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Sony Handycam HVR-Z1U Camcorder - Black
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The rapid transition to HD programming in broadcasting and postproduction has introduced a tremendous demand for an entry-level path into the HD world. Sony's response to this...Read more

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The rapid transition to HD programming in broadcasting and postproduction has introduced a tremendous demand for an entry-level path into the HD world. Sony's response to this demand is the HVR-Z1U Digital HD Video Camera Recorder - a compact and cost-effective HD camcorder that builds on the market-acclaimed DVCAM recorders.The HVR-Z1U camcorder adopts the all-new, 1/4-inch HD format - the HDV 1080i specification of the HDV format. Combined with three high-resolution 1/3-inch type mega pixel CCDs, the HVR-Z1U captures and plays back 1080i HD signals, while maintaining the DVCAM/DV recording and playback capabilities provided on current Sony DVCAM models. What's more, the HVR-Z1U offers a down-conversion capability of its 1080i recordings.These features allow the HVR-Z1U to be active immediately in current SD systems, while also providing a step-by-step migration to the HD world - operators can continue to acquire in DVCAM or DV, and switch to the HDV as needed, or acquire in HDV 1080i from the start and use the down-conversion capability as required.In addition to a unique camcorder body design and with its multitude of camera features, the HVR-Z1U offers maximum operability in the field, as well as opening up a new range of opportunities for creative shooting. Combining these features with the HD picture quality that HDV format provides, the HVR-Z1U becomes an exciting acquisition tool for a variety of applications today and tomorrow - from video journalism, wedding and event videography, corporate and training productions, and digital movie-making, up to broadcast newsgathering.Offered at a price tag comparable to Sony DVCAM camcorders, the HVR-Z1U paves the way into cost-effective but uncompromised HD program production.

Product Identifiers
EAN0027242668799, 27242668799

Key Features
Recording SystemPAL
Optical Zoom12x
Digital ZoomNone
Media FormatMiniDV HDV
Resolution1.1 MP
Screen Size3.5"
Weight2000 gr

Optical Sensor
Sensor TypeSuper HAD 3CCD
Sensor Size1/3"
Optical Sensor Qty3

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Lens ApertureF/1.6-2.8
Focal Length Range5mm - 54mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size72 mm
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection
Lens ManufacturerCarl Zeiss

Max Shutter Speed1/10000 sec
Min Illumination3 lux
Min Shutter Speed1/3 sec
Exposure ModesAutomatic, aperture-priority, manual, shutter-priority

Viewfinder TypeLCD monitor
Viewfinder Diagonal Size0.44"

Depth36.5 cm
Height18.1 cm
Width15.1 cm

Display TypeTFT active matrix
Display RotationRotating
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 3.5" - colour
Display Size3.5"

Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in - electret condenser - stereo
Microphone Operation ModeStereo
Microphone TechnologyElectret condenser

Connector Types1 x Control-L (LANC), 1 x DC power input, 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x S-Video input / output, 1 x audio input, 1 x audio input / output, 1 x component video output, 1 x composite video/audio (input/output), 1 x headphones

Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific
Battery ManufacturerSony NP-F570

Environmental Parameters
Max Operating Temperature40 °C
Min Operating Temperature0 °C

Effective Video Resolution1.1 MP

File Format
Digital Video FormatMPEG-2

Other Features
Widescreen Video CaptureYes
Images StabilizerOptical (Super Steady Shot)
FeaturesBacklight compensation, Built-in speaker, analogue to digital conversion with pass through, date/time stamp, display brightness control

Color Black
High Definition Video Support1080i

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Sony Handycam HVR-Z1U Camcorder - Black
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Terrible image indoors specially

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 | No, I wouldn't recommend this product.
Created: 04/12/13
To be honest, this camera is rubbish, maybe is damage or just is rubbish, the problem is: a terrible image indoors, looks so bad the image, is useless indoors, outdoors is much better but, not work at all indoors. I have a HVR-Z1N and let me tell you, is much, much totally other world.

I would not buy any more second hand video camera trough ebay or online.
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Sony HVR-Z1

Created: 03/06/09
What can be said that hasn't already in anyother review?
The Sony Z1 is in a catagory with only one other real contender, and that is the Canon XH-A1. The only feature to outbox the Z1 on the Canon is that it has 20x zoom. Some say that it is better in low light, but from my own use in the field the Z1 can hold it's own. The amount of features for a cam of this price is top class.
You can switch between PAL and NTSC whenever you wish so it can be used worlwide. The 1080i, although not 1080p (full HD) is still higher than most peoples HD tv's and with todays interlacing can look great.
This is a well rounded camcorder and is one of the most popular cams for todays videographer. Look on most video forums and the Z1 will be at the top for the most entries.
If you are in the £3000 to £3500 price range then you cannot go far wrong with the Z1. 2nd hand they are at about £2400 with medium usage hours (25x100 drum, etc).
Go and get one if you need a good reliable cam with pro features. I did!

G Connor
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