Videomaker – Learn video production and editing, camera reviews › Forums › Cameras and Camcorders › Other Camcorders › Sony HVR-Z1U or HDR-FX1 › If you need XLR audio, the
If you need XLR audio, then the difference is significant enough to purchase the Z1. On the image control side, the FX1 has just about everything you would want, basically a few minor differences from the Z1. They both do have manual focus and zoom. One caution though with using manual focus on these cameras is that with the high picture resolution, it is very difficult to tell focus using the viewfinder or lcd. You might be surprised when you get back to the studio and realize that what you thought was in focus really wasn’t as good as it could have been. The auto focus works great however. These cameras use standard MiniDV tapes. You can purchase sony’s HDV tapes when shooting in HD, but the only difference is that the HDV tapes are sony’s best quality tapes available. The actual tape format is the exact same. I use sony premium tapes and have had no problems. The camera is about 14 1/4 with the lens hood on. Also if you plan on using anything on the accessory shoe (say a light) it is about a 1/2 inch longer, you’ll see why when you see it. Good cameras, very fun to use. If you plan on editing or even watching your footage on your computer you better have a very fast machine! Let me know if you want more info.