Sony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Pro HDV Camcorder Reviews




The Sony HVR-V1U is a professional HD camcorder for better and easier mobile filmmaking.

Achieve breathtaking HD video and create unique visuals for video production that delivers an impact.

In addition to typical 60i, the
Sony HVR-V1U offers 24p/30p progressive scan capture, enabling cinema and drama productions.

It also adopts the world’s first 2-3 pull-down HDV recording system for storage of 24p scanned images – keeping your existing gear in action.

Playback your 24p/30p scan footage using Sony HDV equipment, or feed it to a compatible Non-Linear Editing (NLE) system without changing your HDV deck or monitors.

Producing high-quality HDV is as simple as that.

1/4-inch, 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system

White balance – Auto,

one-push auto (2 positions),

indoor (3200 K),

outdoor (5800 K + 15steps)

Shutter Speeds – 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/90, 1/100, 1/125, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/725, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/6000, 1/10000 sec

Exposure – Auto, manual (Type1/Type2) Gain – 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB

Minimum Illumination – 4 lx with F1.6 at 18 dB

Records and plays out/down converts to 1080/60i, 480/60i

(NTSC) Audio/Video output – A/V OUT jack, 10-pin connector;

Composite video – 1 Vp-p, 75 ohm unbalanced, sync negative; Y – 1 Vp-p, 75 ohm unbalanced; C – 0.286 Vp-p, 75 ohm unbalanced

Component video output – Y – 1 Vp-p (0.3 V, sync negative); 75 ohm unbalanced Pr/Pb (Cr/Cb) – 700 mVp-p (75% color bar)

HDV/DV input/output – i.LINK(R) interface (IEEE 1394, 4-pin connector S100)

XLR audio input – 3-pin female x 2, 327 mV, -60 dBu – 3 k-ohm, +40 dBu – 10.8 k-ohm,

power supply – approx. 48 V

Headphones – Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm dia.)


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Product Specifications

Model : HVR-V1U
EAN Code :0027242703315

1080/24P scanning with 2:3 pull-down recording
3 ClearVid CMOS sensor system; 4:2:2 color used by Sony Enhanced Image Processor
20x Carl Zeiss Vario-Zonnar T lens with extra-low dispersion glass; 1.5x digital extender
3.5-inch widescreen Clear Photo plus LCD display
Dual XLR audio inputs with variable control; supplied shotgun microphone


>Reviews of the Sony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom at
Average Rating: 4.5
z Rating: 3 Stars out of 5
Bought the camera sight unseen, which was a mistake. I shoot in a lot of low light situations, which this camera DOES NOT do well in (my old digital 8 camera blows this away). I've had to boost to hyper gain which is an extremely grainy picture. .... Read more

Fernando Guerrero Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Studio Use
We use this camera in a controlled environment, 5.5kw of incandescent light, and the images are sooo nice...
The camera has been setup to shoot 24p all the time, and the color tweaked by me and a colorist, and the results are amazing.

Our casting company uses it about 90% of the time, we record to a Focus FS 4 and to tape simultaneously.

The Optical stabilization works amazing when hand held, the mic is not so good, but at least it's there.

Wish it .... Read more

DVDzRule Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Who should buy this camcorder?
I bought my HVR-V1U and have had it a week now. I am very impressed with the quality of video with very good light. In low light the quality of this video camera is poor. But after doing hours and hours of research I decided on this model for a few reasons.

1) Size - This camcorder is about the same size as a VX-2000 with the same feel and pretty much the same layout.
2) 24p - This camcorder can shoot film in true 24p which is great if you want to give your video that "Film l .... Read more

snowleopard Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
Outstanding, with some minor caveats
I have had the chance to use this camera a few times, plus compare it to some other HD cameras out there in it's price range, and came away impressed by a few aspects, and more knowing about a few others to consider.

All in all this is a great little HD camera that takes great pictures right out of the box. It handles really nice, has a true microphone that comes with it, and the lens is great on it with it's 20x ratio. It's slow-motion, though at quality a little less than SD, loo .... Read more

David Esrati Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Best pro-sumer Sony yet
I got burned on my VX-1000 with its 32K stunted audio, no firewire in and no manual zoom. The PDX-10 that followed was great- except for still missing a manual zoom. I looked really hard at the first HDV cameras- and decided to wait, and V1U was well worth it.
Bought the Sony HD- and am totally amazed at how much faster my edit process is. The picture quality is phenomenal- but, we've mostly used standard DV since clients are quite ready to pay for HD.
If you've shot with a PD-170 yo .... Read more