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models compared on this page: Sony HDR-SR12 and Sony HVR-A1

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Sony HDR-SR12Sony HVR-A1
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Manufacturer Sony Information on Sony

Sony Information on Sony

Name HDR-SR12HVR-A1
European name ?HDR-SR11EHVR-A1E
US name ?HDR-SR12HVR-A1U
lowest US price 1700 $2149 $
On the market since March 2008 October 2005
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Good
Satisfactory
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
MiniDV
HDV
DVCAM
Recording Medium Built-in hard disk
Memory Stick PRO Duo
MiniDV/HDV-Cassette
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
HDV 1440 x 1080/50i
MiniDV 720 x 576/50i
DVCAM 720 x 576/50i
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
HDV 1440 x 1080/60i
MiniDV 720 x 480/60i
Max Bitrate ?16 Mbit/s25 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG2
MPEG4
DV
MPEG2
on-board memory ?120 GB 
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?Carl Zeiss
Carl Zeiss
Optical Zoom ?12 x10 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?40 mm41 mm
Filter diameter ?37 mm37 mm
Image Stabilization ?optical
electronical
ND Filter ?No
Yes
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?11
Size of image sensor ?1/3, 1 inch
1/3 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?3810000 Pixel 1983000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/8001/10.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/21/3
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
AE-Shift
Infrared recording ?Yes
No
Expanded Focus ?No
Yes
Peaking ?No
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?70%
100%
70%
100%
Histogram ?No
Yes
adjustable sharpness ?No
Yes
Adjustable color ?No
Yes
Cinegamma ?No
Yes
Black Strech ?No
No
Knee ?No
No
Colorbars ?No
Yes
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
Yes
Custom Presets ?No
No
Set Time Code ?No
Yes
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
In
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
Out
In
Out
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ? Out
No
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
  In
Out
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 1.1
Microphone / Audio input ?Mini-jack
XLR
Headphones ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Lanc ?No
Yes
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ? AI
AI
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 570 g1020 g
Weight (with battery) 650 g1120 g
Battery type Sony NP-FH60
Sony NP-FM50
Battery capacity 1000 mAh1180 mAh
Charger ?internal
internal
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 76 mm140 mm
Width 83 mm100 mm
Depth 138 mm190 mm
Relative Size ?826
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?Color
B/W and color
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ?123200 Pixel 252000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,2 Inch2,7 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?921600 Pixel 123200 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Rocker
Ring
Manual Focus ?Menu
Ring
Menu
Manual Aperture ?Menu
Wheel
Menu
Rocker
Focus switcher ?No
Yes
ND Filter ?No
No
Exp Lock ?No
Yes
Gain ?No
No
White balance ?No
No
Push AF ?No
Yes
Audio Levels ?No
No
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
No
1
Audio

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Audio Formats ?AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
MiniDV: 2x48kHz 16bit PCM
MiniDV: 4x32kHz 12bit PCM
HDV: 2x48kHz 16bit MPEG 1
Microphone ?Mini-jack external
5.1 Internal
Stereo internal
external XLR
Audio Control ?auto
auto
manual
Audio levels ?No
Viewfinder
Screen
Still

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Recording Medium ?Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick Duo
Medium included ?No
16 MB
Effective pixels ?5080000 Pixel 2764800 Pixel
Resolutions ?3680 x 27601920x1080
1440x1080
640x480
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution
 
chrominance resolution
 
lens distortion
 
test small ISO image
 
noise / internal microphone
 
test picture 1200 Lux
 
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
 
Test image 12 lux optimized ?  
Manufacturers URL Website SonyWebsite Sony
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?GoodSatisfactory
Resolution ?GoodSatisfactory
Color performance ?Very goodSatisfactory
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodGood
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ?SufficientSufficient
Configuration / image ?GoodGood
Configuration / sound ?SatisfactoryGood
Handling ?GoodSatisfactory
Portability ?Very goodVery good
Photo function ?SatisfactorySufficient
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Satisfactory
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
366326
Pros + focus and exposure control via touchscreen works well
+ focus ring replacement is OK
+ Good image in terms of sharpness and color
+ Very sharp display
+ good picture impression
+ portable
+ partly professionally equipped
Cons - no manual shutter control
- the owner is put under tutelage
- color resolution only average
- DV-quality only average
Conclusion In terms of picture quality the gap between the best Canon-cams in this class ist almost leveled, and the handling offers many unique features (camera control ring, focus and exposure via touchscreen, high-resolution LCD), which can´t be found elsewhere (yet).If Sony would allow the user to manually set the shutter (and with meaningful numerical values), this camera would really rockLike its consumer twin HC1 the Sony HVR-A1 has a very good brightness resolution, but tends sometimes to show color moirés on fine details.The color resolution is not on a HDV-level, though the CMOS sensor theoretically should have more reserves.The overall picture impression is good, partly due to the good dynamics behavior with little noise and few smear-effects.Color-wise the A1 is fairly neutral, almost somewhat low-key.The wide angle is very limited for indoors, but on the other hand there are only few lens errors.In low light situations the A1 loses color fast.Compared to the HC1 it is slightly better equipped in terms of sound and image.The handling remains only satisfactory due to the touch screen.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
HDR-SR12 Review
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