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Sony HDR-FX1

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    8.8 8.8 from 111 reviewers
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    7.4 7.4 from 7 reviewers
  • Design (6)
    3.8 3.8 from 6 reviewers
  • Value for money (14)
    4.6 4.6 from 14 reviewers
  • Ease of use (7)
    4.4 4.4 from 7 reviewers
  • Sound quality (10)
    4.8 4.8 from 10 reviewers
  • Picture quality (3)
    5.8 5.8 from 3 reviewers
  • Durability (4)
    5.3 5.3 from 4 reviewers
  • Battery performance (4)
    3.3 3.3 from 4 reviewers
  • Video quality (7)
    4.4 4.4 from 7 reviewers
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As usual, the Sony HDR-FX1 is one of the best cameras in its class. Anytime that Sony releases a new camera it is safe to say that it will move straight to the top of the industry; and the HDR-FX1 is no exception. With so many benefits and very few drawbacks it is easy to see why so many people have decided to purchase the HDR-FX1.

The bottom line is that for the price ($3,500) the HDR-FX1 is the best HD camera on the market. This goes for everything from video quality, to functionality, to range of…

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As usual, the Sony HDR-FX1 is one of the best cameras in its class. Anytime that Sony releases a new camera it is safe to say that it will move straight to the top of the industry; and the HDR-FX1 is no exception. With so many benefits and very few drawbacks it is easy to see why so many people have decided to purchase the HDR-FX1.

The bottom line is that for the price ($3,500) the HDR-FX1 is the best HD camera on the market. This goes for everything from video quality, to functionality, to range of features. Although the HDR-FX1 is not perfect, for anybody who wants to shoot in HD there is no better option.

The HDR-FX1 features three CCD chips in order to ensure sharp video performance set off by vibrant colors. It is safe to say that Sony hit the nail on the head by using this three chip design. There is not another HD capable camera on the market that offers the video quality of the HDR-FX1.

Although the HDR-FX1 is a bit too heavy (about four pounds) to handle with one hand, it is not so bulky that its design will get in your way. You can easily support this model with two hands, and shoot in comfort for hours on end.

When it comes to the downfalls associated with the HDR-FX1 there are a couple. For instance, there are no audio level controls which can make it difficult to get the proper sound quality. Additionally, limited HDV editing can be quite bothersome to advanced videographers.

Although there are a couple of drawbacks surrounding the Sony HDR-FX1, the competition is far and away when it comes to HD cameras. At this time it does not get any better than the HDR-FX1 and it appears that Sony has once again set the landmark for quality.

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