Sony Expands pro HDV Line with HVR-V1 Camcorder,

September 19, 2006

by -- Sony of Canada

Sony of Canada Ltd., Canada’s leading electronic and computer products solutions provider for consumers and business, today announced the addition of its latest professional HDV camcorder, the HVR-V1U, to its wide range of professional HDV products, which includes Sony’s first and flagship HDV professional camcorder, the HVR-Z1U and the compact and lightweight HVR-A1U.

“Our professional HDV products have proven popular with the market and by the end of September we expect to have shipped around 91,000 units worldwide since introduction in January 2005.” said Brian Young, Strategic Marketing Manager, Content Creation Marketing, Broadcast Communication Solutions Group, Sony of Canada Ltd. “The HVR-V1U is the latest camcorder to join our expanding range of products and with its progressive scan feature, provides film-makers with smaller budgets greater choice when shooting their productions.”

Sophisticated Camera System

The HVR-V1U has newly incorporated the "3 (three) ClearVid CMOS Sensor" imaging technology. Coupled with Sony’s Enhanced Imaging Processor™ (EIP), these sensors provide high sensitivity, low noise and a wide dynamic range to achieve high-quality images. The ClearVid CMOS Sensor also eradicates picture smear and has 4 times high speed scanning capability enabling “Smooth Slow Rec” function.

The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens features Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Glass and a 20X optical zoom lens with F2.8 at the tele-photo end for greater light sensitivity and long-range image acquisition for maximum shooting flexibility. A Digital Extender feature also enables the tele-photo focal length to be extended by around 1.5 times to a maximum of 1100mm at 35mm conversion.

Progressive scan features with full HDV resolution

While the “3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor” system provides great picture quality in HDV 1080/50i video, the HVR-V1U newly supports a 24p progressive scan feature. The feature is ideal for producers that want a more film-like quality to their work and lends itself well to film-makers on a smaller budget. Unlike “progressive-look” picture interpolated from interlace scan camera system, the HVR-V1‘s “3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor” system captures “true” progressive scan images while maintaining full HDV resolution. Moreover, footage shot using the progressive scan feature is recorded with a 2:3 pulldown to 1080 60i or DV or DVCAM 60i and, therefore, can be played back on any Sony HDV professional camcorder or VTRs. As well, it can easily be edited with major current non-linear editing systems, including Sony, Adobe, Apple, Avid and Canopus.

Film-like picture quality has been enhanced by the Cinematone Gamma™ & Cinematone Colour™ features as well as other sophisticated cinema related features such as Last Scene Review.

Optional Hard Disk Recording Unit for greater work-flow options

In order to further enhance HDV acquisition, the new optional hard disk recording unit, HVR-DR60, will be introduced. The HVR-DR60 can record HDV/DVCAM/DV stream from existing Sony HDV and DVCAM camcorders via i.LINK for longer recording simultaneous recording with tape and hard disk and faster upload to non-linear editing system. In addition to these advantages common to the other Sony camcorders, the combination of the HVR-DR60 and the HVR-V1 has more unique features, such as tapeless recording, instant status check on HVR-V1’s panels and easy attachment with the HVR-V1.


Professional Features

The HVR-V1U has a range of advanced professional features, including:
* A timecode preset function;
*A TC Link to synchronize time codes between multiple cameras;
*Two XLR microphone inputs for independent sound recording; and
* Camera Profile feature to adjust the camera settings of multiple cameras for multi-camera operations by saving and retrieving files from the Memory Stick.

Small size and Stamina

The HVR-V1U is almost same size and weight as the DSR-PD170 and enjoys eight hours of battery life with the NP-F970. In addition, it uses mini-size DV cassettes that are capable of up to 63 minutes of continuous recording in HDV mode using Sony DigitalMaster tape.

Other features of the HVR-V1U

The additional features of the HVR-V1U include a 3.5” Clear Photo LCD (liquid crystal display) plus viewing screen, HDMI output, and 1.2M still picture capture.

Optional accessories for the HVR-V1U

In order to expand function of the HVR-V1U, new accessories will be launched towards the end of the year and throughout the spring. These include:

*HVL-LBP - LED battery video light
­ Powered by infoLITHIUM “L” Series battery (NP-F970)
*CL-HG0862K - Wide Conversion Lens exclusive for HVR-V1U
­ Bayonet joint for easy attachment
*LCS-G1BP - Soft Carrying Case
­ Compatible with HVR-V1U, Z1U, A1U, DSR-PD170
­ Can store the camcorder without removing the optional microphone
*SH-L35WBP - LCD Hood exclusive for HVR-V1U
­ Can be attached quickly and easily

Opening up new creative possibilities

The HVR-V1U is scheduled for release in November 2006 and is the sister product of the HDR-FX7, which is aimed at the consumer market.



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