Summary: Indie Filmmaker here, always looking out for a better camera! The Sony HDV series is an astonishing technology Don't let people tell you that the footage is "too compressed" ---- technically, it is, but once it gets on screen, it looks stunning!
Summary: I have filmed and edited with this camera for 3 years and it is still the top of the line and current professional standard for HDV cameras. Its professional XLR sound capabilities set it apart from all the other camera in its price range.
Summary: I've chosen this camera for my short film after viewing some rough footage at a local studio. The colors that this camera can capture in DV mode are jaw-dropping! It comes with all of the manual controls you could hope for and they're very intuitive.
Summary: I've used my Sony HVR-Z1U HDV camcorder in some very extreme conditions, and it it comes through on a regular basis. I shot Hurricane Katrina video footage during the storm (for StormStock) in driving 100 mph rain. At that time, I had purchased and was using a rain coat for the camera.
ZoomPoint stands behind their sales, unconditionally.
Michael Fowlkes, Amazon
27 July 2009
Summary: We've been working with the Z1Us for years, mainly around saltwater, filming Inside Sportfishing. They have been bullet proof. Switched to a couple of new digital cameras a couple years ago, but have returned to these cameras because of better quality images.
Summary: I bought this item for $3115 based on the picture as it is on this review page. When I received the item, it was supplied without the shotgun microphone. When I called the seller, I was informed that the item is sold without the shotgun microphone. I insisted that it was a wrong item advertised.