Sony HVR-Z1E 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.
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

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Sony HVR-Z1E Handheld Camcorder


HDV / DVCAM / DV Switchable
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.
Sony HVR-Z1E Handheld Camcorder


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
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)
Sony HVR-Z1E Handheld Camcorder