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Sony HVR-A1 and HDR-HC Series
Sony's latest single-CMOS additions to their HDV camcorder line.


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Old May 17th, 2005, 10:08 AM   #16
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Another model to consider : HVR-A1U (http://news.sel.sony.com/digitalimag...hoto_id=176995
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Old May 17th, 2005, 10:29 AM   #17
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Boyd, take a look at the high-rez PR images
Yeah, I saw that. Looks like you can choose zoom or focus for the ring though. I wonder what's under the two snap-down covers on the bottom of the left side? Connectors? At least it isn't crippled with a small internal battery like the HC-1000.
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Old May 17th, 2005, 10:36 AM   #18
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Apparently, it uses a 1/6" chip, so you'll have infinite depth of field, whether you want it or not :)
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Never thought of that but which really plays a bigger role in DOF, lens size or chip size? There is a 37mm lens on this vs. 72mm for the FX1 and 52mm for the JVCs.
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Old May 17th, 2005, 10:56 AM   #19
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Never thought of that but which really plays a bigger role in DOF, lens size or chip size? There is a 37mm lens on this vs. 72mm for the FX1 and 52mm for the JVCs.
Chip size. Lens size will vary the DOF a fair amount, but will not overcome the inherent wide DOF of such a small chip unless you're at a *massive* telephoto, which besides being virtually impossible to use for anything other than a locked-off shot this camera won't have anyway...
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Old May 17th, 2005, 02:10 PM   #20
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How interesting...

Only a single chip but it does sound like it has more native pixels for detail. This is of course assuming SONY will be using all of those pixels to record HDV. Since the chip uses square pixels it would almost have to use all of the pixels. Of course it will still end up 1440 x 1080 instead of 1920 x 1080 because of HDV but it is usually better to start with more and go down opposed to only starting with 960 pixels and using pixel shift to jump up. In a very well lit VFX environment this camera may actually be better than a Z1.
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Old May 17th, 2005, 02:22 PM   #21
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it is truly a consumer cam as it a bottom loader


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Old May 17th, 2005, 02:38 PM   #22
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Ugh - bottom loading. Do you have to take it off the tripod?

Bryan: While I'm sure it's true that the FX-1 has a larger lens, don't confuse lens diameter with filter thread diameter. The lens is generally smaller than the filter threads (quite a bit on some cameras), making it hard to draw conclusions.
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Old May 17th, 2005, 02:41 PM   #23
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This will make HD1/10 sales to zero, unless they'll drop price down a lot.

I want one as second camera to my FX1E.

Sony introduced today PS3, it has 1080p output.

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Sony said FX/Z1 will be in middle of their HDV line. Will larger HDV camera be introduced soon?

Sony also said 1080i will get 90% HDV business. Does it mean that Canon and Sharp will also use 1080i?

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Old May 17th, 2005, 05:58 PM   #24
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I think they should've used that new Sigma 3 layer single CCD or something, that could get the big and bulky 3CCD cams a run for their money.
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Old May 17th, 2005, 07:40 PM   #25
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Make an HDV consumer cam with a street price of $1000 and I'll be in.

I guess this would be a step in that direction however, considering it is the first truly consumer hdv camera.
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Old May 17th, 2005, 08:46 PM   #26
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I originally posted that it uses a 1/6" chip, apparently that is incorrect. It uses a single 1/3" chip.

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Old May 18th, 2005, 01:21 AM   #27
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so now is the turn of jvc and panasonic to release a competitive model to HC1, we must wait and i was just ready to buy the jvc hd1.
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Old May 18th, 2005, 03:16 AM   #28
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Which makes me even more certain (?) that when Canon introduces an HDV camera, it's more than likely to be a consumer model - like the XM2...
Interesting times guys...

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Old May 18th, 2005, 10:13 PM   #29
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me too, i was just about to order the jvc hd1 which costs 2000$
You're lucky that you didn't order the HD1. :) The new Sony cam performs much better in low light and records better video (in terms of color fidelity, lattitude, etc...)
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Old May 18th, 2005, 10:30 PM   #30
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Have you used one, or is this just speculation? I didn't think they were available yet.
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