This Sony HDR-FX1 review will look at some of the most important
features of this amazing camcorder.
Truly High Definition Video
The Sony HDR-FX1 HDV camcorder lets you record and play video at an amazing resolution of 1440 x 1080, making it truly high definition. Thus it captures colors and details with amazing clarity.
Have you ever watched a big game on a high definition television? Thats what
were talking about. The camcorder also includes Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation
Diode) CCD imagers. This improved technology boosts the amount of light hitting
the chips, enabling the Sony HDR-FX1 to deliver truer colors, and significantly
improving its low light performance. The camera comes with a Carl Zeiss
Vario-Sonnar T for better image clarity and reduced glare.
Supports both HD and MiniDV
The Sony HDR-FX1 HDV camcorder can record and playback both in high definition and in standard MiniDV formats, so the choice is yours. Whats amazing is that with this camera, you can play and record both formats on a MiniDV tape!
With the Sony HDR-FX1, Sony developed a special compression engine. It encodes
in MPEG2 at the same bit rate as DV. As a result, you can use the same miniDV
tapes youre accustomed to buying to record at stunning high definition.
Moreover, when in high definition mode, the camcorder records audio in MPEG1
Audio Layer II, providing excellent sound quality.
Enhanced User Controls
An incredible amount of enhanced user control has been engineered into the Sony HDR-FX1 HDV camcorder. A number of manual controls enable you to better frame and shoot your video. The focus indicator on the Sony HDR-FX1 increases its image magnification by up to 4x to allow more precise control over focus. Your images will stay razor sharp.
Further there is a manual zoom ring on the camera, separate from the focus ring,
and allowing you more precise control over a shot. To adjust light coming into
the camera, there is also a manual control for the iris, a dial on the side of
There are a number of other features in the Sony HDR-FX1 HDV that make it a budding videographers or filmmakers dream. First is the ability to set shutter speed at 24 fps instead of 30 fps, allowing for a cinematic feel.
Additionally, there are assignable buttons on the side of the camera, allowing the user to create his own shortcut buttons for commonly used functions. To convert your analog tapes to digital, just connect to the camera using its analog inputs! Finally, a Picture Profile function gives users the versatility of making manual adjustments to a scene (as in color or white balance).
This Sony HDR-FX1 review has touched only upon the highlights for what has become the hottest sensation in video circles, the Sony HDR-FX1 HDV camcorder. High definition delivers amazing color clarity and detail in video images. Everything is heading in this directioneven a Star Wars movie was shot in high definition!
It used to be that only the pros could shoot in this format. But with the Sony HDR-FX1, high definition has now been brought within the reach of the consumer. Trust me, once you shoot and watch your video productions in high definition, nothing else will do.
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