Deal-Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10xOptical Zoom-ReviewsDiscount on Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom] - 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 - CMOS camera system , records to conventional DV tape stock - 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 vibrationThe Sony HVR-A1U camcorder captures 1080i HDV images using a newly developed 1/3-inch type, 2.97-megapixel (total) CMOSsensor with new Enhanced Imaging Processor(tm) technology that optimizes the performance of the CMOS sensor. The result is HDquality imaging that has been used to produce television and professional film content. Available at an extremely affordable price,the HVR-A1U will be another powerful option for HD field acquisition by all video professionals.The HVR-A1U is a compact andlightweight handy-type camcorder, ideal for shooting environments that require mobility. Its size, combined with its long battery life(up to 80 minutes of high-definition recording with the included battery), make it easy to get the shots you need, when you needthem.
See large image HDV 1080i The HDV 1080i specification features 1080 effective interlaced scanning lines and 1,440 horizontal pixels. Interlaced pictures,which have been common to TV broadcasts from the beginning, alternately display odd and even numbered lines between eachscreen refresh. The HVR-A1U can also record at the HDV 720p specification, which features 720 effective progressive scanninglines and 1,280 horizontal pixels. Progressive scanning fills both odd and even numbered lines with each refresh, providing aflicker-free picture.Not yet ready for HD? The HVR-A1U can convert material from 1080i down to 480i and output this digital video signal through itsi.LINK interface or as analog signals through component, composite, or S-video connectors. When down-converting these signals,the aspect ratio displayed can be converted from 16:9 to 4:3, and display modes can be selected from squeeze, letterbox or edgecrop.1/3-inch Type, 2.97-megapixel CMOS sensor The HVR-A1U incorporates one 1/3-inch type primary color CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) 2.97-megapixelsensor with a formatted for a 4:3 aspect ratio. The advantage of a CMOS sensor over CCD is its ability to process a large volume ofpicture data at a very small size, which makes it possible for a camera this size to capture HD video. The trade off for this kind ofchip over CCD, however, is a small loss in picture uniformity and dynamic range.Keep an eye on audio levels on the LCD monitor Audio The HVR-A1U adopts the MPEG-2 compression format, which uses 8-bit digital component recording with a sampling rate of4:2:0. The camera uses MPEG-1 Audio Layer II audio compression format, allowing for two-channel recording with a samplingfrequency of 48 kHz/16-bit. It features a built-in stereo microphone, as well as two XLR audio input connectors for use withprofessional-grade microphones or external audio sources. Each input level for CH1 and CH2 can be independently adjusted usingtwo audio level dials on the camera body and viewed with an audio level meter on the LCD monitor.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 10x optical zoom lens The HVR-A1U is equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* high definition lens with a 10x zoom function. It has the sameoptical coating as is used on all of the Carl Zeiss prime lenses, which produces sharp, high-contrast images with virtually nochromatic aberration.In order to facilitate zoom control and recording operation during low-angle shooting, an additional zoom lever has been added tothe camera body. Theres also a zoom/focus ring located on the lens body that allows for fine adjustments in zoom position.Furthermore, the supplied wireless Remote Commander unit can be used for external control.Large, 16:9 widescreen color viewfinder and LCD monitor View your subject through the built-in viewfinder, the swing-out LCD display, or both. The HVR-A1U features a 0.44-inch typecolor LCD viewfinder and a 2.7-inch color LCD monitor, both in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Youll save battery time by using just one, butyou may want to use one for adjusting focus and the other for monitoring audio levels. When eschewing auto focus for thefine-tuning manual focus, you can double the magnification at the center of the screen, making it easier to confirm focus settingsduring manual focusing. Also, the cameras "peaking" function can provide sharp outlines on the monitor to help with manual focus.Electronic Super SteadyShot system Sonys electronic Super SteadyShot System helps remove the slight hand jitter and vibration that is often the bane of videoproduction--especially during telephoto shots. It does this by trimming off edges of the frame on the fly to counteract movement.Tele Macro picks up details on subjects from a distance Tele Macro It may seem like a contradiction in terms, but the Tele Macro function allows you to capture a macro image from a distance, whichis useful for shooting small moving objects. Additionally, this function puts your subject in proper focus while leaving thebackground out of focus.The Hollywood look The HVR-A1U has features that can make your videos look more like they were shot on film. Cinematone Gamma allows operatorsto quickly setup and load a gamma curve with similar contrast characteristics to a film gamma curve. The Cineframe feature allowsmovement to be reproduced at 24 frames per second--the speed of film--as opposed to videos 30 frames per second standard.No new tape stock
The HVR-A1U is compatible with conventional DV tape stock, but Sony recommends the use of DigitalMaster PHDVM-63DMtape, with its dual layer of magnetic material, which delivers higher RF output, lower noise, 95% fewer errors and 60% fewerdropouts compared to regular DV tape.More camera features·Assign button -- get quick access to a variety of settings·Time Code Preset -- fill in any timecode starting value·Shot Transition -- creates smooth automatic transitions between scenes·Color Bar -- Two types·Status Check -- displays camera setting menus for audio, output signal, assign button and exposure lever functions and hours meteron the LCD monitor·Zebra -- displays a striped pattern in the LCD monitor and viewfinder across highlight areas, helping manual exposure settings·Quick REC -- shortens the record interval from stop mode.·Personal Menu -- allows operators to customize the setting menu·Battery Info -- displays the attached batterys current charge level and its current remaining recording time on the LCD monitor·Histogram Indicator -- allows you to easily evaluate the brightness of your scene·Super Night Shot -- allows operators to capture images in black and white using a built-in infrared light·Skin Tone Detail -- reduces detailed signal for skin color, smoothening the reproduction of human skin·Black Stretch -- allows more contrast to be seen in dark parts of the picture without affecting mid-tones·Backlight Compensation -- produces natural tones for both light and dark areas of backlit subjectWhats in the box HVR-A1U camera, AC-L15 AC adaptor, power code, NP-FM50 InfoLithium rechargeable battery pack, lens hood with lens cover,RMT-831 wireless Remote Commander unit, A/V connecting cable with S video, component video cable, USB cable, Memory StickDuo (16 MB), Memory Stick Duo adaptor, ECM-NV1 monaural electret condenser microphone, XLR audio adaptor, shoulder strap,and operating instructions.
