Sony HVR-V1P HDV Camcorder PAL

by Sony
Sony HVR-V1P HDV Camcorder PAL
The Sony HVR-V1P is a compact professional HDV camcorder. It provides high sensitivity, low noise and a wide dynamic range to help achieve high-quality, smearless images. In addition to 1080/50i acquisition, it also provides 25p shooting - making it ideal for low budget film-makers. Other features include timecode preset function, two XLR microphone inputs, a timecode link.

See also: Sony PXW-Z190 4K XDCAM Camcorder


HDV 1080i / DVCAM / DV recording and playback.
3 x 1/4-inch ClearVid CMOS sensors.
25P Native shooting.
20 x Optical lens.
2 XLR mic inputs.


Camera section

Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, 20x (optical),
f = 3.9 to 78 mm, f = 37.4 to 748 mm* at 16:9 mode
f = 45.7 to 914 mm* at 4:3 mode, F = 1.6 to 2.8, filter diameter: 62 mm

Built-in filter: 1/4 ND, 1/16 ND

Focus: Auto, manual (focus ring/one push auto/infinity)

Imaging system: 1/4-inch type, 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system

Picture elements: Approx. 1,037,000 pixels (effective), approx. 1,120,000 pixels (total)

White balance: Auto, one-push auto (2 positions), indoor (3200 K), outdoor (5800 K +15steps)

Manual shutter speed: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25, 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/150, 1/215, 1/300, 1/425, 1/600, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1750, 1/2500, 1/3500, 1/6000, 1/10000 s

Exposure: Auto, manual (Type1/Type2)

Gain: 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB

Minimum illumination: 4 lx with F1.6 at 18 dB

VTR section

Recording format: 1080/50i, 576/50i (PAL)

Play out/Down conversion format: 1080/50i, 576/50i (PAL)

Tape speed: HDV/DV SP Max. 18.812 mm/s
DVCAM Max. 28.218 mm/s

Playback/Recording time: HDV/DV SP Max. 63 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
DVCAM Max. 41 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette

Fast forward/Rewind time:
Approx. 1 min 45 s with PHDVM-63DM cassette (AC adaptor)
Approx. 2 min 40 s with PHDVM-63DM cassette (battery pack)

Input/Output connectors

Audio/Video output:
A/V OUT jack, 10-pin connector
Composite video: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ohm unbalanced, sync negative
Y: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ohm unbalanced
C: 0.3 Vp-p (burst signal), 75 Ohm unbalanced
Audio: 327 mV input impedance more than 47 kOhm, output impedance less than 2.2 kOhm

Component video output
Y: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ohm unbalanced
Pr/Pb (Cr/Cb): 700 mVp-p, 75 Ohm unbalanced

HDV/DV input/output: i.LINK interface (IEEE 1394, 4-pin connector S100)

XLR audio input: XLR 3-pin female x 2, 327 mV, -60 dBu: 3 kOhm, +40 dBu: 10.8 kOhm, power supply: approx. 48 V

Headphone: Stereo mini jack (d3.5 mm)

LANC: Stereo mini-mini jack (d2.5 mm)

USB: Mini-B connector

HDMI output: HDMI connector

Built-in output devices

LCD viewfinder: 0.54-inch type, approx. 252,000 dots, 16:9 aspect ratio

LCD monitor: 3.5-inch type, Clear Photo LCD plus , approx. 211,200 dots, hybrid type, 16:9 aspect ratio

Speaker: d16mm


Mass: Approx. 1.5 kg (3 lb 6 oz) (camcorder only)

Power requirements: DC 7.2 V (battery pack), DC 8.4 V (AC adaptor)

Power consumption:
Approx. 6.8 W (recording mode with LCD viewfinder or monitor on)
Approx. 6.6 W(recording mode with LCD viewfinder or monitor on)

Operating temperature: 0 to 40 oC (32 to 104 oF)

Storage temperature: -20 to +60 oC (-4 to 140 oF)

In the Box

AC-L15 AC adaptor
Power cord
NP-F570 battery pack
A/V connecting cable
Component connecting video cable
USB cable
Lens hood with lens cover
RMT-831 wireless remote commander
ECM-NV1 condenser microphone
Sony HVR-V1P manual


