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Sony HDR-FX1 3.21MP CMOS hand-held camcorder

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Hand-held camcorders allow you to record your own video and make photoshots. You can always have such cameras with you to record the important moments of your life and share them with friends or family. You can even make your own movie!
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Long product name Sony HDR-FX1 3.21MP CMOS hand-held camcorder :
The short editorial description of Sony HDR-FX1 3.21MP CMOS hand-held camcorder

HDR-FX1 Handycam

Sony HDR-FX1 3.21MP CMOS hand-held camcorder:
The official marketing text of Sony HDR-FX1 3.21MP CMOS hand-held camcorder as supplied by the manufacturer
1st HDV 1080i camcorder. High Definition Video Handycam with 3 x 1 Megapixel CCDs, Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* lens and a host of manual features.

HDV Format
HDV / DV switchability
3x CCD 1,070,000 pixels
Optical Image Stabiliser
Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T*
Short summary description Sony HDR-FX1 3.21MP CMOS hand-held camcorder:
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Sony HDR-FX1, 3.21 MP, CMOS, 1/3", 12x, 1x, 0.177 - 2.13" (4.5 - 54 mm)
Long summary description Sony HDR-FX1 3.21MP CMOS hand-held camcorder :

Sony HDR-FX1. Total megapixels: 3.21 MP, Sensor type: CMOS, Optical sensor size: 1/3". Optical zoom: 12x, Digital zoom: 1x, Focal length range (f-f): 0.177 - 2.13" (4.5 - 54 mm). Camcorder tape type: HDV. Camera shutter speed: 1/4-1/10000. Display diagonal: 3.5", Display: LCD

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Image sensor
Total megapixels *
A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 × 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 × 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).
3.21 MP
Sensor type *
A sensor is a convertor than measures a physical quality (light, temperature etc.) and displays this electronically on a device.
Optical sensor size
Optical sensors are electronic detectors that convert light, or a change in light, into an electronic signal. They are used in many industrial and consumer applications e.g. lamps that turn on automatically in response to darkness. Optical sensors come in many sizes.
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
Digital zoom *
Indicates the digital zoom capacity, the number of times that the picture is enlarged thanks to digital technology.
Image stabilizer *
This camera function compensates for slight shaking movements caused by an unstable position and ensures smooth footage even in suboptimal conditions.
Focal length range (f-f)
Measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length; that is, it bends the rays more strongly, bringing them to a focus in a shorter distance.For an optical system in air, the effective focal length (f and f′) gives the distance from the front and rear principal planes (H and H′) to the corresponding focal points (F and F′).
0.177 - 2.13" (4.5 - 54 mm)
Filter size
A filter is a screen, plate, or layer of a substance which absorbs light or other radiation or selectively absorbs some of its components e.g. a UV filter to reduce UV light. Filters come in various sizes.
2.83" (7.2 cm)
Camcorder tape type *
The type of tape used to record images from a camcorder, e.g. VHS, Video8.
Camera shutter speed
Determines the length of time the shutter lets light pass through the lens to the CCD. Shutter speed and aperture together determine exposure.
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
The description of display that can includes display type, resolution, size etc.
Display resolution
The number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. It is usually quoted as width × height, with the units in pixels: for example, "1024 × 768" means the width is 1024 pixels and the height is 768 pixels. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper the image.
Minimum illumination
Also known as light sensitivity, this is the smallest amount of light needed for the camera to produce an image of useable quality.
3 lx
Ports & interfaces
S-Video out *
The port (socket) where the output for the S-Video is connected.
DV port
Allows to send digital video from the computer to the camcorder and record back onto tape.
S-Video in
Battery type
Description of battery supplied with the product, such battery form factor (e.g. AA/AAA).
Weight & dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
5.94" (151 mm)
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
14.4" (365 mm)
Height *
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
7.13" (181 mm)
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
4.41 lbs (2 kg)
Other features
1440 x 1080 pixels
Power requirements
7.9 W (LCD), 7.3 W (VF)
Lens system
Type of lens in this product, expressed as its characteristics including lens, zoom capability, focal length, 35 mm equivalent focal length, and aperture range.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
I/O ports
An interface on a device to which you can connect another device.
Audio In, Audio Out, i.LINK (DV) In, i.LINK (DV) Out, S-Video In, S-Video Out, Video In, Video Out
Shooting programs
Slow Shutter
Source Testseek summary Average rating
Testseek has collected 10 expert reviews for Sony HDR-FX1 Hand-Held Camcorder and the average expert rating is 85 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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Pros:Its a 1080i/60, 16:9 camcorder for $3,700! Very good MPEG-2 encoding for the bitrate. Decent HD pictures with great down-conversion, 480i DV recording, and legacy SD support. Wide 4.5 mm lens with smooth zoom and focus. Daylight-viewable LCD. Du...
Good Its a 1080i/60, 16:9 camcorder for $3,700! Very good MPEG-2 encoding for the bitrate. Decent HD pictures with great down-conversion, 480i DV recording, and legacy SD support. Wide 4.5 mm lens with smooth zoom and focus. Daylight-viewable LCD. Dual Shot Tr...
Bad Low pixel count CCDs with excessive horizontal aliasing. Focusing is harder than it should be due to misplaced controls and low-res finders; focusing aids have annoying limitations. MPEG-2 25 Mbps pictures degrade under heavy stress. Low sensitivity.
Bottom line The HDR-FX1 is the DCR-VX1000 of the high-definition world: Its the first HD camcorder combining truly acceptable pictures, sufficient image tweaks, smooth operational controls, and a price lower than the original VX1000s. This consumer camera, along...
Perhaps one of the most anticipated events in recent history, by semi-pro videographers is the upcoming release of Sony’s new HDR-FX1 3-CCD high definition camcorder. Many of us have been disappointed by the JVC offerings due to their decision to us...
From the pictures, you might think that the HDR-FX1 is a modified VX2100: when placed side-by-side, however, youll find that Sonys first HDV camera is considerably bigger. Hidden inside are quite a few software changes as well, besides the obvious HD...
Sony has introduced a HD1080i-compatible digital camcorder that wont break your spine, nor your bank account. Check it out as we bring you a sneak preview of this revolutionary product from the launch held in Tokyo, Japan.
Theres nothing special about the automatic control on the HDR-FX1. The camcorder seemed to respond fine to changes in shot lighting. The one area of automatic control at which I did take a closer look was the auto focus, because focus is so important...
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