Sony FX1000

Sony FX1000

The FX1000 feels easy to shoot with. It's not too heavy, and it's not too light. Everything is here. The FX1000 gives shooters multiple options for creating projects, making sure that they look great. Structurally, the three 1/3-inch ClearVid CMOS sensors strengthen the shooter's ability to capture very detailed and crisp images.

The new 29.5mm wide-angle G-Lens with 20x optical zoom range eliminates the problems of shooting at a distance or at an extremely close range.

We liked the 3.2-inch LCD screen that sits on top of the body. The LCD itself packs in a resolution of 921,000 pixels, which allows cinematographers a precise and crystal clear view of their videos. Even more precise capturing options are available with 3 manual rings: zoom, focus, and iris.

Mimicking the FX1, the playback functions are located under the LCD display, on the camera body. The mic and accessory shoe are just above the LCD. This time around, Sony has placed all input jacks on the back of the camera, including the DC in, headphone jack, HDMI, A/V out and FireWire. We thought this was a nice structural change from the location of the FX1's cable inputs and outputs on the right side of the body.

The rocker zoom and Memory Stick sit on the right side on this model, with the on board functions and tape transport on the left. The design feels much more intuitive than that of the FX1, and it makes hand held operation much easier.

Capture that HD
The great thing about a camera like the FX1000, is that it allows you to capture full HD 1920x1080 resolution video (The video is processed internally as 1920x1080, but due to the bitrate limitations of the HDV format, the video is still recorded at 1440x1080.) The FX1000 also provides a 1080/24p and 1080/30p Progressive Scan mode that enables nice looking film-like video. You can now secure HDV captures onto tape by way of a 2:3 pull-down, which records to tape at 60i. This divides each frame into two fields, which then reverts to its original state as you bring it into an editing program.

The Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization System felt easy to shoot with and, even under extreme conditions, our shots still remained very steady.

As usual, Sony provides zebra, histogram and peaking functions; gain, white balance and shutter speed adjustments; and a host of presets. Also new: shortcut buttons for frequently-used features, which saves you the time-consuming task of searching the menu selection for the feature you need for a desired effect. The useable features are Extended Focus, Digital Extender (30x), Ring Rotate, AE Shift, Index Mark, SteadyShot, Back Light, Spotlight, Fader, Smooth Slow Rec, Color Bar, Rec Review, End Search, Zebra, Marker, Peaking, Pict. Profile and Shot Transition.

Three built-in ND filters control the amount of light brought into each Image Sensor through the lens.

With the ability to shoot at 1.5 lux, the FX1000 also gives more control over shooting in less-than-ideal lighting conditions.  We tested shooting in a very low light setting and were surprised at just how much adjustment and control he FX1000 gave us. The ability to shoot in such detrimental conditions has been all but lost in recent years and again, we found the options to improve and work around these issues to be helpful to any shooter.

Conveniently, the mic input rests just below the LCD screen. In our audio test, we found that captured sound came through very clearly from anywhere up close; and even up to about eight feet away.  With an external mic, we were able to monitor our audio to a T by adjusting the audio levels. The sound came through nice and crisp.

With the new FX1000, Sony has improved upon the already breath-taking FX1. It feels very professional. With so many options, every unique and individual nook and cranny can be met with precise customisation and the freedom to capture most anything.

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