Reviewed by 8 Customers
Rating: 4.5
j'en ai besoin
Rating: 5.0
By from Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) on
je suis un amateur qui veut devenir pro
je trouve cette came superbe, je rêve de cette came mais je manque de moyens,
j'ai besoin d'aide.
The cam works fantastic!
Rating: 5.0
By from Bungoma-Kenya on
Just bought it and after just a small test,this is a marvellous machine!Every serious Tv journalist MUST go 4 this Sony camera!
Sony HVR-V1P HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 4.0
By from South Africa (Durban) on
This is a good Camcorder to shoot Weddings, Parties and other small production events. I have already shoot a
lot of tapes, without any problems. Editing is not a problem in Final Cut Pro 7. The controls on the Camcorder are easy to use, it delivers good quality picture when recording on HD using HD Tapes from Sony. The Camcorder is very poor under low light conditions when compared to the Sony HVR-Z5 HDV. All in all its a good Camcorder and I would strongly recommend this Camcorder for New People who are starting their Production companies. I would also recommend A Complete Instructional Video Guide to the Sony HVR-V1U and HDR-FX7 Video Cameras by Douglas Spotted Eagle to learn how to use this Camcorder, he covers all the important features of this Camcorder. I have to admit that SONY is the Best when it comes to Professional Camcorders.
Thanks Global Media Pro, your service is excellent.
General short review
Rating: 5.0
By from Hampstead London on
After use of a Sony PD170 Pro camcorder, I moved on to this one, which has been on the market for a few years now. Overall, I have found it excellent. The 1/4 inch CMOS imaging devices might seem disappointing, rather than 1/3inch. but in practice, Sony's image processing does an excellent job with no loss of resolution. Some reviews have suggested setting the sharpness control which gives between 0 and 15 at about 3 to avoid any video noise, but I have found that even at about 8 (factory setting is 7), it is free from noise, though when using progressive scan it can occasionaly show slight noise. Both progressive scan and interlaced give excellent and needle sharp performance with wide dynamic range. I personally do not like cinematone gamma when set to "on", as shadows are too dark. Colour is great, rich and deep. Sound is OK, though I have bought a Rode mike, and it is of course not stereo. Overall, in my view an excellent camcorder for keen amateurs or pro users on a small budget or needing a resonably small unit.
Reasonable camera but certainly not brilliant.
Rating: 3.0
By from UK on
Got this cam. Lovely pics but shocking in low light! The cmos sensors are too small. Theyve also moved the very useful backlight switch into the menu which is pretty stupid. All in all good but the original FX1 is better. The 25p film mode suffers from the usual strobing problems.
Great camera
Rating: 5.0
By Verified Buyer from Croatia on
I am using this camera in SD broadcasting, where DVCAM is still unmatched. Satisfied with every aspect of this cam, well balanced; no shaky clips even after long period of hand filming, great 20x Zeiss lens, performs well in low light....definitely great value for the price.
Review: Sony HVR-V1P HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Perth, Western Australia on
This camcorder is fantastic! Its 20X Zeiss lens is sharp over the whole
focal range, it has most of the critical controls as external buttons,
which makes adjustment easy, and it is fairly light (around 1.5 kg),
making it ideal for shooting HDV video while travelling, for sports or
wildlife videography. For users with experience of other models of
camcorder, the Sony HVR-V1P HDV is easy to adapt to, and easy to use. I
upgraded to the HVR-V1P from the much smaller Sony HVR-A1P, which I like
a lot and still use. The HVR-V1P is better designed - easy access for
tape insertion and removal, as well as the external rather than mainly
touch screen controls of the A1P greatly increase ease of use and overall
functionality. Picture quality is fantastic; my only beef is that sound
quality from the supplied microphone is only average - I may replace it.
Sony HVR-V1E or P
Rating: 5.0
By from London on
This is an excellent camcorder generally, reasonably light weight, with a
very good lens. The HD images in either interlaced or progressive scan
have great resolution with no noise. I would give it four or five stars.
One small complaint: the supplied microphone is only very average, and it
is stereo only with two microphone sources.

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