Sony Professional HVR-Z1U 3CCD HD Camcorder Reviews




Blurring the line between consumer and professional video cameras Sony has created the Sony HVR-Z1U HD camcorder.

It adheres to the HDV Consortiums 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.

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.

Color Correction for Special Effects

3.3 Color LCD screen and color viewfinder
High quality 12X Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens
Super Steadyshot
Non-Perpetual Manual Zoom Ring / Manual Focus Ring / Manual Iris Control w/24 steps

Built-in Wide Range Stereo Microphone
/ internal noise nulling technology 2
Balanced Audio XLR input connectors with Selectable Phantom Power
i.LINK(R) DV Interface IEEE1394 MPEG2
Real Time Encode System for real time processing of HD data

14 Bit DXP
(Digital ExtendedProcessor) combines 14 bit A/D converter with an advanced camera processing system
Switchable HDV/DVCAM/DV FormatRecording
3 position ND filterswitch-explain-values
One button status check feature for easy confirmation of various parameters

Personal Menu function

Battery Info function Up to 5 1/2 hours of operation on NPF-970 battery using the LCD and EVF simultaneously

Unit Dimensions
(WxHxD) 6 x 7 1/8 x 14 3/8 Inches /
Weighs 4.25 pounds
Includes – AC-VQ850 AC Adapter and Battery Charger / RMT-841 Wireless Remote Control / A/V Cable / Component Video Cable / Shoulder Strap / Large Eye Cup / Accessory Shoe Exten

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Product Specifications

Model : HVRZ1U
EAN Code :0027242668799

High-definition video camera records in 1080i, 720p, and 720i specification with analog down-converting
16:9 widescreen recording; 4:3 conversion capable
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 12x optical zoom Lens; optical Super SteadyShot System dampens hand jitter and vibration
3CCD camera system; records to conventional DV tape stock
Powered by NP-F570 InfoLithium rechargeable battery pack


>Reviews of the Sony Professional HVR-Z1U 3CCD High Definition Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom at
Average Rating: 4.0
Martin Lisius Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
HDV Work Horse
I've used my Sony HVR-Z1U HDV camcorder in some very extreme conditions, and it it comes through on a regular basis. I shot Hurricane Katrina video footage during the storm (for StormStock) in driving 100 mph rain. At that time, I had purchased and was using a rain coat for the camera. It never failed. Previously, in Hurricane Dennis, the unit failed in the rain, without the coat. The screen went black. I dried it off with a hand dryer and it came back to life to be called back into action .... Read more

Kasem Kharsa Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Recommendation by New Filmmaker
I've chosen this camera for my short film after viewing some rough footage at a local studio. The colors that this camera can capture in DV mode are jaw-dropping! It comes with all of the manual controls you could hope for and they're very intuitive. I highly recommend this to independent filmmakers if you're able to rent them in your area. It does not offer the 'truest' cinematic feel but if you do some research on the web you'll find resources for things you can do in pre & post production to .... Read more

D. H. Griesinger Rating: 3 Stars out of 5
Half HD - too good to be true
The HVR-Z1U seems too good to be true. And it is.

It promises a camera with full HD resolution and outstanding features for a reasonable price. In many ways, it delivers. The video quality is superior to the JVC HDV camera. Unlike the JVC, the camera offers full manual control and is a pleasure to shoot with professionally.

Alas - for someone who expects and needs full HD resolution, the Sony is a disappointment. Pointing the camera at a resolution chart while viewi .... Read more

Ali Hasan Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Awesome Technology Here!!!
Indie Filmmaker here, always looking out for a better camera!

The Sony HDV series is an astonishing technology

Don't let people tell you that the footage is "too compressed" ---- technically, it is, but once it gets on screen, it looks stunning!

I haven't done much filming with this camera ---- but I have seen its footage and edited its footage

Both on television and the computer monitor, I was impressed with its 'look' ---- very detailed and e .... Read more