Sony HDR-FX1000 High Definition MiniDV (HDV) Handycam Camcorder Kit. with Sony HVL-20DW2 20w/10w DC Video Light & Sony InfoLithium-Ion L Series Camcorder Battery, 6600mAh

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About Sony HDR-FX1000

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.

Sony HDR-FX1000 Features

  • Film-like Progressive Scan 1080/24p, 1080/30p, or 1080/60i
  • CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Color
  • 3x 1/3" ClearVid CMOS Sensors w/ Exmor technology
  • Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP) Technology
  • G Lens: 29.5mm Wide-Angle to 590mm (20x) Telephoto
  • Digital extender increases zoom by 1.5 throughout the range up to 30x at full zoom.
  • Superior low-light (1.5 LUX) shooting capabilities
  • 3x built-in neutral density (ND) filters
  • 3x manual rings for superior control: zoom, focus, and iris
  • 3.2" Xtra Fine LCD display1 (921k pixels)
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Manual Gain/Shutter/White Balance Adjustment
  • Improved Noise Reduction (w/ Exmor col. A/D conversion)
  • 2:3 pull-down to 60i for editing on most HDV software
  • Minus Auto Gain Control (Minus AGC)
  • Assign Buttons: 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
  • 0.45"Xtra Fine View Finder
  • HDMI connectivity provides a simple, high-quality video and audio connection
  • Ability to transmit HD video from the camcorder to compatible HDTVs via a single cable
  • Quickly transfer images from the camcorder to compatible devices equipped with an IEEE1394 interface, including camcorders, digital VCRs, and PCs, using this high speed, bi-directional digital video/audio connection.
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo Media Slot
  • Change the menu display from English to English (Simplified), Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese
  • Switchable HDV/DV Format Recording
  • Allows the user to set manual adjustments for a scene (color, sharpness, white balance, etc) into any one of 6 customizable presets
  • The Shot Transition function allows for smooth automatic scene transitions.
  • x.v.Color technology can capture or display nearly twice as many (1.8x) viewable colors than possible with the traditional RGB color standard.
  • While you are shooting, you can add a striped Zebra like pattern to bright areas of the video image, and display it in the LCD and viewfinder
  • When the histogram feature is turned on, a graph of the image's brightness distribution appears
  • The Peaking feature emphasizes the screen's edge in the LCD and viewfinder, making it easier to adjust the focus
  • The LCD and viewfinder feature a Centre Marker that lets users identify the centre of the screen at a glance
  • Four types of Color Bars are available for use
  • To enhance viewing enjoyment, users can create transitions between scenes by using the White fader or Black fader to fade images in and out

Sony HDR-FX1000 Specifications

Format(s) Supported
Video Recording System
Real-Time HD Codec Engine, HDV/DV Recording
Video Signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Assignable Dial
Docking Station
Lens Cover Type
Memory Stick slot
Memory Stick PRO Duo Media slot
S/S & Zoom button on LCD
Yes (Zoom Seesaw/ Ring/ Handle seesaw)
Imaging Device
3x 1/3" ClearVid CMOS sensor
Pixel Gross
3x 1,120K each (Red, Green, Blue)
EIP (Enhanced Imaging Processor)
Recording and Playback Times
HDV: up to 60 min. (with DVM60 cassette), DV: SP: up to 60 min., LP: up to 90 min.
Recording Media
MiniDV Cassette (sold separately)
Still Actual
1,080×810 (4:3), 1,440×810 (16:9)
Still Picture Resolution
1.2 megapixel
Video Actual
3x 1,1040K (16:9) each (Red, Green, Blue)
Video Resolution
Full HD 1440x1080
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM® Rechargeable Battery (NP-F570)
Power Consumption
Power Requirements
7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Audio Format
Stereo MPEG1 Audio Layer
Dolby® Digital Output
HD: HDV (MPEG1 Audio Layer II) / SD: DV ( 12/16bit PCM Digital Stereo)
Yes (Built-in)
Recording Format
Accessory Shoe
Yes (Cold)
Dual Record
Face Detection
Hybrid/Hybrid Plus
Memory Stick PRO Media Compatibility
Tested to support up to 16GB media capacity; does not support high speed transfer function; does not support Access Control security function.
Minimum Illumination
1.5 Lux
Quick On
SteadyShot® Image Stabilization
Yes (Optical)
Still Image Mode(s)
USB Streaming
White Balance
Auto / outdoor / indoor / One-push (A/B)
Smile Shutter
Easy Operation
Assignable Buttons, End Search
Fader Effect(s)
Black, White
Movie Mode(s)
Multiple Language Display
Picture Effect(s)
CinemaTone Gamma, CinemaTone Color and Shot Transition
Remote Control
Yes (RMT-831)
Scene Mode(s)
Picture Profile (upto 6 pre-set conditions)
35mm Equivalent
29.5 - (16:9), 36.1 - 722mm (4:3)
Digital Zoom
30x approx. (When Digital Extender "ON")
Filter Diameter
Focal Distance
4.1 - 82mm
Full Range Auto, Manual (Ring), One Touch
Lens Type
G Lens
Optical Zoom
Progressive Shutter Mode
Shutter Speed
1/4 - 1/10000 (60i/30p) 1/3 - 1/10000(24p)
LCD Screen
3.2" wide Xtra Fine LCD display1 (921k pixels)
0.45" Xtra Fine (16:9) Wide LCD1 (1,227k pixels)
Active Interface Shoe
Yes (Cold)
Analog Audio/Video Output(s)
Multi AV (Video/S Video/Audio)
Audio/Video Remote Terminal
Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s)
Yes (via multi AV)
Digital Audio/Video Input(s)
Yes (via i.LINK®)
Digital Audio/Video Output(s)
Yes (via i.LINK®, HDMI)
HDMI Connection Output(s)
Headphone Jack
Yes (Stereo Mini)
i.LINK® Interface
LANC Terminal
Yes (Stereo Mini)
Microphone Input
Yes (Stereo Mini)
S-Video Output(s)
Included in A/V Jack
USB Port(s)
Operating System Compatibility
Supplied Software
Dimensions (Approx.)
6 3/4 x 7 x 13 7/8 inch (169 × 178 × 349mm) including protrusions w/o gripbelt
Weight (Approx.)
4 lb 9 oz (2.1kg) w/ Lens hood with Lens cover
Limited Warranty Term
1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor

Sony HDR-FX1000 Reviews

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Reviewed by 6 customers

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Excellant Camera


from FL

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

(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Ideal For Competitive Soccer YouTube Video Posting


from Mid-South, USA

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.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Stepping up to serious HD video from my A700 DSLR


from Mid-South, USA

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.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Camera


from Long Branch, New Jersey  -  Pro Videographer

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.

(82 of 89 customers found this review helpful)


Impressive but what is "Progressive Scan?"


from Atlanta, Georgia

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!

(25 of 35 customers found this review helpful)


Dream Come True


from New York, NY

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!

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