Sony Handycam HDR-FX1 Camcorder - Black
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Sony Handycam HDR-FX1 Camcorder - Black

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  • Media Format: DV
  • Recording System: NTSC
  • Type: Standard
  • Storage Type: Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)
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Sony Handycam HDR-FX1 Camcorder - Black

Presenting the world's first consumer 1080i high definition camcorder, the Sony Handycam HDR-FX1. A revolution in form and function, the HDR-FX1 allows you to play and record interlaced high definition video at resolutions up to 1440 x 1080 for professional quality video with vivid colors and striking detail. It even offers the ability to switch to standard DV recording and playback as the situation warrants.The HDR-FX1 features the Real-time HD Codec Engine, which offers professional-level MPEG2 video compression, and 14bit HD DXP (Digital Extended Processor) for increased processing speed. Images are captured on three-chip Advanced HAD CCD system that provides increased detail and improved video performance without the color bleeding found in other system. Optical capabilities include a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 12x optical zoom and Super SteadyShot image stabilization.The HDR-FX1 offers an unprecedented amount of control to the user, including manual zoom, focus, and iris control. Picture Profile allows the user to create a number of preset video modes for a variety of shooting settings. Composing shots is easier than even with the 3.5" precision hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display1 and the extra-large electronic viewfinder.The Sony HDR-FX1 HDV Handycam camcorder... the revolution begins.This HDR-FX1 Camcoder comes with Vegas Movie Studio + DVD 6 and Jam Trax.Vegas Movie Studio+DVD 6 is a real-time nondestructive video editor. No matter what changes you make to your video and photos in the software, your original files are never affected!Jam Trax is a fun and easy way for older kids and teens to create their own rock, pop, and hip-hop songs.

Product Review Summary

Based on 4 user reviews
75% recommend this product
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  • Easy to Use (3)
  • Excellent Picture Quality (3)
  • Rich Features (3)
  • Good Sound (3)
  • Good Value (3)
  • Image Stabilization (2)
  • Powerful Zoom (2)
  • Simple Controls (1)
  • Long Battery Life (1)
  • Compact (1)
  • Heavy (1)
  • Weak Zoom (1)
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  • Special Events (3)
  • Professionals (3)
  • Everyday Use (2)
  • Editing (1)
  • Outdoors (1)
  • Home Movies (1)
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Consumer Reviews


Sony's got a winner here!

byvanagon Jul 1, 2007
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Everything
Cons None
Recommended it? Yes

Only had this camera for 2 weeks, but so far it has performed flawlessly. I have been taping for 10 years with a VX1000 which still records great video, but the FX7 is definitely a superior camcorder. HD is as close to being there as is possible. Great detail, superb color and so far it is pretty... Read full review »


The Sony HDR-FX1...The HD Camera that sets the standard?

bydrick Apr 2, 2005
8 Helpfuls 9 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Carl Zeiss Lens, Hard Body Construction, 3.5"LCD Display, Mic Audio
Cons Limited zoom length (12x), Does not support larger DV tapes, MPEG Compression
Recommended it? Yes

The highly anticipated competition to JVC's HD camcorders, the 1st generation Sony HDR-FX1 attempts to set the standard in a new frontier, the HD market. While there is a small HD camera market due to its still high prices, the Sony HDR-FX1 sets a milestone in its affordability delivering HD... Read full review »


Sony HDV redefines semi-pro expectations

bypapalazarou Mar 4, 2005
11 Helpfuls 12 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros image quality, control, shot transitions, tactile interface, price
Cons weight, intial restrictions on editing solutions
Recommended it? Yes

Forget XL2's, forget the HD1. This is the only camera that counts.

The LCD screen is a bit cookie at first, but users of pro-cameras will find it similar to a conventional EVF.

The shot transition buttons are amazing, the duration of the transition can be varied as can every... Read full review »

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Product Details and Features


Night Mode Yes

Other Features

High Definition Video Support 1080i
Widescreen Video Capture Yes

File Format

Digital Video Format MPEG-2


Battery Form Factor Manufacturer specific


Microphone Technology Electret condenser
Microphone Operation Mode Stereo


Display Rotation Rotating
Display Type LCD


Viewfinder Type Electronic

Memory / Storage

Recording Speed SP • LP
Supported Flash Memory Memory Stick PRO


Exposure Modes Automatic • Manual • Shutter-Priority • Aperture-Priority

Lens System

Lens Type Zoom lens
Auto Focus type TTL contrast detection
Lens Manufacturer Carl Zeiss
Lens System Features Built-in 1/6 Neutral Density Filter • Built-in 1/32 Neutral Density Filter • Aspherical Lens
Focus Adjustment Automatic • Manual

Optical Sensor

Sensor Type Super HAD 3CCD

Key Features

Media Format DV
Recording System NTSC
Type Standard
Storage Type Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)

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