Sony HVR-HD1000E reviews: MiniDV storage HD camcorder

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+ This camcorder scores very high on sound quality. - It scores poorly on weight.

£849 – £1110 at 2 retailers out of 421 retailers checked

8.7 out of 10 based on 27 reviews.
Sony HVR-HD1000E: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick card. See full product description
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martin,

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
light and easy to use
Bad points:
eye-piece
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Mar 2012

alan, chatham kent Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
sharp and clear picture even with dv tape, asining menue's to the lens ring for instant use, shoulder mounting for stability 0f use,, instant manual and back light buttons. 2 shoes for accessaries and mike jack for exsternal microphone ease of use:
Bad points:
lcd screen could be a bit bigger but i dont use it much, have not used camcorder much yet to access anything else but having used other camera's before i do not see any problems so far;
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 27 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser Professional videographer

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
A good solid feel when shooting, nice flip up screen and the camera looks good. Used for secondery camera work.
Bad points:
Not enough control without having to use the menu a lot. Would have preferred a little more outer body controls for easier ease of use.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Jul 2010

Jeff, Professional videographer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Size, prize, outputs
Bad points:
Sound in and out not up to spec
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 Sep 2010

Hamilton, West Kilbride Scotland Professional videographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Simple basic layout of controls, shoulder mounted, and 2 useful shoe mounts on top. Good clear LCD and large lens hood. Simple for set up and shoot
Bad points:
None really but requires a rather large case
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 6.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser artist

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
fantastically usable features, particularly like the spot meter and spot focus features
Bad points:
none really, just not ideal for simple camcorder use due to size
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Jul 2010

Julian, Scariff, Ireland Professional videographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
High Quality Images including instant high quality stills facility.
Bad points:
No UK/Ireland mains lead adaptor supplied.
Not straightforward to Download to MacBook at first due to lack of
iLink cable (not supplied with Camcorder} Not so much bad points as ones which if rectified would give more customer satisfaction.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Nov 2011

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution quality HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format MiniDV
Connections USB
Connections Firewire
Type of memory card Memory Stick
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 150
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Weight (g) 2700
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.8
Maximum aperture wide 1.6
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 49
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 588
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2008-03-27

Also known as: Sony HVR-1000P, HVR-HD1000E, Sony HVRHD1000E

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Manufacturer's Description

Digital HD Video Camcorder

The HVR-HD1000E has been created to meet the growing demand from users who are looking for an entry-level professional shoulder mount design with full 1080i HDV recording as well as retaining DV capabilities.

The HVR-HD1000E’s shoulder-mount design and black matte body is similar to that of other professional camcorders; making it perfect for weddings, corporate communications and sporting events where appearance can make a big difference. The ergonomically balanced shoulder mount design also reduces operator fatigue on long shoots where a tripod might not be practical.

As well as offering high definition HDV 1080i recording, the HVR-HD1000E features a built-in down converter to output DV content – ideal for standard DVD productions. It can also record natively in DV, including a Long Play DV mode for maximum flexibility.

For multi-tasking videographers, the HVR-HD1000E also features three special still photo modes – ideal for producing DVD cases and even making wedding photo albums.

Whether you are recording weddings and corporate communications or teaching students, the HVR-HD1000E is simply the best choice on the market today for an entry level, shoulder mount professional camcorder.

1/2.9-inch ClearVid CMOS SensorTM

The next generation of Sony imaging sensor, the ClearVid CMOS Sensor is quite unique and different from current CMOS technology.

The ClearVid CMOS Sensor uses a unique pixel layout rotated 45 degrees to provide high resolution and high sensitivity. This pixel layout technology is also used in higher end professional camcorders.

The ClearVid CMOS Sensor, coupled with an Enhanced Imaging ProcessorTM (EIP), generates stunning images. Moreover, thanks to the CMOS technology, bright objects do not cause vertical smear.

Optical 10x zoom with Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonner T lens*

The HVR-HD1000E camcorder can adapt to a wide range of shooting situations thanks to a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonner T* lens with 10x optical zoom, as featured on higher end professional HDV camcorders. The T* lens coating suppresses unwanted reflections and faithfully reproduces colours for professional-looking results.

Super SteadyShotTM (Optical) Image Stabilizer

An active optical lens system avoids any deterioration in image quality. The lens itself shifts vertically and horizontally to compensate for the polarized light axis in real time.

Wide Clear Photo LCD plusTM Monitor on Viewfinder

A large, freely rotating 2.7-inch type LCD screen is located on the top of the viewfinder unit to provide easy viewing when the HVR-HD1000E camcorder is in a low-level position or on a tripod. This also makes it easy for a director or client to see what the camera operator is shooting. The 211,200 dot widescreen Clear Photo LCD plus device provides proper brightness and a high level of colour reproduction.

Camera Control Ring

A special camera control ring is located on the lens unit of the HVR-HD1000E camcorder. Any one of the following functions can be assigned to the ring for easy adjustment:

  • Focus (default)
  • Zoom
  • Brightness
  • Shutter
  • Video: 1/4~1/10000 sec
  • Photo: 1/4~1/500 sec.
  • AE Shift
  • WB Shift

Ergonomically Designed Handle

The ergonomically designed handle contains a convenient record button and zoom control, essential for low position shooting. There are also two cold shoes on the front and rear of the handle where you can attach accessories like the HVL-LBP Battery Video Light and HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit.

Long Operating Time With infoLITHIUMTM L Series Battery

The HVR-HD1000E camcorder uses standard infoLITHIUM L series batteries, like the DSR-PD170P, HVR-Z1E, and HVR-V1E. With the NP-F970, a maximum operating time of approximately 10 hours can be achieved thanks to the power management system and low power consumption of the ClearVid CMOS Sensor.

Smooth Slow Record

The Smooth Slow Record function enables slow-motion playback by capturing images at four times faster than the normal field rate (200 fields/s). In this mode, quad-speed images are captured for three seconds, stored in the built-in buffer memory, and then recorded to tape (in either HDV or DV format) as slow-motion pictures lasting 12 seconds.*

  • When using this function, the resolution of the camera image is decreased. Sound can not be recorded while shooting in this mode.

Super NightShotTM

The Super NightShot function uses a built-in infrared light emitter that allows you to record an object in zero lux light levels. It also enables night-time monitoring and surveillance.

Photo Mode

In Photo mode you can take high quality 6.1-megapixel, 2848 × 2136-quality, 4:3-aspect images.

Dual Record Stills & Video

You can take 4.6-megapixel (16:9-aspect) photos while you are shooting HDV video simply by pressing the photo button.

Capturing stills from recorded video

In case you missed the perfect timing for your still photo while videotaping, you can capture and save still frames from recorded video by simply pressing the photo button of the HVR-HD1000E camcorder during playback. HDV footage will give you a 1.2-megapixel, 1440 × 810 pixel still image of that magic moment.


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