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Sony HDR-FX1000 / FX1000E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and build quality. The usability and image quality are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the battery. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-FX1000 / FX1000E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-FX1000 / FX1000E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Sony HDR-FX1000 / FX1000E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRFX1000 High Definition MiniDV Handycam CamcorderSony HDR-FX1000 High Definition MiniDV Handycam CamcorderSony HDR-FX1000 High Definition MiniDV Handycam Camcorder

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Sony Handycam HDR-FX1000 Camcorder Review

 

With an MSRP of $3199, the Sony HDR-FX1000 is an HDV camcorder that's packed with enough manual controls and features to keep most people happy. If you're a professional videographer, however, you'll likely be disappointed with the camcorder's lack of...

The Sony HDR-FX1000 ($3199 MSRP) doesn't offer quite what you'd expect from a professional camcorder-most obviously noted by its lack of audio controls, connectivity, and a detachable lens. However, our tests show that it can hang with the pros when it...

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Sony HDR-FX1000

 

If you care more about image quality than the caliber of manual controls, this may be the camcorder for you.

If you want professional-grade image quality at a reasonable cost, the FX1000 is an excellent pick.

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Videomaker's 2009 Best Tape Camcorder: Sony HDR-FX1000 HDV Camcorder Review

 

View all of the best consumer video production products of 2009, selected by the editors of Videomaker Imagine That Costing $3,200, the HDR-FX1000 is Sony's new version of the HDR-FX1. Sony has included three 1/3-inch ClearVid CMOS sensors instead of...

Very professional feeling consumer camcorder ; 29.5mm wide-angle G Lens ; Film-like progressive Scan: 1080/24p, 1080/30p, or 1080/60i

No knob on the zoom ring ; Servo focus only

The Sony HDR-FX1000 is the ultimate consumer camera that thinks like a professional.

GOOD GEAR GUIDE - EDITOR'S CHOICE

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Sony HDR-FX1000

 

Despite having been all but abandoned by the consumer-level camcorder industry, HDV remains the high-definition format of choice for serious videograp...

Superb video quality, professional components and design, 24p progressive scan mode for film-like pictures

Limited audio capabilities, 1.2-megapixel stills image mode, HDV at risk of becoming antiquated

The HDR-FX1000 is a worthy successor to the FX1/FX7. It will make an ideal stepping stone into the world of professional video, as well as a solid secondary unit for established videographers.

Recommended!

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Sony Handycam HDR-FX1000E

 

Promising pro performance for less than its fully pro camcorders, how does Sony's HDR-FX1000E shape up?

The Sony HDR-FX1000E's name is rather reminiscent of the seminal DCR-VX1000E, the camcorder which arguably kick-started the digital video revolution. This model is far less of a radical change, but it's still a great professional camcorder, and...

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Sony HDR-FX1000E Camcorder

 

You can choose between recording in standard definition and the clear and crisp high definition. The ClearVid CMOS Sensor with Exmor™ technologies built right in you can now get better video quality, these technologies have been included in this...

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Sony HDR-FX1000E

 

Hi-Def isn't just about boosting resolution you know. Sony's HDR-FX1000E camcorder also uses an optically pure wideangle 20x zoom lens, CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Colour, and Optical SteadyShot stabilisation to deliver those eye-bledingly sharp...

Eye-pleasing videos, bursting with colours and sharpness

The price. And so many buttons

When you see the Sony HDR-FX1000E's video quality for the first time, it's a bit like when the Wizard of Oz goes colour. Comes at a price though...

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Sony HDR-FX1000E

 

HDV (1080i/25p) camcorder with 20x zoom lens, 1/3-inch low light CMOS sensor, photo-realistic 3.2-inch LCD and Optical SteadyShot stabilisation. Measures 349x178x169mm and weighs about 2.2kg. The good Consumer HD camcorders are fine for immortalising...

Sublime audio and earth-shattering video quality is the prize, talent and hard work is the price to be paid for seizing it. Do you have what it takes to master this semi-pro camcorder? Slap down a couple of grand and find out. Sony HDR-FX1000E is...

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Well worth the money

 

I am a video production student and this camera is perfect for me. This camera is just amazing. I use it for class projects and my wife uses it for all of her internship projects as well. If you really know cameras you will not be disappointed with it....

Excellent low light performance. The picture quality is just amazing. Packed with tons of manual controls. By far not a consumer camera. Perfect for video production students. I get compliments from professors on the quality all the time

As of yet I have had no issues with it. Other than the fact that it costs alot even at a discount

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Well worth the money

 

I am a video production student and this camera is perfect for me. This camera is just amazing. I use it for class projects and my wife uses it for all of her internship projects as well. If you really know cameras you will not be disappointed with it....

Excellent low light performance. The picture quality is just amazing. Packed with tons of manual controls. By far not a consumer camera. Perfect for video production students. I get compliments from professors on the quality all the time

As of yet I have had no issues with it. Other than the fact that it costs alot even at a discount

Product Specifications

Place the pinnacle of high definition in your hands with the HDR-FX1000 high definition MiniDV Handycam camcorder. Equipped with 24p progressive scan mode, you'll experience high-quality, film-like motion for brilliant scene reproduction while CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Color provide the color and gamma range to give your footage an amazing film-like feel. It also features three 1/3-inch ClearVid CMOS image sensors with Exmor derived technology which let you capture sharp, detailed images even in lower-light situations. Take control of light in extreme settings with three built-in neutral density filters and three manual rings for adjusting zoom, focus and iris. Plus, the 3.2" Xtra Fine LCD and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization give you an unparalleled recording experience.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F570

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.7in
Height:7in
Weight:4.6lbs
Width:6.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-FX1000
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-3.4
Max Focal Length:82mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.04Mpix
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:3 ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:30
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

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