updated 09:25 am EDT, Thu August 23, 2007
Sony on Thursday aimed to please new professionals or even dedicated amateurs investigating its B2B camera line with its new HVR-HD1000U camera. The shoulder-carried unit shoots in both HDV and traditional DV, netting up to an hour of full HD footage on a standard tape. It can also shoot 6.1-megapixel photos in still mode or 4.6 megapixels while capturing video; a special slow-motion mode automatically quadruples the frame rate in exchange for a lower resolution. To help in capturing any scene, Sony says it has repositioned the preview LCD to allow a quick glance without moving away from the electronic viewfinder.
The video camera runs on batteries for up to 10 hours, relies on a 10X zoom lens with image stabilization, and captures in light as low as 0 lux through an IR emitter. Outputs for a computer connection over FireWire and USB as well as HDMI previews are also present on the HD1000U, which ships in December and will compete with many consumer-level HD cameras at a price under $1,900.