Sony Z1U & V1U Image Sensors

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    • #43614
      treediz
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      I am looking at these two cameras and most people I have talked to prefer the CMOS image sensors on the V1U as opposed to the CCD image sensors on the Z1U…the thing I am curious about is the picture quality, the CMOS sensors are 1/4” and the CCD sensors are 1/3”…wouldn’t you naturally assume since the CCDs have larger image sensors that the picture quality is better? Or how would you percieve this dilemma?

    • #182879
      Anonymous
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      As an FX-1 owner/user I’m about to jump on the V1U after much research.
      I had the same thoughts as you and coming from a still imaging background, I’ve always known that larger sensors have the ability to give you better images but based on everything I’ve read and some test footage I’ve seen, I believe the V1U has the FX-1[Z1U] beat.

      I’ve always liked CMOS better than CCD in DSLR’s but I think you should look at some test images if you can before you listen to me.

      One thing to think about if it matters to you is the V1U will give you better results in darker shooting situations.
      One advantage of the larger sensor in this case.

      I think the biggest thing for me is in the interlace vs progressive and because I’m looking at that my judgment may be somewhat off center.
      So again I say test the footage if you can.

    • #182880
      KevinShaw
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      hidef1080 Wrote:

      One thing to think about if it matters to you is the V1U will give you better results in darker shooting situations.
      One advantage of the larger sensor in this case.

      Correction: it’s the FX1 which has the larger sensors and hence better low-light response. Also note that a larger sensor gives you better depth of field control, which is something I noticed when I switched from my Canon GL1/GL2 (1/4" sensor) to the Sony FX1 (1/3" sensor).

    • #182881
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Kevin Shaw Wrote:

      hidef1080 Wrote:

      One thing to think about if it matters to you is the V1U will give you better results in darker shooting situations.
      One advantage of the larger sensor in this case.

      Correction: it’s the FX1 which has the larger sensors and hence better low-light response. Also note that a larger sensor gives you better depth of field control, which is something I noticed when I switched from my Canon GL1/GL2 (1/4" sensor) to the Sony FX1 (1/3" sensor).

      You are correct.

      I wanted to say the Z1 gives better low light….

      Thanks. 8)

    • #182882
      kyles
      Participant

      Keep in mind that the cmos need a lot more light than CCD’s and 1/4” chips tend to make the image look slightly dim, but you would have to look at it closly to notice. Also keep

      In mind that cmos are not new tecnology they have been around a while. It just comes down to waht you prefer.

    • #182883
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      We purchased a v1u a couple of months ago and CMOS is definitely less sensitive than CCD,
      BUT the gain does not show noise until it’s pretty high (around9dB)
      forusisanonissuesinceweuseitmostlyinstudio,outdoor/daylight
      orforstage shooting.OntheotherhandthereareTONSofthingIlovefromthiscam,
      theimageispristine(we areshootingashowthatairsoncableeverymonth
      andisdoneongreenscreenwithvirtualsetswithUltra2 on DV).
      YoucansaveEVERITHINGon20cameraprofilesonMemoryStickDuoand2onthecameraitself.
      The camera has so many configurable features that you NEED to use the profiles.
      Assisted Focusingispremium(weweregoingtobuytheJVC110justforthat).
      WearestillworkingonSDbutgrowingintoHDwiththiscamersoundsveryattractive.

      Hopeithelps

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