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Old December 4th, 2006, 05:47 PM   #1
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HVR-V1U or HDR-FX1

My company was pretty much set on getting the HDR-FX1 for weddings, then the HVR-V1U came along.

I know the the HVR-V1U uses 1/4" CMOS and the HVR-FX1 uses 1/3" CCD.

Does anyone know which one performs better in low light conditions?
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Old December 4th, 2006, 06:10 PM   #2
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My money is on the FX1

All these new fangled whipper snapper cameras.

In a more serious note, I think that a 1/4 does not have the same kind of quality as a 1/3 chip. And if you look at the GL / XM cameras, the only reason why they are still around is because they have a friggin super leet, sweet, and hard to beat lens for the price range that compliments the 1/4 chips. And even then, the images are quite ordinary. (In my opinion.)

FX1, for the larger chips, and the more sturdy, larger body.
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Old December 4th, 2006, 06:21 PM   #3
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Yah, I was under the impression that 1/3" chips do better in low light, but Sony seems to be hyping up the ClearVid Technology in the 1/4" chips saying it has better sensitivity.

The FX1 is rated at 3 lux and the VU1 is rated at 4 lux, but lux ratings are subjective. Does anyone have any real world experience comparing both low light performances in a setting similar to a wedding reception?
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Old December 11th, 2006, 02:41 PM   #4
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It's all right here, one thread away people ;)

Wolfgang Winne has done all the work, and compared the two camearas in real conditions. You can see for yourself, and choose. Yes, the site is in German, but scroll halfway down, and click the links that correspond to images 31 though 38.

Personally, I like the V1/FX7 and I've used the FX1 a lot, but for low light, the FX1 may be your ticket. The FX7/V1, while smaller imagers than the FX1 - damn - what a great image! CMOS and a new codec engine make a huge difference!

Best of luck! And if you buy either one, let us know about your experiences!

http://www.fxsupport.de/12.html
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Old December 11th, 2006, 03:11 PM   #5
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My company was pretty much set on getting the HDR-FX1 for weddings, then the HVR-V1U came along.

I know the the HVR-V1U uses 1/4" CMOS and the HVR-FX1 uses 1/3" CCD.

Does anyone know which one performs better in low light conditions?

I suggest borrowing the cameras from your dealer and doing low-light tests yourself. And while you are at it, try the Canon A1...
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Old December 11th, 2006, 09:35 PM   #6
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If were comparing 1/3” CCDs to ¼” CCDs then that is a good difference but were comparing 1/3” CCDs to 1/4" CMOS imagers.

1 CMOS camcorders is proven to have better color reproduction than 1 CCD camcorders of the same size.

Based on these 2 camcorders, the V1u is the much better choice as far as features go and I would personally pick the V1u over the Z1u because of the 20X lens, it’s a lot lighter and it has 30p.
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Old December 13th, 2006, 11:46 AM   #7
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V1u is the best. The 1/4" chips were built and placed in such a way that it's much like the 1/3" chips. Graeme Nattress was explaining it the other day. I'm gonna search for his post.

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Old December 13th, 2006, 11:50 AM   #8
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http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...t=80852&page=2

Graeme does a lot of explaining, as does Spot, on how things work, esp. sensor size.

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