Sony HVR-Z1U 1/3" 3-CCD HDV Camcorder

Sony HVR-Z1U 1/3" 3-CCD HDV Camcorder

Sony HVR-Z1U 1/3" 3-CCD HDV Camcorder

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Sony HVR-Z1U overview

  • 1Description

Blurring the line between consumer and professional video cameras Sony has created the HVR-Z1U camcorder. It adheres to the HDV Consortium's specifications for 1080i recording on popular DV mini cassettes. This camera represents the widest array of professional features within a new standard of miniaturization. The HDV video standard will provide about double the resolution of the old standard DV formats.

In contrast with consumer cameras, this pro model HVR-Z1U offers many special functions that the professional operator will immediately appreciate. Just as an example, the HVR-Z1U will keep track of the hours of operation the camera endures. Another example of the pro camera's greater abilities is that it records and plays in DVCAM, consumer DV (SP mode), and the HDV formats. You may also use the LCD screen simultaneously with the viewfinder, a function not found in the consumer model.

The design of the camera is aimed directly at the filmmaker, the most modern event video producers and even widescreen news shooters. Because it records in high definition and standard definition modes it can be used in a variety of production scenarios that may change from client to client or evolve over time. It is NTSC and PAL system compatible as well.

High Definition and Standard Definition, and Film-Looks
The HVR-Z1U is Sony's first attempt at a mini-sized camcorder for the newest high definition monitors. The camera records in 16:9 widescreen with native widescreen chips. It will output component video in 1080i, 480i and 480p formats. In fact it will output 60 frame, 50 frame, 30 frame and 25 frame standards. An additional function is HD to SD down conversion. Another feature of the camera is the CineFrame Mode that replicates the look of film production. The mode has 30 frame, 25 frame and 24 frame modes that utilize a 3:2 pull down conversion. Additionally the camera has the ability to down-convert HD captured video to standard definition video for viewing on a SD monitor or for systems that require SD video.
High Quality Lens
High resolution video starts with the finest glass lens appropriate to the camera. The HVR-Z1U has a Carl Zeiss designed lens, a world leader in optical technology. With the most advanced glass composition and the most efficient anti-reflective coatings this HDV camera captures the sharpest most detailed pictures in the most compact design available.
World-Wide Compatibility
The HDV camcorder is both NTSC and PAL and 50i/60i systems compatible which is a first for the pro-sumer 3-CCD camera market. This allows the industrial and event videographer to satisfy clients almost anywhere in the civilized world. The high-def formats are inherently universal being digital algorithmic constructions.
Color Correction for Special Effects
This very advanced feature allows the user to adjust color of a target subject without affection the color of the remainder of the scene. As a fascinating special effect one object may show color while the remaining scene is black and white. In fact 2 target colors may be chosen and controlled for color phase, color gain and other parameters.
One-Touch Custom Set-Ups
The HVR-Z1U has 6 buttons for your special custom setting memories and menu selections. A single button push will set the camera to your specific outdoor, fluorescent or color correction selected options. Menu items like REC REVIEW, Back-Light, Spot-Light features may be selected to one of the assignable buttons.
Viewfinder and LCD Monitor Features
Essentially all functions viewable through the viewfinder will be displayed on the 3.3-inch LCD screen- and both can be used simultaneously. Safety markers for 4:3 can be generated on a widescreen image for use with the Edge Crop function. The widescreen marker can be displayed on 4:3 recordings. All markers may be selected simultaneously. Zoom ratio display may be shown as a bar graph or in numerical readout as menu selected. Of course all supplemental viewfinder information may be turned off completely as well.
Color Bars and Hours Metering
The HVR-Z1U has 2 sets of color bars for accurate color representation. Full SMPTE bars and standard bars may be selected through menu settings. Diagnostic metering has been available on large professional camera from the very beginning of ENG shooting. This little camera is the first to address this requirement in a small camera. Operation, Drum Run, Tape Run and Threading hours are all available for maintenance purposes.
In the Box
Sony HVR-Z1U 1/3" 3-CCD HDV Camcorder
  • AC Adapter and Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Wireless Remote Control with AA Batteries
  • A/V Cable
  • Component Video Cable
  • Large Eye Cup
  • Accessory Shoe Extender
  • Lens Hood with Integral Lens Cap
  • 1-Year Parts and 90 Days Labor Warranty except:
    2-Years Parts on CCD Block
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    Sony HVR-Z1U specs

