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Sony HVR-HD1000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 224 reviews of Sony HVR-HD1000. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the design and image quality are overall positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the durability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HVR-HD1000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Sony HVR-HD1000 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the color and usability. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, but many are negative about the price and durability.

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durability, price

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-HD1000E, HVRHD1000ESony HVR-HD1000E, HVRHD1000E

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony HVR-HD1000


alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 user reviews of Sony HVR-HD1000 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The usability and price also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the durability.

portability, price, usability, image quality, design


97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-HD1000U MiniDV 1080i High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony HVR-HD1000U MiniDV 1080i High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: GOERGLER (

Sony HVR-HD1000E


nice camera for a nice price

sometime difficulties to handle on the soulder (i'am 57 years old)

Dec, 2014

Consumer review by: martin (

Sony HVR-HD1000E


light and easy to use


Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: Peter (

Sony HVR-HD1000E


Good end result in terms of picture quality. For more difficult shots a good range of manual controls. For my needs it is a tape driven system.

Body is much bigger than modern electronics require. Having all the manual functions on a single ring control makes it impossible to use more than one at a time. Difficult to pack because of it's size.

Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: menga (

Sony HVR-HD1000E


is very good cam

no in play but out play

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Julian (

Sony HVR-HD1000E


High Quality Images including instant high quality stills facility.

No UK/Ireland mains lead adaptor supplied. Not straightforward to Download to MacBook at first due to lack of iLink cable (not supplied with Camcorder} Not so much bad points as ones which if rectified would give more customer satisfaction.

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Jeff (

Sony HVR-HD1000E


Size, prize, outputs

Sound in and out not up to spec

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: alan (

Sony HVR-HD1000E


sharp and clear picture even with dv tape, asining menue's to the lens ring for instant use, shoulder mounting for stability 0f use,, instant manual and back light buttons. 2 shoes for accessaries and mike jack for exsternal microphone ease of use:

lcd screen could be a bit bigger but i dont use it much, have not used camcorder much yet to access anything else but having used other camera's before i do not see any problems so far;

Aug, 2010

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony HVR-HD1000E


A good solid feel when shooting, nice flip up screen and the camera looks good. Used for secondery camera work.

Not enough control without having to use the menu a lot. Would have preferred a little more outer body controls for easier ease of use.

Aug, 2010

Consumer review by: Hamilton (

Sony HVR-HD1000E


Simple basic layout of controls, shoulder mounted, and 2 useful shoe mounts on top. Good clear LCD and large lens hood. Simple for set up and shoot

None really but requires a rather large case

Aug, 2010

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony HVR-HD1000E


fantastically usable features, particularly like the spot meter and spot focus features

none really, just not ideal for simple camcorder use due to size

Aug, 2010

Product Specifications

A camcorder has been created to meet the growing demand from users who are looking for mobility and professional appearance. The HVR-HD1000U features a shoulder-mount design and black matte body similar to that of professional camcorders; making it perfect for weddings, corporate communications, and sporting events where appearance makes a difference. Premium design characteristics and high-definition HDV 1080i recording are the main features of this one-piece shoulder camcorder, ideal for working videographers on a budget. A built-in down-converter creates DV material, perfect for standard DVD productions. Plus, a special still photo mode is ideal for producing DVD cases and making wedding photo albums. Whether you are recording weddings and corporate communications or helping students make a documentary, the HVR-HD1000U is the best choice on the market today as an entry level professional camcorder.


Built-In Microphone:Y

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:NP-F570/NP-F770/NP-F970
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F570

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder

Camera Flash

Type: None


Colour of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:6.858 / 68.6

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:1/0.114 / 25.400 / 2.900
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:6.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:10
Filter Size:3.700 / 37
Focal length range (f-f):40 - 400
Image stabilizer: No
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:4.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Colour:Matte black

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.28Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in/Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Audio output:2
Auto Focus:Y
Manual Focus:Y

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:3
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
DV port:Y / Yes
HDMI:Y / Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video Out:Y / Yes

Pro Camcorder Features


Still image

Still image resolution(s):2848 x 2136


Camcorder media type:Videotape
Camcorder tape type:HDV
Disc types supported: No


Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC
Digital Zoom:20
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123200
Viewfinder screen size:0.27
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:2.700 / 2700