Summary: Pros: -Small body, great for mobility. (body itself weighs less than 2 lbs) -XLR audio adapter included for dual stereo channel audio recording with several external and digital customized settings. -shotgun mic included, plus has mic/line output. Shotgun picks up well. *Great cam for audio!* -HD video recording at 1080i (HD or high quality MiniDV tapes recommended for maximum quality). -Firewire output for digitizing.
Summary: I have another equal but that broke. I bought another one for two reasons: capture miniDV already recorded and because the cost-benefit analysis of the HVR-AU is very good, although this model has some design problems: failure mechanism and break the flat cable of the LCD display .
Excerpt: If you have other pro-cams, I recommend it as a back-up or even a temporary primary weapon if you are in close-quarters. For those of you starting out in the video world, it does make a great first camera despite its small size. (Remember, size does not necessarily affect the picture.) Sure, it has its cons, but what product doesn’t? Great camera. Great purchase. Enough said.
Summary: The HVR-A1U is a decent camera that is easy to carry around. The picture quality is fair for the price, but the mobility factor and ease of use is a definite perk that makes it worth the buy. A lapel mic would be advised for interviews and quality audio recording. The microphone attachment is mediocre.
Great quality in a small package with just a few issues
8 July 2011
Summary: I bought this camera because I wanted a high quality picture from a camcorder that was small enough to carry around. I was not disappointed. Overall I like the camera. The sound is good, image is sharp with lots of detail when shot under conditions with good light, and the camera is small enough so it wont weigh you down or make your hand tire from carrying it. Now for the bad...
Summary: I was shown various camcorders that would work with my MacBook Pro. The Sony had the most features for different functions. I can live stream using SD or switch to HD for recording video. The microphone is a higher caliber than the contemporary camcorders espcially as it pertains to live streaming. The rating of professional camcorder gives me room to advance my skills.
Summary: This camcoder is really professional grade as it takes high quality photos and video. The best part about this camcoder is the size. It is small compared to the shoulder mount camcoders and it does the job just as good.