Comments40 of 42 people found the following review helpful Real Professional Camcorder, October 10, 2006ByKonrad Haskins (USA)- This review is from: Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom(Electronics)This camcorder is from the Sony Professional division with pro level warranty support.Sound is 70% of the experience and this camcorder delivers pro level XLR connectors with 48V power.For best sound results manually set the volume as high as possble keeping the peaks below 0db.The CMOS sensor produces amazing HD quality.A head shot of a person wearing a ball cap facing into strong direct sun with a deepshadow across their face does not blow out the highlights and shows full details in the shadow.Im using Sony Vegas 7 to edit the results and Im very happy with both the camcorder and Vegas.This is bigger than the smallconsumer camcords but is about the same size as my old Sony Digital 8 camcorder and its smaller than any other pro camcorder.Pro shooters are always amazed and comment on how small it is.Nothing produces this level of pro results without spending a lot more money.While as good or better than the current crop of smallHD consumer camcorders for shooing in low light there are better pro models such as the Sony Z1 and V1 for low light.The manual settings are via the touch screen and a not included PDA stylus is a must have to keep finger prints of the screen.24fps can be done but you need Cineform Connect HD to do the pulldown from the Sony CF24 as the native CF24 is choppy untilyou use Cineform.If 24fps is a must the Sony V1 is a better choice.Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) 65 of 69 people found the following review helpful Its the HDR-HC1 onsteroids, July 29, 2006ByJ. A Harring (Fla)- This review is from: Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom(Electronics)Correction: High-definition video camera records in 1080i, or 480 NTSC (known as standard DV or DV) specification with analogdown-converting. -->It does NOT record in 720p, or 720i. However, this is not an issue, just a correction. Also, all the output (forediting) is firewire; a digital format. You can watch the output on a TV using composite, svhs or component. Audio is RCA L/R.Asthe other gentleman observed, this is more a serious amateur (dare I say pro?) camcorder that begs to be used. This is far more thanthe average user would want or need. Its bigger and heavier than the basic camcorder. But it shoots HDV 1080i and has gained areputation as a documentary camera in situations where the camera may get damaged.Key features over the sibling HC1 and HC3Itssame size as the HC1, except the added on audio "stalk".No built in flash, but you are shooting video, not stills.Audio is far moreflexible than the other ones. HC3 is in-camera only. HC1 L&R channels are tied together, no independent controls. HC1 also willonly accept unbalanced input (or spend $269 on BeachAudio converter and another $200 on shotgun to get equivalent). A1u isbalanced input (XLR) and separate audio.A1u also has black stretch switch for better definition of darker shaded scenes. Also if yououtput to 4:3 SDV, you can choose letterbox, stretch or cropped output. Other camcorders dont offer this (not sure aboutHC3).Overall a1u has over 50 added features vs HC1.Also, if you intend to edit HDV, its an expensive proposition. Be sure to
thoroughly research this before committing. It requires a fairly beefy PC. Expect to consume about 13 gig per hour of video.You canoutput SDV today and edit that with any $50 video editing program and later on re-output in HDV and burn to Hi-def once thatbecomes mainstreamed... futureproofing yourself.7/08 -- While AVCHD (flash memory) cameras are now becoming popular, theyrequire even more powerful PCs to edit and as of this writing, software to edit the files is only now becoming available. So makesure you look at the entire workflow before jumping in. One nice thing is most all HD camcorders have either HDMI or componentvideo out and can be used to play back to a HDTV in at full resolution. Its pretty awesome and will make you glad you bought one,even if you have to possibly wait to buy the rest of the components needed to edit.PS Look for the Sony HVR-A1U in "Ice RoadTruckers" and "Deadliest Catch" and other similar HD programs.Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) 57 of 57 people found the following review helpful Great Camera,November 19, 2006ByAngela Kovacs (Marysville, CA United States)- This review is from: Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom(Electronics)I bought this camera to start my production business with and it was the best move I could have made. This camera is great for abeginner like me. It is user friendly while still allowing for ajustments. The HD is also amazing, my customers that have there videosin HD are absolutely floored we they get their finished product. A few things that I can recommend are getting a tripod as well as anextended battery. The stock battery only provides about 45 min with LCD and if you add anything other then the shotgun mic itlowers it even more. Make sure you use only high quality tapes. (I found out the hard way) Good tapes for this camera are going tocost about $10 to $15 but they are worth it when you reduce the time for re-tape due to drop-out on the film. All together this for meis a great camera for the price. Anything better is going to run you about $8000 or more.Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1)