View Full Version : The new semi pro Sony HVR-HD1000U DV camera with full sized multifunction ring-1900$

12-18-2007, 10:29 AM
The new semi pro Sony HVR-HD1000U DV camera with full sized multifunction ring-1900$ MSRP

copied from Videoecompanhia ;






shoulder-mounted design, single 1/2.9” ClearVID CMOS sensor, 10x optical zoom, a new EVF/LCD design / ship in December.

The CMOS chip in the HVR-HD1000U is the same found on Sony’s top-end consumer HDV camcorder, the HDR-HC7. The colors are likely to be processed under a different gamma curve in the HD1000U , toward a less saturated tone.

They`re are some pro-level features that raise the HVR-HD1000U well above the level of the HDR-HC7. Videographers are likely to appreciate the full-sized multifunction ring on the lens barrel, which can control

- focus ( default ),
- zoom, brightness,
- shutter speed ; video : 1/4~1/1000 sec - photo: 1/4~1/500 sec,
- auto exposure shift, and
- white balance shift

The camera does not have zebra zone or video cliping indicators, that is wat B&H told me

It is unknown what the exact depth of the manual control suite will be. The consumer division of Sony is known for restricting certain controls, such as aperture. The HVR-HD1000U is, however, a release from Sony’s Professional division, leaving several questions unanswered.

The camcorder allows for shooting in both HDV and standard definition DV modes. It is also capable of down-converting within the camcorder from HD to SD for output to NLES and playback devices. This feature may prove very useful for those ready to begin the costly shift to HD production, but who can’t yet commit to an entire overhaul of their systems.

Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization is included, along with the infrared Super NightShot mode. Output options include Firewire, HDMI, USB, and a MemoryStick Duo slot. An external microphone is included, the ECM-PS1, which mounts to the upper-right of the body. It appears to be replaceable, though the connection type is not specified. The NP-F970 battery is included.
Still photo captures of up to 6.1 megapixels are possible when in Still mode. While shooting video, stills can be captured in resolutions up to 4.6 megapixels. The camcorder also appears to have photo capture during video Playback mode, which allows for low-res images of 1.2 megapixels.

Consumer camcorder and professional camcorders are run off of two different production lines, with much higher standards for the pro models. This entails everything from construction to performance, including signal-to-noise ratio and colorimetry. While consumer and pro lines can share certain parts, it’s the implementation and integration of those components that sets them apart. ( what they are saying is the HD1000U comes from the pro factory ... )

You can download a nice technical pdf here : http://bssc.sel.sony.com/BroadcastandBusiness/minisites/HDV/images/HVRHD1000U_broch9-07.pdf

here are the tech specs : http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Estimpie/hd1000u.PNG

there is a topic going on @ http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=101903 about this camera

what do you think ? Somebody tested this puppy ?

Huy Vu
12-18-2007, 11:20 AM
There's also a discussion here


I'm not too excited about this camera. How can Sony call this a "professional" release if it has no balanced XLR audio input? No independent zoom and focus ring? Why would professional videographer needs to take stills using a video camera? Beside the shoulder mounted form to impress the clients, there's really not much here.

12-18-2007, 11:24 AM
It's basically one of their existing micro camcorders (HC7 maybe?) stuck in a shoulder-mount body. Panasonic's doing the same kind of thing with the HMC70.

Noel Evans
12-18-2007, 11:46 PM
Goodness not an XLR or manual function in sight. Looks like they are trying to turn a consumer camera into a pro camera but in the process are making a toy. I can tell you though this will have a market in Japan. Theres so many retired guys who have become photographers of some form or other. I suppose this will give them something that looks like the pro cams.