Summary: We have been using this camcorder for a few years now! It was far more expensive when we bought it but it has done us so well over the years. It is a solid bit of kit and we subtracted a star because we need to move on from minidv tapes. We will be upgrading soon but check out what it is capable of on our YouTube channel: ymediaperth It will be easy to tell which films are done with the z1 and which aren't.
Summary: The BBC owned many of these professional camcorders for TV news broadcasts ENG= Elec News Gathering (3 CCD = TV broadcast quality). The BBC probably now use the newer model - Sony Z 5 (£4,500) because it also records in 1080i which the BBC prefer instead of 1080 p. I do not know why the Beeb prefer interlaced. Anyhoo, teh BBC also welcome the broadcast quality Canon Xf 305 (£5,500). The previous review sums up this brilliant Sony hvr Z1 camcorder extremely well.