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Sony HVR-V1

BCS Price: $4,290.00
Item #:MO805104
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Model Description:
3 1/4" CMOS chips, 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom. 1080p

Model Details

The Sony HVR-V1U is an HDV camcorder designed specifically to incorporate many of the features only afforded previously to Sonys high-end digital cinema cameras. The V1U utilizes a sophisticated pulldown system, giving shooters 24p capability for creating film-like video.

With 24p, users can mimic the shutter of film which is often sought after for commercials and dramatic productions. Equally important, Sonys 2:3 pulldown technique records into standard 60i streams, so no additional gear is required. All your existing Sony HDV equipment will play 24p without a hitch! It couldnt be easier.

The camera also features 3CMOS ClearVid sensor technology. These CMOS sensors create sharp, rich images with natural color reproduction sure to please even the most scrutinizing eye. These features combined with a high-end Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens, makes the HVR-VU1 a welcome addition to the already proven line of Sony professional HDV products.


Key Features

  • High Definition on MiniDV Tapes with HDV

    The HDV format, used in the HVR-V1U allows high definition recording on standard MiniDV tapes. This is accomplished by using the very popular MPEG-2 compression technique used in many applications, including DVDs and satellite television.

  • 24p Capability

    In 24p mode, images from the CMOS can be 2:3 pulldown-converted and recorded onto tape in the standard 60i HDV format. The tape can then be played back or edited using an ordinary HDV system. True 24p editing can be achieved by uploading 2:3 pulldown-converted images via an i.LINK FireWire interface to a compatible non-linear editing system. The resultant images resemble the visual motion of film!

  • ClearVID 3CMOS Technology

    Sonys ClearVID sensors are positioned at a 45° angle. Since each pixel is positioned at this angle the result is far clearer diagonal lines. Images will appear crisper, without the apparent "jaggies" that often plague video signals.

  • HDMI Output

    Many consumer products are adopting High Definition Media Interface (HDMI) connections for transmitting uncompressed digital HD video signals. Sony has upped the ante by incorporating this into the already extensive array of video output choices on the HVR-V1U. Connect the camera to any HDTV via this interface and view all your footage the way it was meant to be seen: purely digital!



    Signal System

    HDV: 1080/60i
    DVCAM/DV: 480/60i (NTSC)

    Image Device

    1/4" 3CMOS ClearVid Sensor


    Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Zoom Lens, 20x (Optical),

    Signal-to-Noise Ratio

    Not Specified by Manufacturer

    Horizontal Resolution

    1080 Lines


    Not Specified by Manufacturer

    Minimum Illumination

    4 Lux f1.6 at 18 dB

    Vertical Smear

    Not Specified by Manufacturer

    Built-in Filters

    1/4 ND, 1/16 ND

    LCD Monitor

    Clear Photo LCD Plus, 3.5", 16:9 Aspect Ratio


    0.44", 252,000 Pixels, 16:9 Aspect Ratio

    Scan Matching


    Memory Card Slot


    Shutter Speed Range

    60i: 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/90, 1/100, 1/125, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/725, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/6000, 1/10000

    24p: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/24, 1/40, 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/96, 1/100, 1/120, 1/144, 1/192, 1/200, 1/288, 1/400, 1/576, 1/1200, 1/2400, 1/4800, 1/10000 sec

    Gain Selection

    0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB

    Tape Format

    DVCAM Small Cassette
    HDV Record and Play
    DVCAM Record and Play
    DV Record and Play

    Tape Speed

    HDV: 18.8 mm/s
    DVCAM: 28.2 mm/s
    DV SP Mode: 18.8 mm/s

    Signal-to-Noise Ratio

    Not Specified by Manufacturer

    Maximum Recording Time

    HDV: 63 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)
    DVCAM: 41 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)
    DV: 63 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)

    Audio Dynamic Range

    Not Specified by Manufacturer

    Audio Signal Format

    MPEG1 Audio Layer II
    16-bit/48kHz 2 Channel Mode
    12-bit/32kHz 4 Channel Mode

    Audio Frequency Response

    20Hz to 20kHz

    Signal to Noise Ratio

    Not Specified by Manufacturer

    Input and Output Connectors

    Composite Vide RCA (x1 Output, A/V Out 10-pin Connector Jack)
    Component Video (x1 Output)
    HDV/DV I/O: i.LINK FireWire Interface
    Audi XLR 3-Pin (x1 Input)
    Headphones: Stereo Mini Jack
    LANC: Stereo Mini-mini (2.5mm) Jack
    USB: Mini-B Connector
    HDMI Output: HDMI Connector

    Power Requirements

    7.2 VDC

    Power Consumption

    HDV: 6.8W
    DVCAM/DV: 6.6W

    Operating Temperature

    32-104°F (0-40°C)

    Dimensions (WxHxD)

    Not Specified By Manufacturer


    3.4 lb (1.5 kg)

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