Sony HDR-FX1 3-CCD HDV HD Camcorder Reviews




Sony Handycam(R) HDR-FX1 HD camcorder
, the first true 1080i high definition camcorder, is the perfect introduction to the world of high definition video.

Record your most intimate moments in the highest quality.

With advanced features such as the newly developed wide 3 sensor 1/3″ CCD, 72mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and Real Time Codec engine, the Sony HDR-FX1 HD video camera
is equipped to handle every video task.

Relive your memories in vivid HDTV quality colors and clarity.

This may not be the camera to use for family and touring.

If you’re into professional or serious creative use, this camcorder offers vast opportunities that were previously unavailable at this class.

You’ve been waiting for your chance. Here it is!

3.5 LCD Viewing monitor

Manual control of camcorder functions allow settings of the camera to be adjusted so that creative effects can be achieved while filming

12x Optical Zoom with 4-way zoom capability for different situations

Widescreen LCD monitor lets you see every detail as you shoot in 16 – 9 mode

High-performance Down Conversion Function

Precision DV- wide Recording Personal Menu

Battery Information

Continual shooting time

Sony iLINK (HDV/DV) Connector for easy video transfer to a PC or Macintosh computer for DV edit and enhancement – and back again

SteadyShot Active Lens System (Menu)

Shot Transition

Picture Profile – 6 Picture Profiles – You can set each of 6 Picture Profiles with Color Level/Color Phase/Sharpness/Skin Tone Detail/AE Shift/AGC Limit/Auto Iris Limit/WB Shift/AWB Sensitivity/Cinematone Gamma/Cineframe

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Product Specifications

Model : HDR-FX1
EAN Code :0822766009000

Three 1/3-inch wide-aspect-ratio advanced HAD CCD imagers for true-to-life color rendering
Play and record interlaced high-definition video at resolutions up to 1440 x 1080 for professional-quality video
12x optical zoom with Super SteadyShot Optical Stabilization System
3.5-inch wide precision hybrid SwivelScreen LCD
Record at either 30 frames per second or, for a film-like feel, at 24 frames per second


>Reviews of the Sony HDR-FX1 3-CCD HDV High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom at
Average Rating: 5.0
Claire Jordan Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
The FX-1 is the new standard bearer!
When I first received this camera, I really put it through the paces trying it out in different light conditions, with different mics, etc. I was really impressed with how well it performed. Though it is not true HD, it is as close as I can currently get on my budget. With a full complement of features and presets, the FX-1 provides a tremendous amount of bang for my buck. Some reviewers mentioned the lack of XLRs for audio in, but in a wireless world is that really a problem? I use a Sennh .... Read more

Patti A. Needham Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Super Camera!!!
My wedding cinematography studio purchased this camera just about a year ago. We love it! The quality is outstanding - the 16:9 is so beautiful.
Easy to learn. Good weight and feel. The LCD is HUGH!!!! We are planning to purchase two more early next year! .... Read more

Ryan Atkins Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Sony HDR-FX1 3-CCD HDV High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

Just one word of warning, the camera can get heavy, especially if you use the standard battery it makes the camera very front heavy, but oh well.

This camera is totally customizable in which it is either all auto, manual or some of both. It has 5 presets that are customizable. The cool features about these presets are that you can get a 24p, 30p (cineframe and cinetone), and 60i modes. The 24p and 30 .... Read more

Robert C. Fonock Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Sony's got a winner here!
I have been using the DCRVX 1000 for over 10 years and it has done well. However, the FX1 is so far superior in every way. The only feature I miss is the "overlap". So far, the color, the detail, the feel (a bit heavier than the VX1000) are even better than I expected. HD is as close to reality as possible. I have 2 weddings that I will soon record, and I feel confident that the FX1 will perform without fail. I recommend this camcorder for the very serious videographer. It is priced $2 thousand .... Read more

No Shadow Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
Great for short films!
Got my hands on one of these babies this weekend for a no-budget short film. Loved it. So easy to use, and the picture is great. It's true, the finished look is not "cinematic", which is a fair criticism, but for the price it is great if you're looking to upgrade to a high-def digital picture. Watched the playback on a 16:9 widescreen TV before editing and it was beautiful. However, you can't rely on the auto-functions. Tried using auto-focus and auto-iris at the start, but ended up doing .... Read more