|Sony HVR-A1 1/3" Professional HDV Camcorder New|
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|Sony HVR-A1U 1080i HDV Camcorder HD A1J - 30 Day Warranty|
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|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||DV, DVCAM, Flash card, MiniDV HDV|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||5.1mm - 51mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||37 mm|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Lens Manufacturer||Carl Zeiss|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/10000 sec|
|Min Illumination||7 lux|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/4 sec|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||Memory Stick Duo|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.54"|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x Control-L (LANC), 1 x DC power input, 1 x S-Video output, 1 x USB, 1 x audio input, 1 x component video output, 1 x composite video/audio output, 1 x headphones|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Battery Manufacturer||Sony NP-FM50|
|Effective Still Resolution||2.8 MP|
|Effective Video Resolution||1.2 MP|
|Additional Features||Backlight Compensation, Built-In Speaker, Color Bar, Histogram Display, RGB Primary Color Filter, analog to digital conversion with pass through|
|High Definition Video Support||1080i|
|Widescreen Video Capture||Yes|
Average review score based on 17 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I bought this camera because I wanted a high quality picture from a camcorder that was small enough to carry around. I was not disappointed.
Overall I like the camera. The sound is good, image is sharp with lots of detail when shot under conditions with good light, and the camera is small enough so it wont weigh you down or make your hand tire from carrying it.
Now for the bad... Almost all the adjustments are in the touch screen, although there are a lot of options so if you like shooting manual, you can. The steady cam (anti-shake) is just OK. My shoulder mount Sony 2000MC's Steady cam is amazing, and much better than the A1U's. It uses tape and for some reason when importing HD video into my computer, the camera seems to have a mind of its own and imports when it feels like, although it always imports standard video with no problem. But I didn't buy an HD camera to shoot standard. The lens hood will only fit without a filter. The stock battery does not last long. I bought 2 after market batteries from ebay that last for hours.
I would recommend the camera if you needed a high quality camera only if you don't mind using mini-tapes, otherwise wait just a short couple of months and you will see the internal hard drive version soon if it is not already here.
I bought this camera to be used along with 3 Sony Z1U cameras, appearing in the video as a prop camera with hopes of using the footage in the program. I was in the editing facility and was awestruck by the seamless matching and "cut in" quality of this camera's footage. Set on auto everything, even audio with the shotgun mic on top, the quality was just perfect. Even a beautiful model can make great shots without any prior knowledge or training! It works really well with manual settings, professional lighting and on a tripod. It is also the greatest mini HD camera handheld. Goes neck to neck with the SONY F900 HD as well as the Panasonic Varicam. The footage will intercut!
Totally worth the small price to pay when travelng abroad and having a back up camera on a documentary. Thank you SONY! I highly recommend this product for professionals as well as wanna bees.
I knew this was a small camera from seeing pictures but, it did look professional. The HVR A1U may have only one chip but it's a great chip. The only set back that I found with this camera, and I didn't realize it because I was so impressed with all the other features before I bought it, was it only goes down to 7 lux. If I remember correctly, at the time I may have even realized it but bought it anyway. From shooting my pets to scenery it's great..."out doors", that is. In house lighting and darker situations it doesn't do that well. I got it "mainly" for ghost hunting since it has the night vision only the I.R. light covers just a small area with light opposed to my older Sony TRV 103 which does great with that stuff. Well the 103 broke down, it skips when play back is initiated.
The A1U works beautifully with everything else and if you add a light to it, indoors is fine. It has many features for correctly setting it up per situation and when I did sound for an out door concert, I mixed for the show but cheated a little for the headphones while using the XLR inputs directly into the camera from the mixer and WOW!! I was impressed. If you set the volume input manually to keep it from distorting, the direct in is fantastic. I don't know a heck of a lot about video cameras but I do know sound and this thing is right on the money for that. The included mic is ok for live events but I believe a better quality shotgun mic will be a plus. I used my Rhode NT2 with it in one channel on mono and later two MXL 2000 mics one in each channel and room recorded bands and it sounds great. My next step is a 3 chip camera of some kind so I can get down to 1 lux or so for night time videoing, sunsets, sunrises etc.
Hope this helps, for the money, I'd do this again (although I did get mine on ebay with 10 hours on the drums and for 1,200 dollars).
One other thing, when you use the camera without the shotgun mic, the stereo mic is really cool. I use headphones when I record and playback and when something passes the camera, left to right, (say your dog walking by on the hard wood floors with his nails clicking) it's "VERY" directional and the imaging is fantastic. Birds in the early morning are crisp as a bell!!
I was shown various camcorders that would work with my MacBook Pro. The Sony had the most features for different functions. I can live stream using SD or switch to HD for recording video. The microphone is a higher caliber than the contemporary camcorders espcially as it pertains to live streaming. The rating of professional camcorder gives me room to advance my skills.
The Sony Hi-Def cameras are the industry standards. Built for ease of use and high quality video. You can, literally, start your own video company with one of these. Shoot wedding videos, television commercials, website video content or music videos. The compact size allows you to take it on the go very quickly. AND the biggest difference between commercial quality and consumer HD cameras is the audio quality. XLR inputs mean you can plug into boom mikes, directional mikes, and lavalier (clip) mikes and get professional quality sound that you cannot get with the consumer models.
The industry is moving to hi-def and these cameras are the affordable way to join the revolution. I love mine.