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Sony HDR-FX1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 259 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the color and design are overall positive. The usability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the zoom and battery. Reviews are divided on the size.

value for money, image quality, usability, design, color

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-FX1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony HDR-FX1


Editor's note: Though the HDR-FX1 remains an excellent prosumer HDcamcorder, the changing competitive landscape has prompted us to retire itsEditors' Choice designation. Furthermore, its feature set now suffers incomparison to those of recent models,...

Sharp and vibrant three-chip HD images; native 16:9 capture; ability to downconvert video for use with existing editing systems and displays

No XLR inputs or independent audio-level controls; no 24P; somewhat difficult to control and monitor focus manually; limited HDV editing and distribution options at this time

Though it lacks some audio flexibility and isn't recommended for 24fpsshooting, the HDR-FX1 provides advanced consumers with professional-levelvideo controls and entry-level pros with an affordable starting camcorder.

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Sony HDR-FX1 First Impression Camcorder Review - Sony HDV Camcorders


Sony's HDR-FX1 is the first three-CCD HDV camcorder to hit the market and, to many, the first HDV camcorder to be taken seriously. The HDR-FX1 records video to standard MiniDV tapes at 1080 lines of resolution, 60 interlaced fields a second. With...

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Sony HDR-FX1: High Definition Video Has Arrived!


High-definition camcorders are finally here! The Sony HDR-FX1 is the first consumer digital video camera capable of shooting in 1080 lines of resolution with a 16:9 native aspect ratio. We take a look at just how much of a leap image quality has just...

You must remember that buying an FX1 implies investing not only in a pricy camera, but in a whole series of other expensive products. To appreciate its quality you need a flat-screen television set or HD-compatible video projector, and to edit the HDV...


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Sony HDR-FX1: High Definition Video Has Arrived!


High-definition camcorders are finally here! The Sony HDR-FX1 is the first consumer digital video camera capable of shooting in 1080 lines of ...

Progressive mode requires a TV set that supports it, while interlaced mode is the natural scan mode used by TVs. The debate going on today centers on which of the two formats delivers the best image quality. This deliberation concerns not only...

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HDR-FX1E - three-CCD semi-professi...


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Sony HDR-FX1


Perhaps one of the most anticipated events in recent history, by semi-pro videographers is the upcoming release of Sony's new HDR-FX1 3-CCD high definition camcorder. Many of us have been disappointed by the JVC offerings due to their decision to use...

True 16x9 1080i high definition video using 3 CCD sensors ; Image quality is extremely high in all modes ; Excellent manual controls ; Many video format conversion options

Being marketed as a 'consumer' camera, but is too complex, big, and expensive for a typical consumer ; A camera at this level should include XLR microphone inputs ; Low-light performance, though very good, is not quite as good as prior Sony cameras in...

This camera is a very exciting new entry into the world of video. Good quality high definition has been unavailable to the consumer until now, and the Sony HDR-FX1 represents a very good starting point for inexpensive HD. It seems as though Sony has...

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Camcorder Review: Sony HDR-FX1 HDV


Government-mandated HD television broadcast standards and the widespread availability (if not affordability) of HD televisions contribute to creating a demand for HD content. While Sony's HDR-FX1 is not meant to compete with $20,000 professional HD...

Beautiful, detailed HD video ; Numerous image tweaks ; Usable controls, buttons

No progressive modes (720p) ; No XLR inputs

Although Sony's decision to not develop any progressive modes is curious, the HDR-FX1 still breaks a significant quality barrier, offering fine Mini DV performance as well as breathtaking 1080i high-def images. That is, of course, if you have a proper...

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Sony HDR FX1


Sony HDR-FX1 3-CCD HDV High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom.

resenting the world's first consumer 1080i high-definition camcorder: the Sony HDR FX1 Handycam. A revolution in form and function, the HDR-FX1 allows you to play and record interlaced high-definition video at resolutions up to 1,440 x 1,080 for...

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Sony HDR-FX1


Best of Innovations!

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Sony HDR-FX1 HDV camcorder


Sony's HDR-FX1 HDV camcorder is the world's first 1080i HDV camcorder. It records and plays back the highest resolution video of any consumer camcorder available on the market today

Product Specifications

Presenting the world's first consumer 1080i high definition camcorder, the Sony Handycam HDR-FX1. A revolution in form and function, the HDR-FX1 allows you to play and record interlaced high definition video at resolutions up to 1440 x 1080 for professional quality video with vivid colors and striking detail. It even offers the ability to switch to standard DV recording and playback as the situation warrants. The HDR-FX1 features the Real-time HD Codec Engine, which offers professional-level MPEG2 video compression, and 14bit HD DXP (Digital Extended Processor) for increased processing speed. Images are captured on three-chip Advanced HAD CCD system that provides increased detail and improved video performance without the color bleeding found in other system. Optical capabilities include a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 12x optical zoom and Super SteadyShot image stabilization. The HDR-FX1 offers an unprecedented amount of control to the user, including manual zoom, focus, and iris control. Picture Profile allows the user to create a number of preset video modes for a variety of shooting settings. Composing shots is easier than even with the 3.5" precision hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display1 and the extra-large electronic viewfinder. The Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam camcorder... the revolution begins. This HDR-FX1 Camcoder comes with Vegas Movie Studio + DVD 6 and Jam Trax. Vegas Movie Studio+DVD 6 is a real-time nondestructive video editor. No matter what changes you make to your video and photos in the software, your original files are never affected! Jam Trax is a fun and easy way for older kids and teens to create their own rock, pop, and hip-hop songs.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F570
Run Time (Up To):125min

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Spotlight


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:4.5mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.12Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD 3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical/Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic