Sony unveils new 'prosumer' HDV camcorder: the HDR-FX1000

HD 3CMOS HDV tape camcorder with G Series lens.

Today Sony unveiled the HDR-FX1000: a new HDV Handycam aimed at the prosumer and high-end consumer markets. Incorporating a redesigned 3CMOS chipset and enhanced video features (such as Super Slow Record and 25p progressive scan), the new model is set to improve upon Sony’s previous top-tier HDV Handycam, the HDR-FX7. It also marks the debut of Sony's G Series lens on a high-def Handycam (previous HDR models have come with Carl Zeiss lenses).

Di Shepherd from Sony Australia said: "Sony [has drawn] on nearly 30 years of heritage in developing high-performance broadcast cameras to produce the HDR-FX1000. With this Handycam camcorder, dedicated video enthusiasts can enjoy absolute creative control over capturing pristine HDV 1080i images, with a 25p progressive scan mode, on HDV tape."

Designed specifically for the HDR-FX1000, the new G lens has been optimised to complement the camera’s image-processing technology, with a wide-angle performance of 29.5mm (35mm equivalent) and a low-light sensitivity of 1.5 lux. Video shooting is enhanced further by Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation, which produces smoother handheld results.

The HDR-FX1000 is also Sony’s first prosumer Handycam to feature 25p progressive scanning. Signals scanned at 25p are converted to 50i before recording on tape. This allows progressive-scan images to be viewed and edited seamlessly in an existing HDV environment.

Some of the key features found on the HDR-FX1000 include:

• HDV 1080i recording with new 25p progressive scan mode.
• Focus, zoom and iris rings on lens barrel.
• Sony G Lens with 29.5mm wide angle and 20x optical zoom.
• 3 1/3in ClearVid CMOS Image Sensors with Exmor technology.
• High-contrast 3.2in LCD display with 921k pixel resolution.
• 3x Neutral Density filters.
• CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Colour for film-like tones.
• Optical SteadyShot for clearer handheld shooting.

Other manual features include Shot Transition and Picture Profile. The camcorder also has three assignable buttons that make it easy to access frequently used functions.

The Handycam HDR-FX1000 will be available in specialist stores from today, with an RRP of $5999. For a full list of specifications, click here.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags sonycamcorders

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Jager

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?