Tyson ol’ buddy……I’ve only read about it & seen a few videos on YouTube. I’m in love. I’m anxious to get my hands on it and put it thru some paces. I think Sony has a new winner (in the price range) on their stables. Match that up with Adobe Prem Pro (with Mercury) and you can do just about anything.
Let me know if there’s anything you hate about it.
By your photo I’m guessing you’re in San Francisco which means you’re probably using Final Cut Pro. But if you’re still shopping for an NLE I highly suggest you check out Prem Pro. You know it runs on Apple now.
My Z5U just arrived Monday, and yes I am in love with it. I don’t know what the heck I am doing yet with all those vaguely labled dials, switches, and buttons, but I am learning. All I know is I can go throguh my house with very minimal lighting and get almost crystal clear images, and that is what matters most to me.
I was going to purchase the FX1000 with my tax return but over the 2 weeks I was waiting for my refund both B&H and Amazon raised their prices from about $2900 to $3200 and with the new $150 rebate on the Z5U, I figured going to the next level just made sense.
I now have some XLR issues but I will start my own thread on that one (and its not the camera, its me learning it).
I have the Sony HVRZ7U. I think they are very similar cameras. I know I love my Z7U and have had it a year now.Good color and as good in low light as my old VX2000. I think it may be the same CMOS sensor in the Z5U and Z7U. I went tapeless with the Z7U and love recording on compact flash.
I believe Z7U is the same cam, along with the FX1000. It just depends on what bells and whistles are important to you and fit your budget. Z7U just has a detachable lense system if I am not mistaken. If thereare more differences I would love to know and it may determine my next camera.
I DO like how my MRC1 is seamlessly mounted to the camera body, BUT – you STILL cannot synchronize it with the camera’s record function if there is no tape in the camera. You can do it manually, but it is akward on the fly. I would have hoped that with Sony designing it to be “seamlessly” used with the Z5U, the total functions would also seamless. Unfortunately, its just like very other camera when it comes to that point. On the plus side, you do get the CF information on your LCD display…. While I do record to tape and CF for weddings, if I am shooting short home vids of my son etc, I really don’t want to be wasting the mechanical components of the camera.
The MRC1 is seamless with the cam. When I hit “record” on the cam the unit starts recording to CF card. The only time there is an issue is if you hit “standby” and then want to hit “record” again right away. The unit may still be “spooling” the last clip (if it is long) to the CF card and may not start recording again as soon as you want it to. I don’t use tape any more at all.
And yes, the Z7U has a detachable lense. I like this because they also have a wide angle conversion lense for this camera- it’s on my “wish list”.