The HVR-Z1U features three developed Super HAD 1/3” CCDs. These 16:9 native CCDs, combined with a high quality 12X Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens and Sony’s 14 bit A/D and DXP Digital Enhanced Processor, result in precise image acquisition with superb detail and clarity. The advanced CCD design allows more light to reach the pixel imager, reducing video noise and improving signal-to-noise ratio. The HVR-Z1U records this exceptional imagery using the recently adopted HDV 1080i format onto a DVCAM mini cassette.
Three 1/3-inch 1.04 Megapixel CCDs for superb resolution & color rendering
New generation Sony Super HAD CCD for high sensitivity and dynamic range
Native 16:9 CCD aspect ratio for widescreen shots without compromise in both SD and HD
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar@ T* High Definition lens with 12x optical zoom for superb contrast and resolution (32.5 to 390 mm, 35mm equivalent)
Optical image stabilization for smoother, more watchable results under motion, when compared to non-stabilized images
Manual and automatic zoom , focus, shutter & 24-step iris for precise image control. Zoom indicator in the viewfinder
Programmable Shot Transition automatically executes a move in any combination of focus, zoom, iris, gain, shutter or white balance
HDV™ 1080i recording and playback. Captures the outstanding picture quality of 1080i high definition and standard definition onto mini DV tapes. DVCAM™ and DV formaat recording and playback, HD i.LINK@ downconvert for smooth migration from SD to HD.
Switchable 50i/60i recording in HD and SD to support world markets. 480P true progressive mode for gorgeous standard definition imagery. CineFrame™ 24, 25 and 30-frame recording in HD or SD. SMPTE time code with presets DF/NDF select, RecRun/Free Run select Reset and Regeneration enables frame-accurate acces to recorded scenes. Built-in downconversion to SD for compatibility with existing infrastruture. Flexible aspect ratio conversion from 16:9 to 4:3 with a choice of squeeze, crop or letterbox. i.LINK@ IEEE1394 interface for SD and HD maintains digital signal integrity.
3.5-inch Hybrid widescreen LCD (viewable area measured diagonally) doubles as a viewfinder and playback monitor that you can watch even in full sunlight. Expanded Focus mode magnifies the center of the screen 4x, making critical manual focus easy. Does not affect recorded image. Center, Safety and 4:3 Markers help define and protect the complete picture up to the edge. All Scan Monitoring (overscan) shows picture edges.
Six assignable buttons are perfectly located to give fast access to a choice of 15 frequently-used menu functions.
Hyper Gain supports night shooting at less than 1 lux.
Six Picture Profiles make it easy to store and recall favorite “looks.”
Two Cinematone Gamma settings manage exposure latitude to protect the highlights from blowing out or the blacks from crushing.
Black Stretch for additional control over black gamma
Color correction creates striking effects; adjusts up to two colors of a selected object leaving the rest B&W.
Skin Tone Detail helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and pores on the talent's skin with High, Medium, or Low settings.
Personal Menu button gives you fast access to the features used most often
Six gamma settings
Two balanced XLR audio inputs with 48-volt phantom power for professional microphones. Independent L/R audio level controls, independent L/R AGC, independent L/R audio level meters for precise control. Professional stereo microphone built in. Audio lock mode. Please note that the directional shotgun microphone is not included with this camcorder.
Supplied AC-VQ850D professional battery charger/power supply frees up the camcorder during the charge cycle.
1/3” type x3, 16:9 Super HAD CCDs
Total pixels: approx. 1.12M pixels
Effective pixels: approx. 1.04M pixels