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Sony HDR-UX1/UX1E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 126 reviews of Sony HDR-UX1/UX1E. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the durability and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed views about the size. Many are critical about the zoom and battery.

price, usability, image quality, portability, durability

reliability, battery, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-UX1/UX1E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-UX1/UX1E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sony HDR-UX1/UX1E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony Handycam HDR-UX1E - Camcorder - Widescreen Video Capture - 2.0 Mpix - optical zoom: 10 x - DVD-R (8cm), DVD-RW (8 cm), DVD+RW (8cm), DVD+R DL (8Sony Handycam HDR-UX1E - Camcorder - Widescreen Video Capture - 2.0 Mpix - optical zoom: 10 x - DVD-R (8cm), DVD-RW (8 cm), DVD+RW (8cm), DVD+R DL (8

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-UX1/UX1E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Sony HDR-UX1/UX1E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and image quality. The usability and portability also get good feedback, whereas the size and reliability get critical reviews.

price, portability, usability, image quality, durability

reliability, size

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD 4MP High-Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-UX1 AVCHD 4MP High-Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Sony HDR-UX1 review

 

Sony champions the joys of AVCHD

Excellent HD image quality ; Easy to use

Short recording times

The UX1 is as impressive as its Sony colleague, the SR1, but with such limited recording times buyers may feel a little short-changed

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: (channel5.com)

Sony HDR-UX1E

 

The Sony HDR-UX1E HD DVD recorder comes with 10x optical zoom, a 2 MP CMOS sensor that gives a resolution of up to 1080i, as well as standard manual options for taking still pictures. Manual settings can easily be manipulated through the multi function...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: James Dickinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-UX1E

 

Good quality video, excellent feature set

Can't play the DVDs back on a regular DVD player, short recording time, lower bit rate than SR1

As the first DVD-based high definition camcorder the UX1 has good quality video, but misses out on practicality.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: James Dickinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-UX1

 

As one of Sony's two new high definition camcorders, the HDR-UX1 should be an attractive proposition. In many ways it is, with good quality video, a r...

Good quality video, excellent feature set

Can't play the DVDs back on a regular DVD player, short recording time, lower bit rate than SR1

As the first DVD-based high definition camcorder the UX1 has good quality video, but misses out on practicality.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-UX1 review: Sony Handycam HDR-UX1

 

Normally, my product reviews begin with a discussion of, well, the product. In this case, however, the fact that the Sony Handycam HDR-UX1 is quite a nice camcorder seems completely beside the point.

Sharp, saturated, low-noise video; excellent build quality; fast, smooth focus with effective image stabilization.

Mediocre still photos; optical and occasional motion artifacts in video; discs unreadable by most devices; lame but necessary bundled software; no windscreen filter for microphone.

The Sony Handycam HDR-UX1 is a very nice camcorder; unfortunately, its myriad compatibility issues make it almost impossible to recommend over other similar models.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Sony HDR-UX1 reviewed

 

You know, if CamcorderInfo really wanted to write a shorter review of the Sony HDR-UX1, it probably should have hired Leo Tolstoy, who's always been known for his brevity. That said, we revel in doing the heavy reading for you; so what's the skinny ...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-UX1

 

The Sony Handycam HDR-UX1 is a very nice camcorder; unfortunately, its myriad compatibility issues make it almost impossible to recommend over other similar models.

Sharp, saturated, low-noise video ; Excellent build quality ; Fast, smooth focus with effective image stabilisation

Mediocre still photos ; Optical and occasional motion artifacts in video ; Discs unreadable by most devices ; Lame but necessary bundled software ; No windscreen filter for microphone

Since the HDR-UX1 can record plain-old standard-definition video as well, you're not completely hamstrung by format issues -- but then the UX1 just becomes a glorified, overpriced version of the DCR-DVD505. For the very near future, I recommend you...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Quick Camcorder Reviews : Sony HDR-UX1 Camcorder

Great feature set all around with ring control, mic and headphone jacks, HDMI terminal, -Dual record and Smooth Slow Record neat additions, -HD video on a DVD, the first of its kind, -Immense 3.5 inch LCD makes touchscreen navigation actually feasible,...

AVCHD workflow is a work in progress, -Compression results in more noise than HDV, -No independent control over gain and shutter speed, -Menu is more efficient than before - but more confusing

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: John Neely (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony HDR-UX1 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony DVD Camcorders

 

We recently got a first look at Sony's new HDR-UX1 high definition DVD camcorder in New York, and were impressed with what we saw.  The HDR-UX1 embodies a major new direction for consumer video, and is an indication of where Sony -- and other...

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: About.com (about.com)

Sony HDR-UX1 Photo Gallery

 

Sony HDR-UX1 photo gallery, with pictures of the new hard drive, high definition camcorder from every angle.

Sep, 2007

Product Specifications

Create high-definition DVDs directly from your camcorder with the HDR-UX1 Handycam . Supporting a variety of media formats, you'll call all the shots as you record every moment. Record every detail of every moment with the HDR-UX1 Handycam . Make high-definition DVDs directly from your camcorder with supported DVD-R/-RW/+RW and +R DL media formats. In addition, the HDR-UX1 features a 10x Optical/80x Digital Zoom and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens. Capture more than just video with the 4.0 Megapixel Still image feature and Dolby Digital 5.1ch Audio Recording. Once you've recorded your footage, you can easily transfer and share with complete composite, component, and USB 2.0 and HDMI connectivity. Capture, create, connect, and share in high-definition with the HDR-UX1.

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick PRO

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:16.5cm
Height:8.9cm
Weight:0.66kg
Width:7.6cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:8.89
Display Resolution:211000

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-UX1/HDR-UX1E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CMOS

Lens System

Digital Zoom:80
Filter Size:3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):41.3 - 485
Focal length range (f-f):5.1 - 51
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.4Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix/2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Audio output:Multi A/V
Flash memory:2000
Focus:Full Range Auto/Manual
I/O ports:USB,Stereo Mini
Lens focal range:5.1-51mm
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Light exposure control:Touch Panel/Ring
Power consumption (typical):5
Video Out:Multi A/V

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
HDMI: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/4-1/500

Video

Video formats supported:MPEG4

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD/MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:80
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:DVD+R DL (8cm) / DVD+RW (8cm) / DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)/DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+R DL (8cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Luminance Key / Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder:123000
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor