Sony HDR-UX5 4MP AVCHD DVD High Definition Camcorder : AVCHD means Blu Ray disc player

Received order in a good state even though it’s a front shop display item. Works fine like my old 15x optical version which just stopped booting because something must have been wrong with the power switch after charging. Old dvd used are still able to work with it and if anything otherwise noted, i’ll keep you posted.

For the product and technical illiterate, this is a great camera. For those who know a little bit more, it is an excellent camera. Easy to set up, use and edit. Placing the dvd directly into the camera is the best.Finalise it, and walk right over to the dvd player.

Sony HDR-UX5 4MP AVCHD DVD High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Record 1080i high-definition video directly to DVD
  • 2.1-megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor; Real-Time HD Codec engine
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens; 10x optical/80x digital zoom
  • 2.7-inch widescreen touch-panel Clear Photo Plus LCD
  • DVD-R/-RW/+RW and +R DL (Dual Layer) compatible

I desired to break into the high-def era. But i didn’t want to spend a lot of money for and i did not want to buy a piece of junk. After careful research i decided on the sony hdr-ux5 and was fortunate to find one on ebay for a great price. Although the ux5 debut in feb 2007 for $1100 it has all the bells and whistles the average user will need. Right now on dec 01, 2010 this camera sells new for over $700. Check amazon if do not believe me.It boast a cmos sensor just like the big boys with the professional broadcast cameras. This is a high-definition camera. It is capable of standard and 1080i (1430 x 1080) resolution. Do not be fooled by 1080i vs 1080p. Trust me you cannot distinguish the difference. 3 megapixel photos and saves them to a memory stick. I have a sandisk 4gb memory stick duo pro in mine. So there is no need to lug a still camera along. Keep in mind this camera records to mini-dvd in avchd format (advanced video coding high-definition). When recording in high-def you will get approx 15 minutes recording time on a single disc or 30 minutes on a dual-layer disc.

What can i say one of the best camcorders. The only bad thing is you need a bluray dvd but you can use the camcorder.

I think that the hd is in progress, because when i record in hd hq, i can’t edit the recorded material in the cam before finished the dvd. I don’t have been used all the facilities of the cam recorder.

Sony HDR-UX5 4MP AVCHD DVD High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer) : The combination of clearvid cmos and x. Color standard makes the difference. 8x colors more than the human eye can recognize and i agree with that. Your lcd with hdmi will blow your eyes (component is nice too). I never tought my tv can display those colors, clear, crispy, vivid, you got to see it to believe it. You can capture still images at 4mp even while you’re recording (you need a mstick duo). The pics are ok but doesn’t replace a semipro digital camera. But let me tell you that you can leave your digital camera at home.

The sony hdr-ux5 is a decent little hd video recorder. It’s light and very easy to use. Transferring the avch format was tricky at first but i learned that not setting the camera at it’s best setting made it a lot easier to edit on the computer.

The price of this sony hdr-ux5 camcorder is a bit high. Also, you cannot just purchase this camcorder without also getting a sony blu-ray disc player because you need a sony blu-ray disc player to play the disc on your tv set if you are shooting with high def. Sony uses a video compression scheme called avchd to encode the high def video, so your disc with avchd video cannot be playback with regular dvd player. You can use the software that comes with the camcorder to playback the avchd video on your pc but i would rather watch my high def video on the big screen. On the pc, image size for avc hd is 1440×1080 and mpeg2 sd is 720×480 which is about 4 in by 2 in. The quality of the video and audio is good and the 4m still photo is acceptable. In-door video is good if you have proper lighting. You can shoot at the screen of your tv set and get comparable result when you show the recording later on the tv set. Auto flash has three settings (high/normal/low) to give you sufficient lighting for still photo. I do not have problem shooting photo indoor.

I upgraded from a sony dcr-hc30e that was 3 years old to this new hd camera and these are the pros and cons that i have found:pros:* high definition. Pretty amazing quality on good light conditions even when conected to a 32′ samsung lcd tv that is only hd ready (not full 1080i)* 16×9 rather than 4×3 format* power adaptor is smaller (important when travelling)although the power cable could also be shorter and smaller. * faster transfer to pc (not at viewing speed like old tape camera)* more efficient for archiving the original videos in external hd (about 1/3 of disk space). * direct one-cable connection to tv with standard hdmi connector* simple pc software provided to view avchd files and to convert into regular video dvds (although it can take the whole night to genereate a dvd of 15 min)cons:* much bigger and heavier than my old camera. Now i need to think twice before taking it for my next trip. * being realistic can only record 15 min instead of 1 hour of video, before changing the dvd. * editing avchd files require a lot of processing power. Now i need to upgrade both my pc and my video editing software. * not possible to record both high def and standard def in the same dvd* all disks have to be finalized before being able to read on a pc, and this is a slow operation that can take up to 5 minutes. So better to transfer videos through usb if you haven’t had to remove the dvd from the camera because you ran out of disk space.

The quality of video is great. It is very versatile and gets the job done.

First video camera i ever owned and i am really pleased. I am gradually learning what all it will do and with each discovery i am amazed. So far it has performed well and the movies are great.

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Sony HDR-UX5 4MP AVCHD DVD High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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4.5 of 5 stars, based on 14 reviews