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Old May 19th, 2005, 07:49 PM   #1
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Various questions Sony HVR-A1

In-camera down conversion:

Does anyone know if the Sony HDR-HC1 and HVR-A1 can down convert from HDV 1080i to SD DV 480i via firewire the way the FX1 and Z1 can? I would think that they WILL be able to do this, but I haven't seen it in any of the press so far. Am I wrong in thinking this is a feature that almost has to be in these new cameras?
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Old May 19th, 2005, 08:46 PM   #2
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It must be there for another few years I think. HDV is too new. The people who want to shoot DV are still plentiful. But they might want to have options.
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Old August 6th, 2005, 04:48 PM   #3
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A1 User's Manual?

Can anyone post a link to a .pdf of the A1's User's Manual when it becomes availible?
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Old August 6th, 2005, 05:48 PM   #4
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You had better believe that when it becomes available, as soon as possible we'll have a link to it "stuck" at the top of the message list. Hopefully it's not too far away.
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Old September 7th, 2005, 08:26 PM   #5
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Hvr A1

I just got an email from B & H and the A1 is now in stock. My order will ship tomorrow.
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Old September 7th, 2005, 09:34 PM   #6
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Dear Customer

Thank you for your inquiry for this item:
Sony - SOHVRA1U - HVR-A1U HDV Camcorder

We would like to inform you that this item is now available from bhphotovideo.com.

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Old October 17th, 2005, 01:20 AM   #7
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Does the HC1/A1 have ND filters built in?

Just curious as to whether the HC1/A1 has undocumented ND filters like the PDX-10, or if the CMOS just has a wider dynamic range than regular CCDs. Either way, it looks fine in bright sunlight, but I'd like to know what is going on "under the hood".
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Old October 17th, 2005, 06:23 PM   #8
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From what I have understood, it does not have a ND filter as the CMOS uses EIP to deliver the wider dynamic range.

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Old October 22nd, 2005, 06:30 PM   #9
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Any comparison between FX1 and A1?

There are pretty close in price. What are the major differences in performance and features? Especially concerning low-light?

Thanks a lot!
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Old October 23rd, 2005, 08:21 AM   #10
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The FX1 will have better low light capability from all of my readings. I would preffer to use an on camera light when needed (and allowed), to get better image in low light. I even preffer this with my VX2100 which is great in low light.
Here are teh differences. There are more, but these are teh ones that you may want to know.
A1:
Smaller footprint
Bottom loading
XLR audio
LCD on side of camera
Combo Zoom/Focus ring
Black Stretch for low light (to maintain black values)
Touch screen settings, some external manual settings
External dial to assign various menu functions (like Zebra, White balance, Exposure etc.)

FX1:
Larger Footprint
Side loading
LCD screen on top of camera
No XLR Audio
Excellent Manual Settings
Better Low light
Seperate Zoom and Focus Ring

I am leaning towards the A1 because of it's smaller footprint and removable XLR feature. It is a go for me if I can find a solution to bottom loading problem.
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 11:01 PM   #11
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No data code setting in menus of A1...

I can't seem to find how to turn on the date and time stamp during playback.
Any suggestions where to look? I have looked thru all the menus but it is not there.

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Old December 3rd, 2005, 11:20 PM   #12
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Found it. I had to be playing back a recording for it to appear in the menu.

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Old January 24th, 2006, 02:46 AM   #13
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Recording In Dv/dvcam With A-1

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I am currently working in documentary production with DVCPRO cameras. I need now a 'b' camera, because my current camera is very heavy and sometimes 'intimidating'.
The size of A1 seems perfect for my needs of 'low profile' shooting. However i am very concerned with the problem of low light situations.
¿Has anybody try to shoot in DV/DVCAM with the a-1?
¿Am I right if I think that shooting in DV/DVCAM will result in better 'low light' capabilities with the A-1?
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Old January 24th, 2006, 07:41 AM   #14
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I haven't used the A1, but am assuming it may be like the Z1 in DV mode... you can gain one full f-stop by shooting at 1/30 sec shutter speed. Like most cameras, it does field doubling at 1/30, however the doubling is done before downsampling to 720x480 so you don't lose vertical resolution in the process like you would on a standard definition camera.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 09:58 PM   #15
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External microphone bracket for HC1 / A1

Given the non-standard hotshoe on the HC1 (what the #@&&@# were you thinking, Sony engineers?) I needed a way to mount my external mic.

The bracket I've started using is working out well for me, so here's some images of the setup and the relevant links:
http://home.att.net/~ghickling/flash_bracket.jpg

The mic is an Audio-Technica AT-822 (stereo with on-board battery):
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

The AT-822 comes with the camera-shoe adapter and the 1.7' XLRF-to-Stereo-3.5mm-Miniplug cable that you can see in the images.

The flash bracket was $13 at B&H. It has two cold-shoes so I suppose there's even the potential to hang another light or whatever off its side (if you were being really enthusiastic):
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

That particular bracket is presently out of stock, but this Bescor "VB-50 Universal Shoe Mount Adapter" appears to be essentially the same thing:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

Note that you'll need a reasonably long cable to reach HC1's mic jack on the right side of the camera. I wrapped the cable shown here once around the shoe adapter, and then used a strip of black electrical tape to fasten it to the underside of the crossbar (indicated by the yellow arrow). The cable has stayed put well so far, with the bracket both on and off the camera.

Just my $0.02 ....
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