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Sony HVR-Z1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 216 reviews of Sony HVR-Z1. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, but the finish and reliability get critical reviews.

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reliability, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HVR-Z1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HVR-Z1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Sony HVR-Z1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and reliability. The usability and portability are also appreciated. There are some less positive comments about the finish and price.

image quality, portability, usability, reliability, durability

price, finish

91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Pro HVR-Z1 Digital CamcorderSony Pro HVR-Z1 Digital Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HVR-Z1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 132 user reviews of Sony HVR-Z1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The image quality and portability also get good comments, but some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, size, design

reliability

79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR40 30GB Hard Disk Drive Handycam with 20x Optical ZoomSony DCR-SR40 30GB Hard Disk Drive Handycam with 20x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Ben Wolf (cnet.com)

Sony HDR-FX1 review:

 

Sharp and vibrant three-chip HD images; native 16:9 capture; ability to downconvert video for use with existing editing systems and displays.

No XLR inputs or independent audio-level controls; no 24P; somewhat difficult to control and monitor focus manually; limited HDV editing and distribution options at this time.

Though it lacks some audio flexibility and isn't recommended for 24fps shooting, the HDR-FX1 provides advanced consumers with professional-level video controls and entry-level pros with an affordable starting camcorder.

May, 2005

Expert review by: Brandon Fullmer (kenstone.net)

The Sony HVR-Z1U HDV Camera

 

Affordable HD is a recent realization for the video industry. Sony's HVR-Z1U camcorder has become the company's current inexpensive HD solution. In this article I will review the Z1U as I give you some of my thoughts and opinions about this new camera...

The Z1U is a good camera. It's an HDV/DV format video camera with native 16:9 ratio 1/3-inch 3CCDs. When it came time for a new prosumer-level DV camera, with an acceptable $2,000 jump in price to add high-definition capability, the Sony HVR-Z1U became...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Stephen Schleicher (digitalproducer.digitalmedianet.com)

Sony HVR-Z1U Reviewed

 

Sony has recently released the HVR-Z1U HDV camera. The big brother of the HDR-FX1, this camera has all the features the FX1 was missing. From the XLR connectors, to precision optics this camera is the one youve been waiting for. Digital Media Nets...

Great Picture, Great Price

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Erik Holsinger (studiodaily.com)

Sony HVR-Z1U and HDR-FX1 HDV Camcorders

 

In the wake of JVC's 2003 launch of the first consumer HDV camera, Sonyhas released the company's first "professional" HDV camera, the HVR-Z1UProfessional HDV camcorder (also called "the Z1" by Sony marketing).Offering 3 CCDs, pro audio features and...

Feb, 2005

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony HDR-FX1 HDRFX1 Review

 

Consumer review by: Raj (newegg.com)

Worth every penny

 

10 years down the road, when I see the video of our 4 and 6 year old daughters in high definition - I know that I'll cherish every little smile and grin that I'll be able to see.

I'm not a pro and don't make documentaries or DVDs. I was in market for a new camcorder when it was launched and bought it within couple of months before our daughter's recital. Even then I feel its worth every penny. Resolution - sharp as it can be -...

Little big heavy for regular user like me - which I personally think its worth it

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: NYFPC (newegg.com)

As good as MiniDV gets

 

Shot a 50 min narrative film. I used the cinema gamma profile that the camera comes with; looks pretty good, HD looks just fine. You'd have to spend a lot more to get a little more improvement as far as HD goes. The PROs win this argument. You can do...

Within the limits of DV, this camera is excellent. There's a point when you have to stop fretting about your tech specs and just do your project; with this camera shooting in 1080 HDV, you know you're solid on the tech level and can get to the creative...

Nothing overpoweringly con. The price? Maybe, but if you're into video professionally, the price is actually rock bottom for HD (or HDV) ; Infrequent but annoying momentary dropouts did occur; I suppose that that may be more of a tape issue than...

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: Movie-Maker (newegg.com)

0MG!!!

 

If you have to beg, borrow, and... well, not steal... to afford this camera, DO IT!!! you will be extremely satisfied...

It is like the camera was made to go in your hand... very erginomical, i love it... interface is easy to use and buttons are easy to use also... video quality is unbelievable... I HIGHLY RECOMMEND

you know there is NONE

Jun, 2006

Consumer review by: Ben (newegg.com)

Newegg=Excellent

 

This camcorder is absolutely amazing. I have filmed motocross with this (very upclose fast panning shots) and have not had any dropouts or anything with the HDV. The cineframe24 is pretty cool to use sometimes as well. Picture Profile settings=another...

Oct, 2005

Consumer review by: joesgirl06 (ciao.com)

Sony records like no other

 

This camera is a dream. While it does have lots of different features, it is pretty easy to use. The little LCD screen lets me see what I'm shooting at that moment and it has always been crystal clear. The battery lasts a long time as well. I was...

crystal clear quality, beautiful LCD screen

can be a bit too big for some people

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F570

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: Yes
Chip Type:CCD / CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser / Optical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:3x 1/3''

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
USB: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:14.3in/14.4in
Height:7.1in/7.7in
Weight:4.4lbs/4.6lbs
Width:5.9in/6.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Spotlight

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Full HD
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HVR-Z1E/HVR-Z1U
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:4.5mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.12Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3 / 1/3"/1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD/Super HAD 3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Pro Camcorder Features

Professional:Professional

Recording

HD Video Format:HDV
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL/PAL / NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader/Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD