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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. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good reviews, but there are some critical reviews about the finish and reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

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. Comments about the durability and reliability are generally positive. The usability and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts 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. People really like the design and size. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Many are critical 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: psychosmartie (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sony HVR-Z1: good pro/semi pro camera

 

This is certainly not a camera just for someone who wants to take the occaisional holiday video. However, with thiis you can take really good quality proffessional video. The camera is much bigger and bulkier than a handicam, and also has a much larger...

quality, controls

weight, price

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: illuminated (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sony HVR-Z1E: A Good Buy for the Money

 

This camera is a very good bargain for professionals and semi-professionals in the film industry. My production company has been using them for the past year. It is easy to use, light, sturdy, and reacts better to light than its Panasonic competitor....

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: illuminated (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sony HVR-Z1E: A Good Buy for the Money

 

This camera is a very good bargain for professionals and semi-professionals in the film industry. My production company has been using them for the past year. It is easy to use, light, sturdy, and reacts better to light than its Panasonic competitor....

High image quality

a bit difficult to understand

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: Joseph (pricerunner.co.uk)

good sony!

 

The white balance is perhaps one of the best features on the camera, now giving the choice of two manually configurable and one preset. With the flip of a switch, the manual zoom ring can be activated. Upon setting the marking one desires, the switch...

The things I really liked were the true 16:9 facility and shooting using the 16:9 flip-out panel or viewfinder. Positioning the LCD panel o­n the top of the carry arm seems, well just natural. I can't quite put my finger o­n why I like it there, it...

The o­nly criticism would be that, like all cameras of this design, they are incredibly uncomfortable to operate. Holding the camera in front of you for more than a few minutes will start the muscles aching.

The white balance is perhaps one of the best features on the camera, now giving the choice of two manually configurable and one preset. With the flip of a switch, the manual zoom ring can be activated. Upon setting the marking one desires, the switch...

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: Mathew (pricerunner.co.uk)

Good!!

 

This cam was recommended to me by a friend. It works well. Doesnt really give any trouble. Only problem is that it is quite big and bulky. Its optical zoom and large LCD screen add to its charm!

It has a great optical zoom! It also has a nice big LCD display. Its video quality is pretty good also.

I havent used it long enough to notice any flaws with its functioning. However, i do this it is quite big.

This cam was recommended to me by a friend. It works well. Doesnt really give any trouble. Only problem is that it is quite big and bulky. Its optical zoom and large LCD screen add to its charm!

Jun, 2006

Product Specifications

Sony's worldwide reputation for creating unique, attractive, high-quality, advanced technology products rests on a long line of innovations embraced by people from all walks of life. With a diverse product lineup serving a variety of lifestyles and industries, Sony continuously strives to introduce new products and technologies to meet changing market needs.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:AA R6 / NP-F570
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F570

Camcorder Features

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

Camera

Minimum illumination:3

Design

Colour of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:36.2cm
Height:19.5cm
Weight:2.1kg
Width:15.5cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:8.89
Display Resolution:1120 x 224 / 250880

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

Features

Colour of product:Black
Filter Size:3.7 / 7.2

Header

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

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.21

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1
Filter Size:7.2
Focal length range (f-f):4.5 - 54
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:4.5mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

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

Optical System

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

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Focus:1.6-2.8
I/O ports:Audio In, Audio Out, i.LINK (DV) In, i.LINK (DV) Out, S-Video In, S-Video Out, Video In, Video Out\n
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Magnification:0.8
Manual Focus: Yes
Power requirements:7.9 W (LCD), 7.3 W (VF) / DC 7.2 V
Resolution:1440 x 1080
Shooting programs:Slow Shutter

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DV port: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes

Pro Camcorder Features

Professional:Professional

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/4-1/10000

Storage

Camcorder tape type:HDV

Video Input

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

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder:252000
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder screen size:0.44
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:36.5
Height :18.1
Weight:2 / 2.1 / 550
Width:15.1

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes