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Sony HVR-HD1000E (HVRHD1000E, HVR-HD1000, HVRHD1000) Shoulder mount HDV 1080i camcorder

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Overview
The new HVR-HD1000E is Sony's new entry-level professional HDV camcorder with a shoulder-mount design, bringing the benefits of HD production to a wider range of users.

The new HVR-HD1000E model is targeted at wedding videographers, freelancers and educational video creators, offering them more versatility and opportunities to generate business using a moderately priced camera.

The HVR-HD1000E model supports both the HDV and the standard-definition DV formats. In DV mode, the unit can work exclusively as a DV camcorder, allowing users to maintain their current DV workflow without any disruptions. When needed, the camcorder can be instantly switched to high-definition mode.

The HDV format allows users to shoot approximately 60 minutes of HD video on a 6mm cassette tape. Sony's highest-quality 6mm videotape, DigitalMaster, is the recommended professional media for HDV applications. These 63-minute cassettes (model PHDVM63DM) use Sony's AME (Advanced Metal...
Summary
Camera Type: Professional Camcorder
CODEC: HDV
Form Factor: Shoulder Mount
Gen-Lock & Time-Code: No
HDMI Output: Yes
Lens/Mount: Integrated 10x zoom
Maximum Data Rate: 25Mb/s
Maximum Video Resolution (recorded): 1440x1080
Progressive Scan: No
Recording Media: HDV Tape
SDI Output: No
Sensor Resolution (Mega Pixels): 2.76MP
Sensor Size: 1/3 inch
Sensor Type: CMOS
Type: Video
Variable Frame Rate: No
Video Resolution: HD 1080
XLR Audio Input: Yes
Included in box

Supplied Accessories

  • AC Adaptor
  • Power cord (mains lead)
  • A/V connecting cable
  • Eyecup
  • Rechargeable battery pack NP-F570
  • Lens hood
  • Lens cap
  • Microphone
  • Wind screen for mic
  • CD-ROM
  • Operating guide

About the Sony HVR-HD1000E

The new HVR-HD1000E is Sony's new entry-level professional HDV camcorder with a shoulder-mount design, bringing the benefits of HD production to a wider range of users.

The new HVR-HD1000E model is targeted at wedding videographers, freelancers and educational video creators, offering them more versatility and opportunities to generate business using a moderately priced camera.

The HVR-HD1000E model supports both the HDV and the standard-definition DV formats. In DV mode, the unit can work exclusively as a DV camcorder, allowing users to maintain their current DV workflow without any disruptions. When needed, the camcorder can be instantly switched to high-definition mode.

The HDV format allows users to shoot approximately 60 minutes of HD video on a 6mm cassette tape. Sony's highest-quality 6mm videotape, DigitalMaster, is the recommended professional media for HDV applications. These 63-minute cassettes (model PHDVM63DM) use Sony's AME (Advanced Metal Evaporated) II technology and feature dual-active magnetic layers.

Camera section
LensCarl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, 10x (optical), f = 5.4 to 54 mm, filter diameter: 37 mm
Focal length16:9 video mode
40 to 400mm
4:3 video mode
49 to 490mm
16:9 photo mode
40 to 400mm
4:3 photo mode
37 to 370mm
Focus SystemAuto, manual (Ring/Panel)
Imaging system1/2.9-inch, ClearVid CMOS Sensor system
Maximum still image recordingMAX. 6.1M (2848 x 2136) (4:3)
Gross pixelsApprox. 3200K pixels
Effective pixels16:9 video mode
Approx. 2280K pixels
4:3 video mode
Approx. 1710K pixels
16:9 photo mode
Approx. 2280K pixels
4:3 photo mode
Approx. 3040K pixels
Shutter SpeedAuto Slow Shutter ON 1/25-1/215
Auto Slow Shutter OFF 1/50-1/215
Manual 1/3-1/10000 (Still Image: 1/3-1/425)
Scene Selection 1/2-1/425
Super NightShot 1/3-1/100
Colour Slow Shutter 1/2-1/215
Smooth Slow Rec 1/200-1/800
Minimum illuminationAuto Slow Shutter ON 5 lux(1/25 Shutter Speed)
Auto Slow Shutter OFF 11 lux(1/25 Shutter Speed)
VTR section
Recording formatHDV1080/50i, DV/DV(LP)576/50i (PAL)
Play out/Down conversion formatHDV1080/50i, DV/DV(LP)576/50i (PAL)
Playback/Recording timeHDV/DV SP Max. 63 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
DV LP Max. 94.5 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Connectors
Component video outputRCA Pin x3
Composite video outputRCA Pin x1
S-Video outputmini-DIN 4-pin x1
HDMI outputHDMI connector
HDV/DV input/outputi.LINK interface (IEEE 1394, 4-pin connector)
Audio outputRCA Pin x2 (L,R)
Audio inputStereo mini jack (3.5 mm diameter), ECM-PS1 external shot-gun stereo microphone is supplied.
HeadphoneStereo mini jack (3.5 mm diameter)
LANCStereo mini-mini jack (2.5 mm diameter)
USBTYPE B connector
DC InputAC-L100 AC adaptor is supplied.
Others
LCD viewfinder0.27-inch type, approx. 123,200 dots, 16:9 aspect ratio
LCD monitor2.7-inch type, Clear Photo LCD plus, approx. 211,200 dots, hybrid type, 16:9 aspect ratio, touchscreen
Speaker16mm diameter
General
Mass (w/o Tape,Battery,etc)2.7Kg (6 lb 0 oz)
Mass (w/Battery)NP-F570 3.0Kg (6 lb 10 oz)
NP-F770 3.1Kg (6 lb 13 oz)
NP-F970 3.2Kg (7 lb 1 oz)
Power Requirements (AC adaptor/Battery)8.4V / 7.2V
Power Consumption (VF/VF+LCD)HDV 4.4W / 4.8W DV 4.2W / 4.6W
Operating temperature0 to 40C (32 to 104F)
Storage temperature-20 to +60C (-4 to 140F)

