Sony HVR-Z1 HDV Camcorder

by Sony
Sony HVR-Z1 HDV Camcorder
3 CCD professional HDV camcorder.
1080 lines horizontal resolution.
The Sony HVR-Z1 records HDV and DVCAM images at 60i, 50i in SD or HD,
supports both PAL and NTSC.

Regional sets

All regional sets (E, U, P, N, J) offer identical technical specifications and features.

See also: Sony HXR-NX5 NXCAM AVCHD Camcorder PAL


Two XLR input
Black body
Audio volume controls
Time Code preset
Switchable between 50 Hz /60 Hz
Simultaneous use of LCD display and Viewfinder
Viewfinder switchable between B&W and colour
DVCAM tapes

In the Box

Rechargeable Battery Pack
AC Adaptor/ Quick Charger
Remote Commander
Component Video Cable
AV Cable
Hood with a Lens Cap
Large Eye Cup
Shoe Adaptor
Sony HVR-Z1 Manual (English)


Reviewed by 4 Customers
Rating: 4.0
ZP-1 Sony Better than Expected
Rating: 5.0
By from Central Coast Australia on
Have used the ZP-1 for just over 2 years, both indoor and out and found the pictures excellent using the automatic setting. The low light performance was outstanding in every case. And the colours very true when used to copy 8mm and 16mm films projected on screen. The swing out monitor LCD is actually visible in all but very bright sunlight. In co production with another operator using much more expensive gear, it was not possible in the final edit to be sure which camera was used for shots.
Dark footage
Rating: 2.0
By from Kenya on
The Z1 performance indoors is below my expectation of a HDV camera. Under
circumstances where my PD100 or PD150 could perform without an additional
light, the Z1 camera did not have enough gain to produce vivid pictures.
And even outdoors, some footage were unnecessarily dark. i tried to
improve gain even risked by reducing the shutter speed to no avail. Is
that Z1's weakness or there is a custom setup i can give it to improve on
the brightness?
Rating: 5.0
By from India on
excellent for professionals
very good purchase
Rating: 4.0
By from Malta - EU on
the camera is lovely to own and exellent to work with. the lcd screen is
extremely true, unlike in the case of other cameras, but sony lived out
their name on this one. only 3 slight problems - the automatic iris
control gives you too much light in your shot, sometimes verging on
burning the white. you cannot control the volume of the audio monitor
[which is good for some things, not so good for others] and everytime you
make a selection in the menu, the next step is that it closes so you have
to keep going into the menu and sub menu over again if you want to access
something else.

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