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Sony HDR-FX1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 223 reviews of Sony HDR-FX1. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and design. The price and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the zoom. Some have doubts about the portability.

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portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-FX1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-FX1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Sony HDR-FX1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the image quality and size. The design and portability also get good reviews.

usability, portability, design, size, image quality

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-FX1 The World's First High Definition CamcorderSony HDR-FX1 The World's First High Definition Camcorder

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-FX1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 user reviews of Sony HDR-FX1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the color and battery. The usability and design are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed comments about the reliability and price.

image quality, design, usability, battery, color

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-FX1 3-CCD HDV High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical ZoomSony HDR-FX1 3-CCD HDV High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Richard Wentk (pcplus.co.uk)

PC Plus review: Sony HDR-FX1E

 

This is a good choice for corporates and for high-end home movie making, where its ability to zoom between panoramic shots and close-ups is particularly useful. But the fact that HD doesn't have any real broadcast potential yet, and that it will slow all

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: James Morris (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony HDR-FX1E

 

When digital camcorders first went on sale around a decade ago, they cost thousands. Amazingly, the first high-definition camcorder to arrive in the UK comes in at a similar price. Factor in inflation and Sony's HDR-FX1E seems cheap for such...

Although the HDR-FX1E is still well out of range for consumers, Sony doesn't charge much of a premium for its HDV capabilities. We don't have high definition broadcasts in the UK just yet, but HDV is clearly going to catch on quickly. In just a few...

Jul, 2005

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (eisa.eu)

Sony HDR-FX1E

 

Why merely watch High Definition movies on your plasma or LCD screen, when you can go out and shoot your own? That dream becomes a reality with the arrival of Sony's top-flight HDR-FX1E camcorder. Numerous aspects of this design echo the sort of features

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Sony HDR-FX1 Camcorder Review

 

Designed for experienced videographers, this High Definition Handycam offers outstanding picture quality and a wide range of manual features for complete control and enhanced creativity.

The extremely high-resolution (250,000 pixels) 3.5-inch LCD swivel screen makes it easy to accurately frame, shoot, and review your footage even in bright sunlight. Select the Expanded Focus setting and the screen image is magnified to allow you to...

May, 2012

Expert review by: CB (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: Sony HDR-FX1 Camcorder

 

When first announced in late 2004, HDV was heralded as the cost-effective means by which video-makers could shoot high-definition video at affordable prices. What were our first impressions of the world's first HDV camcorder, the Sony HDR-FX1?

Despite the above limitations, the HDR-FX1E functions extraordinarily well in virtually all situations. At a minimum 3 Lux, it doesn't produce low-light images as well as either the VX2100 or PD170, but in every other respect the cam produces images...

May, 2008

Expert review by: Digital Arts (digitalartsonline.co.uk)

HDR-FX1 review

 

HDV has caused as much furore among video professionals as its predecessor DV did back in the late 1990s. Differing opinions over its usefulness have lead to heated arguments over whether it's ‘pro' or just for consumers, whether the MPEG-2 compression...

Exceptional output quality at 1080i resolution. Shape and layout taken from PD170 and VX2100 camcorders, with quick access to most controls through buttons. Offers low-cost access to HD capture

Limited manual controls. No XLR inputs. Z1 due soon. Menu system tricky to use due to button/screen positioning

Feb, 2005

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: Sony HDR-FX1E HDV Camcorder

 

Design, layout and manual functionality very good. Dual HDV and DV input / output will guarantee early adoption.

Distinct handling noise when using built-in mic, zoom servo is audible in very quiet conditions, telephoto zoom could be better, HDV to DV down-conversion via FireWire produces artefacts.

It's the first of its kind, and will improve in time. A fine camcorder that handles well and is ideally suited to pros and prosumers alike.

Expert review by: (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-FX1

 
Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Bruce Buckman (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-FX1E

 

High definition, brilliant quality

Heavy, expensive

For those with a little extra money, or serious professionals looking to take the leap into high definition video, the HDR-FX1E is a great option.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Bruce Buckman (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDRFX1E

 

Before rushing out to buy a new digital handycam, take a moment to consider whether you want to spend all that money on a format that could soon be co...

High definition, brilliant quality

Heavy, expensive

For those with a little extra money, or serious professionals looking to take the leap into high definition video, the HDR-FX1E is a great option.

Nov, 2005

Product Specifications

Presenting the world's first consumer 1080i high definition camcorder, the Sony Handycam HDR-FX1E. A revolution in form and function, the HDR-FX1E allows you to play and record interlaced high definition video at resolutions up to 1440 x 1080 for professional quality video with vivid colors and striking detail. It even offers the ability to switch to standard DV recording and playback as the situation warrants. The HDR-FX1E features the Real-time HD Codec Engine, which offers professional-level MPEG2 video compression, and 14bit HD DXP (Digital Extended Processor) for increased processing speed. Images are captured on three chip Advanced HAD CCD system that provides increased detail and improved video performance without the color bleeding found in other system. Optical capabilities include a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 12x optical zoom and Super SteadyShot image stabilization. The HDR-FX1E offers an unprecedented amount of control to the user, including manual zoom, focus, and iris control. Picture Profile allows the user to create a number of preset video modes for a variety of shooting settings. Composing shots is easier than even with the 3.5" precision hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display and the extra-large electronic viewfinder. The Sony HDR-FX1E HDV Handycam camcorder... the revolution begins.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):125min

Camcorder Features

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

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: Yes
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:3x 1/3''

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
USB: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:36.5cm
Height:18.1cm
Weight:2kg
Width:15.1cm

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Spotlight

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Full HD
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-FX1/HDR-FX1E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:4.5mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.12Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD 3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

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

Recording

HD Video Format:HDV
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic