  • Color Bar Generator
  • Digital Audio/Video Fader
  • 14-Bit A/D DXP
  • Cinematone Gamma Control

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.7 stars
(based on 11 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Comfortable to operate(7), Durable(8), Great features(10), Great picture quality(11), Great sound(10)
Best Uses:
Family(4), Movies/short films(8), Outdoor events / games(9), Professional work(6), Sports(4)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(5), Professional(3), Semi-professional(3)

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
A Nice Camera
By Kelly MichelleVerified Reviewer from Coppell, TX on 4/22/2008
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls
Cons:
Flimsy Construction, Poor Battery Life
Best Uses:
Movies/Short Films, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam Camcorder - <b><i>Secret</i> Camcorder Sale!</b>:

After using Sony EX1 and HDV-Z7U this camera seems inadequate. Do not get me right, this is a great camera, but it is a starting point. Great for students or family videos, even short films. I just became really spoiled!

 
Best video camera I've ever used
By Matt the directorVerified Reviewer from Denver, CO on 3/19/2008
Pros:
Great Picture Quality
Cons:
It was a little heavy
Best Uses:
Movies/Short Films
Describe Yourself:
Getting started
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam Camcorder - <b><i>Secret</i> Camcorder Sale!</b>:

As a director, nothing makes uploading videos easier than this camera

 
I would buy this product again
By FASS52Verified Reviewer from SILICON VALLEY on 3/18/2008
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Family, Movies/Short Films, Special Events, Sports, Travel, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam Camcorder - <b><i>Secret</i> Camcorder Sale!</b>:

I hear everybody talking about Canon and all the rest, but it seems like to me that Canon and all the rest are trying to emulate the HDR-FX1.

 
super camcorder
By camman2391 from severna park, MD on 1/7/2008
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Family, Movies/Short Films, Special Events, Sports, Travel, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam Camcorder - <b><i>Secret</i> Camcorder Sale!</b>:

this is a very well made camcorder and worth ever penny!

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Camcorder!!!!!!!!
By EL-woodVerified Reviewer from Nouakchott, Mauritania on 12/26/2007
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Family, Movies/Short Films, Special Events, Sports, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam Camcorder - <b><i>Secret</i> Camcorder Sale!</b>:

I love this product. I used to have a normal low line handy cam. good camera but i wanted a better picture and sound quality. and this is exactly what i wanted for making short films. I mostly make films for small businesses, like cafes, restaurants, and i like to make films with my friends. This camera is perfect. The picture quality is great and the sound quality is great. I recommend this.

 
HDR-X1 is one great Camcorder
By Park the PhotographerVerified Reviewer from Central Pennsylvania on 11/2/2007
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Movies/Short Films, Professional Work, Special Events, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam Camcorder - <b><i>Secret</i> Camcorder Sale!</b>:

This camcorder is a great "upgrade" from the traditional mini. It has great weight (feel) and produces excellent quality recordings.

 
OUTSTANDING CAMCORDER
By KERMIEEE from EVERETT, WA. on 9/1/2007
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, HE HI DEF MARKET, Versatile
Best Uses:
Casual Use, Family, Movies/Short Films, Professional Work, Special Events, Travel, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast, OPERATE VIDEO FOR CITY, Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam Camcorder - <b><i>Secret</i> Camcorder Sale!</b>:

JUST A DARN GOOD PIECE OF WORK, BUT WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM SONY.

 
This camera is the best for any project
By Burlington County Institute of Tech TVVerified Reviewer from Willingboro NJ on 8/15/2007
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Compact, Durable, E-z attachments, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Lightwieght, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Classroom, Movies/Short Films, Professional Work, Special Events, Sports
Describe Yourself:
Getting started, Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Student
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam Camcorder - <b><i>Secret</i> Camcorder Sale!</b>:

This camera is so sleek you can use it anywhere, yet simple enough for the classroom

 
The best Handycam I have ever see
By RajVerified Reviewer from Seattle,WA on 2/17/2007
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
Pros:
Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Home, Office, Professional Work, Special Events, Travel
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam Camcorder - <b><i>Secret</i> Camcorder Sale!</b>:

The product was beyond my expectations.The performance is ultimate.

 
Splendid
By RajVerified Reviewer from Seattle,WA on 2/17/2007
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
Pros:
Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Home, Office, Professional Work, Special Events, Travel
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam Camcorder - <b><i>Secret</i> Camcorder Sale!</b>:

The ultimate product I have ever seen.The performance is beyond my expectations.

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
super
By photoguy from sanJose,CA on 12/30/2006
Pros:
Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Cons:
weight
Best Uses:
Professional Work, Special Events, Travel

Comments about Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam Camcorder - <b><i>Secret</i> Camcorder Sale!</b>:

great quality

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