Sony HVR-Z1E HDV 1/3 3CCD Handheld Camcorder

Affordable migration to High Definition
Providing HDV with the 1080i Standard and joining the existing DVCAM range, the HVR-Z1E offers users an affordable migration path from Standard Definition whilst retaining the popular DVCAM benefits such as ease of use and i.LINK (IEEE1394) connectivity. In addition to its compact size, the HVR-Z1E boasts a number of features over consumer-oriented products making it ideal for the professional user.

HDV / DVCAM / DV Switchable
Providing professional users with the flexibility to choose the format that suits the need your production and offering an easy migration from a Standard Definition environment.

Built-in converter to take HDV images to Standard Definition
The flexibility to film your footage in HDV and use the cameras down-converter to output Standard Definition pictures if required.

50Hz / 60Hz (PAL / NTSC) Switchable
Allowing you to make your productions on a worldwide basis, without the need for two separate camcorders with each standard.

2ch Audio XLR Inputs
The HVR-Z1E offers the recording of audio by providing both an in-built stereo microphone and XLR inputs for an external microphone supplying +40V phantom power.

2ch Independent Audio Rec Level Control
Intuitive control of audio recording level is possible with independent 2-channel dials.

Time Code Preset
Supports professional operation with flexible Time Code and User settings.

B/W & Colour Switchable Viewfinder
Allowing you to choose either a colour display or Black & White display on the Viewfinder depending on your preference.

Simultaneous Operation of LCD Panel & Viewfinder
Allowing you greater flexibility to focus shots accurately via Viewfinder while simultaneously framing images via the fold-out LCD Panel.

6 Assign Buttons
6 Assign Buttons are prepared to allow you to customise your camera. 6 frequently used functions including Hyper Gain, AE Override, White Balance Level for Outdoor, and Safety Zone Marker can be selected from over 10 available parameters.

Six Assign Buttons
Functions frequently used in the field can be assigned to six Assign Buttons (push buttons), allowing operators to make rapid changes under field conditions.

An affordable way to enjoy High Definition
Through the HDV format Sonys HVR-Z1E allows you to capture High Definition pictures on a standard DV format cassette – providing both a highly cost effective format and full 1080 line resolution.

The ability to choose the most appropriate recording format for your production
With the Sony HVR-Z1E, you are able to switch between HDV, DVCAM and DV recording giving you full flexibility to record in either Standard or High Definition depending on your production needs.

Designed for Professional Use
As a professional product, Sony recognises that your needs are different to that of a consumer. As a result the HVR-Z1E incorporates more than 40 extra functions over the consumer camcorder HDR-FX1E to help support you and your production needs.

Easy integration to the way you already work – convert from HDV to Standard Definition if required.
Continuity of Workflow can be very important. Enjoying the benefits of the HVR-Z1E does not mean that you need to change the way you work. Like DVCAM, i.LINK (IEEE1394) provides connectivity to PC based editing systems. In addition, you can choose to shoot in HDV and use the in-built down-converter to output in DVCAM allowing editing and final production to be carried out in Standard Definition in the usual way.

Cinema-look Shooting
The HVR-Z1E offers the capability to provide a cinema-look to your production images using CineframeTM 25 Mode (25 frame progressive-look effect) and 2-mode Cinematone GammaTM.

AC Adaptor/Charger included as standard
AC Adaptor/Charger AC-VQ850 is supplied as standard with the HVR-Z1E providing great value for money

Lens
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, 12x (optical)
f = 4. 5 to 54 mm
f = 32.5 to 390 mm (*2) at 16:9 mode
f = 40 to 480 mm (*2) 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 with a 16:9 aspect ratio

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 s

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 s

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 s with PHDVM-63DM cassette

Audio/Video input/output
AUDIO/VIDEO jack x1

S-video input/output
Mini-DIN 4-pin x 1

Component video output
COMPONENT OUTPUT jack

i.LINK
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 (3.5 mm)

LANC
Stereo mini-minijack (3.5 mm)

Color LCD viewfinder
0.44-inch type, approx. 252,000 pixels (1120 x 225), hybrid type

Color LCD monitor
3.5-inch type, approx. 250,000 pixels (1120 x 224), hybrid type

Microphone
Stereo type, noise reduction on/off

Mass
Approx. 2.1 kg (4 lb 10 oz) (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
0 to 40 °C (32 to 104 °K)

Storage temperature
(*2) These values are calculated to be equivalent to the 35 mm film.

Supplied Accessories

Size AA (R6) battery

Shoulder trap

Shoe adaptor

RMT-841 wireless Remode Commander

Power cord

Operating instructions

NP-F570 InfoLITIUM rechargeable battery pack

Lens hood

Large eyecap

Connecting cord

Compoent video cable

Cleaning cassette

AC-VQ850 AC adaptor/charger

A/V connecting cable