Place the pinnacle of high definition in your hands with the HDR-FX1000 high definition MiniDV Handycam® camcorder. Equipped with 24p progressive scan mode, you'll experience high-quality, film-like motion for brilliant scene reproduction while CinemaTone Gamma & CinemaTone Color provide the color & gamma range to give your footage an amazing film-like feel
It also features 3 1/3" ClearVid CMOS image sensors with Exmor derived technology which let you capture sharp, detailed images even in lower-light situations. And the 29.5mm wide-angle to 590mm telephoto G-lens with 20X optical zoom brings the action closer & allows for wider angle shooting
Take control of light in extreme settings with 3 built-in neutral density filters & 3 manual rings for adjusting zoom, focus & iris. Plus, the 3.2" Xtra Fine LCD & Optical SteadyShot image stabilization give you an unparalleled recording experience
In addition to 1080/60i recording, the HDR-FX1000 offers a 1080/24p & 1080/30pProgressive Scan mode that enables shooting with film-like results. Signals scanned at 24p/30p are converted to 60i (using 2-3 pulldown for 24p) & recorded on MiniDV tape, allowing footage to be played & edited using existingHDV products. In this way, progressive images can be handled in the conventional HDV editing environment
Users seeking extra control over image expression can use "Cinematone Gamma" to deepen the color & "Cinematone Color" to recreate film-like color tones. Cinematone Gamma allows operators to quickly set up & load a gamma curve with similar contrast characteristics to a film gamma curve
The HDR-FX1000 features 3 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 featuring a column A/D converter & dual noise reduction
Sensor resolution has been optimized & 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. Also featured is the signal processing circuit, the Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP) which uses Sony's unique image-processing technology.
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" reducing chromatic aberration caused by light refraction, & 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 so image quality does not suffer even at a zoom ratio of 20x.
I take video of my son and his friends racing things from go karts to super late model cars. I manually zoom in and out and the camera stays in focus at all times. People are amazed at the videos no matter if it is in the middle of the day or late at night in low light. The videos are still clear as can be. If you have the money you will not be disappointed. C Florida
One weekend with this advanced camcorder will make you wonder why you ever tried to capture sports action with still images. Results are stunning! Vegas 10 HD software optimizes 1080p rendering and uploads to YouTube (or anywhere else). Not for beginners, or those that do not understand the creative use of manual overrides.
While having my eye on the pending A77 replacement for my A700 DSLR, I found myself getting the HD video bug big-time. After reading the available Internet reviews, I came to the conclusion that this somewhat older camcorder model using inexpensive archive-able tape media offered the best HD image quality bang for the buck. (Because I am not a pro, widely expandable sound recording flexibility was not a priority.) With the formidable HDR-FX1000, that wonderful Sony HD image WOW factor is there to be had at your fingertips. In less than one weekend, I am up and running, mastering new capabilities with each touch of my precise, new optical tool. There are so many cool features that it would be impossible to reference them here. Lastly, this advanced camcorder integrates quite effortlessly with our existing Sony Vaio notebook computers, Bravia HDTVs, and PS3 - making their intrinsic value rise.
I used this camera for weddings, skateboarding, short films and documentaries and hasn't let me down. Vegas and Final Cut Pro are great to work with the FX1's .m2t format. Just invest in a better mic like the Rode VideoMic if you want the exceptional audio.
I've had the camera running for a day and it is very impressive. I shot my last feature doc on a Panasonic DVX100 and on another Panasonic 3CCD. And I just finished a project using a Sony HC9 and a Sony HD1000U. The FX1000 will help me achieve a deeper more vibrant look than the lesser expensive Sony cameras I've used. The color reproduction (just the negative) of the HC9 and 1000U did not compare well to the DVX100. I had to process a great deal in post. This was a tradeoff for HD with native 16:9 which everyone expects these days. It appears just looking at the footage in my NLE, that this FX1000 will give me very good color (as in raw right out of the camera). I did some tests in low light and no light (with three 3 watt on camera lights) and was extremely impressed. The manual gain is comparable to what I've experienced with the DVX. The other Sonys I've used have the touch screen menus (fingerprints on your LCD are such a bother). This was hard to get used to, but once you do, it isn't so bad. The FX1000 uses a scroll button for menu options which is located on the lower part of the camera body. This disconnect is going to take some getting used to (sans the fingerprints). But the assign buttons and the picture option button (for dialing in cinegamma settings) is nice and worked fluidly. This is the first camera I've used that has the cold shoe right in front of the LCD screen. I know that other Sonys have this feature, but I've only used the ones above. The reason I mention this is because when you put a light or mic on the cold shoe, it prohibits you from closing (or in the other case opening) the LCD screen. Now, this could present a problem if you want to conserve battery life. Sometimes, my interviews run for more than 3 hours on a film, and I have to either plug in the camera or get big batteries. I bought after market ones for the DVX that lasted for hours and not having to plug in the camera saves time and cords get in the way. Also, and this is obvious, but a XLR adapter could be a plus. I have gotten into some cheaper wireless lavs and they worked very well with the FX1000. Here's a notable difference between the audio on the FX1000 and the 1000U: it seems to have true two channel audio from the mini plug. Therefore, when I plug in one of my cheaper ($100) wireless lavs, I get the audio on the left channel. This is not the case with the 1000U that mixes the two badly (I fixed this with a cheap mixer). I plan on trying out my stereo on-camera mixer to see if I'm able to get the right channel for the other lav. Rarely, is it necessary in my interviews to have two channels, but this would be very helpful. I also use a Zoom H4 (with phantom power XLR) for the HC9 and its line out capability makes it a wonderful adapter (kinda like a Beachtech). Additionally, I like the 72mm filter size here. This makes it a good jump up from the DVX (maybe it is a lateral move, but native 16:9 and HD). Panasonic's answer is AVCHD which my NLE will handle but I'm told that rendering is slow. I'm not ready to ditch tape (think about archiving). Those are my initial thoughts. I still can't find anything that explains exactly what 24 progressive scan is. I've read the book on the camera and the stuff on Sony's website, but I have a nagging question: is this something like 24f. Looking at it in the computer tells me it is better, but I'd like to know more details. The HC9 cinematic effect is pretty good (although you lose manual options, but it is good raw which cuts down a little on processing time). I have that camera attached to a Letus and the stuff I've got, while a little grainy is very cinematic (especially when the blacks are crushed in post, but frankly the raw in cinematic effect is almost right by my eye). So, my two camera approach for my next project is the FX1000 and the HC9 with lenses. Seems like a good light doc rig. Thanks for reading my long winded initial review!
The best selling Prosumer Handycam just got better, read the specs, it has an enormous list of improvements. The value sticks to this camcorder like it sticks to a classic car, you'll enjoy for years. I am enjoying the ease and reliability thoroughly. Quality in construction equals top performance, this is not run of the mill. thanks Sony Japan!