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Sony HVR-Z1U Digital HDV 1080i High Definition Handycam Camcorder (870 Hours)

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The Sony HVR-Z1U professional camcorder shoots brilliant high definition 1080i pictures with jaw-dropping detail, color and clarity, and comes equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 12x zoom lens - the same glass and coatings as in Zeiss prime lenses.

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 DVCAMTM recorders.

The HVR-Z1U camcorder adopts the all-new, 1/4-inch HD format the HDV 1080i specification of the HDVTM 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 formats, and switch to the HDV format 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 news gathering.

Offered at a price tag comparable to Sony DVCAM camcorders, the HVR-Z1U paves the way into cost-effective but uncompromised HD program production.

Key Features

  • A New Addition to the HD Format that Broadens the Scope of HD Program Production
  • The HDV 1080i specification for the HDV format features 1080 effective scanning lines (interlace scanning system) and 1,440 horizontal pixels. It adopts the MPEG-2 compression format (MP@H-14 for video), which uses 8-bit digital component recording with a sampling rate of 4:2:0.
  • MPEG-1 Audio Layer II is used as the audio compression format, allowing for two-channel recording with a sampling frequency of 48 kHz/16-bit. The HDV 1080i specification provides high picture quality that can be used for HDTV program production.
  • Compatible with Existing and New DV Video Cassette Tape To realize the full potential of HDV, DVCAM and DV formats, professionals choose Sony DigitalMaster tape. While the HDV format can accept conventional DV tape, only DigitalMaster tape has a dual layer of magnetic material.
  • The result? Higher RF output, lower noise, 95% fewer errors and 60% fewer dropouts compared to DV tape! Exactly the performance that professionals require.
  • 3CCD Camera System with 1080i HD CCDs The HVR-Z1U incorporates three 1/3-inch type 1080i HD CCDs, each with a 16:9 aspect ratio, a total pixel number of 1.12 M (1,012 x 1,111), and an effective pixel number of 1.07 M (972 x 1,100).
  • The combined 3CCD system achieves a resolution of 1,440 x 1,080 by adopting the precise spatial offset technology and interlace scanning system.
  • 14-bit HD DXP The HVR-Z1U incorporates a high-integrity 14-bit HD DXP (Digital eXtended Processor), which features a 14-bit A/D converter and advanced camera processing.
  • This 14-bit HD DXP can process the high-quality images captured by the 1080i HD CCDs with greater precision than conventional 10-bit A/D LSIs. In particular, this higher bit resolution allows the contrast to be reproduced reproduced more faithfully in mid-tone areas of the picture.
  • The 14-bit HD DXP also enables highly sophisticated image controls, such as Cinematone GammaTM, and Color Correction functions.
  • Optical 12x Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Zoom Lens The HVR-Z1U is equipped with a new Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* high definition lens with a 12x zoom function. Its fully coated glass is the same as as used on Carl Zeiss prime lenses, producing sharp, high-contrast images, with virtually no chromatic aberration.
  • This lens is designed with a wide viewing angle, and a focal length ranging from 32.5 mm to 390 mm in 16:9 mode2, and from 40 mm to 480 mm in 4:3 mode2, thanks to a large filter diameter of 72 mm.
  • Optical Super SteadyShot System The HVR-Z1U employs the Super SteadyShot system, whereby horizontal and vertical movements can be detected independently by the sensors.
  • The prism system located behind the lens adjusts and optically compensates for unsteady camera handling, and a choice of SteadyShot function types HARD, STANDARD, SOFT or WIDE CONV- can easily be selected.
  • Multi-format Recording and Playback Capabilities, Supporting HDV 1080i, DVCAM and DV
  • The HVR-Z1U can switch between HDV 1080i, DVCAM and DV recording, providing full flexibility to record in either standard or high definition depending on production needs.
  • In addition, it can be switched between 60i and 50i modes (NTSC and PAL), allowing for flexible productions without the need for two separate camcorders with each standard.
  • The HVR-Z1U can convert material from 1080i down to 480i and 576i, and output these video signals through its i.LINK® interface. In addition, these signals can also be output via either analog component, composite, or S-video connectors.
  • This allows editing of recorded material with a nonlinear editing system using current DV editing software as well as recording SD signals to an external VTR, while simultaneously recording HDV signals with the HVR-Z1U.
  • Z1U. The HVR-Z1U can also down-convert to 480p and 576p and output these signals through its analog component video connectors.
  • When down-converting these signals, the aspect ratio displayed can be converted from 16:9 to 4:3. Display modes can be selected from Squeeze, Letterbox or Edge crop.
  • The HVR-Z1U is capable of native 16:9 widescreen image capturing, with a high resolution of 720 x 480 pixels (NTSC) and 720 x 576 pixels (PAL) in DVCAM and DV formats, and providing true 16:9 images in SD format.
  • The HVR-Z1U employs the highly advanced HD Codec Engine Feature, which efficiently compresses base band HD signal data at approx. 25 Mb/s with MPEG-2 compression, while maintaining optimal HD quality.
  • Designed for reduced energy consumption, this powerful digital signal processor fits perfectly inside the compact and streamlined body of the HVR-Z1U.
