Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • Powered by NP-FM50 InfoLithium rechargeable battery pack
  • CMOS camera system , records to conventional DV tape stock
  • 16:9 widescreen recording , 4:3 conversion capable
  • High-definition video camera records in 1080i, 720p, and 720i specification with analog down-converting
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 10x optical zoom lens; digital Super SteadyShot System dampens hand jitter and vibration
  • 16:9 widescreen recording; 4:3 conversion capable
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 10x optical zoom lens; digital Super SteadyShot System dampens hand jitter and vibration
  • CMOS camera system; records to conventional DV tape stock
  • Powered by NP-FM50 InfoLithium rechargeable battery pack
  • The HVR-A1U is a compact and lightweight handy-type camcorder, ideal for shooting environments that require mobility.
    Its size, combined with its long battery life (up to 80 minutes of high-definition recording with the included battery),
    make it easy to get the shots you need, when you need them.

    HVR-A1U camera

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    HDV 1080i
    The HDV 1080i specification features 1080 effective interlaced scanning lines and 1,440 horizontal pixels. Interlaced
    pictures, which have been common to TV broadcasts from the beginning, alternately display odd and even numbered lines
    between each screen refresh. The HVR-A1U can also record at the HDV 720p specification, which features 720 effective
    progressive scanning lines and 1,280 horizontal pixels. Progressive scanning fills both odd and even numbered lines with
    each refresh, providing a flicker-free picture. Not yet ready for HD? The HVR-A1U can convert material from 1080i down
    to 480i and output this digital video signal through its i.LINK interface or as analog signals through component,
    composite, or S-video connectors. When down-converting these signals, the aspect ratio displayed can be converted from
    16:9 to 4:3, and display modes can be selected from squeeze, letterbox or edge crop.

    1/3-inch Type, 2.97-megapixel CMOS sensor
    The HVR-A1U incorporates one 1/3-inch type primary color CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) 2.97-megapixel
    sensor with a formatted for a 4:3 aspect ratio. The advantage of a CMOS sensor over CCD is it's ability to process a
    large volume of picture data at a very small size, which makes it possible for a camera this size to capture HD video.
    The trade off for this kind of chip over CCD, however, is a small loss in picture uniformity and dynamic range.

    HVRA1U camera audio levels
    Keep an eye on audio levels on the LCD monitor

    The HVR-A1U adopts the MPEG-2 compression format, which uses 8-bit digital component recording with a sampling rate of
    4:2:0. The camera uses MPEG-1 Audio Layer II audio compression format, allowing for two-channel recording with a
    sampling frequency of 48 kHz/16-bit. It features a built-in stereo microphone, as well as two XLR audio input connectors
    for use with professional-grade microphones or external audio sources. Each input level for CH1 and CH2 can be
    independently adjusted using two audio level dials on the camera body and viewed with an audio level meter on the LCD
    monitor. Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 10x optical zoom lens
    The HVR-A1U is equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* high definition lens with a 10x zoom function. It has the
    same optical coating as is used on all of the Carl Zeiss prime lenses, which produces sharp, high-contrast images with
    virtually no chromatic aberration.

    In order to facilitate zoom control and recording operation during low-angle shooting, an additional zoom lever has
    been added to the camera body. There's also a zoom/focus ring located on the lens body that allows for fine adjustments
    in zoom position. Furthermore, the supplied wireless Remote Commander unit can be used for external control.

    Large, 16:9 widescreen color viewfinder and LCD monitor
    View your subject through the built-in viewfinder, the swing-out LCD display, or both. The HVR-A1U features a 0.44-inch
    type color LCD viewfinder and a 2.7-inch color LCD monitor, both in a 16:9 aspect ratio. You'll save battery time by
    using just one, but you may want to use one for adjusting focus and the other for monitoring audio levels. When
    eschewing auto focus for the fine-tuning manual focus, you can double the magnification at the center of the screen,
    making it easier to confirm focus settings during manual focusing. Also, the camera's "peaking" function can provide
    sharp outlines on the monitor to help with manual focus.

    Electronic Super SteadyShot system
    Sony's electronic Super SteadyShot System helps remove the slight hand jitter and vibration that is often the bane of
    video production--especially during telephoto shots. It does this by trimming off edges of the frame on the fly to
    counteract movement.

    HVRA1U Tele Macro
    Tele Macro picks up details on subjects from a distance

    Tele Macro
    It may seem like a contradiction in terms, but the Tele Macro function allows you to capture a macro image from a
    distance, which is useful for shooting small moving objects. Additionally, this function puts your subject in proper
    focus while leaving the background out of focus. The Hollywood look
    The HVR-A1U has features that can make your videos look more like they were shot on film. Cinematone Gamma allows
    operators to quickly setup and load a gamma curve with similar contrast characteristics to a film gamma curve. The
    Cineframe feature allows movement to be reproduced at 24 frames per second--the speed of film--as opposed to video's 30
    frames per second standard.

    No new tape stock
    The HVR-A1U is compatible with conventional DV tape stock, but Sony recommends the use of DigitalMaster PHDVM-63DM
    tape, with its dual layer of magnetic material, which delivers higher RF output, lower noise, 95% fewer errors and 60%
    fewer dropouts compared to regular DV tape.

    More camera features

    ·Assign button -- get quick access to a variety of settings ·Time Code Preset -- fill in any timecode starting value

    ·Shot Transition -- creates smooth automatic transitions between scenes ·Color Bar -- Two types

    ·Status Check -- displays camera setting menus for audio, output signal, assign button and exposure lever functions and
    hours meter on the LCD monitor ·Zebra -- displays a striped pattern in the LCD monitor and viewfinder across highlight
    areas, helping manual exposure settings

    ·Quick REC -- shortens the record interval from stop mode. ·Personal Menu -- allows operators to customize the setting

    ·Battery Info -- displays the attached battery's current charge level and its current remaining recording time on the
    LCD monitor ·Histogram Indicator -- allows you to easily evaluate the brightness of your scene

    ·Super Night Shot -- allows operators to capture images in black and white using a built-in infrared light ·Skin Tone
    Detail -- reduces detailed signal for skin color, smoothening the reproduction of human skin

    ·Black Stretch -- allows more contrast to be seen in dark parts of the picture without affecting mid-tones ·Backlight
    Compensation -- produces natural tones for both light and dark areas of backlit subject

    What's in the box
    HVR-A1U camera, AC-L15 AC adaptor, power code, NP-FM50 InfoLithium rechargeable battery pack, lens hood with lens
    cover, RMT-831 wireless Remote Commander unit, A/V connecting cable with S video, component video cable, USB cable,
    Memory Stick Duo (16 MB), Memory Stick Duo adaptor, ECM-NV1 monaural electret condenser microphone, XLR audio adaptor,
    shoulder strap, and operating instructions.


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