3CCD 1080i HDV Camcorder

Pricing available upon request


Please note: Effective immediately the HVR-Z1U camcorder is discontinued. Check out the new HVR-Z5U. 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 Extended 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 the signal-to-noise ratio. The HVR-Z1U records this exceptional imagery using the recently adopted HDV 1080i format onto a DVCAM™ mini cassette. Please note that the directional shotgun microphone is not included with this camcorder. The Supplied Accessories are: AC-VQ850 AC Adaptor/Charger; Remote Commander® Unit RMT-841; A/V Cable; Component Video Cable; Shoulder Strap; Large Eyecup; Shoe Extender; Lens Hood with Integral Lens Cap; NPF-570 InfoLithium® "L" battery.


  • HDV 1080, 50i/60i/30F/25F Recording and Playback capable
  • 3-1/3" 16:9 newly developed Super HAD CCD Imagers, 1.12M Pixels Gross
  • High quality 12X Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
  • Super SteadyShot® Optical Stabilization System
  • Non-Perpetual Manual Zoom Ring
  • Manual Focus Ring
  • Manual Iris Control w/24 steps
  • 3.5" (-viewable area, measured diagonally) 16:9 Hybrid LCD Display (250K Pixels)
  • Large 16:9 Color & B/W switchable EVF
  • Simultaneous use of EVF and LCD display
  • Built-in Wide Range Stereo Microphone
  • Balanced Audio XLR input connectors (x2) with Selectable Phantom Power
  • 6 User Assignable Buttons for quick access to frequently used functions
  • i.LINK® DV Interface (IEEE1394)* (*i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. All products with an i.LINK connector may not communicate with each other. Please refer to the documentation that comes with any device having an i.LINK connector for information on compatibility, operating conditions, & proper connection.
  • MPEG2 Real Time Encode System for real time processing of HD data
  • 14 Bit DXP (Digital Extended Processor) combines 14 bit A/D converter with an advanced camera processing system
  • Switchable HDV/DVCAM/DV Format Recording
  • 60i/50i (NTSC/PAL) switchable
  • Built-in HD to SD down conversion
  • Precision 16:9 SD DV recording
  • Expanded Focus Function for easy confirmation of focus setting during manual focusing
  • EVF & LCD Peaking Indicator
  • Advanced Zebra Indicator
  • CineFrame™ and Cinematone™ functions for cinema like recordings (25F/30F/24F)
  • Picture Profile™ feature offers 6 memory locations for storing important camera settings such as: color phase, skintone detail, auto iris limit, AWB sensitivity, Cinematone setting, & CineFrame setting
  • Shot Transition Function offers automatic transition of various shooting parameters between shots
  • CineFrame 24 meter 3:2 Pulldown Function
  • Hypergain Function
  • Analog/Digital Conversion with Pass-Through
  • Manual White Balance Adjustment
  • Manual gain switch with user assignable L/M/H settings
  • Handle mounted ZOOM/REC control
  • 3 position ND filter switch-explain-values (ND)
  • One button status check feature for easy confirmation of various parameters such as audio setup, output setup, assign button status, & Picture Profile setting
  • Personal Menu function allows the assignment of frequently used menu items for quick one button access
  • Battery Info function allows the battery's charge level and remaining run time to be checked with the camera's power turned off
  • Over 5 1/2 hours of operation on a single NPF-970 battery using the LCD and EVF simultaneously
Features Benefits:
Three 1/3-inch 1.04 Megapixel CCDs for superb resolution & color rendering Pixel offset technology achieves system resolution of 1440 x 1080.
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
Lens 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
Zoom Manual and automatic zoom , focus, shutter & 24-step iris for precise image control. Zoom indicator in the viewfinder
Auto Focus Makes shooting in HD or SD a breeze
Programmable Shot Transition Automatically executes a move in any combination of focus, zoom, iris, gain, shutter or white balance
Format 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.
Recording Features 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.
LCD Panel 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.
Assignable buttons 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.
Picture Profiles Six Picture Profiles make it easy to store and recall favorite "looks."
Cinematone Gamma™ 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 Color correction creates striking effects; adjusts up to two colors of a selected object leaving the rest B&W.
Skin Tone 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 Personal Menu button gives you fast access to the features used most often
Gamma settings Six gamma settings.
Audio 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.
General Supplied AC-VQ850D professional battery charger/power supply frees up the camcorder during the charge cycle.
Dimensions WHD 6 3/8 x 7 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches (163 x 194 x 365 mm); 4lbs., 10 oz. (2.1 kg) including lens cap; 5 lbs., 5 oz. (2.4kg) including lens cap, battery and tape

General Specifications Detail:
Audio DV/DVCAM Rec. 48KHz/16 bit, 32KHz 12 bit
HDV Rec.: MPEG-1 Audio Layer II
Built-in Filters ND1: 1/4 and ND2: 1/32
Built-in Microphone Wide range stereo microphone. Please note that the directional shotgun microphone is not included with this camcorder.
Connectors S-Video
Component output
XLR IN (x2)
Headphone stereo mini
Dimensions 6" x 7 1/8" x 14 3/8"
Exposure Auto, Manual
Format HDV/DVCAM/DV (SP) recording; HDV/DVCAM/DV (SP) playback
Image Device 1/3" type x3, 16:9 Super HAD CCDs
LCD Panel Hybrid 16:9 3.5" type, 250K pixels (approx.)
Minimum Illumination 3 lux @ 18db, F1.6, normal shutter
Panel Display Resolution High quality 12X optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens. F4.5 to 54.0mm, F1.6 at 2.4mm; filter diameter 72mm
Picture Elements Total pixels: approx. 1.12M pixels
effective pixels: approx. 1.04M pixels
Power Consumption (VF/LCD/VF+LCD): 7.4W/8.0W/8.4W
Recording Time Max. 60 minutes with HDV, 40 minutes in DVCAM, & 60 minutes in DV (SP)
Scanning System 1080/60i, 1080/50i (switchable)
Shutter Speed 1/4 to 1/10000 sec (50i/60i)
Speaker Built-in dynamic
Sync System Internal (HD & SD)
Video Signal System Switchable NTSC/PAL color system
Viewfinder Hybrid Precision 16:9 Color & B/W selectable 252,000 pixel
Weight 4 lbs, 4 oz

Supplied Accessories

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AC-VQ850 AC Adaptor/charger
Component video cable
NPF-570 InfoLithium® "L" battery
Remote Commander® unit RMT-841
Shoulder strap
Large eyecup
A/V cable
Lens hood with integral lens cap
Shoe extender

Optional Accessories

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2NPF970/B InfoLithium L Series Rechargeable (2) Battery Package $250.00 Get details
F112 Interview Microphone $215.00 Get details
HVLLBPA High Performance LED Video Light Pricing available upon request Get details
LCSUN1 Soft Carry case for small handycam-type camcorders $0.00 Get details

Warranty Card

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Family Brochure

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HDV Family Brochure 08/08/2006 pdf / 817K Download now

Product Brochure

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HVR-Z1U Product Brochure 10/19/2007 pdf / 2,970K Download now

White Paper

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White Paper on 1080i specification 04/05/2006 pdf / 683K Download now

Product Manual

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HVR-Z1U Operating Guide 04/05/2006 pdf / 5,357K Download now
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