Excerpt: I do stage productions and having a spot light control easily accessible like the FX1 or PD 170 would have been nice. Spot Light can only be set within the menu, and therefore not nearly as convenient. But it takes great HD video with normal lighting.
Excerpt: This is my second FX1000. I shoot weddings, events and I am an independent film maker. I was using a Sony VX2000 for years then I purchased my first FX1000 about 15 months and loved it. The picture quality is excellent, you can definetly tell the difference between the pictures shot on the VX2000 and the FX1000 which is why I purchased a second camera. I do a lot of two camera shoots and I was getting tired of trying to match the two cameras.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: I bought this camera primarily for shooting music videos and documentaries. It looks professional enough to earn the confidence of subjects and clients-- but thankfully, having the word "Handycam" written on the side recently got me off the hook when security personnel at one event told me it looked "too professional" and that only "phones and handycams" were allowed.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Excerpt: I am a professional video-grapher . I have over 10 years experience in making wedding videos. I am happy when I have a good camcorder like this. I will buy one more for my brothers who have businesses in Vietnam, too. I also recommend it to my friends.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound
Excerpt: I bought this camera as an upgrade from my FX1....WOW I didnt realize the HUGE difference in picture quality I was getting until I used it for a wedding the first time. The picture is just amazing. I shoot events and how to's and this camera is night and day better than what the FX1 was. Especially in low light environments. The menu wheel is awkward and no mic inputs are about the worst of my complaints. If this fits your budget... BUY IT!
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: I love all the great features of the camera, SLO MOTION, QUALITY of image is outstanding even compared to NBC nightly news. A true GOOD quality camera....however ALL have been offset by my losing money and losing clients when the humidity gets above 60% and the camera shuts off with a humidity warning. I have YET to be able to use it outside in humidity above 60%and can't find a way to shut this thing off. Perhaps it's a fluke with mine, but that's what is happening.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Summary: For the most part, this camera is easy to figure out coming from using a Sony VX 2100 to this. But, my problem with it so far is that it sounds faintly like a coffee maker in record mode, and gets louder the longer it is recording. The first one that was sent to my house was so loud that I returned it in exchange for a new one. This one is not quite as loud, but still does sound somewhat like a coffee maker especially after 5 minutes of recording.
Excerpt: I have used this camera for one event and so far, it's great! The only complaint I have is that the LCD screen opening can be tough if you have a light on the shoe. I just kept it open and tilted it upwards when I wasn't using it to avoid it getting snagged on something. However, unless you turn the camera off, it will use up more batteries. If you buy a 970, the battery will last an entire event with the LCD screen on pretty easily.
Pros: Easy to Use, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: I was going to buy 2 Sony Z5u cameras. Instead I purchased one one Z5U and one FX1000. I am surprised at how well the 2 cameras work together. Although this camera is about $1,000 less, it is very comprable. It does loose the external mics that the Z5 has and the option for 24p or 30p. These are features that are very improtant to me, so I still stand by my Z5 as my primary camera.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality