Rated 5 out of 5 by RMD83 Absolutely Thrilled
I have waited for this camera for 3 years... I looked at the FX7 and did some travel shots with a fellow who had one. It was (is) fine, but pales in comparison to this model. The lens and construction are great, I love mDV tapes, and love the fact that they are cheap and I can archive. I love the L series batteries.... and am using ones from my oldest Hi8 camcorder still. The low light capabilities astound me. I have my Nikon D90 at 3200 plus ISO to capture stills with similar quality to what I get off this sensor (with just a bit of gain noise). I can work it handheld, or on a monopod. I plan to use it tomorrow night on my old 1170 tripod - with built in LAN-c Control, thank you Sony, brilliant. It's too early to say much more, but out of the box, this camera works wonderfully. Even the built in audio is excellent, with meters and headphone jack... all it needs is an XLR adapter.
December 1, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 by GregD Outstanding Camera
Simply the best video camera I have ever used. Couple of great features which are unusual for a Sony camera are: 1) The tri-pod mount is actually solid and 2) Doesn't have any of the gimmicky Sony consumer nonsense that Sony low-end cameras have. It gives you full control over exposure and focus that you always wished for in simple, logical control formats. The programable buttons are a bonus too. Delightfully, transferring the footage into say Finalcut Pro is all 100% standard. Video and audio quality sensational and competes equally with anything you see on digital TV and not to shabby against HD TV as well. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a camera that will give them full control and work with them (not against). You can get on with the work of shooting the scene rather than figuring out the cam. Outstanding!!
January 2, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Oldmanriver Stepping up to serious HD video from my A700 DSLR
While having my eye on the pending A77 replacement for my A700 DSLR, I found myself getting the HD video bug big-time.
After reading the available Internet reviews, I came to the conclusion that this somewhat older camcorder model using inexpensive archive-able tape media offered the best HD image quality bang for the buck. (Because I am not a pro, widely expandable sound recording flexibility was not a priority.)
With the formidable HDR-FX1000, that wonderful Sony HD image WOW factor is there to be had at your fingertips.
In less than one weekend, I am up and running, mastering new capabilities with each touch of my precise, new optical tool.
There are so many cool features that it would be impossible to reference them here.
Lastly, this advanced camcorder integrates quite effortlessly with our existing Sony Vaio notebook computers, Bravia HDTVs, and PS3 - making their intrinsic value rise.
March 21, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by PremierGroup Quality Camera - Good Purchase
This being my first Advanced Amateur camera I was rather pleased by it's ability to shoot in low light. I have filmed a wedding with it and have done some corporate videos mainly. The price is spot on for this camera and it's abilities. Two things however bother me. The microphone mount gets in the way of the LCD. This is a small issue that doesn't affect the actual shooting of film. However it does bother me from time to time. I also have problems with the menu navigation and that it is done on a wheel. Basically you push a button for the menu then to navigate the menu you use a wheel. It can be cumbersome and sometimes it just takes to long to do what you need to. I gave the camera a 5 still because of it's ability to shoot a quality video and is still a good price. Worth the money!
May 16, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Shadowvision Impressive but what is "Progressive Scan?"
I've had the camera running for a day and it is very impressive. I shot my last feature doc on a Panasonic DVX100 and on another Panasonic 3CCD.
And I just finished a project using a Sony HC9 and a Sony HD1000U.
The FX1000 will help me achieve a deeper more vibrant look than the lesser expensive Sony cameras I've used. The color reproduction (just the negative) of the HC9 and 1000U did not compare well to the DVX100. I had to process a great deal in post. This was a tradeoff for HD with native 16:9 which everyone expects these days.
It appears just looking at the footage in my NLE, that this FX1000 will give me very good color (as in raw right out of the camera).
I did some tests in low light and no light (with three 3 watt on camera lights) and was extremely impressed. The manual gain is comparable to what I've experienced with the DVX.
The other Sonys I've used have the touch screen menus (fingerprints on your LCD are such a bother). This was hard to get used to, but once you do, it isn't so bad. The FX1000 uses a scroll button for menu options which is located on the lower part of the camera body. This disconnect is going to take some getting used to (sans the fingerprints).
But the assign buttons and the picture option button (for dialing in cinegamma settings) is nice and worked fluidly.
This is the first camera I've used that has the cold shoe right in front of the LCD screen. I know that other Sonys have this feature, but I've only used the ones above. The reason I mention this is because when you put a light or mic on the cold shoe, it prohibits you from closing (or in the other case opening) the LCD screen. Now, this could present a problem if you want to conserve battery life. Sometimes, my interviews run for more than 3 hours on a film, and I have to either plug in the camera or get big batteries. I bought after market ones for the DVX that lasted for hours and not having to plug in the camera saves time and cords get in the way.
Also, and this is obvious, but a XLR adapter could be a plus. I have gotten into some cheaper wireless lavs and they worked very well with the FX1000. Here's a notable difference between the audio on the FX1000 and the 1000U: it seems to have true two channel audio from the mini plug. Therefore, when I plug in one of my cheaper ($100) wireless lavs, I get the audio on the left channel. This is not the case with the 1000U that mixes the two badly (I fixed this with a cheap mixer). I plan on trying out my stereo on-camera mixer to see if I'm able to get the right channel for the other lav. Rarely, is it necessary in my interviews to have two channels, but this would be very helpful. I also use a Zoom H4 (with phantom power XLR) for the HC9 and its line out capability makes it a wonderful adapter (kinda like a Beachtech).
Additionally, I like the 72mm filter size here. This makes it a good jump up from the DVX (maybe it is a lateral move, but native 16:9 and HD). Panasonic's answer is AVCHD which my NLE will handle but I'm told that rendering is slow. I'm not ready to ditch tape (think about archiving).
Those are my initial thoughts. I still can't find anything that explains exactly what 24 progressive scan is. I've read the book on the camera and the stuff on Sony's website, but I have a nagging question: is this something like 24f. Looking at it in the computer tells me it is better, but I'd like to know more details. The HC9 cinematic effect is pretty good (although you lose manual options, but it is good raw which cuts down a little on processing time). I have that camera attached to a Letus and the stuff I've got, while a little grainy is very cinematic (especially when the blacks are crushed in post, but frankly the raw in cinematic effect is almost right by my eye).
So, my two camera approach for my next project is the FX1000 and the HC9 with lenses. Seems like a good light doc rig. Thanks for reading my long winded initial review!
December 7, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 by MidSoutherner Ideal For Competitive Soccer YouTube Video Posting
One weekend with this advanced camcorder will make you wonder why you ever tried to capture sports action with still images. Results are stunning!
Vegas 10 HD software optimizes 1080p rendering and uploads to YouTube (or anywhere else).
Not for beginners, or those that do not understand the creative use of manual overrides.
May 16, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 Dream Come True
The best selling Prosumer Handycam just got better,
read the specs, it has an enormous list of improvements. The value sticks to this camcorder like it sticks to a classic car, you'll enjoy for years. I am enjoying the ease and reliability thoroughly. Quality in construction equals top performance, this is not run of the mill. thanks Sony Japan!
November 23, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 by drvideoorthe cam
exelent service eazy webside to buy no comfuisons all nice
January 10, 2012