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Sony HVR-A1E Handheld camcorder 3MP CMOS HD Black hand-held camcorder - camcorders (3 MP, CMOS, 10x, 10x, Memory card, MS Duo)
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Boasting an incredibly small size, and providing HDV with the 1080i standard, the HVR-A1E offers a host of advanced features for professional use. Using technology such as CMOS means the HVR-A1E is an ultra-compact camcorder capable of providing in full 1080 line resolution.
Building on the affordability of HDV, the HVR-A1E provides users a migration path from Standard Definition whilst retaining the qualities of the popular DVCAM range such as ease of use and i.LINK (IEEE1394) connectivity.
Ideal for situations where space is at a premium, the HVR-A1E further broadens the range of HDV tools available to support professional users - it really delivers "HD for Everyone".
AC adapter included: Y
Audio output: 1
Batteries included: Y
Battery technology: Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery type: NP-FM50
Built-in display: Y
Built-in flash: N
Built-in light: N
Cables included: AC, AV, Component, USB
Camcorder media type: Memory card
Camcorder tape type: DVCAM,HDV
Camcorder type: Handheld camcorder
Colour of product: Black
Compatible memory cards: MS Duo
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out: 1
Composite video out: 1
DC-in jack: Y
Depth: 191 mm
Digital zoom: 10x
Display diagonal: 6.86 cm (2.7")
Display resolution (numeric): 123200 pixels
HD type: HD
Hand strap: Y
Headphone outputs: 1
Height: 103 mm
Image stabilizer: N
Included memory card size: 0.016 GB
Interchangeable lens: N
Maximum frame rate: 25 fps
Maximum image resolution: 1920 x 1440 pixels
Memory card included: MS Duo
Microphone in: Y
Operating temperature (T-T): 0 - 40 °C
Optical zoom: 10x
Power consumption (typical): 6.2 W
Power requirements: 8.4 V / 7.2 V
S-Video out: Y
Sensor type: CMOS
Supported aspect ratios: 16:9
Total megapixels: 3 MP
USB 2.0 connectors: 1
USB 2.0 ports quantity: 1
Viewfinder: 252000 pixels
Viewfinder screen size: 0.54"
Weight: 670 g
Width: 71 mm
Top customer reviews
First, here are a few gripes:
I don't like the supplied mic, I use a Sennheiser cardioid instead and I find this to be much superior. I think the supplied mic is rather rolled off at the top.
The flip out monitor screen is not very accurate but you get used to it after a while and so you can take account of it.
If the camera is on a tripod you have to remove it to take out a tape as the tapes are inserted on the underside of the camera.
However when you transfer the tapes to you hard drive and start to edit, the gripes I've mentioned will seem like nothing because the quality is so good for such a small camera.
I use it in conjunction with it's bigger Sony brothers when I want to be discreet in places where filming is restricted. The results are excellent and cut in with more expensively acquired footage seamlessly in the edit suite. I have even used it as the principle camera in several broadcast TV productions. It's a professional camera with proper mic inputs and manual controls.
It's a testament to the all-round ability of this little workhorse that it is still selling so well.
Benefits from the 2 XLR inputs for excellent sound quality. White balance control is pretty good too. Chuck on a half decent InfraRed light and the night shoot is pretty good (the units own one is a bit weak).
1080i is good and the option of DVCAM is very useful.
Great in an underwater housing too as it's so controllable.
Not really quite a fully pro camera but very useful for a consumer, pro-summer, or pro.
I'd gone off Sony for a while until using this.. nice job.