  • The HVR-Z1U is equipped with a 4-pin i.LINK interface. This allows for on-cable digital transfer6 of audio, video, and command signals to a connected, compatible VTR or nonlinear editing system in the HDV, DVCAM and DV formats.
  • The HVR-Z1U provides a high-quality, built-in stereo microphone as well as two XLR audio input connectors for connecting professional microphones or feeding an external-line audio source.
  • Phantom power of approx. 40 V can be supplied for the external condenser microphone. INPUT 1 audio can be recorded on CH1 only, or on both CH1 and CH2 audio tracks, with easy selection via a switch.
  • Each input level for CH1 and CH2 can be independently adjusted using two audio level dials on the camera body and viewed with an audio level meter on the LCD monitor. The audio level meter can be recalled quickly and easily by a Status Check function.
  • The 0.44-inch type color LCD viewfinder displays high-resolution color pictures of approx. 250,000 pixels in a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9.
  • Operators can also select to display pictures in black and white. The size of the eyepiece has been increased to allow viewing of images even while wearing glasses.
  • The supplied large-size eye cap provides superb light-excluding capability, and allows easy focusing and comfortable use of the viewfinder.
  • The HVR-Z1U includes a 3.5-inch (viewable area, measured diagonally) color LCD monitor with a high resolution of approx. 250,000 pixels, which allows for viewing of the input source during recording, or checking the the playback picture on location in a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9.
  • This large screen is also helpful in setting menus or audio recording levels, as well as monitoring the camera and audio status while mounted on a tripod. tripod. The hybrid LCD monitor combines the characteristics of both transmissive and reflective LCD panels.
  • The transmissive LCD panel is well suited to dark conditions, such as those found in the studio, while the reflective LCD panel provides clear viewing in bright conditions, such as under strong sunlight.
  • The LCD monitor and viewfinder can be used simultaneously. The LCD monitor is located above and in front of the handle, which places it on the same level as the viewfinder.
  • viewfinder. This allows operators to perform focus adjustments on the subject with the LCD viewfinder, while adjusting the color balance with the LCD monitor.
  • With the optional NP-F970 InfoLITHIUM® Rechargeable Battery Pack attached, the HVR-Z1U can continuously record in HDV mode for up to 360 minutes, or up to 380 minutes in DVCAM/DV mode.
  • In order to facilitate zoom control and recording operation during low-angle shooting, an additional zoom lever and a rec start/stop button have been added to the carrying handle.
  • Zoom speed can be selected from H, L or OFF via the three-position slide switch located on the side of the handle. The H and L settings can be selected from values of 1 to 8 via the menu.
  • In addition to two zoom levers on the carrying handle and on the side of the camera body, a motorized zoom ring, equipped with stops and barrel marking, is located on the lens body.
  • Turning this zoom ring allows for fine adjustments in zoom position settings, providing operability and feeling comparable to manual zoom operations.
  • Furthermore, the supplied wireless Remote Commander® unit can be used for external control. These various zoom control functions enable operators to deploy various shooting styles.
  • Functions frequently used in the field can be assigned to six Assign Buttons (push buttons), allowing operators to make rapid changes under field conditions.
  • The assignable functions include AE Override, Hyper Gain, All Scan Mode, White Balance Outdoor Level (+), White Balance Outdoor Level (-), Marker, Back Light, Spot Light, Rec Review, Fader (white fader/black fader), Steady Shot, Index Mark (index (index recording), Audio Dubbing (DVCAM format only), Display, and Color Bars (two types).
  • The AE (Auto Exposure) Override function allows operators to manually change exposure settings during the AE mode via an iris dial.
  • This allows operators to set the desired exposure settings immediately, with no need to set all exposure settings modes to manual. This function can easily be recalled at the touch of an Assign Button.
  • The Hyper Gain function can automatically boost the gain level up to approx. +36 dB at the touch of an Assign Button. This makes it possible to shoot in extremely low-light conditions.
  • Three types of markers can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder simply by pressing an Assign Button:
  • CENTER: Displays a marker at the center of the screen 4:3: Displays a marker in the shape of 4:3 when using a widescreen monitor
  • SAFETY ZONE: Displays a marker indicating the range that can be displayed on a standard TV (4:3 and 16:9) for home use (80%)
  • The All Scan Mode is similar to the Under Scan Mode of other camcorders, displaying all effective scanning lines in the screen. It is useful to check pictures for web applications. This function can easily be recalled at the touch of an Assign Button.
  • Advanced Features for Professional Results: AF (Auto Focus) Assist, Expanded Focus, Time Code Preset, External Record Control, Quick Rec., Peaking Status Check, Picture Profile, Personal Menu, Battery Info, Optimum Weight Distribution and Balance,
  • Unique Features for Creative Shooting: Shot Transition, Cineframe, Color Correction, Cinematone Gamma,
  • In order to provide the flexibility required for professional shooting, the HVR-Z1U offers a variety of convenient functions: AE Response - Flicker Reduce (by AGC) - Zebra Patterns (100% or 70 to 100% (adjustable by 5%) - Date Stamping - Audio Lock (DVCAM/ DV mode only) - . Audio Limiter

