Sony HDR-FX1

On a discussion list I actively participate in several debates erupted over the potential hazards of HD video cameras reaching a price point where consumers might seriously consider replacing there home movie camera with a high definition unit. The attractiveness of your relatives being inversely proportional to the level of detail presented by the camera means we will all be examining flaws with a Lilliputian eye. In other words, no more hiding those blemishes behind a little cover-up; the cosmetic coating will stand out loud and clear. On the other hand, budget pricing could turn every kid on the block into a wannabe Discovery channel adventurer with the ability to capture mating grasshoppers at a level reserved for corporate equipment buyers. Sony is rapidly bringing prices down into the enthusiast range. The HDR-FX1 isn't priced for home users, but it may mean seeing the Bride walking down the aisle at 1080i before too much longer. The camera offers true 16x9 aspect ratio at 1080i and does it with 3CCDs, unlike most of the "budget-priced" HD cams which only have 1CCD. Digital Media Thoughts offers an excellent in depth look at this great new Sony HD cam.

Digital Media Thoughts Review of Sony HDR-FX1