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Sony HDR-UX1/UX1E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 119 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and portability. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the memory and battery.

value for money, 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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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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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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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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 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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Sony HDR-UX1 HDRUX1 AVC HD DVD

 

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"Great Camcorder"

 

Awesome camcorder. The quality is there and it is simple to use. I love the touch screen as well. I have a PS3 so this works easily with that. Don't worry about the bad reviews its mostly because AVCHD is new.

Easy to use, works excellent in conjunction with a PS3

Doesn't have a hardrive or write to flash memory feature

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Great Camcorder

 

Awesome camcorder. The quality is there and it is simple to use. I love the touch screen as well. I have a PS3 so this works easily with that. Don't worry about the bad reviews its mostly because AVCHD is new.

Easy to use, works excellent in conjunction with a PS3

Doesn't have a hardrive or write to flash memory feature

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Sony Handycam HDR-UX1

 

Awesome camcorder. The quality is there and it is simple to use. I love the touch screen as well. I have a PS3 so this works easily with that. Don't worry about the bad reviews its mostly because AVCHD is new.

Easy to use, works excellent in conjunction with a PS3

Doesn't have a hardrive or write to flash memory feature

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"AVCHD format prevents editing by anything"

 

The AVCHD format of the video prevents you from editing the footage with Premiere, Edius, or anything but Sony's cheesy software, which stinks. I'll never waste my money on another Sony product, ever!

nice picture

unable to edit video

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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Depth:6.5in
Height:3.5in
Weight:1.5lbs
Width:3in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-UX1/HDR-UX1E
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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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