Sometimes the old things are better than the new stuff.
John K., Amazon
23 December 2014
Summary: Back in 2003, I would have given it 5 stars, currently, 4 stars. That's how great this wonderful piece of technology is. Why four stars now? It's about change. Mini DV tapes are on there way out, hdmi is the new flavor. Component/composite cables are really not supported any more. Firewire is also old tech. How do you get around it? You can still use Mini DV tapes or purchase a disk recorder that still supports firewire.
The Sony HDR-FX1: A work horse for filming in the Third World
5 August 2012
Summary: We purchased the camera as a backup to the FX1 that we own. This camera is in excellent shape as it had been handled with immaculate care. The Sony FX1is a superlative camera in every respect. It's only drawback today is that it does not have the capability of recording to a solid state chip, recording only to mini DV tapes.
Summary: I now have three HDR-FX1 cameras, mainly because they are such great workhorse cameras with exceptional HD quality at an incredible price. Pros: three big imaging chips, fantastic lenses, good form factor, plush with manual controls. Cons: No XLR audio jacks, no progressive mode, and only records to tape internally. I have external solid-state chip recording devices that overcome the tape limitation, and they record in progressive.