Sony Japan today announced the release of two new HDV camcorders, the HDR-FX1000 (¥400,000) and the HVR-Z5J (¥554,400). The two cameras' design and footprint are nearly identical, but the professional model, the HVR-Z5J, offers additional frame rates, color controls, and audio capabilities. The FX1000 will ship in Japan November 10 at an MSRP of ¥400,000; the HVR-Z5J is scheduled for a December release with an MSRP of ¥554,400.
Both models feature a 3.2" LCD with a 921,000-pixel resolution of 921,000 pixels, which more than triples the pixel resolution of the HDR-FX1. Both models offer three 1/3" CMOS sensors, and a fixed Sony G lens with a 20x optical zoom, an aperture range of f/1.6 - 3.4, three built-in ND filters, and three control rings for focus, zoom, and iris.
The prosumer FX1000 offers progressive 24P and 30P, as well as 1080/60i. The Z5J adds pro features similar to those that differentitate the Z1 from the FX1, including two phantom-powered XLR inputs not found on the FX1000. The Z5J also adds 50i capability for PAL shooters, and records video natively in 1080/60i, 30P, 24P, HDV, DV, and DVCAM formats. It also features simultaneous output to the HVR-MRC1K CF recorder, with embedded timecode (another capability not found in the FX1000). The HVR-Z5J has an expanded set of gamma controls and cam be synced across multiples cameras on a shoot.
At present Sony has announced no plans or timetable for offering these models outside of the Japanese market.