The HVR-HD1000E model supports both the HDV and the standard-definition DV formats. In DV mode, the unit can work exclusively as a DV camcorder, allowing users to maintain their current DV workflow without any disruptions. When needed, the camcorder can be instantly switched to high-definition mode.

The HDV format allows users to shoot approximately 60 minutes of HD video on a 6mm cassette tape. Sony’s highest-quality 6mm videotape, DigitalMaster™, is the recommended professional media for HDV applications. These 63-minute cassettes (model PHDVM63DM) use Sony’s AME (Advanced Metal Evaporated) II technology and features dual-active magnetic layers.

The new camcorder also has several down-conversion modes that output converted standard-definition signals to users’ current SD production systems, including displays and DV non-linear editing systems, while retaining an HD master tape for future use.

The camcorder adapts to a wide range of shooting situations and features a high-end Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonner T* 10x optical zoom lens to help reduce reflection. The Super SteadyShot™ (optical) feature of the unit is an image stabilizer using an active optical lens method that helps avoid any deterioration in image quality. The lens itself shifts vertically and horizontally to compensate for the polarized light axis in real-time.

The HVR-HD1000E camcorder uses Sony’s 1/2.9-inch ClearVid™ CMOS sensor system with its unique pixel layout rotated 45 degrees to provide higher resolution and sensitivity.

The camcorder’s photo creation functions can produce photo data for DVD jacket designs, website content, news, photo albums and other applications.

Users can capture up to 6.1 mega-pixel still images in Photo mode. In addition, it can capture up to 4.6 mega-pixel still images even while HD video is being recorded. For added flexibility, the new camera can capture still images from any moment of HDV recording in print-ready quality of up to 1.2 mega-pixels.

The camcorder also has a new configuration with an LCD monitor and an electronic view finder (EVF). The LCD monitor is in front of the camera operator when the camcorder is shoulder-mounted, and it is attached to the EVF level. This unique layout enables traditional EVF monitoring, as well as LCD monitoring for the operator even while the camcorder is held on the shoulder.

“The 180-degree tilt mechanism allows for LCD monitoring when the camcorder is held in a high- or low-angle position,” Ott said. “The 360-degree swivel mechanism will allow LCD monitoring from the front, right or even left of the camcorder so that a reporter or a director can monitor what is being captured by the camcorder.”

The “Smooth Slow Rec” function allows users to perform slow-motion playback by capturing images at four times faster than the normal field rate (240 fields/s). In this mode, quad-speed images are captured for three seconds, stored in the camcorder’s built-in buffer memory, and then recorded to tape (in either the HDV, DVCAM™, or DV formats) as slow-motion pictures lasting 12 seconds. When using this function, Ott said the resolution of the camera image is decreased.

The Super NightShot™ function of the new model uses a built-in infrared light emitter to record objects in zero lux light levels and to allow night-time monitoring and surveillance.

A multi-function assignable lens ring is located on the lens unit, and any one of the following functions can be assigned to the ring for easy adjustment: focus (default), zoom, brightness, shutter, auto exposure shift and white balance shift.

Other features include up to 10 hours operation using an optional NP-F970 battery, a range of digital I/O (HDMI, i.LINK®, USB, Memory Stick Duo™ slot), supplied external stereo microphone (ECM-PS1), and a multi-language menu.

