Manufacturer: Sony Part number: HVRHD1000U
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- Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 6 reviews
- A camcorder has been created to meet the growing demand from users who are looking for mobility and professional appearance. The HVR-HD1000U features a shoulder-mount design and black matte body similar to that of professional camcorders; making it perfect for weddings, corporate communications, and sporting events where appearance makes a difference. Premium design characteristics and high-definition HDV 1080i recording are ... Read more
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Best Camera for the price
by Zaqueo on January 18, 2008
Pros: Looks impressive, easy to operate
Cons: Shoulder pad too stiff
Summary: The HD1000 is a solidly made camera, is not the “retro shoulder mount VHS looking plastic camera” described by critics. It feels hefty and is made of high impact ABS ...
Summary: The HD1000 is a solidly made camera, is not the “retro shoulder mount VHS looking plastic camera” described by critics. It feels hefty and is made of high impact ABS plastic. Following the tradition of Sony it has a very appealing look. Any non connoisseur will immediately recognized the HD style by the lens shade and the black color. Since shoulder mount was a definite necessity for my business this proved an excellent choice. Although very well balanced on the shoulder the shoulder pad needs to be adjusted to your needs to be able to balance the weight, the camera tends to be a bit front heavy but nothing like the Canon XL2 which made my right arm grow larger than my left. Contrary to opinions I had no problems with the hybrid LCD menus or focusing with the EVF and found it comfortable even in low light. As an amateur event videographer I’m yet to find a perfect camera for low light conditions (within my pocket’s reach) so I was not expecting much and as such I’m always depending on my trusty custom on board light that possesses a 10, 20 and 30 watts bulb. I have no problem convincing anyone for the need of extra lights even stubborn “Bridezzilas” and clergymen. As mentioned before I’ve used the Cannon Xl1s and the Xl2, also the Sony HVR-A1U and the HDR-HC1, although the HD 1000 cannot give you the rich colors of the Canon Xl2, or the manual choices of the A1U, the HD footage when down converted gives you better definition than the XL2 . The definition is exactly the same as the HVR-A1U. The lack of XLR can be remedied by the acquisition of the XLR adapter and a better quality shotgun mike. The main reason I acquired this camera was because the hand held cameras and the front heavy Canon where killing me in long takes where tripods where not feasible. I used the dreaded camera mounts but they were also prohibited in some instances. At no time I got this camera because it “looked” professional, In my part time business I deal with people on a one on one basis and the professionalism is established by the way I conduct myself but, then again the looks of the camera do help. I shot my 1st wedding in 1968 with a Bell and Howell model 306, today I still do the same thing, making any camera work for me, for my needs and within the limits of my budget.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Died 2,5 years after purchase with only 500 drum hours.
by M_ABC on March 18, 2012
Pros: Good HDV pictures and sound. Extremely lightweight for a shoulder mounted camcorder.
Cons: Poor hardware longevity.
Poor performance under poor lighting conditions.
Summary: I bought the PAL version of this camera (Sony HVR-HD1000E) and was very happy with it till it died 2,5 years (with only 500 drum hours) after purchase. After ...
Summary: I bought the PAL version of this camera (Sony HVR-HD1000E) and was very happy with it till it died 2,5 years (with only 500 drum hours) after purchase. After taking it to a Sony repair center they told me that the camera needed a new motherboard (VC-500). This longivity is clearly unnaceptable for a professional camcorder.
Graininess I can't fix
by reservoir12 on November 22, 2009
Pros: like the size and pro look of this camera with one hugely notable exception, i really like it.
Cons: Like the camera, but it is grainy... very grainy and i can't figure out if something could be set wrong or if it too a blow in shipping or never made it out of the factory ok. very frustrating. manual is of absolutely no help.
Summary: in retrospect, if i had thought for a second that a hd camera would have an issue with graininess, i would never have bought it. like the look and feel ...
Summary: in retrospect, if i had thought for a second that a hd camera would have an issue with graininess, i would never have bought it. like the look and feel of it but bottom line the product produced looks like crap right now.
Great Camera-Great quality for the pocket money spent!
by bondn21 on July 2, 2009
Pros: I use to have a JVC 110u for double the money of the Sony 1000u but the Sony to me is running neck & neck with more expensive cameras.I added a JuicedLinked xlr adapter and "boom" this camera is just right.Picture quality is great easy to manuver!
Cons: No xlr's but add a xlr adapter like juicedlink or beachtec you will be ok. I bet next year or two Sony will add xlr's and jack up the price on this camera-just wait!!
Summary: This is a sleeper camera-what I mean by this is that not alot of profesionals or even prosumers will believe what a good camera this is-Sony really did a good ...
