Sony HVR- Z1U vs HVR-V1U

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    • #48485

      Hello poeple, I am about to go HD and I am confused as to which HD cam to purchase. I am torn between the Z1U and the V1U. Any tips and or recommendations will be greatly appreciated. And so far I am considering B&H and J&R for the purchase an tips on a lower price?

    • #199220

      Re: HVR- Z1U vs HVR-V1U. I was on a shoot where we had 1 Z1U and 1 V1U. It was an outdoor daylight shoot so low light qualities were not an issue. Image out of each was virtually identical in post. I liked the balance of the V1U and the 20x zoom was a real asset. Image quality was fantastic and the client felt like he "could reach out and touch everything". Both are great camcorders.

    • #199221

      The V1u is a better camera because it is newer. The sony z1u is a great camera but it has been around for a long time. The v1u has sharper image quality and uses CMOS which in my oppinion do not compare to CCD’s. The nice thing is that the V1u is smaller and has the same audio bord as the Z1u. And the V1u has more customizable functions. I hope that made it a little more clear!

    • #199222

      The only bit I can throw in is that I know for a fact that the Z1U is used by a lot of TV networks. Discovery uses it in shows like Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch, and Mythbusters, due to it’s great picture quality, and fairly low cost (at least compared to the $20,000 rigs they use on the "safe" shows! X-D)

    • #199223

      I know the V1U does 24p native @1080.

      A good comparison can be seen here:

      The V1U is cheaper (if you can call anything in that price range cheap) but it also uses the CMOS imagers rather than CCD’s and from what I’ve read, CCD’s are better overall.

      The V1U has a better zoom (20X as opposed to Z1U 12X) but the Z1U is rated to 3 lux as opposed to the V1U’s 4 lux (not much different but at a wedding might make a difference). The V1U also has that nice piggyback hard drive that I don’t think is available for the Z1U.

      Best bet would be to buy them both while being able to return one after trying it out (if you can swing that).

      Good luck.

    • #199224
      Inactive has them used for really cheap and I believe they have a 2 year warranty option as well. Hope this help!

      Their Sony HVR-V1U:

      Their Sony HVR-Z1U:

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