Manufacturer: Sony Part number: HVR-V1U
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- The compact professional camcorders manufactured by Sony have introduced a new level of mobility for ENG and documentary-making worldwide with their superior quality and compact dimensions. These camcorders have dramatically revolutionized the traditional methods of capturing video footage. With the new Sony HVR-V1U camcorder, now you can enjoy the same mobility with the breathtaking beauty of HD picture quality. Have ... Read more
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Great film-like footage in a feature-rich camera.
by mjrei1 on January 9, 2008
Pros: 24p, 30p, 60p progressive scan modes, 1080i hi-def, cmos sensors
Cons: Speed sensitive manual focus ring.
Summary: I bought this camera from Camulet for $3,800 after tons of research. I compared it to every 3 chip/cmos hi-def, progressive scan, prosumer camera available under $6,000. ...
Summary: I bought this camera from Camulet for $3,800 after tons of research. I compared it to every 3 chip/cmos hi-def, progressive scan, prosumer camera available under $6,000. Needless to say, the V1U was my choice.
I do love this camera. It's light and compared to similar feature and quality cameras it is on the small side. Not to be misunderstood, this is still a big camera. It is small and light only when compared to other similarly loaded prosumer cameras.
What's great about this camera is the true film like footage in the 24p/1080i mode. I have considered getting a 35mm lens adapter (and probably still will) but it is arguably not necessary as the footage really does simulate film. The colors, depth of field and blacks look fantastic.
The lens focal length is approx. 4mm to 78mm making for a great all around lens. You can go fairly wide as well as long for depth of field effects shots. No need to throw on an expensive adapter/35mm lens combo for that depth of field boque or rack focus shot. (This is not to say that the adapter/35mm lens combo wouldn't push the film envelope even further.)
Some reviews on the V1U have stated it is a little weak in low light due to the size of the cmos sensors vs. ccd sensors. I have not found this to be necessarily true. With a touch of gain I can go into very dark settings and shoot without any problem. In fact, according to technical reviews on the V1U, the array of cmos pixels vs. ccd pixels allows for the smaller cmos sensors to perform right along with the larger ccd sensors. Also, in the diagonal pattern of cmos/diamond shaped pixels vs. the vertical/horizontal pattern of ccd/round shaped pixels, more information can be stored in the same file size making the digital extension on the zoom actually work in pro settings.
The only real complaint I have of the V1U is the manual focus ring. It is speed sensitive making it challenging to get a feel for rack focus shots done manually. I don't know what advantage this kind of focus has over a linear change in the focus ring. I'm not sure I care what Sony's rational was in choosing this type of focus mechanism since it seems a linear adjustment would be so much more precise. Considering all the camera's strong suites this complaint is really not that big of a deal. More of an annoyance than anything else.
Bottom line this camera has more to offer than most pro setups require. So far the only thing I would like from Sony is another V1U for two camera shooting!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Professional well built Hi quality
by surfferx on May 30, 2008
Pros: 24p ,light easy to use
Cons: 4 lux Dark footage to much noise after 6db
Summary: This is the first HD I have ever owned I bought it over one year ago to shoot weddings . After shooting for many years on the VX-2100 it was not ...
Summary: This is the first HD I have ever owned I bought it over one year ago to shoot weddings . After shooting for many years on the VX-2100 it was not easy to get used to because of the amount of light need to capture clean footage. I converter a 250 out door light that use only 26 watt and started shooting in 24p It worked very well. Now I shoot mostly commercials and it works great I have taken this camera every wear even in the jungles of south america it is a true work horse .I manly shoot in 24p for me it works the best .
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Not a good camera
by misxtl on August 19, 2010
Pros: None what so ever
Cons: Nothing but trouble, overpriced.
Summary: Lasted just out of warranty, Trying to get service from sony is the worst. It stopped working in the middle of a very important shoot. The problem I had was, ...
Summary: Lasted just out of warranty, Trying to get service from sony is the worst. It stopped working in the middle of a very important shoot. The problem I had was, for no reason it started saying "reinsert tape" and quit working. I looked online and this is a very common problem for these cameras to do this just out of warranty. Trying to get it fixed has been a nightmare! I would recommend staying far away from sony altogether!
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: HVR-V1U
- Description: The compact professional camcorders manufactured by Sony have introduced a new level of mobility for ENG and documentary-making worldwide with their superior quality and compact dimensions. These camcorders have dramatically revolutionized the traditional methods of capturing video footage. With the new Sony HVR-V1U camcorder, now you can enjoy the same mobility with the breathtaking beauty of HD picture quality. Have the freedom to create video material with much greater creativity and visual impact. The HVR-V1U will pave the way into a new world of HD video productions.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder - 1080p
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 1.12 megapixels
- Effective Video Resolution 1.04 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 1.5 x
- Effective Sensor Resolution 1.04 megapixels
- Total Pixels 1.12 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type Mini DV (HDV)
- Optical Sensor Size 1/4"
- Optical Sensor Type 3 ClearVid CMOS
- Min Illumination 4 lux
- Analog video format NTSC
- Min Shutter Speed 1/4 sec
- Max Shutter Speed 1/10000 sec
- Shooting modes Normal movie mode
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Outdoor,
- Exposure Modes Automatic,
- Widescreen Video Capture Yes
- Features Zebra pattern
- AV Interfaces S-Video,
Exposure & White Balance
- Gain Selection 0 dB,
+ 9 dB
- Built-in ND Filters 1/4,
- Type Carl Zeiss 20 x x Zoom lens - 3.9 mm - 78 mm - F/1.6-2.8
- Lens aperture F/1.6-2.8
- Features ED glass
- Optical Zoom 20 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 3.9 mm
- Max focal length 78 mm
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Filter Size 62 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- DV input Yes
- Additional Features Built-in speaker,
Auto power save
- Remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Included Accessories Lens cap,
Component video cable,
IR remote control,
Power adapter with battery charger,
Audio / video cable
- Viewfinder Type LCD
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.44 in
- Viewfinder Resolution 252,000 pixels
- Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
- Type 3.5 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK),
1 x Audio input ( XLR x 2 ),
1 x Headphones,
1 x Control-L (LANC),
1 x USB,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x S-Video output,
1 x Component video output,
1 x DC power input
Memory / Storage
- Media type Mini DV (HDV)
- Supported Battery Sony NP-F570
- Supported Battery 1 x Sony NP-F570 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
- Battery type - Lithium ion
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Resolution 211,000 pixels
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Width 5.7 in
- Depth 17 in
- Height 7.2 in
- Weight 3.3 lbs
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