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Hi thcv – both of these are older cameras lacking a lot of modern features, but the Z7u is an antique. First, it records to DV cassette tapes, not solid state cards or drives. It shoots at a maximum progressive resolution of 1440×1080 when the modern standard is 1920×1080. Its maximum frame rate (at the highest progressive resolution) is 30fps instead of the modern standard 60fps. For about $3000 used, this is not a very good value for your money.
The EX1 is a much better camera. It records to SxS cards (solid state, but expensive), has a 35mbps maximum bit rate, a higher resolution sensor and HD-SDI out. This camera is about $2800 used on Amazon.
All of that said, I recommend a newer, more modern camera with a large sensor and interchangeable lenses, such as a new Sony NEX-EA50, on sale for $2999 at Adorama right now. This camera records to inexpensive SDHC/SDXC cards, has a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 and a 60fps progressive frame rate. In addition, it has a built-in shoulder mount, which would be useful if you ever need to do handheld work.
It is also a pretty good 16.1MP still camera: http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/attachments/sony-nex-ea50-all-variants/28988d1360200314-still-pictures-ea50-rasdaniel.jpg
Here is some interview test footage shot with this camera.
Sony NEX-EA50 footage sample: interview (please watch at 1080p):
"Pepephon" – Sony NEX-EA50 Preproduction Test Footage
Note the out-of-focus backgrounds. This camera's large sensor make it much easier to control depth of field – something you are accustomed to from still photography – but much more difficult to achieve with traditional small sensor camcorders such as the Z7U and EX1.
Hope this is helpful,