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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 also get good comments. Comments are divided on the zoom. Some have doubts about the portability.

usability, image quality, price, design, size

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. Comments about the image quality and size are generally positive. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably.

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

Dec, 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 mentioned favorably. The reliability and price get mixed comments.

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

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-FX1

 
Jul, 2008

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

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: Ben Wolf (cnet.com.au)

Sony HDR-FX1

 

For the price, the best HD camera currently available.

Sharp and vibrant three-chip HD images ; Native 16:9 capture ; Ability to downconvert video for use with existing editing systems and displays

No XLR inputs or independent audio-level controls ; No 24P ; Somewhat difficult to control and monitor focus manually ; Limited HDV editing and distribution options at this time

May, 2005

Consumer review by: mknz (cnet.com.au)

Sony HDR-FX1

 

it's great in a lot of different settings. It DOES 24P just fine...not sure why it says it doesn't here

it's great, does the job. has iLink port...have to buy the cable. had mine for two years and they still work great, even in really tough conditions

linear ripple in low light and high motion (drummers in low or back lighting), but for most uses, that's not an issue

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: nylseye (cnet.com.au)

Sony HDR-FX1

 

I have not bought one as yet.

I like to top mounted controls

I do wonder how the recording is transfered to a PC if there is no Ilink (Firewire)

May, 2007

Consumer review by: Anonymous (cnet.com.au)

"Great upgrade from my 900E"

 

My old camera gave up the ghost suddenly and, en route to a wedding, I had to buy something fast. Sure, the credit limit was stretched but the resultant wedding was the best yet as ease of use, superb balance and options for holding this somewhat...

Ease of use. Top handle with controls opened up new active filming methods. Viewfinder positioning better. Able to use all the old accessories. Filming in HD and ablility to edit in DV perfect for current scenario while giving me a tool for when...

Still working on getting best out of audio. Not as inobtrusive as my previous toy (that lens, when pointed at you, is hard to ignore!). Please bring down the price of the HD tapes

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: Jags Inc. (cnet.com.au)

"great for corporate work"

 

HDV FX-1 is the camcorder to have for online corporate videos.

Great on automatic for corporate video - downconverting HDV to DV and then to web format via a compression utilty. I use Sorenson Squeeze to compress to Flash video. Online videos retains great clarity and detail with small file sizes for progessive...

Bulky and fairly heavy. ND1 or ND2 filters will kick in when in full auto - can create a continuity problem. Camera doesnt come with ILink (for transferring video to PC) and the included battery runs about 2 hrs

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: (cnet.com.au)

Sony HDR-FX1

 

Great on automatic for corporate video - downconverting HDV to DV and then to web format via a compression utilty. I use Sorenson Squeeze to compress to Flash video. Online videos retains great clarity and detail with small file sizes for progessive...

Bulky and fairly heavy. ND1 or ND2 filters will kick in when in full auto - can create a continuity problem. Camera doesnt come with ILink (for transferring video to PC) and the included battery runs about 2 hrs.

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: Anonymous (cnet.com.au)

"Good value for the money"

 

This is the only HDV camera in it's price range. If you want ANY better you must pay $1000 to $1500 more and on the other side you don't get 3CCD and manual controls if you think this is too expensive for you.

Good zoom and focus rings. Good manual controls ; Very nice HDV picture quality; good lens, very sharp details, good color reproduction. I haven't faced noticeable mpeg compression artifacts. Quite good picture quality in low light

No XLR connectors. Unbalanced 3,5mm microphone plug is not good at any demanding production. Internal microphone is crap; however internal mic of any camera can not be used in any good quality procuction anyway ; No progressive scanning. Sometimes 1 to...

Sep, 2006
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Product Specifications

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