Sony HDR-SR1, Hottest HD Cam on the Market

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The folks at Camcorder Info have finished their lengthy thesis on Sony's HDR-SR1. For those who don't remember, the SR1 is Sony's hard drive-packing (30GB) HD camcorder. It has the same CMOS sensor found in Sony's HDR-UX1, so it suffered from the same noise problems users complained about on the UX1. It also couldn't top the Canon HV10, which held on to its best picture crown. The SR1 did provide sharper images with less fuzz than the UX1.

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The SR1 also got pat on its chunky ass for having cool features like a mic input, headphone jack, its ability to shoot hi-res stills while recording, and for having a multifunction ring that lets you tweak manual settings. Their main gripe was with the Sony's clunky software which is required to edit AVCHD footage. Otherwise, indie filmmakers should be lining up as we speak.

Sony HDR-SR1 [via Camcorder Info]

DISCUSSION

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Umm...mreider, it's NOT standard MPEG video, it's AVCHD formatted video. That is one place Sony has dropped the ball, is software support. Your standard MPEG video editing software canNOT handle this format right now.

1440x1080—most HDV camcorders are this format, it's only recently that we are seeing 1920x1080. 1440x1080 is still considered HD, it's just that instead of square pixels, you get rectangular shaped pixels, to make up the same space a full 1920 pixels would take.

Traveling on the go, about the only device that makes since, doesn't exist yet, the MCopy or MBridge from Unicon Systems. Current OTG USB devices either use USB 1.1, or if they do use USB 2.0, have a Windows FAT32 limitation of only 32GB, so you're stuck with just one 32GB partition on the external drive, to dump video to, while on the go. The M(device) will eventually allow writing to NTFS partitions, therefore overcoming the GB barrier. However, with these devices, even with FAT32 formatted USB drives, you could have multiple partitions of 30GB each, and this device would allow you to SELECT which partition to dump the video to, allowing you a full drive of video.

For about another $200-300, you could have a very nice portable 2.5" 160GB drive and the MCopy to store over 20 hours of video. Looks like they should be shipping them in Nov/Dec.