Pros: Much smaller and lighter than current HDV competition. High quality footage capture. Manual ring for zoom and focus. Touchscreen.
Cons: Single sensor. No XLR inputs. Built-in mic picks up tape noise.
The HDR-HC1 is the little brother of the HDR-FX1, which we reviewed here. It drops the FX1’s 3CCDs in favour of a single CMOS sensor, and shrinks the body size and weight down to that of a traditional consumer handheld.
As with the FX1, the model is available in ‘consumer’ and ‘professional’ variations, with the forthcoming HVR-A1 adding XLR audio inputs and more manual controls to the mix – and around £750 to the price.
The HC1 uses the 1080i variant of the HDV format, recording at 1,440-x-1,080 pixels, which offers up to four times the resolution of DV.