We launched the Filmmaking Frenzy Commander-in-Chief: Ultimate Badass contest this week, but due to a couple of tie-ups on our end we weren't able to announce the exact grand prize. Those tie-ups have been untied, and now we can tell you that the grand prize is the Sony HVR-A1U 1080i, a $2,750 camera. Here are the details direct from Sony:
The HVR-A1U 1080i HDV camcorder provides real 1080i HD acquisition, with superb image quality and comprehensive functionality for professional use, in a "handy" camcorder form factor. This HDV camcorder leads the entry level HD market by providing a compact and low cost solution. The HVR-A1U features a 1/3 inch C-MOS imager. This 1920x1080 native imager is also capable of 3 mega-pixel still images. Combined with a high quality Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar® T* Lens and Sony's 14 bit A/D and DXP digital Extended Processor, result in precise image acquisition with superb detail and clarity. The HVR-A1U records this exceptional imagery in HDV 1080i format onto a DVCAM™ mini cassette as well as to the optional HVR-MRC1K CompactFlash memory recording unit, offering users Hybrid recording capability and flexible archive options.
Sony's first C-MOS 1080i HDV/DVCAM/DV camcorder
60i/30frame/sec, 24 frame/sec with 2:3 pulldown switchable
Built-in HD to SD down conversion
CinemaTone gamma and CineFrame functions
Switchable HDV/DVCAM/DV (SP) format recording
High quality 10X Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
Resolution of 1440x1080 with pixel shift
Click here for all the details on the contest itself. Get cracking - you have just under a month!