Summary: This is a sleeper camera-what I mean by this is that not alot of profesionals or even prosumers will believe what a good camera this is-Sony really did a good job-and for the price-well you can't beat it! People will complain one chip no xlr's but if you are creative and no what to do in post production you can make a beautiful picture with this camera.I compared many cameras in this price range and a little more expensive ones too; iI compared picture quality because I already had my audio situation under control(xlr adapter box). If you are comparing video cameras do like I did, search the internet for video clips of all the cameras that is on your list.Pick out the best two or three- to help narrow or make it easier to decide. Make sure your editing software is compatible(real important)see how the camera will relate to what your projects will consist of. Don't forget your budget-if you do decide on a camera and it comes-it's not to your liking thirty days goes by-no refund you will always take a loss when you try and resell-trust me I know-so take your time(be anal about the decision) and let these things help you in making the right choice.There will be people out there who will dislike the camera you may want or there are people who will love the camera.It all boils down to what makes you happy,but do your homework first! Every product has its Pros and cons what matters is what can you handle when the product arrives on your door step?
nice body ,great value ,pro look !!
by cinepa on February 6, 2009
Pros: manual ring ! ,touch screen spot focus!!
Cons: tiny lcd ,no xlr mic. ,just only 1 CMOS chip
Summary: for a great value HVR-Hd1000 , I really like it's professional look and many useful features including spot touching focus via it's touch screen that lets me shift easily ; ...
Summary: for a great value HVR-Hd1000 , I really like it's professional look and many useful features including spot touching focus via it's touch screen that lets me shift easily ; usefully for a creative shot in short films ,presentation clips etc. This one can solves several basic needs.
Great "prosumer" camera for the price.
by bbarnes870 on January 18, 2009
Pros: Stability of a shoulder mounted design
Adjustable Shoulder Plate
Excellent Microphone with ability to upgrade
Excellent Still camera mode can be used while running camcorder(with sony memory stick)
Image quality and color saturation
Cons: Only records in 1080i
Summary: I use an HV30 for my fixed mount cameras and the Sony 1000 for my portable at events. It makes for a great mix and the stability of the 1000 ...
Summary: I use an HV30 for my fixed mount cameras and the Sony 1000 for my portable at events. It makes for a great mix and the stability of the 1000 is wonderful. I find the Carl Zeiss less superior to the Canon but I don't have the budget for 3 1000s.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: HVRHD1000U
- Description: A camcorder has been created to meet the growing demand from users who are looking for mobility and professional appearance. The HVR-HD1000U features a shoulder-mount design and black matte body similar to that of professional camcorders; making it perfect for weddings, corporate communications, and sporting events where appearance makes a difference. Premium design characteristics and high-definition HDV 1080i recording are the main features of this one-piece shoulder camcorder, ideal for working videographers on a budget. A built-in down-converter creates DV material, perfect for standard DVD productions. Plus, a special still photo mode is ideal for producing DVD cases and making wedding photo albums. Whether you are recording weddings and corporate communications or helping students make a documentary, the HVR-HD1000U is the best choice on the market today as an entry level professional camcorder.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder - 1080i
- Enclosure Color Matte black
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 3.2 megapixels
- Effective Video Resolution 2.28 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 20 x
- Effective Photo Resolution 3 megapixels
- Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution 6.1 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type Mini DV (HDV)
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.9"
- Optical Sensor Type ClearVid CMOS
- Min Illumination 0 lux
- Analog video format NTSC
- Image Stabilizer Optical (Super Steady Shot)
- Min Shutter Speed 1/2 sec
- Max Shutter Speed 1/10000 sec
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode
- White Balance Automatic,
- Exposure Modes Automatic,
- Camera Flash None
- Widescreen Video Capture Yes
- AV Interfaces S-Video,
- Type Carl Zeiss 10 x x Zoom lens - 4.4 mm - 54 mm
- Optical Zoom 10 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 4.4 mm
- Max focal length 54 mm
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Filter Size 37 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- DV input Yes
- Additional Features Built-in speaker,
Takes photos while movie recording
- Included Accessories Lens cap,
Audio / video cable
- Viewfinder Type LCD
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.27 in
- Viewfinder Resolution 123,200 pixels
- Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
- Type 2.7 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x Component video output,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x S-Video output,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK),
1 x Audio input,
1 x Headphones,
1 x Control-L (LANC),
1 x USB,
1 x DC power input
Memory / Storage
- Media type Mini DV (HDV)
- Memory Card Slot Memory Stick Duo card
- Video Recording Modes LP,
- Supported Battery Sony NP-F570
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 2200 mAh ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Detachable
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Microphone technology Electret condenser
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Weight 6 lbs
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