Sony Professional HVR-A1U HD Camcorder Reviews




Sony HVR-A1U 1080i HDV HD camcorder provides real 1080i HD acquisition, with superb image quality and comprehensive functionality for professional use, in a “handy” camcorder form factor.

This new
Sony HVR-A1U 1080i HDV HD video camera will help to expand the adoption of HDV and lead the entry level HD market by providing a compact and low cost solution.

The new Sony HVR-A1U HD digital video camera
features a newly developed 1/3 inch C-MOS imager.

This new 1920×1080 native imager is also capable of 3 mega-pixel still images.

Combined with a high quality Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-SonnarĀ® T* Lens and Sony’s new 14 bit A/D and DXP digital Extended Processor, result in precise image acquisition with superb detail and clarity.

The new Sony HVR-A1U HD digital video camera
records this exceptional imagery using the recently adopted HDV 1080i format onto a DVCAM mini cassette.

Resolution of up to 1440×1080 with pixel shift 2.7 16 – 9 Hybrid LCD Display with touch panel function (simultaneous use of LCD and viewfinder is possible)

Image Stabilization

XLR Audio input connectors

uilt-in Wide Range Stereo Microphone

Built-in Dynamic Speaker

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Product Specifications

Model : HVRA1U
EAN Code :0027242687004

High-definition video camera records in 1080i, 720p, and 720i specification with analog down-converting
16:9 widescreen recording; 4:3 conversion capable
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 10x optical zoom lens; digital Super SteadyShot System dampens hand jitter and vibration
CMOS camera system; records to conventional DV tape stock
Powered by NP-FM50 InfoLithium rechargeable battery pack


>Reviews of the Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom at
Average Rating: 4.5
B. Bibbo Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Great camera for the price!!
I recently had the Canon GL1 and thought it was time to upgrade to Hi-Def. After reading about 30 customer and 20 pro reviews it was the only camera that was offered pro features and great image quality worth way more then the price. It is all because of the CMOS sensor the camera uses. It consumes less power, less money to produce, better image quality then CCD and does not smear light. Some people say it's a consumer camera because it only has a one chip sensor instead of three like a CCD .... Read more

Stephen J. Reid Rating: 1 Stars out of 5
Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition camcorder
I purchased this camera last month, and almost at once I knew it was not the camera for me. For several years, I've owned and used a Sony DCR-VX2100 3 CCD Mini DV Camcorder, and have been truly impressed with it. I thought that buying a high definition camera from the same company would be a great move. I was so wrong.

The HVR-A1U is the most disappointing camera I have ever come across in my life. It is astonishingly slow to auto focus, and at lower light levels makes nearly contin .... Read more

Robert C. Francis Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
Great but not Perfect
I have been shooting consumer video since 1981. I started with a reel to reel system, worked with a camera and VHS portapack, did 8mm, Hi-8 and replaced my Digital 8 camcorder with this HDV camcorder earlier this year. Primarily, I use it for family functions, but I do shoot things that require me to gather better sound than what comes out of the built-in mics. The primary reason I bought this camcorder was - at the time - it was the lowest price HDV camcorder that had a way to connect to ext .... Read more

Edison Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
Could be better if it uses HDD
This is a great camcorder, taking nice videos.
One thing I like to see in their next version is using hard disk, instead of using tape. Tape is not reliable. HDD is a lot easier for repeat use. .... Read more

Jean-marc Kalongo Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Excellent Professional Film Camcorder
At first i wanted to buy the DVX100B ,i did not know that better products could exist, in other hand every time i called DVX100b dealers they were very rude, i really don't understand why !!!!!and they told me i could not use the DVX unless i purchased the lens which was so confusing, so after arguing many time because of their rude and cold attitudes i decided to call Panasonic them self, they told me that NO lens should ever been purchased for that camera to work, and that the lens already co .... Read more