Sony HDR-FX1000 reviews: MiniDV storage HD camcorder

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8.8 out of 10 based on 12 reviews.
Sony HDR-FX1000: Horizontally held, 20x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Duo card. See full product description

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Douglas, Basingstoke Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Well built with a professional feel and plenty of good well-positioned controls.
The G lens and 20x zoom are very good indeed.
Great images and good viewing on the 3.2 ins LCD monitor.
Bad points:
I've just purchased the MRC1 solid state recorder and it's disappointing that it has to be mounted above the camera on a bracket rather than slot onto the back of the cam as it does on the Z5. (On which the FX1000 is based).
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Jan 2011

David, Mexborough Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Ease of use, excellent image quality & reasonable sound quality
Bad points:
None really
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Review date: 20 Apr 2010

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use, solid and robust high quality HD camera.
Great 20x optical zoom
Easy to find features and well placed buttons
Bad points:
No touch screen
Low still image resolution
No XLR inputs for other sound inputs
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 4.0
Value for money 7.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Mar 2010

Jakub, Karlovy Vary - Czech Republic Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very good luminosity in dark spaces.
Bad points:
Just missing XLR audio input
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 3.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 15 Feb 2010

John, Blackburn Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
ease of handling ,even a 9yr old likes to use it for all there little bits and pieces, (homework ect).
Bad points:
none realy.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Review date: 12 Apr 2010

K, North Wales Professional videographer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good range of features, especially like the accessibility of the volume control knob. Other knobs and buttons less easy to find compared with the FX1E, The still picture facility is useful.
Bad points:
The viewing screen is smaller than the FX1E and the preset buttons are smaller and less easy to use. The battery just about disappears into its holder, which was obviously designed for a larger battery (not supplied). Controls and ports/sockets in different places to the FX1E without any apparent rationale for the change. Annoying.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Dec 2009

Luke, Edinburgh Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
It is easy to use, straight out of the box. Love the shutter on the lens to avoid constantly trying to find someone to put a lense cap. It's a beautiful camera all in all and performs well. The IRIS exposure control and light settings are very useful and shutter speed controls make for some interesting shots. I like it personally and for HDV (1440x1080) it's probably the best value for money you'll find and working in HDV to minDV cassette you are still able to work with manageable file sizes (similar to those in the SD range). Like the HDMI and firewire outlets, nice and tight.
Bad points:
Not many bad points really. Neutral Density filters are a bit harsh. In the field it does struggle in low light situations compared to it's Canon counterparts but you can work round these with the IRIS controls or preferably just good lighting. Sony dont supply this with a camera strap, decent capacity battery or charger which does do much for me in terms of recommending their brand. A replacement Sony NP950 battery will give you over 5 hours normal stop/start shooting, probably even more but they aren't cheap!
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 3.0
Weight 5.0
Value for money 7.0
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Feb 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1440x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 20
Media format MiniDV
Connections Firewire
Type of memory card Memory Stick Duo
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 30
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/10000
Weight (g) 2100
Screen size (Inches) 3.2
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.4
Maximum aperture wide 1.6
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 36.1
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 722
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2008-12-02

Also known as: HDR-FX1000, Sony HDR-FX1000E, Sony Handycam

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Manufacturer's Description

Pro-style features and image quality

Exceptional video quality plus pro-style controls and advanced manual functions. HD 1080 recording on tape. Advanced 3ClearVid CMOS Sensor and Sony G Lens with powerful 20x optical zoom.

Better lens, better image

To achieve the best possible picture quality, a top-quality G Lens by Sony is combined with the sensitive Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor and powerful BIONZ processor. The result is detail-packed Full HD images that can be enjoyed on your HD TV.

The truest, most natural colours you’ve seen

Some camcorders can struggle to reproduce rich, natural-looking colours. x.v.Colour mimics the characteristics of the human eye, dramatically extending your creative palette with truer, more vivid blues, reds and greens.

You’re in control

If you’re serious about directing your next video masterpiece, it’s vital to maximize your creative options. Manual controls let you compose each shot just the way you want it, with precise adjustment over exposure, White Balance and other settings.

HD quality with all the convenience of tape

Many video enthusiasts and professional programmers swear by the affordability, convenience and dependability of tape. Capture brilliant 1080 HD images on low-cost HDV tape: there’s a huge range of popular editing solutions to produce polished results.


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