Interesting. They definitely did not seem so keen on the FX7 when I was discussing my FX1 purchase with them.
Maybe if there is a lot of demand they will eventually make one?
A lot of the deflation comes from the problems of the progressive scan feature of the V1. My own test clips from a prototype V1U shows it to be slightly softer than 60i, with distinct lack of detail on busier surfaces. The reason is how Sony implemented progressive capture into the camera's DSP. Unlike the HVX200, the Sony progressive is softer than the interlaced picture. So the extra resolution and motion is sort of wasted. It's still a very awesome picture, but the issue of cost comes into play. The V1 is still the only camera at 1080/24/30P. There is detail loss (again from my test tape) compared to the interlaced mode. Whereas progressive should give better resolution and sharpness, the V1U doesn't for some reason.
In "measurebator" mode, we have to consider the underwater environment. Shooting silhouettes creates contrasty situations where the issue is more of the noise movement that has been prevalent in the prog scan captures. Then the detail loss on say weedy sea dragons esp on the vertical lines. It is capable of great captures with superior detail but also have crappy noise movement and detail loss on certain patterns in progressive mode. So for underwater use, it may be too inconsistent for use.
Still I'm not judging until I get one underwater myself. But for those considering it for topside esp in PAL land, there is a plethora of evidence to suggestion Sony's implementation of P-scan and its noise reduction inconsistency is hampering the camera's ability.
Still the 60i I see on the FX7 and V1 is very nice.
All my tests came from a prototype V1U and a production V1U.
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