Technical Specs

Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, 12x (optical)
, f = 4. 5 to 54 mm, f = 32.5 to 390 mm* at 16:9 mode,
f = 40 to 480 mm* at 4:3 mode, F = 1.6 to 2.8, filter diameter: 72 mm
Built-in filter 1/6 ND, 1/32 ND
Focus Auto, manual (focus ring/infinity position), one push auto
Imaging device 3-chip 1/3-inch type CCDs
Picture elements Approx. 1,070,000 pixels (effective), approx. 1,120,000 pixels (total)
White balance Auto, one-push auto, indoor (3200 K), outdoor (5800 K ±7 steps)
Shutter speed 60i/NTSC mode: 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/90, 1/100, 1/125, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/725, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/6000, 1/10000 sec
50i/PAL mode: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25, 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/150, 1/215, 1/300, 1/425, 1/600, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1750, 1/2500, 1/3500, 1/6000, 1/10000 sec
Exposure Auto, manual
Gain 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB (adjustable for H, M and L gain positions)
Minimum illumination 3 lx with F1.6 at 18 dB
Recording format 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 480/60i (NTSC), 576/50i (PAL)
Play out/Down conversion format 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 480/60i (NTSC), 576/50i (PAL), 480/60p, 576/50p
Tape speed HDV/DV SP: Max. 18.812 mm/s with PHDVM-63DM cassette
DVCAM: Max. 28.218 mm/s with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Playback/Recording time HDV/DV SP: Max. 63 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
DVCAM: Max. 41 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Fast forward/Rewind time Approx. 2 min 40 sec with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Audio/Video input/output AUDIO/VIDEO jack x1 Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 oHm unbalanced, sync negative Audio signal: 327 mV (at load impedance 47 koHm, input impedance more than 47 koHm,output impedance less than 2.2 koHm
S-video input/output Mini-DIN 4-pin x 1
Y: 1 Vp-p, 75 oHm unbalanced, sync negative
C: 0.286 Vp-p (NTSC), 0.3 Vp-p (PAL), 75 oHm unbalanced
Component video output COMPONENT OUTPUT jack
Y: 1 Vp-p (0.3 V, sync negative)
Pr/Pb (Cr/Cb): 525 mVp-p (75% color bar), input impedance 75 oHm
i.LINK Interface 4-pin
XLR audio input XLR 3-pin female x 2, 327 mV, -60 dBu: 3 kÙ, +40 dBu: 10.8 kÙ, power supply: approx. 40 V
Headphone Stereo minijack (dia3.5 mm)
LANC Stereo mini-minijack (dia2.5 mm)
LCD viewfinder 0.44-inch type, approx. 252,000 pixels (1120 x 225), hybrid type
LCD monitor 3.5-inch (viewable area, measured diagonally), approx. 250,000 pixels (1120 x 224), hybrid type
Microphone Stereo type, noise reduction on/off
Weight Approx. 4 lb 10 oz (2.1 kg) (camcorder only)
Power requirements DC 7.2 V (battery pack)
Power consumption HDV: Approx. 8.0 W (recording mode with LCD viewfinder on)
DVCAM/DV: Approx. 7.6 W (recording mode with LCD viewfinder on)
Operating temperature 32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Storage temperature -4 to 140 °F (-20 to +60 °C)
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