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Providing professional users with the flexibility to choose the format that suits the needs of their 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 camera's 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 Sony's 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 Cineframe™ 25 Mode (25 frame progressive-look effect) and 2-mode Cinematone Gamma™.
AC Adaptor/Charger included as standard
AC Adaptor/Charger AC-VQ850 is supplied as standard with the HVR-Z1E providing great value for money
Technical Specifications
Please be aware that the features/specifications can differ from country to country
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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 kO, +40 dBu: 10.8 kO, 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 

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