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alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and portability. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, but the memory and battery get critical comments.

price, usability, image quality, portability, design

battery, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-UX1/UX1E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 2 user reviews of Sony HDR-UX1/UX1E from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-UX1 DVD High Definition CamcorderSony Handycam HDR-UX1E - Camcorder - Widescreen Video Capture - 2.0 Mpix - optical zoom: 10 x - DVD-R (8cm), DVD-RW (8 cm), DVD+RW (8cm), DVD+R DL (8

Consumer review by: review summary for Sony HDR-UX1/UX1E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 user reviews of Sony HDR-UX1/UX1E from 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

price, usability, design, image quality, portability

86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD 4MP High-Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

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Sony Handycam HDR-UX1


What is the point? Let's start with the two warnings on Sony's support site. 1. "DVD discs containing AVCHD -formatted video are not compatible and should not be used with standard- or high-definition DVD players/recorders. The disc may fail to eject...

Sharp, saturated, low-noise video; excellent build quality; fast, smooth focus with effective image stabilization.

Mediocre still photos; optical and occasional motion artifacts in video; discs unreadable by most devices; lame but necessary bundled software; no windscreen filter for microphone.

The Sony Handycam HDR-UX1 is a very nice camcorder; unfortunately, its myriad compatibility issues make it almost impossible to recommend over other similar models.


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Sony HDR-UX1 reviewed


You know, if CamcorderInfo really wanted to write a shorter review of the Sony HDR-UX1, it probably should have hired Leo Tolstoy, who's always been known for his brevity. That said, we revel in doing the heavy reading for you; so what's the skinny ...

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Quick Camcorder Reviews : Sony HDR-UX1 Camcorder

Great feature set all around with ring control, mic and headphone jacks, HDMI terminal, -Dual record and Smooth Slow Record neat additions, -HD video on a DVD, the first of its kind, -Immense 3.5 inch LCD makes touchscreen navigation actually feasible,...

AVCHD workflow is a work in progress, -Compression results in more noise than HDV, -No independent control over gain and shutter speed, -Menu is more efficient than before - but more confusing

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Sony HDR-UX1 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony DVD Camcorders


We recently got a first look at Sony's new HDR-UX1 high definition DVD camcorder in New York, and were impressed with what we saw.  The HDR-UX1 embodies a major new direction for consumer video, and is an indication of where Sony -- and other...

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Sony HDR-UX1 Photo Gallery


Sony HDR-UX1 photo gallery, with pictures of the new hard drive, high definition camcorder from every angle.

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Camcorder Review: Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD


DVD camcorders have historically not been the ideal format for many intermediate level videographers, due to the lack of manual controls and difficulty in editing DVD footage. Sony's HDR-UX1 shatters the DVD cam stereotype, offering more features on...

Manual focus/exposure ring AVCHD efficiency Mic input Headphone jack

AVCHD early adoption No HDMI cord Some compression artifacts and trailing

This is a powerful camcorder that could possibly lead a format revolution.

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Sony's DVD based AVCHD camcorder


At the domestic level, Sony is somewhat betting the farm on the new AVCHD format camcorders they have recently released. There are two models at present one hard disk based and one DVD based. The HDR-UX1 is the DVD based member of the family and weighs...

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Sony HDR-UX1


The Sony HDR-UX1 is equipped with a 1/3" CMOS sensor, the same chip found on the HDR-HC3, the HDR-SR1, and the DCR-DVD505. This chip offers 2.1 gross MP (that's 2,100,000 pixels). In 16:9 aspect ratio, the chip produces 1.43 effective MP, and in 4:3,...

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As the first DVD-based high definition camcorder the UX1 has good quality video, but misses out on practicality.

Good quality video, excellent feature set

Can’t play the DVDs back on a regular DVD player, short recording time, lower bit rate than SR1

Product Specifications

Create high-definition DVDs directly from your camcorder with the HDR-UX1 Handycam . Supporting a variety of media formats, you'll call all the shots as you record every moment. Record every detail of every moment with the HDR-UX1 Handycam . Make high-definition DVDs directly from your camcorder with supported DVD-R/-RW/+RW and +R DL media formats. In addition, the HDR-UX1 features a 10x Optical/80x Digital Zoom and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens. Capture more than just video with the 4.0 Megapixel Still image feature and Dolby Digital 5.1ch Audio Recording. Once you've recorded your footage, you can easily transfer and share with complete composite, component, and USB 2.0 and HDMI connectivity. Capture, create, connect, and share in high-definition with the HDR-UX1.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick PRO

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.4Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix/2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD/MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:80
Media Type:DVD+R DL (8cm) / DVD+RW (8cm) / DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)/DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+R DL (8cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Luminance Key / Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD