Sony DCR-VX1000

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The Sony DCR-VX1000 was a digital video camera produced by Sony Electronics in 1995, replaced in production by the DCR-VX2000 in 2000 and the DCR-VX2100 in 2004. The camera's MSRP was USD $3500 when it came out. With a sensor resolution of 410,000 pixels and a horizontal resolution of better than 530 lines, its resolution and video clarity were nearly unsurpassed, even by models far past its price point. It was the first consumer camcorder with the ability to transfer video information via Firewire to an ordinary Windows or Macintosh computer, and also the first in which the MiniDV format and 3CCD color processing technology were both used. (DV tape had up to two times the horizontal resolution of VHS, and the use of three CCDs yielded triple the component color sampling of single-CCD cameras.)

Together with the rival Canon XL1 and shorter-lived "budget" variants like the Canon GL1 and Sony DCR-TRV900, the VX1000 revolutionized desktop video production in the late '90s, delivering quality comparable to then-dominant analog Betacam hardware at a fraction of the cost. Even years after being discontinued, used VX1000s still sold for relatively high prices; thanks to its relative portability, sturdy construction, and fisheye lens attachment, it enjoyed a devoted secondhand following from skateboarding and BMX action sports filmmakers.

The VX1000 was based on Sony's earlier VX1(PAL) and VX3 (NTSC) Hi8 camcorders, which were similarly intended as "prosumer" models, targeted at both high-end consumer and low-end professional users. In the mid-1990s, Sony dropped Hi8 tape in favor of the emerging DV format, and as a result the VX3 and VX1 were discontinued in 1995. However, their iconic form factor, with a distinctively-shaped stereo microphone array at the front of the handle, was reused by the VX1000 and numerous later Sony DV and HDV camcorders in the VX, PD, FX and Z lines.

At the time, Sony had a pattern of releasing "professional" upgraded versions of their most popular consumer cameras, with the same chassis shape but made from more durable materials and in a darker color. Extra features included XLR inputs and the ability to record in the higher-grade DVCAM format. The VX1000's pro equivalent was the DSR-PD150, the VX2000's was the DSR-PD170, and the VX2100's was the DSR-PD175.

Specs[edit]

Sony DCR-VX 1000 E (from official specification sheet 1995)
Description Specification
System Format (SO Digital-Video) *
TV-Standard CCIR – PAL
Lens / Camera Part
Image Device (Size / Pixel, gross / net) 3x 1/3' CCD / (470.000/440.000)
Min. Illumination / Recommended Illumination 4 Lux (0.1 Lux Slow Shutter) > 100 Lux
Zoom / Digital Zoom 6 10x / 20x
Manual Zoom / Motor Zoom - / *
Motor Zoom Speed Control (Variable / Steps) * / -
F Lens Data 1:1.6
Steady Shot (electronic / optical) Optical (Super)
Focus System Full Range Inner Focus
Focus Mode (Normal / Infinity) * / *
Manual Focus (Ring / Dial) * / -
Push Autofocus / Macro Autofocus * / *
Built-In Lens Cover / Built in ND Filter - / *
Filter Diameter 52 mm
Function Camera Part
White Balance (auto / man.) * / *
(Indoor / Outdoor / One push) * / * / *
Iris-/ Gain Control (man.) - / -
Iris- / Gain Control via Exposure *
Shutter Control (man.) *
Shutter Speed: Detail Steps 1/50;75;100;120;150;215;300;425;600;850;1.250;
1.750;2.500;3.500;6.000;10.000 sec
Slow Shutter: Detail Steps 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 and 1/25 sec
Program AE (Steps) 3 (Priority Iris, Priority Shutter, Twilight)
Fader (Black / Overlap / Wipe) * / * / -
Zebra Pattern Option *
Photo Mode Recording *
Effect Generator: -
Picture Effects -
16:9 Wide Record Mode) • (Full)
Date / Time Data Code
Viewfinder
Colour LCD Viewfinder (Size Pixel)
Information Sub-panel *
EVF (Fixed / Movement) * / -
Player Part
Functions (Play / Stop / Rew FF / Pause) *
Still Picture / Noiseless *
Digital Still Picture *
Time Base Corrector *
16:9 Convert in 4:3 (P13) *
Time Code / Extended Data Code * / *
Interval Record / Frame Record * / *
Interval Waiting-/ Recording Time 30 sec; 1 min; 5 min; 10 min / 0,2; 0,5; 1; 2 sec
Self Timer (Waiting Time) • (10 / 2 sec)
Date/Time- and Photo Search • (List via Cassette Memory)
LCD Function -Display *
Tape-/ Battery Remaining Indicator * / *
Menu Options / Edit Switch * / -
Insert Edit (Zero-Memory) *
Audio Part
PCM-Digital Stereo Alive *
Low Cut Filter (Wind Noise Reduction) • auto.
Record Level (auto / man.) * / *
Audio Level Meter • (via LCD)
Connectors In/Out
Video In / Out (RCA)

in/Out || - / *

Audio In / Out (RCA) - / *
DV-Out (Digital Out) - / *
Lanc (Remote / Control L) - / *
Ext. Microphone Jack (Mini Jack) incl. Power Out • (3,5 mm) 2,5 – 3V
Separate DC-Out for ext. Microphone - (RFU DC–Out, 5V)
Headphone Out • (3,5 mm)
General Data
Power Supply 6,5; 7,2V / DC
Power Consumption 9,5 W
Operation Temperature 0° – 40° C
Dimensions (WxHxD) 110x144x329 mm
Weight (Without Tape / Battery) 1,460 g
Supplied Accessories
Charge / Power Adapter • AC–V 515 (110 – 240 V, AC)
Recharg. Battery Type • (NP-720/Lithium ]on)
Remote Commander • (RMT-803)
DV-Mini-Cassette • (DV–M 60)
AV Cable / Scant Adapter / S-Video Cable • (Stereo)
Shoulder Strap / Wrist Strap Belt * / -
Battery for Commander 2x R6
Lens Cap / Sun Shade (LCD) * / -

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