Record HD on inexpensive miniDV Cassette Tape
Video and television technology, as well as viewer preferences, are moving from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) - just like black and white television moved to colour in the past.

HD has almost twice the number of scanning lines available than SD. This means you can see much sharper detail and finer image quality when your work is viewed on a HD display monitor. The HVR-HD1000E adopts the popular HDV format for HD recording. The HDV format allows you to shoot approximate 63 minutes of HD video on a miniDV cassette tape.*

There are two standards of HDV format. One is HDV720p and the other is HDV1080i, which has 1,080 scanning lines and is used by most broadcasters already using HD. Sony has adopted the HDV1080i standard for all its HDV products.

* When the PHDVM-63DM miniDV cassette tape is used. The PHDVM-63DV is recommended for the HDV recording mode. The recording data rate of HDV1080i format is almost the same as that of DV format.

Full Compatibility with your Current DV System
If you don't want to upgrade your existing NLE system to HD, or simply want the option to work in DV, the HVR-HD1000E has a down-conversion feature that outputs converted DV signals through the i.LINK connector* to your current DV non-linear editing system, while also retaining a HD master on the tape for future use.

Furthermore, the HVR-HD1000E offers a DV recording mode (4:3 or 16:9**), which can provide a recording time of approximately 120 minutes in LP mode.***

* i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. Not all products with an i.LINK connector will necessarily communicate with each other. For information on compatibility, operating conditions, and proper connection, please refer to the documentation supplied with any device with an i.LINK connector. For information on devices that include an i.LINK connection, please contact your nearest Sony office.

** Squeezed recording.

*** When a DVM80PRL standard miniDV cassette tape is used. If you record in LP mode, pictures may appear mosaic-like or sound may be interrupted when you play back the tape on other camcorders or VCRs which do not support Sony LP mode.

Nonlinear acquisition with HVR-DR60
The optional external HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit gives you a hybrid operation, where video and audio is recorded simultaneously to hard disk drive (HDD) and tape. The HDV or DV images are recorded as movie files in the HDD for quick nonlinear editing, enabling the operator to archive the source tape as soon as the shoot is finished.

Easy to use
The shoulder-mount design of the HVR-HD1000E is lightweight and easy to use even for beginners, it allows for easy balance and stable operation.

Capture stills and video
To further enhance the multi-tasking of hard-working videographers, the HVR-HD1000E offers three still mode options that could be used to capture images for a DVD cover or even wedding album;

- 1.2-megapixel 1440x810 pixel images taken from playback of standard HDV footage

- 4.6 megapixel 16:9 aspect photos captured while simultaneously shooting HDV

- 6.1 megapixel 2838x2136 4:3 aspect images shot when not recording video footage.

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We use this camera at PAFC at live football games, and i've also used it for weddings, coporate events, productions with low light and some excessive light and its a brilliant piece of kit for the price. Brilliant for use live.. great picture quality in HD1080i and easily switchable to SD. The mic is a clean sound not muffled. Very lightweigh for long periods of use handheld or shoulder-mounted. The touchscreen display is easily customisable for your menus. And great recording onto tape. My advice though is to choose your carry case/bag wisely as it is fairly fragile. I would reccomend a hard case as i've previously broken the mic holder.. although I did accidentally hit it with a fair amount of force when i was rushing.. but it is easily repairable.
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Luke Pollard on 2011-02-04


Frequently Asked Questions

3 question(s) | 3 answers(s)

I want to rip the footages i film onto laptop, but dont want to mess around with the tapes, re watching them to record onto the laptop.Does this come with hard,drive talked about in Benefits? as i want to record straight onto a memory stick or Hard drive. this doesnt tell me what i get included with the camera. if you can tell me how to get footage to latop fast and easy, i will gladly buy.

lee steer 09-10-2012

In the 'Benefits' section, reference is made to the HVR-DR60 hard drive recorder being available as an optional extra. This is now obsolete, however the HVR-MRC1K is available as an option. This device simultaneously records to Compact Flash as the Camera records to tape:-http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/index.php?t=product/sony_hvr-mrc1k

I have a sony hvr-hd1000p camcorder and i need to have 2 mics working together on it how do i do this i have tryed using a 3.5 splitter cable with the mics pluged in but i only picked up one mic at a time

jamie 18-02-2013

The microphone input is a stereo 3.5mm jack connector. In order to get two separate inputs you would need a converter box to take two mono inputs, pan left/right in to a stereo connection.The Beachtek DXA-HDV would be ideal for this task:http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/index.php?t=product/beachtek_dxa-hdvpm

Does Sony HVR HD 1000E have a Memory Card slot?

Bamidele 15-05-2013

The Camcorder has a Memory Stick Duo™ slot but only still images can be recorded to it. Video is recorded to tape only

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