DV by Adam Wilt A 24p HD PD170? Good things may come in small packages... HVR-V1 In early November, a Sony product manager delivered a pre-production HVR-V1 HDV camcorder, one of seven then floating around the country. The camera came bubble-wrapped in an aluminum camera case covered with Japanese shipping stickers. It lacked a serial number placard (instead, it had a yellow label-maker label saying simply "PV ENGINEERING, TOKYO"), an instruction manual, and an A/V cable. Although the mechanical fit and finish were up to Sony's usual standards, the firmware and performance were a wee bit inconsistent, so this first look will focus more on the camera's design, operation, and unique imager, and less on performance measurements. read more...

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