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!
Summary: This camera is loaded with great features that are hard to find in prosumer grade miniDV / HDV, but the CMOS sensor doesn't cut it for me. Having xlr inputs as well as minijack that accepts both mic and line level signals is essential in my line of work.
Summary: When I needed an affordable second camera for my business I decided to purchased a used edition of this Sony camera. Overall I like the camera, though there are a few negatives to go along with it. Pros * The battery life is fairly decent.
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.
Summary: hd cameras are expensive. this prosumer model is a cheaper alternative to all the glam, but actully does a very good job shooting hd video. i have used mine to create green screen videos, travel videos, and other little youtube videos.
Summary: the audio is fantastic the extra place to hook up mikes and stuff is one of the best features. It also can convert hdv to dv or keep it as HDV some other cool effects include sepia shooting, blurred shots, as well as black and white.
Summary: I intended for this camera to augment my main camera (Sony FX-1) on video shoots. I am a serious hobbyist. My first perception of this camera was "man it's smaller than I thought it would be". The dollars per cubic inch ratio is very high.
Summary: I have been shooting consumer video since 1981. I started with a reel to reel system, worked with a camera and VHS portapack, did 8mm, Hi-8 and replaced my Digital 8 camcorder with this HDV camcorder earlier this year.