    Signal System NTSC and PAL Systems
    1080/60i, 1080/50i, 480/60i, 576/50i
    1080i/60, 1080i/50, 480/60i, 576/50i, 480/60p, 576/50p
    Image Device 3-CCD, 1/3" 16:9 Aspect
    1.12 Million Pixels Total Each Chip
    Lens 4.5-54mm
    12x Optical Zoom
    f/1.6 to f/2.4
    72mm Filter Diameter
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Horizontal Resolution 1080 Lines Horizontal Pixels
    1440 Vertical Pixels
    Sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Minimum Illumination 3 Lux
    Vertical Smear Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Built-in Filters 1/4 ND (1.5 stops)
    1/32 ND (5 stops)
    LCD Monitor 3.5" 16:9 Aspect
    LCD Monitor and Viewfinder Can Be Used Simultaneously
    Viewfinder Color
    Scan Matching Yes
    Memory Card Slot No
    Shutter Speed Range 1/4-1/10,000
    Gain Selection 0 dB, (+)3 dB, 6 dB, 9 dB, 12 dB, 15 dB, 18 dB
    Tape Format DVCAM Small Cassette
    HDV Record and Play
    DVCAM Record and Play
    DV Record and Play
    Tape Speed HDV: 18.8 mm/s
    DVCAM: 28.2 mm/s
    DV SP Mode: 18.8 mm/s
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Maximum Recording Time HDV: 60 min
    DVCAM: 40 min
    DV: 60 min
    Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Audio Signal Format HDV
    MPEG1 Audio Layer II
    16-bit/48kHz 2 Channel Mode
    12-bit/32kHz 4 Channel Mode
    Audio Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Input and Output Connectors HD/SD Component: 3 RCA (x1 Output)
    Firewire: 4-Pin (x1 Input, x2 Output)
    S-Video: 4-Pin (x1 Input, x2 Output)
    Composite Video: RCA (x1 Input, x2 Output)
    Mic Audio: XLR (x2 Input)
    Audio: RCA (x2 Output)
    Headphone: Stereo Mini (x1)
    LANC Control: Mini (x1)
    Power Requirements 100-240VAC with AC-VQ850D AC Adapter
    Power Consumption 8.4W
    Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 6 x 7.1 x 14.4" (15.2 x 18.1 x 16.5cm)
    Weight 4.3 lbs (1.9kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.7 x 14.4 x 10.0"

    Sony HVR-Z1U reviews

    HVR-Z1U 1/3" 3-CCD HDV Camcorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent under all scenarios Been using this camera for 1.5 years now, and whether it's event video or live-action handheld work, the picture quality is really great. The colors aren't nearly as red in saturation as the Canon GL1/2. Battery life, even w/using the flip out LCD, is stunning (I've gotten 5.5 hours ... with the LCD in use the whole time).
    Date published: 2008-03-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A&E DIGITAL PRODUCTIONS, LLC As an Producer, Director and Artist, if you take time to master this camera, you can produce amazing pictures close to Sony's $ cameras. Your aperture, lighting, filters, depth of field, proper exposure and white balance is the key. @
    Date published: 2008-06-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy Duty Camera is very light weight! We use this camera for in our new business for weddings, reunions, graduations from drug programs -- or for any other excuse. We have two of them: They can be programed in such a way that they work in sync to the frame. Great feature. I give this camera 5 stars. I also bought the extended warranty. If I drop it in the water, all I do is fish it out and they will take care of it. Great insurance!
    Date published: 2008-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera I travel and do cultural documentaries. This is a good camera for what I do. Light, but not too light. Good controls on it. Good in low light. Overall another excellent Sony camera. Dual xlr is a must. I use it with 2 senheiser g2 packs. I'd love it if there was interchangeable lenses.
    Date published: 2008-04-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good workhorse I use the Z1 to shoot my own documentaries and art movies, and to shoot 2nd camera for other production companies. It's industry standard for observational documentaries with small budgets. Cons: I wish it had exchangeable lens, and a filmic setting like the Panasonic AG-HVX200. The focus ring doesn't have a stop on it which is very annoying.
    Date published: 2008-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera: still good after 5 years I still love the HVR-Z1U that I bought from B&H when it first came out in 2003. Even though the technology behind this camera may seem a bit old in the very fast paced world of HD video cameras, there is no doubt that the HVRZ1U was very mature when it fist came out and still is a solid and reliable piece of equipment in todays environnement. Thanks Sony and B&H. Michel Gallone Sowatt Music Video Production Prilly, Switzerland
    Date published: 2008-10-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from You can tell the difference! With any of my previous camcorder I always found difficult to zoom-in/out without a little shaking. This time I have been able to do so without a problem.
    Date published: 2008-07-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Camera I have Z1U and FX1 love them. I added MRC1 to Z1U so shooting now on Dv Tape and CF card. I am Videographer and I wont buy new camera for long time...
    Date published: 2014-08-12
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