• C-Mos 1080i HDV Camcorder
• 10X Zoom Lens
• 60i / 30 / 24 fps with 3:2 Pulldown
* Stabalization System
• Manual Focus Ring
• 2.7" LCD Screen
• Approved by US Coast Guard for Aerial use
• Balanced XLR Input
• MPEG2 Real Time Encoding
• CineFrame and Cinematone
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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
The HVR-A1U 1080i HDV camcorder provides real 1080i HD acquisition, with superb image quality and comprehensive functionality for professional use, in a "handy" camcorder form factor. This HDV camcorder leads the entry level HD market by providing a compact and low cost solution. The HVR-A1U features a 1/3 inch C-MOS imager. This 1920x1080 native imager is also capable of 3 mega-pixel still images. Combined with a high quality Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar® T* Lens and Sony's 14 bit A/D and DXP digital Extended Processor, result in precise image acquisition with superb detail and clarity. The HVR-A1U records this exceptional imagery in HDV 1080i format onto a DVCAM™ mini cassette as well as to the optional HVR-MRC1K CompactFlash memory recording unit, offering users Hybrid recording capability and flexible archive options.
HDV 1080, 60i/30F/24F Recording and Playback capable
1/3" 3 Mega-pixel newly developed C-MOS Imager
High quality 10X Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens
Stabilization system
Manual Focus Ring
2.7" 16:9 Hybrid LCD Display with touch panel function
Simultaneous use of EVF and LCD display
Built-in Wide Range Stereo Microphone
Balanced Audio XLR input connectors (x2) w/selectable phantom power
User Assignable button
Expanded focus
Color Bars
Quick Rec Mode
Shot Transition
i.LINK® DV Interface (IEEE1394)
MPEG2 Real Time Encode System for real time processing of HD data
14 Bit DXP (Digital Extended Processor) combines 14 bit A/D converter with an advanced camera processing system
Switchable HDV/DVCAM/DV (SP) Format recording
Built-in HD to SD down conversion
Precision 16:9 SD DV recording
Expanded Focus Function for easy confirmation of focus setting during manual foucsing
EVF & LCD peaking indicator
Advanced Zebra Indicator
CineFrame™ and Cinematone™ functions for cinema like recordings (30F/24F)
Tele Macro function
Still image capture to Memory Stick Duo
Night Shot
Analog/Digital conversion with Pass-Through
LCD panel mounted ZOOM/REC controls
Battery Info function allows the battery's charge level and remaining run time to be checked with the camera's power turned off
Over 5 1/2 hours of operation on a single NP-QM91D battery using the LCD and EVF simultaneously
Audio DV/DVCAM Rec.: 48KHz/16 bit, 32 KHz 12 bit.
HDV Rec.: MPEG-1 Audio Layer II
Connectors S-Video
Component Output
XLR IN (x2)
Headphone stereo mini
Exposure Auto, Manual
Format HDV/DVCAM/DV (SP) recording; HDV/DVCAM/DV (SP) playback
Image Device 1/3-inch type C-MOS
LCD Panel Hybrid 16:9 2.7" type
Minimum Illumination 7 lux @ 18db, normal shutter
Panel Display Resolution High quality 10X Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens; 41-410mm focal length; filter diameter 37mm
Picture Elements Total pixels: approx. 2.97M pixels
Power Consumption (VF/LCD/VF+LCD):5.8W/5.9W/6.4W
Provided Microphone Wide Range Stereo Microphone
Recording Time Max. 60 minutes with HDV, 40 minutes in DVCAM, & 60 minutes in DV (SP)
SD Video Signal System NTSC
Scanning System 1080.60i
Speaker Built-in dynamic
Sync System Internal (HD & SD)
Viewfinder Hybrid Precision 16:9 Color & B/W Selectable 252,000 pixel
Weight 1 lb, 10 oz.