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Sony HDR-FX1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 209 reviews of Sony HDR-FX1. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and battery are on the whole positive. The design and image quality also get good feedback, but the zoom and price get mixed opinions.

usability, image quality, design, battery, size

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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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-FX1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Sony HDR-FX1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the price and size. The design and portability also get good reviews.

usability, portability, design, size, price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-FX1 The World's First High Definition CamcorderSony HDR-FX1 The World's First High Definition Camcorder

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-FX1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Sony HDR-FX1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the battery and usability are on the whole positive. The portability and design also get good feedback. Reviews are divided on the price.

image quality, design, portability, usability, battery

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-FX1 3-CCD HDV High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical ZoomSony HDR-FX1 3-CCD HDV High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: Ben Wolf (cnet.com)

Sony HDR-FX1 review: Sony HDR-FX1

 

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 24fps shooting, the HDR-FX1 provides advanced consumers with professional-level video controls and entry-level pros with an affordable starting camcorder.

May, 2005
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Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

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...

Sep, 2004

Expert review by: Hardware Zone (hardwarezone.com)

Sony HDR-FX1 Sneak Peek

 

Sony has introduced a HD1080i-compatible digital camcorder that won't break your spine, nor your bank account. Check it out as we bring you a sneak preview of this revolutionary product from the launch held in Tokyo, Japan.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Olivier Lepenhec (tomsguide.com)

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...

Feb, 2005

Expert review by: Olivier Lepenhec (tomshardware.com)

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...

Feb, 2005

Expert review by: (hexus.net)

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

 
Feb, 2005

Expert review by: Digital Home Thoughts (digitalhomethoughts.com)

Sony HDR-FX1: High Definition Without Breaking the Bank

 

Product Category: Digital video camera Manufacturer: Sony Where to Buy: Amazon [Affiliate] Price: $3699.99 USD Specifications: 4 lb 4 oz, 1440 x 1080 HDV Video, 3 lux sensitivity Pros: True 16x9 1080i high definition video using 3 CCD sensors; Image...

Jan, 2005

Expert review by: D. Eric Franks (videomaker.com)

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...

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony HDR-FX1

 

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

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...

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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Depth:14.4in
Height:7.1in
Weight:4.4lbs
Width:5.9in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-FX1/HDR-FX1E
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)
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

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